All about essential oils
Truth be told, I never really understood what all the fuss was about with essential oils and essential oil diffusers. I mean, sure, I understood that yes, their aroma was pleasing, and that diffusers were 'pretty' to look at as they lit up a room.... but that was the extent of my knowledge.
However, I was recently exposed to a situation which changed the way that I saw them. Sadly, I have been predisposed to insomnia, which, kind of sucks. After chatting about this with a close friend of mine, she recommended that I tried putting a few drops of lavender essential oil on my pillow before I slept. That night I did exactly as she said, and sure enough, I had an incredibly good nights sleep.
After this experience, I decided to look into essential oils and how they worked, and thought that this outlet would be the perfect place to share my understanding.
So I guess first things first - what are essential oils? Well, essential oils are made by pressing or steaming the roots, leaves, flowers or seeds of a plant to extract their fragrant oils. Quite amazing when you think that various parts of flowers can be used to produce such fragrant oils!
These oils are then most commonly inhaled (aromatherapy) stimulating areas of the brain that play a role in, for example, your emotions. I guess this explains why it is claimed that certain fragrances, such as frankincense, are able to reduce feelings of anxiety, or why lavender is able to have such a calming effect.
If this wasn't incredible enough, the area of the brain that is stimulated by inhalation of essential oils is also responsible for physiological functions, such as heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. Really is quite amazing that these oils can have such a profound effect on us!
With so many different fragrances out there, it is hard to know which oil to choose. Hopefully the below list, taken from Healthline, will come in handy:
- Peppermint: used to boost energy and aid digestion
- Lavender: used to relieve stress
- Sandalwood: used to calm nerves and help with focus
- Bergamot: used to reduce stress and improve skin conditions like eczema
- Rose: used to improve mood and reduce anxiety
- Chamomile: used to improve mood and relaxation
- Ylang-Ylang: used to treat headaches, nausea, and skin conditions
- Tea Tree: used to fight infections and boost immunity
- Jasmine: used to help with depression, childbirth, and libido
- Lemon: used to aid digestion, mood, headaches, and more
I guess, what I am trying to say is, don't be like me and knock essential oils before you try them. They really are quite incredible and could do wonders for you! If you want to explore which scents might be suited to you, shop our range of essential oils and diffusers now.
With love always,