As more and more people today look to natural, homeopathic solutions for everyday stressors and minor ailments, the usefulness of these solutions has come under more scrutiny than ever. Practices like aromatherapy, the use of essential oils and even acupuncture have become quite popular over the last few years, with more and more people turning to natural solutions.
So what is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is essentially the use of natural oils, extracts and concentrated aromas to stimulate different body systems controlled by the brain. It’s said that these aromas can help alleviate pain, allergies, improve memory and even help with gastrointestinal disorders, along with hundreds of other applications. According to aromanaturals.com, these aromas and oils extracted from flowers, trees and herbs are over 100 times more concentrated than the traditional fragrance of the plant itself. These essential oils can be used topically, ingested in teas and other edible items and used in candle form to enhance anything from a normal workday to an intense yoga session.
Where did aromatherapy begin?
Aromatherapy has deep roots in many different parts of history and has been used by millions of people for thousands of years. The use of healing aromas has a rich history dating back to ancient Chinese and Egyptian cultures. The Egyptians were one of the first cultures to discover the benefits of these powerful aromas, using extracts from plants like clove and cinnamon to enhance mood, treat illness and even embalm the deceased. In Greek mythology, healing with scent was a gift from the gods. These methods have remained intact throughout history, making aromatherapy a widely used method in many different cultures around the world.
Does it work?
The science behind these remedies is complex, and the benefits are too, since every person responds differently to every method. When these aromas are inhaled, the limbic system—the portion of the brain that processes emotions, mood and even memories—is stimulated. These scents can trigger deep emotional feelings and register on a subconscious level, encouraging our bodies to relax, become energized or even fight viruses. And while many people argue that these results are psychosomatic, the benefits have been proven time and time again by a growing number of medical practitioners.
How do I get started?
SampleHouse and CandleShop has plenty of items to get you started on your aromatherapy journey. Candles and diffusers are a great place to start. We love the Trapp line of aromatherapy candles—the scents that encourage relaxation, such as lavender, are our favorites. Anything that smells beautiful and can help you shake off the workweek is a wise investment!