Aromatherapy: The real deal
"The way to health is through an aromatic bath and aromatic massage." - Hippocrates, 460 B.C.E.
My entire business is based on aromatherapy and the benefits it brings to our sensory and nervous systems, our skin, and the environment. Not that I have completely eliminated conventional practices for ailments and illnesses. Rather, my philosophy has been to reduce synthetic ingredients and use more of nature's ingredients wherever possible.
In my personal quest for natural and alternative methods of health and wellness, I've continued my studies in the field of Aromatherapy to compliment and develop the recipes of my products.
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils for promoting health and well-being. The aromatic extracts of plants and flowers have some amazing and powerful benefits and have been used for thousands of years.
Before focusing solely on creating skincare products, I offered wellness treatments such as massage, reflexology, and facials in my at-home spa. I wanted to give my clients treatments that not only helped them feel good, but were also actually good for them by using products that were clean, natural, healthy, and free from harmful ingredients like chemicals, preservatives, and colouring. When I noticed just how many products failed to meet this criteria, I decided to take matters into my own hands and began practicing aromatherapy. The use of essential oils became the core of my skincare collections.
The action of an essential oil on the body is holistic, combining both physical and mental aspects. Unlike most conventional medicines, essential oils work together with all parts of the body to complement the natural healing and growth processes, and to restore emotional and spiritual balance. They really do more than just smell good!
Essential oils are the heart of aromatherapy and have been used to heal wounds, energize, improve skin tone, relax muscles, regulate hormones, reduce inflammation, relieve menstrual cramps, improve sleep, stimulate the immune system, kill fungal and bacterial infections, decrease congestion, aid digestion, relieve tension headaches and muscle or joint pain, aid blood circulation, boost immune, respiratory, and circulatory systems, reduce stress, insomnia, depression, and anxiety, and clean and detoxify our environment. And that doesn't even cover all of it!
While aromatherapy doesn't cure major illnesses, it is incredibly effective at alleviating many of the discomforts associated with them. Essential oils are flexible in their applications and pleasant to use. You can easily incorporate them into many of your daily activities, including baths, massages, and (of course) skincare. Adding them to diffusers will also keep your surrounding environment clean and healthy.
Now...a word of caution. Beware of products that claim to be an "Aromatherapy" product using essential oils. A lot of products out there are actually using "fragrance" oils. Fragrance oil, or perfume/aromatic oil, is synthetically produced. Chemists analyze the plant's components and reproduce their chemical compositions. Fragrance oils are less expensive than essential oils and don't have any health benefits -- these are the ones that only smell nice!
Member of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists
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