Wellbeing Wednesday: The benefits of aromatherapy

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In its simplest form, aromatherapy is the use of scents to improve psychological or physical wellbeing. Though it's thought that aromatherapy originated in China, the practice of using aromatic oils to enhance the mood has existed for thousands of years, and there is evidence of the practice in ancient times in both Egypt and Greece.

Aromatherapy is a powerful holistic treatment that can help alleviate stress, encourage relaxation and reduce stress. And actually aromatherapy is a big part of Maddi Alexander because each of our signature scents are designed around moods. For those looking to relax and destress, there's Serene with its lavender and geranium floral tones. If you're looking for something revitalising, there's Frivolous with its uplifting Sicilian lemon, bergamot, sweet orange, ginger and clove blend.

For this week's Wellbeing Wednesday, we wanted to talk more about aromatherapy and share some of the surprising health benefits that it can offer.

1. Reducing stress
Stress relief is one of the most widely recognised uses of aromatherapy. Calming scents like lavender, peppermint and bergamot are used as relaxants to relieve anxiety and soothe the mind. If you're having trouble unwinding, try indulging in a Serene bath. For aching muscles and tension, try a little sprinkle of Serene Soaking Salts, with their rich blend of sea salt and Epsom salts. Or try our Bath Soak with its natural oils and a scattering of rose petals, Serene bath soak combines hand-crumbled cold pressed soap with oatmeal, cornflour, sea salt, powdered orange peel and shea butter for a nourishing bathing experience.

2. Relieving pain
From migraines to muscular cramps, aromatherapy can be an effective alternative to painkillers. Anti-inflammatory essential oils like chamomile, sweet majoram, eucalyptus or peppermint, are able to penetrate cells quickly, improving circulation and providing oxygen to inflamed joints.

3. Boosting memory
Ever smelled something familiar and found yourself transported back to a specific time? Scents are a powerful part of our memory and so it makes sense that we can use them to aid and enhance our memories. Maybe you've got a tight deadline for work, or you're trying to get in the zone for a client presentation. Try applying an invigorating scent to your pulse points, like our Revive Aromatherapy Roll-on. The refreshing blend of natural grapefruit, orange, lemon and bergamot will increase your energy levels, and right before the pitch, a little dab on your wrists will help refresh your memory!

4. Helping your body heal
By increasing blood flow, reducing inflammation and with their anti-microbial, essential oils can be an effective way of speeding up your body's healing time. Certain oils can also help heal and reduce the discomfort of skin irritations like eczema and psoriasis.

5. Aiding digestion
Among their many uses, massaging essential oils like black pepper, ginger, grapefruit and chamomile, onto the abdomen can aid digestion, ease bloating, relieve indigestion and speed up the metabolism so food can be digested quicker.

6. Strengthening the immune system
With their anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, essential oils can be an effective way of not only treating but preventing illness and infection. Rosemary, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, grapefruit, lemon and cinnamon are all effective, immune system boosting essential oils.

7. Regulating sleep
Aromatherapy and the use relaxing scents can be a powerful way of resetting your body clock and developing a healthy sleep pattern. It works by allowing your body to relax and allow itself to become tired at an appropriate time. While lavender is well-known for it's sleep enhancing properties, jasmine, chamomile, ylang-ylang, rose and sandalwood also have naturally sedative properties. If you're having trouble sleeping, our Pillow Spray is perfect. Simply spritz onto your pillow and let the lavender tones whisk you away into a deep slumber.

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