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, 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, 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.

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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 take advantage of their benefits:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 the elasticity and firmness of the skin.

A massage full of benefits

The energies and the different intentions we put into something always enhance the effects they have on us, and essential oils are no exception. An example of this is the Lunar Massage offered by Grand Velas Riviera Maya, which takes advantage of the benefits of plants, flowers, spices, and roots to give a different purpose to the oils of the Mexican brand Agave Spa in each part of the body.

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It is a message inspired by the moon’s phases and what it generates around us with its energy month after month, so to speak; the crescent moon is a seductive energy that emanates power and sensuality. Based on this, SE Spa was inspired by different aromas for a unique benefit:

  • The oil “Here and Now”, consisting of geranium and marjoram, is used on the head to help understand that the moment is now.
  • “Love” oil consisting of rosemary, jasmine, black pepper, and red pepper symbolizes goodness and compassion in the human being and is used on the chest and the heart.
  • In the stomach area, “Passion” is used, made with madera de cachemira, and almizcle.
  • “Prosperity”, a mixture of relaxing, laurel, and hierbabuena, reduces fear, depression, and anxiety and is used on the legs.
  • “Protection” a healing herb blend of mejorana, orėgano, cilantro, anís, and pimienta negra is used on the back.

The best part? They can be enjoyed facing the sea at the Spa Cabanas.

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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?
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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What natural essential will you add to your aromatherapy kit?