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The real reason Aromatherapy is becoming more popular?

Posted by Charlotte Nutland on
The real reason Aromatherapy is becoming more popular?
The real reason Aromatherapy is becoming more popular?
What's driving our national obsession with Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. Once dismissed as an outdated alternative therapy more and more people are turning to the ancient principles of Aromatherapy to support their emotional wellbeing.
What's driving the change? 

According to new research from The NPD Group, Lavender-based beauty blends in the UK have experienced a huge increase in sales 552%. Blends including Lavender, Rose, Lemongrass and Frankincense are the most searched for blends. 

Burnout, stress, anxiety and lack of energy from the way we live our busy modern lives is a huge driving force behind our growing interest in the ancient principles of Aromatherapy. In addition there is a growing body of science to evidence how Aromatherapy can support our wellbeing state on many levels. 

We are experiencing a return to natural, heritage ingredients that offer a comforting, nurturing effect on skin, body and soul. 

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the application of essential oils, essential oils are  extracted from plants, usually aromatic plants (think citrus, flowers, herbs etc) to promote both health and wellbeing.

An example of an essential oil is Lavender or Lemon. When you blend Essential Oils harmoniously together you create Aromatherapy. 

Aromatherapy = Scent Therapy. 

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing practice in which natural essential oils and their aromas are used to support the body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy can support with many wellbeing issues from sleep, mood, anxiety to muscle aches and headaches.  

Ancient Wisdom

Aromatherapy isn’t a new concept. For centuries plants have been used by humans to support their health and wellbeing. Evidence shows that ancient civilisations all used plants in their everyday life as a form of medicine. For example: 

  • Texts on the Ancient Indian science of Ayurveda mention Sandalwood and Patchouli
  • The Romans extensively used plants to support their health, such as Lavender
  • The Greek physician and father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, wrote about using herbs and plants as medicine 
  • In ancient Egypt, plants were used for daily health, around the home, and in balms and tinctures. 

(Source Tisserand) 

How does Aromatherapy work? 

Aromatherapy works on three main levels- your sense of smell, inhalation and absorption through the skin. Our sense of smell is our most primitive and when essential oils are inhaled they pass through the olfactory system, which is linked to the limbic system of the brain that deals with our survival instincts and emotions, so the aroma can cause changes to mood and brain chemistry.

How to find a blend to support my wellbeing? 

First of all think about your current mood state. How are you feeling at the moment? How would you describe your emotional state of mind and how would you like to feel? 

Then secondly, be guided by your scent preferences. This can be a really useful tool in helping guide your mind and body to an Aromatherapy blend to suite you. Do you prefer citrus scents or floral?

You may want to consider our Discovery Kit to help you find your blends and understand more about our Blends. 

Thirdly, we can help. Please get in touch and we'd be happy to support you to find your perfect blend. 

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