The benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy oils smell amazing but how do they work?   

They work on a physical as well as emotional level to improve general health and well being.

Physically - essential oils are made up of very small molecules so they can penetrate through the skin into our blood stream and be carried around the body.  They can also be inhaled and absorbed into the bloodstream by the membranes in the respiratory system.  

Emotionally – the aromas of essential oils can have a dynamic effect.  The sense of smell is the most primitive of our senses and is linked to the deepest parts of the brain which govern basic instincts, memories and emotions.    

Essential oils can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin giving a positive effect such as optimising the cellular renewal process, enhancing blood circulation and addressing problems such as acne, eczema and ageing skin.

Each essential oil has different properties and effects:


Essential oil

Properties and effects

Geranium

Uplifting, encourages blood and lymph circulation.

Frankincense

Addresses grief, anxiety and trauma. 

Rose

Uplifting, skin enhancing.

Eucalyptus

Antiviral and decongestant.

Pine

Antiseptic for the respiratory system.

Tea Tree

Antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.  Prevent infection.

Lavender

Antiseptic, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory.  Good for burns, bites and stings.

Peppermint

Calms digestive spasms, cooling, decongestant.

Rosemary

Stimulates the digestion and improves circulation.  Liver tonic, detoxifying.

Ginger

Boosts circulation, energising.  Aids digestion.  Warms muscles and joints.

Wild Camomile

Eases muscle tension, relaxing and calming.

Petitgrain

Relaxes the body and refreshes the mind.  Gentle skin antiseptic.

Ylang Ylang

Sensual, euphoric and anti-depressant.  Balances the skin’s sebaceous activity.

Vetivert

Deeply relaxing, calms and overactive mind.

Sandalwood

Softens, soothes and protects the skin.  Calms and relaxes the mind, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.

Patchouli

Anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and healing for cracked and scarred skin.

Pink Grapefruit

Skin tonic specifically targeting cellulite.  Circulation and digestion stimulatant.

Juniper

Detoxifying and stimulating to the kidneys.

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