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What Is Aromatherapy? The History of Essential Oils

Throughout history there has been evidence of humans trading and using essential oils, not only for their aroma but also for their health benefits and healing properties. The knowledge of distillation techniques to extract essential oils from plants has been passed from ancient Egypt, the Middle East and ancient Greece, through to the middle ages. These civilisations used essential oils in religious ceremonies, for cosmetic purposes and to protect against illnesses such as the black plague.

What modern science tells us today

All around the world scientific studies have investigated the purported properties of different essential oils. With the increase in antimicrobial resistance, researchers have been looking for solutions to treat diseases that are becoming resistant to antibiotics, antifungals and also pesticides. There are many scientific studies testing how effective essential oils are against viruses, bacteria and fungi and other studies that aim to test the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of essential oils.

Tips to incorporate Aromatherapy into your life

Aromatherapy can be incorporated into your daily life in many simple ways.

You can diffuse essential oils in a diffuser or oil burner which will fill a room with the aroma of the oils.

Add a few drops of your favourite essential oils to your shower or bath to boost your mood in the morning or help you wind down after a long day.

Open a bottle of essential oil and inhale the aroma directly from the bottle.

Our in-house aromatherapist, John, has designed all of our therapeutic blends so that they are ready for application. Some essential oils are more gentle and can be applied directly to the skin but most essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil such as jojoba, olive or coconut oil before application. It is important to test the oil first on a small patch of skin. If you have sensitive skin or a reaction to an essential oil, dilute further in the carrier oil or discontinue use on the skin.

For aromatherapy massage on a large area of skin, ensure the essential oils are diluted in a carrier oil before application.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any aromatherapy questions or enquiries regarding or our all natural range of therapeutic products.

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