If you’re agonising over your Christmas gift list, trying to find something just that little bit different, I encourage you to look at our display of aromatherapy products in store. Aromatherapy is hugely popular, and with good reason. Aromatherapy isn’t just about the lovely aroma emitted from essential oils. These aromas released from essential oils contain many therapeutic benefits, enhancing our physical and psychological wellbeing.
Essential oils are available as single oils or as a blend. Blending individual oils can be rewarding and can create a more powerful effect than using single oils. We have available in store, free booklets with blending suggestions.
The question then arises – how do you use these essential oils for the best benefit. Essential oils can be added to a base oil such as almond oil for massage, or added to your bath water. They can be inhaled from a bowl of hot steamy water, added to a bottle of water and spritzed or just applied to a tissue.
Aromatherapy diffusers are probably the most popular means of using aromatherapy. These diffusers not only look great, but are also very effective as they disperse the oils throughout the whole room. In the past essential oils were often dispersed by using an oil burner, however overheating can burn the oils, depleting their therapeutic benefit. Ultrasonic diffusers work on vibration which lifts the oil and water into micro-particles, dispersing into the air as cool mist. These particles are then breathed in, delivering various health benefits.
Diffusers can also act as an ioniser. Micro-particles are dispersed as negatively charged ions, attaching to, and cancelling out harmful positive ions which can cause tiredness, tension and anxiety. As we know positive ions are often emitted from electronic devices which unfortunately are everywhere including in our homes and workplaces.
Diffusers can also act as a humidifier as the cool mist adds moisture to the air without causing condensation or mould. They can also be used as an air purifier. Certain oils are antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal. Diffusing these oils into the air can eliminate germs and odours, which in turn freshens and neutralises your home.
Using a diffuser as a night light can be helpful for sleeping, especially when used in conjunction with a blend of oils specifically for sleeping.
For something a little different we now have available a range of funky Lava Bracelets and beautiful Diffusing Lockets. This jewellery is not only fashionable but also means you can gain the benefits of your essential oils throughout the day when wearing your aromatherapy jewellery. 1-3 drops of essential oil are applied to the small cotton pad contained inside your locket, or the lava bead in your bracelet. The essential oils will last up to 7 days.