The art and practice of aromatherapy has come a long way. You don’t need to be in a fancy spa or a 5-star hotel to experience it. Many have us have discovered the great ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils right in the comfort of our own homes. Before you indulge in your next DIY spa day using your favorite oil diffusers at home, read up on these fun facts:
1. A whole plant is used to extract the oils- Basically the whole plant can be used. That’s a whole lot just to provide you with these essential oils. These are done by extracting tiny droplets from all the parts. From the flowers, to the grass, the peel, the fruits, leaves, the roots and the bark! Whew. Doesn’t that fact make you love your oils more?
2. Aromatherapy is an ancient practice- Aromatherapy has been around for so long. In fact, it’s been practiced for over 6000 years! The first ever record was by the Chinese who used to burn special herbs to encourage balance and harmony. Meanwhile the Egyptians frequently used incense, essential oils during massage treatments and baths. They were also known to use these essential oils during the mummification process of their kings and other royalty!
3. Essential oils are used to ease a variety of ailments- There are various oils used in the practice of Aromatherapy that are believed to ease some conditions like depression, indigestion, insomnia, headaches and more. Besides these, you could also use these oils to boost energy, relax or help you focus and feel alert. Essential oils are best used with an aromatherapy oil diffuser so you can maximize the benefits.
4. Essential oils are expensive- Did you know that approximately 30 roses are used to produce a single drop of your favorite rose oil? This explains why oils can get pricey. Not to mention that the process of extracting these oils can be slow and labor intensive.
5. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that the term “Aromatherapy” was coined-This term was invented by French Chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse. After accidentally burning himself, he soaked his hand in Lavender because at that point, he had nothing else available. He was pleasantly surprised to find that his wound healed quickly. Hence, the term widely used today was born.
6. Essential oils have a direct effect on the brain- Sounds astonishing? Well, our sense of smell is directly linked to the limbic area of the brain, which is considered the emotional control center. This explains why scents change our mood and feelings all of a sudden. Ever notice how lavender makes you feel relaxed and how peppermint makes you feel alert? That’s how the magic of these essentials oils work.
7. A little goes a long way- essential oils work best in tiny drops diffused in the air using an oil diffuser. Excessive amounts can unsettle and give negative effects on you like headaches and dizziness. Use in small doses to reap the benefits of these power oils.
8. Essential oils can improve your productivity- In Japan where Aromatherapy is such a hit, some companies would pump aromatherapy oils such as lemon and rosemary through the air-cooling systems in offices and factories. They noticed that this improved employee efficiency and productivity. Try diffusing lemon, peppermint, orange or rosemary oils in your own office and see the effects!