Soul Food Series - Aromatherapy benefits
When you come to visit our spa before you even reach the door you will get a gorgeous aroma from our essential oils. With diffusers in each room oils are an important part of our spa. We fully believe that scent can create a mood. There is method to the aroma we like to create.
Every oil blend has a different benefit especially in a relaxing spa environment. But what even is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy oils or essential oils are made using dozens of different medicinal plants, flowers, herbs, roots and trees grown all over the world — which have proven, powerful effects on improving physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
For over 5,000 years, aromatherapy has been a trusted practice among cultures spanning the globe. Natural healers turn to aromatherapy for the many antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of aromatic essential oils. So what is aromatherapy used for? Some of the most common reasons that people use it include managing pain, improving sleep quality, reducing stress, overcoming symptoms of depression and soothing sore joints
Aromatherapy can be performed in several different ways:
- Diffusing a combination of essential oils into the air as we do with our diffusers.
- Inhaling oils through the nostrils directly off of a cloth or from the bottle
- Massage therapy using oils – we like to use ginger
- Soaking in an oil-infused bath
- Rubbing oils directly onto the skin
What is aromatherapy used for? Aromatherapy has been studied in connection with improving both short-term health problems, along with more serious disorders. Research shows that anyone with the following health conditions can likely benefit from aromatherapy:
- Stress or anxiety
- Insomnia and trouble sleeping
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Respiratory infections
- Digestive upset
- Skin problems or disorders, including bites, rashes, bruising, cellulite or acne
- Blood sugar fluctuations
Here is a mini breakdown of a few problems and their oil cures:
Improve sleep: Lavender can alleviate insomnia. Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow to help you fall asleep.
Body butter lotion: Mix coconut oil, shea butter, magnesium oil and essential oils for moisturising body lotion.
Homemade lip balm: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and lavender oil for an amazing healing balm for chapped lips.
Relieve tension: Help to relieve anxiety by using a single drop of lavender oil on your hands, rub together, and cup your hands to your nose and let the smell flood your senses.
Massage therapy: Use a few drops of cedarwood or lavender oil, mixed with an unscented lotion during a relaxation massage.
Immediate relaxation: Apply 2–4 drops of chamomile, lavender and peppermint essential oil to your temples for a cooling effect and immediate relaxation.
Detox bath: Mix lavender oil, epsom salts and sea salt to a warm bath to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.
Sauna therapy: Add two drops of your favourite essential oil into two cups of water in a sauna.
Calm upset child: Help soothe and calm children by adding lavender or chamomile to their stuffed animals.
Foot bath: Add a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus oil to a large bowl of warm water to help soothe the feet.
Improve depression: To boost mood and relieve depression, add rose oil to baths, inhalations and diffusers to improve mood.
Yoga and Pilates: To relax during yoga or meditation, inhale lavender or sandalwood before class. Also, mix clove and citrus essential oil to clean yoga mats.
So next time you visit us take a deep inhale we have our oils going for a reason!
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