Aromatherapy is a holistic healing method that uses essential oils (natural plant extracts) to promote both physical and emotional health & wellness.
It normally involves either topical application, or inhalation through a diffuser or spray.
Aromatherapy works by activating smell receptors in the nose, which send messages to and activate areas of the brain such as the limbic system (which affects emotions) – think brightening grapefruit or calming lavender.
When applied to skin, they also can cause a skin response – think cooling wintergreen or warming cinnamon.
Aromatherapy is generally a very safe wellness method, with issues usually limited to skin irritations.
When used safely, benefits may include reduced tension in the mind & body, improvement of mood, and more. It’s a great method to try!