Who doesn’t love the smell of lavender or lemon?
Turns out, certain scents can actually be good for our health—at least that’s the guiding principle behind aromatherapy, according to Christine Cochrum of Apothecary Wellness. “Aromatherapy has been scientifically proven to help with all kinds of ailments, from acne to headaches to menstrual cramps,“ she says.” But I’m not a doctor—I’m not diagnosing or prescribing—this is just another holistic [routine] to add to your regimen.”
What is aromatherapy?
The definition I like is that aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. It is sometimes used in combination with massage and other therapeutic techniques as part of a holistic treatment approach.
How does it work?
The molecules in the essential oils are very small and volatile. They change quickly into a vapor that makes them readily and easily absorbed through the mucus membranes and our respiratory system. When we inhale them or they are diluted and applied to the skin, they travel quickly into our circulatory system and that carries them around the body, which transmits the signal to your limbic system of the brain. The brain responds by initiating positive boosts in mood relief, pain . . . any of those things.
Can aromatherapy be practiced at home as well as a spa?
There are so many ways to use aromatherapy at home—in a diffuser, in the bath, added to homemade/natural cleaning products, added to massage oil or facial serum, or as an infusion to put on the skin. We make infusions with essential oils (such as jojoba, olive, and sunflower, which acts as a buffer for your skin) in a roll-on bottle that you easily can take with you and use as needed.
What kinds of issues can aromatherapy help?
Rosemary and lavender are great for triggering memory. Rosewood and geranium balance everything out. Lemon and cedar provide an uplifting feeling and boost mood. We have one proprietary blend called “Calm” with lavender, rose, geranium, Clary Sage, and Bergamot, which is great for people who drive in traffic. A lot of people keep it in their car and take a whiff of it to calm down, keep them focused, and prevent road rage.
What You Need
Stock up on these aromatherapy essentials.
Fresh and Clean
Adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to baking soda makes a great carpet deodorizer.
Adding a few drops of decongestant oil to warm water and using a hot compress can be a remedy for sinus or allergy problems. (pictured above)
Essential oils can help with memory and staying focused.