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Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavor, or “essence,” of their source. Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence. Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that’s ready for use.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and wellbeing, and it has been in practice for thousands of years. Every time we use essential oils in a massage, in the bath or in an oil diffuser, we are using a form of aromatherapy. Much has been written about aromatherapy benefits..

Salvatore Battaglia says in his book, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy.

"As humans, our sense of smell is the only sense of the five connected to the limbic system, which is the part of the brain that influences behaviour, emotions and memory. Every time we inhale an essential oil, the limbic system is activated, and the brain responds by sending chemical messengers linked to our nervous system, which initiates an emotional response."

Health benefits of aromatherapy

  • Bergamot: Increases Optimism, Helps Spontaneity, Calms Nervous, Relieves Tension

  • Chamomile: Reduce stress, Eases Acceptance, Reduces Stress, Alleviates Irritability

  • Clary sage: Promote relaxation

  • Eucalyptus: Clear sinuses

  • Frankinsense: Tranquil, Promotes Meditation

  • Ginger: Reduce nausea

  • Lavender: Better sleep

  • Lemon: Increase happiness, improve concentration

  • Peppermint: Boost alertness, reduce headaches

  • Rosemary: Increase focus

  • Sandalwood: Uplifting, opening, meditative, Increases Energy, Strengthens Courage

  • Sweet orange: Reduce anxiety

  • Ylang-ylang: Decrease stress

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