Essential oils are perhaps the most misunderstood beauty products today. The benefits of essential oils extend far beyond aromatherapy; as a critical and an all-natural innovative element of your daily beauty routine encompassing skin care, hair care and personal care. Essential oils truly are sensuous, glamorous, indulgent and an essential component in every women’s beauty arsenal for an active lifestyle.
There are probably as many uses for aromatherapy as there are essential oils, but research shows particular promise in relieving stress, stabilizing your mood, improving sleep, pain, and nausea relief, and improving your memory and energy level. An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, which is why using a combination of oils often creates a much more powerful effect than any one particular oil.
Our sense of smell is our most primal sense and exerts surprising influence over our thoughts, emotions, moods, memories, and behaviors. The olfactory nerve gives us our sense of smell and starts from our nose and enters the skull to connect directly to the brain. This nerve sends signals almost instantaneously to many parts of the brain, including the limbic system and amygdala, which are in charge of emotions, mood, and memory. These systems are also in charge of regulating our autonomic nervous system, which can either trigger a fight-or-flight response, quickening our breath, heart rate and raising our blood pressure, or can soothe us through turning on the parasympathetic nervous system, which relaxing our bodies. This theory helps explain why scents can so quickly trigger physical reactions in our bodies and have lasting effects after the scent is gone.
Essential oils like lavender have even been shown to interact the same way biochemically that many anti-anxiety medications do on neuroreceptors. Aromatherapy allows you to harness the olfactory power of plants, using their essential oils to enhance your physical and emotional health. Studies have shown that specific essential oils used in aromatherapy can help relieve stress, relax the body, and promote better sleep.
The following lists some of oils and synergy blends for a few of today's most common complaints. There are some real "multitaskers," like lavender, ylang ylang and bergamot oils that treat more than one problem.
Stress – Lavender, Bergamot, Peppermint, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
Insomnia – Lavender, Chamomile, Neroli, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
Anxiety – Lavender, Bergamot, Sandalwood,
Depression – Lavender, Peppermint
Lavender essential oil is one of the most studied essential oils in terms of its relaxing effects. One study found that lavender oil aromatherapy calmed the nervous system—lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature as well as changing brain waves to a more relaxed state. Lavender can also help with mild insomnia and provide better quality of sleep. Lavender aromatherapy has also been found to help reduce anxiety and depression in women with postpartum depression.
Many studies support its ability to relieve tension and anxiety. Five out of six clinical studies conducted between 2009 to 2013, have found that Bergamot essential oil aromatherapy reduces heart rate, blood pressure, and stress.
Ylang Ylang aroma has been shown to be relaxing and decrease blood pressure in many small studies. One study found that Ylang Ylang aroma calmed the nervous system, leading to lower heart rate and blood pressure and heart rhythms on electrocardiogram (EKG).
A perfectly balanced blend of nature’s most earthly offerings take us on a euphoric journey. Nirvana opens with the calming aromas of Patchouli and Bergamot to ground the soul and soothe the mind. The citrus finish is elegant and uplifting, invoking feelings of serene bliss.
A vibrantly earthly blend, Zen offers a balanced aroma that encourages a deep exploration of the inner self. The woody yet floral murmurs are transportive, allowing the body to relax into a state of spiritual freedom.