Aromatherapy is based on the principle that natural fragrances, or essential oils, from certain plants or flowers can affect our moods, and consequently how we think or feel at any given time.
In fact, practitioners of Aromatherapy base their entire belief system on the ideology that essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, have medicinal benefits, including antidepressant and antibacterial properties, and plenty in between!
Certain essential oils can trigger physical or emotional effects on their own. For instance, lavender is a widely known calming agent, whereas peppermint is a mood lifter. Other oils are blended to achieve a desired physiological or psychological effect. Blending ylang ylang with grapefruit relieves stress.
The following are popular essential oils (and blends). Add a few drops into a diffuser, a pot of hot water, or simply to a cotton ball to achieve the desired effect.
*Do not apply drops directly to your skin;
blend with carrier oils or lotions if you want to apply it that way.
Combat a cold One way of helping with the sniffles is with a powerful scent. Cold symptoms can be soothed with peppermint or eucalyptus oil. To reap the benefits, put a drop on a tissue and place it in your pocket. Ahh, bliss!
Get a good night’s sleep: Fragrance can help you feel more restful at night. Burn mandarin essential oil in a diffuser before you go to bed or place a few drops on cotton wool balls and hang them up in front of the air vents in your home.
Bathe in a smile: What better way of saying goodbye to a hectic day than enjoying the smell of a woody oil like sandalwood. Put nine drops in a full bath or light some sandalwood scented candles.
Energise yourself: Rosemary is a scent that is said to be uplifting. Try it in a diffuser, when you put a few drops of oil in water and light a tea light candle underneath.
Joyful inspiration: Getting together with friends and family? It’s a great time to enhance the festive spirit with fragrances of citrus oils like lime, lemon and orange. Add some to a spray bottle of water, shake and spray.
Wear your favourite scent: Having a scent on your clothes is a great way to feel confident, refreshed and revitalised. It also acts as a mood enhancer, which can help you feel more relaxed throughout the day.