Fill your bathtub with hot water, turn off the lights and light up a couple of candles to create the right atmosphere.
Today we’re going to bring you to the magical world of Aromatherapy!
If you already know what Aromatherapy is you can probably skip the few following lines, but for those who don’t exactly know what it is about, a little explanation is needed.
Aromatherapy is a therapeutic practice that utilises plant essential oils (pure or blended) for massage, inhalation or hot water immersion, with the purpose of affecting – and possibly improving – one’s physical wellbeing, mood and state of mind.
It is considered by many as a form of alternative medicine, but there is no medical evidence that Aromatherapy may actually work out as a cure or a prevention for diseases.
That being said, we’re not here to talk about this practice in medical terms. We’d rather believe that essential oils can effectively relieve our daily stress and have soothing effects on our nerves, especially at the end of a long hectic day.
In case you would like to give Aromatherapy a try, we want to make sure you have the very best experience, so here is our suggestions for some amazing essential oils that might be particularly inspiring during the winter!
Lavender oil is a classic. Probably the most renowned and versatile oil when it comes to Aromatherapy, it is specifically indicated for those who suffer from insomnia, or simply have trouble falling asleep. Indeed, one of its best benefits is the ability to relieve nervous tension and induce to sleep.
Its soothing scent is fresh and floral, with a hint of herby aroma; this is what makes it a superb tonic for the nerves and a helpful remedy for anxiety issues and emotional stress. For this reason, it can aid in the relief of migraines and headaches. 2-3 drops on your pillow is all you need of this. Finally, Lavender oil is also a good disinfectant for the scalp and skin, and even helps keep away bugs and mice, in case you have one of these unwanted guests in your house.
Back in the day, the Sicilians (nowadays Sicily is indeed the motherland of bergamot in Europe, although it originated in Asia) used to throw the bergamot’s peelings into the fireplace to diffuse its pleasant citrusy scent throughout their houses.
The essential oil of this citrus fruit is warm, sweet and zesty all at once. It makes the environment cosy, that’s why its major use is as incense or in a vaporiser. Along with these, other popular uses are when diluted in bath water or used pure for massaging to improve physical and psychological wellbeing.
Bergamot oil is used to treat psoriasis and stress, at the point that it’s used for lessening anxiety levels of patients prior to surgery!
Sandalwood oil is extracted and distilled from the wood chips of a mature tree, and its highest quality is the Indian variety. Both the wood and the oil produce a distinctive fragrance that has numerous benefits.
It promotes mental clarity when used as an incense or fragrance, and this is why it is often used for meditation and yoga. Sandalwood oil also helps to create a feeling of relaxation and peace, as it’s an agent for tension relief.
Additionally, it soothes the skin when inflamed or irritated, and cures infections. Its fragrance is useful to keep away small insects, which is why it is largely used in incense sticks and sprays.
Adding a few drops to a log before burning it in the fireplace (or on the radiator if you don’t have a fireplace) is enough to fill the whole house with an amazing smell!
Patchouli is an extremely sensual essence. It is no coincidence that it’s widely used as an aphrodisiac by both men and women, because it stimulates the sexual hormones – estrogen and testosterone – and so it boosts the sex drive.
Connected with this, there’s another particular benefit, that is its ability to help get over “dark” feelings such as anxiety, sadness and depression. Thanks to its effect on the hormones, inhaling Patchouli essential oil stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine, which are responsible of one’s feeling of wellness.
Another interesting use of Patchouli is related to the skincare. This oil, indeed, stimulates the blood circulation and is particularly beneficial to regenerating new skin cells, that keep the skin healthy, glowing and young looking.
Finally, we can say that a few drops of Patchouli essential oil dissolved in your bath every now and then may significantly improve both your mood and body!
Ylang-Ylang oil is extracted from the flowers of a tropical tree, which is the reason behind its characteristic exotic scent. Its strong and yet sweet fragrance is its strongest feature, that makes it an excellent remedy to reduce stress and soothe headaches and nausea.
It calms nervous afflictions, stress, anger and anxiety, while inducing a relaxed feeling. This benefit is also connected with its ability to lower blood pressure, which makes this oil a good natural alternative to the drugs used for regulating high blood pressure issues.
Ylang-Ylang essential oil is also a natural health booster for the nervous system: it strengthens it, repairs it, and protects it from developing a number of nervous disorders. A few drops of this oil assure both psychological and physical wellness all year round!
So, which essential oil are you going to pick for your next hot bath (or massage)?
Let us know if you ever tried Aromatherapy using one of these oils, and what is your favourite! If you never tried any of them, you can always pop by our Salons, where we can perform a massage using some of them!