Aromatherapy for beginners
We have heard in recent years the word “aromatherapy”, the truth is that its antiquity is several thousand years ago in civilizations such as China, India or Greece, where cosmetics, perfumes, and medicines were made with natural essential oils. But aromatherapy, as we know it today, was originated in the 20th by a French chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé, who conducted many studies on essential oils and their benefits in certain diseases. The popularity of these oils grew and with it, the multiple applications in health and beauty.
It is an herbal technique, where essential oils have the main function of improving mood and health through inhaling or applying the oils on the skin.
But, what is exactly a natural essential oil?
This is made from fragrances extracted from plants, seeds or fruits. It is an aromatic and non-greasy concentrate that is obtained from various natural chemical processes.
There are 2 ways to use essential oils and to take advantage of their benefits:
- Inhalation: It is the most common aromatherapy because our sense of smell directly activates the limbic system, which is responsible for regulating our emotions. In this case, a special diffuser can be used to spread the essential oil.
- On the skin: Not every essential oil is specifically for the skin. It is usually already diluted with other oils or water since such strong concentrate ingredients could harm your skin. Its main purpose is to hydrate and nourish the skin. Also, a massage with these oils stimulates elasticity and firmness’ skin.
Both methods are super effective, but there is no doubt, we know that there are some seasons in which we must reinforce our body’s defenses, for example in winter because some respiratory diseases get stronger and more common.
Due to the global situation, today we must take more precautions in this regard because although we know from recent studies, there are six types of COVID-19 and each of them is distinguished by certain symptoms; one of them is becoming very common: loss of smell.
A new security measure!
At Velas Resorts we implement a careful program with hygiene protocols, Stay Safe, among them an olfactory test. Both guests and employees when arriving must identify one of the three aromas that have some bags scented with garlic, coffee, or citrus.
Thus, how does aromatherapy work on the immune system?
While certain essential oils help strengthen our bodies, it is important to balance a good diet, workout, and activities for mental well-being, such as meditation and aromatherapy.
- Bergamot: It is an essential oil that stimulates the immune system and helps to improve mood, so also increases the functioning of immunity.
- Tea tree: It is ideal to calm some viral infections and also strengthens the defenses to keep some microorganisms away.
- Lemon: Naturally it is a great booster for the immune system, and of course, in essential oil, it raises the white blood cells.
- Oregano: Its strong aroma, in addition to being an extraordinary antioxidant, supports the natural functioning of the body to protect it from external agents.
Other essential oils and their benefits
The variety of essential oils is wide, but the most common — and considered as trending Spa ingredients— are:
- Lavender: it is a natural painkiller that alleviates sleep problems and reduces stress, nervous tension, and combats insomnia. So you can meditate a bit before sleeping and don’t forget to add a few drops of lavender to your diffuser for a relaxed sleep.
- Rosemary: it is a great natural remedy to relieve muscular and rheumatic pain. Besides, it activates the digestive system and blood circulation, so a massage on the legs with this essential oil will completely calm you down.
- Orange: its fresh aroma stimulates and clarifies the mind and memory capacity. It is also a great energizer, as it drives away negative thoughts and will lift your mood. How about using it in the morning to start full of energy?
- Chamomile: it is one of the most popular remedies, since it has calming, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, so its use on irritated skin has a great effect or a stomach ache can also be calmed with this oil. On the other hand, its sweet aroma also helps to fall asleep and relax your muscles.
- Eucalyptus: it is an ideal expectorant for some respiratory ailments. It also helps clear the mind and stimulate the senses to improve concentration, so it is perfect for your workplace or space where your children study.
What natural essential will you add to your aromatherapy kit?