Did you know that our sense of smell is one of our most powerful, but under-used senses? Smells are proven to trigger the part of the brain that is linked to emotions and memories, which I suppose can be a good or bad thing?
I won’t pretend to be a professional aromatherapist, as I’m not fully trained and certified. However, I have been lucky enough to have attended some very helpful aromatherapy training courtesy of Neal’s Yard Remedies. This amazing brand was the first to sell certified organic essential oils on the high street and have been instrumental in helping aromatherapy become one of the most popular natural treatments of our day. An added bonus is my best friend Sharon is a certified aromatherapist, which always helps for instant advice for customers and readers.
So, I thought in aid of Aromatherapy Awareness Week, highlighting a few key points about essential oils would be beneficial? After all, educating yourself a little about essential oils and how to use them can help you uplift, balance, relax and calm your state of mind and body.
The known history of essential oils goes as far back as the Egyptian times, where they famously used certain essential oils to embalm and preserve during the mummification process. Frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon and sometimes juniper essential oils, were commonly used.
This has led onto other factors being founded when using essential oils for healing with Lavender for example; being the only essential oil you can place directly onto the skin without dilution. Lavender has been known to heal burns on the human body. Amazing right?
How are essential oils produced? Depending on the type of plant that is being used, essential oils are usually extracted by one of three methods: Steam Distillation, Extraction and Expression.
The main uses of Aromatherapy oils are massage, bath/shower, vaporization and inhalation. Organically and wildly grown plants are proven to be better for you, as they severely restrict the use of harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Everybody has their own preference when it comes to smell and essential oils are no different. Some tastes lend more towards the uplifting and citrus aromas that balance the mind and body like Organic Bergamot and others prefer the more relaxing and soothing feel that Lavender creates. Here are the top 10 essential oils and what they achieve:
Personally, I’m a lover of the more uplifting and balancing scents that are energizing and fruity, like bergamot, and citronella. I do love lavender, but I’m also love the anti-ageing effect of frankincense. Who wouldn’t? I have become surprisingly attached to frankincense now being aware of its amazing ability to preserve, which is why it is used throughout Neal’s Yard Remedies Anti-Ageing Frankincense Rejuvenating range. It doesn’t really smell of much to me, but I do respect the natural rejuvenating properties it can achieve.
Essential oils are the most natural fragrant essence extracted from flowers, leaves, bark, roots & berries. So why not use what the Earth has provided for us and give yourself what you need, as naturally as possible with the smells you love;-))