The therapeutic use of plants can be dated back as far as Ancient Egyptian civilisations and has been practised for centuries by lots of different cultures, including the Chinese, more than 2000 years ago.
Aromatherapy is an ancient holistic healing treatment, which uses plants and their extracts to help promote wellbeing and health.
It is sometimes called essential oils therapy as it uses essential oils to help enhance both physical and mental health.
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy, designed to treat the whole body and mind.
Essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, are made from natural plant extracts which can be found in the flowers, roots, leaves, seeds and bark.
These oils are inhaled, which then stimulates the olfactory nerves, impacting the emotional centre of the brain.
Not only do these essential oils have a pleasant aroma, they can be used to help clear the senses. They also have multiple benefits for emotional wellbeing.
There are over 90 essential oils, each of which has a unique fragrance and different benefit.
Some of the most popular essential oils include lavender and peppermint.
Miaroma Lavender Pure Essential Oil has relaxing and healing properties. Its scent is well known to help you drift off to sleep and it can also help to soothe sensitive skin.
Pop a couple of drops of lavender oil on your pillow for a good night’s sleep or spray the sleep mist around your bedroom just before bedtime.
The sleep spray will help to ensure that you get a restful, restorative sleep.
Miaroma Peppermint Pure Essential Oil is a natural pick me up which will not leave you reaching for a coffee.
Peppermint oil helps to provide relief to mental fatigue and give you a mid-morning or late afternoon boost, to keep you going for the rest of the day.
There are lots of ways that you can use essential oils at home. Here are some of our favourites:
Add a few drops of Miaroma Relaxing Lavender Bath Oil to a warm bath for the ultimate in relaxation – perfect to de-stress after a long day.
This aromatherapy bath oil will leave you feeling calm and centred with beautifully scented skin that is soft and smooth to the touch.
The soothing scent will fill the room as you relax into your massage and the essential oil and its carrier oil will leave the skin feeling soft.
Use lemon oil in your massage to help detox the lymphatic system as well as improve circulation.
Add essential oils to a diffuser or oil burner to create a serene (or invigorating!) atmosphere throughout your home or office.
Lavender essential oil can be used on the skin to help soothe spot-prone skin.
It helps to moisturise the skin while acting as an antibacterial substance and helping to unblock pores.
As well as this, lavender oil can be used to soothe dry skin and help provide relief from insect bites and sunburn, thanks to its soothing properties.
Argan oil can be used to nourish and moisturise your hair, skin, lips and nails.
It adds shine and reduces frizz when used as a conditioner on hair.
Adding a couple of drops of geranium oil to your moisturiser and using twice daily will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as supporting skin elasticity and regulating oil production.
Badger Sleep Balm is a blend of lavender, rosemary, bergamot and balsam fir which helps to ease you into a relaxed state of mind so that you can naturally fall asleep.
Simply apply to your skin and inhale to start your relaxation.
It comes in a portable tin which is perfect to take with you when you are travelling or to pop into your handbag.
Tisserand Little Box of Sleep Rollerball Kit is made with 100% natural essential oils and contains three different varieties to help to relax you.
Just roll onto your pulse points whenever you need them!