Aromatherapy has risen in popularity for the past couple of years due to its endless health and wellbeing benefits! From deep sleep pillow sprays, to candles, and even diffusers - there are so many ways to reap the benefits!
What is aromatherapy?
The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy has defined aromatherapy as “the art and science of utilising naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonise and promote the health of body, mind, and spirit.”
The holistic healing treatment uses natural plant extracts to enhance health and wellbeing. It uses essential oils to improve the health of the body, mind and overall health. It’s been around for thousands of years with ancient cultures in China, Egypt and India using aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils. They were used for religious and medical reasons and had both physical and psychological benefits.
It’s thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in your nose, which further sends messages through the nervous system and to the limbic system - the part of the brain that controls emotions. Have you ever smelt something pleasant and found yourself in a good mood? Exactly.
Types of aromatherapy treatment:
- pillow spray
- sleep candle
- bath salts
- facial steamers
- clay masks
- hot and cold compresses
- body creams, lotions and oils[Text Wrapping Break]
The most researched essential oils:
- chamomile [Text Wrapping Break]
At Echor, we offer an End of Day Pillow Spray and an End of Day Candle for relaxation and sleep. Both of these products contain a blend of essential oils; the pillow mist including lavender, eucalyptus and sweet orange and the candle including ylang-ylang, lavender, geranium and sweet orange. All of these oils have been proven to reduce stress hormones and lower blood pressure!
Lavender - This is the most popular oil for a good reason. This oil promotes relaxation and can even treat anxiety, fight fungal infections, allergies, insomnia, depression and menstrual cramps.
Eucalyptus - Soothes colds, tiredness, calms headaches, allergies, and boosts immune health.
Sweet Orange - Boosts digestion, fights insomnia, is anti-inflammatory, and is antibacterial.
Ylang Ylang - Decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure, fights depression, and is a natural mood booster.
Geranium - Takes the edge off stress, anxiety, sadness, tension, and fatigue. It can also improve concentration.
Why try aromatherapy?
There are many reasons why one would want to try aromatherapy. From depression to insomnia, the benefits are endless. Even if it doesn’t work for you, the aromas are bound to make you want to continue using them!
It’s an incredibly powerful act and the right aromas can help your body and mind relax and de-stress - which is the perfect combination before bed! A study revealed that those using aromatherapy felt less pain and has lower stress levels than those who weren’t during a stressful situation. Using the oils, whether that be from pillow mists, or even in a candle for relaxation, it’s a great way to wind down at the end of the day from the hustle and bustle of work!
Our daily lives can be so busy we barely have time to think for ourselves, so lighting a candle, using a diffuser or even just spraying our pillow before we sleep can make a huge difference to our sleep quality.