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Aromatherapy is an age-old practice that was first established by the Egyptians. While aromatics had been used for generations before the Egyptians had discovered its powerful benefits, it was they who upped the ante in terms of its uses and benefits. From applying aromatics to incense for its calmative effects to using aromatherapy in their medicinal practices, the Egyptians clearly saw the amazing benefits of this practice and ran with it!
However, it was French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who coined the term “aromatherapy”. After a laboratory accident left his harm severely burned, Rene-Maurice began applying lavender oil to the wound. After several weeks of using the treatment, his wound hadn’t just healed, it had almost disappeared! He was left with minimal scarring and went on to tout aromatherapy as a miracle cure for a number of ailments.
If you’ve been asking yourself whether or not aromatherapy works, this article is going to provide you with all the answers.
What is Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy – also known as essential oil therapy – is a holistic treatment that has been used for centuries. Using the extracts of plants and flowers, the oil is often used in sprays, mists, rubbing oils, body butters, balms, soaps, and candles. The sad fact is that, for decades, scientists have pushed aromatherapy aside, claiming that modern, pharmaceutical medicine is the only route to healing.
Thankfully, this is something that is quickly changing!
More recently, medical practitioners have begun exploring the uses and benefits of aromatherapy – using it for everything from wound care to the treatment of chronic illnesses. Therapists have also begun recommending the use of aromatherapy for mildly depressed patients and those who struggle with anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, and other common mental disorders.
The Benefits of Aromatherapy
If you have one or more of the following health conditions, aromatherapy can alleviate some (if not all) of the strain that you’ve been feeling. Here are some of the conditions that aromatherapy can combat.
1. General Pain
For anyone who suffers from physical pain – whether that is pain from an old injury, scar tissue pain, joint pain, and even headaches – there are many wonderful aromatics that can help you reduce your daily battle with pain.
2. Sleep Disorders
For those who suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders, this is an excellent option for you. Being able to drift off to sleep (and stay asleep) doesn’t have to be a fight anymore. Aromatherapy can help you achieve deep, restful sleep, allowing you to wake up feeling recharged.
3. Mental Health Disorders
As mentioned, anyone suffering from chronic stress, anxiety, PTSD, and mild forms of depression might benefit from the use of aromatics. Not only have they been proven to enhance one’s mood, but they also reduce the amount of physical tension in your body.
4. The Side Effects of Chemo
Yes, you read that right. Aromatherapy can help alleviate some of the symptoms or side effects of chemotherapy. It’s important to speak with your oncologist before using aromatherapy during chemo as certain aromatics, such as lavender, can aggravate hormonally linked cancers.
5. Bacteria and Fungus
Several aromatics have antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Used in bath soaks and body butter, you can reduce the presence of fungal infections on your skin. These wonder oils will also help you ensure that your wounds don’t turn septic.
How to Use Aromatherapy
So, you know about all of the amazing benefits of aromatherapy and now you’re ready to try it out for yourself. Kudos to you! This is one of the best decisions that you’ll ever make. You’ll be enhancing your overall well-being and tackling underlying conditions that you never even knew existed. The great news is that you can do this all from the comfort of your home!
During Meditation & Yoga
I recommend using my Lemon Bergamot Energizing Room Spray during your yoga or meditation sessions because it is packed with essential oils for meditation. Not only will this help you unwind and become more mindful, but it will rejuvenate you before you go on to tackle the rest of your day.
Room & Pillow Sprays
If you want to get the most out of a good night’s sleep, use my Pillow, Bed, Sleep & Room Spray. This sleep spray is steeped with gentle lavender and vanilla notes that will soothe your body and your mind, helping your muscles relax and stilling your thoughts so that you can drift off to LaLa land.
As a Bath Soak
For those of you who prefer to enter a meditative and relaxed state in the bath, there is my Ayurvedic All-Natural Bath Soak with Epsom Salt for Meditation & Aromatherapy. Not only will this benefit your mind, but it will also leave your skin feeling supple, smooth, and fragrant. Make this a part of your herbal skincare routine and you will thank yourself for it. This bath soak will pair perfectly with my body butter below.
As a Body Butter
When jasmine is inhaled, it has the power to curb your food cravings, enhance your mood, and wipe your stresses away. For this, I recommend using my Jasmine Shea Butter All-Natural Moisturizing Body Butter for Eczema Dry Skin after a warm bath. As a homemade natural body butter, this will not harm or irritate your skin. The moisturizing effect is non-claggy.
My Product Recommendations
Have a look at my recommendations to find a range of aromatherapy products. All of my products are organic and made by hand (and with love) by me. Have a look below:
Room & Pillow Spray
You can also try out my Powerful All-Natural Bath Soak with Himalayan Pink Salt & Rolled Oats
You can also try out my Tropical Orange Shea Butter All-Natural Moisturizing Body Butter or my Glowing Rose Shea Butter All-Natural Moisturizing Body Butter
Find your aromatherapy products in my store. Have you bought one of my products? Snap a photo of your new Nina’s Pure Joy skincare routine and tag me! I’d love to see how my products are benefiting your life. (Social links below).
Love Always, Nina ...