By Jeanette Drew, Licensed Esthetician & Instructor at CIE, Inc.
The power of scent can take us back in time to a certain place or moment. For example, smelling a certain perfume can remind us of our mommy. Or, when you smell your favorite food it can take you back to your first date. But did you know that some scents can even improve your health? They can induce relaxation and even help you sleep. Studies have shown they can help your skin or digestion. Bottom line, their benefits go well beyond just sticking a memory.
“Essential Oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally,” says Brianna Scarpelli, an expert on essential oils. Essential oils can be applied to the skin (some need a carrier oil such as almond or vitamin e), inhaled or put in a diffuser.
A funny fact about oils is that they are not oils at all because they lack fatty acids. They are highly concentrated plant components. It takes a lot of plants to create a small amount of essential oil. Example, it takes 4,000 pounds of roses to get 1 pound of oil. That’s why some oils are very expensive!
Another way essential oils are being used in our industry is through Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is one of the most actively growing forms of alternative medicine that combines both massage counseling. Some people suffer from certain stress related disorders, and aromatherapy encourages their healing process through relaxation and stress relief. It can also help with chronic pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Here are a few essential oils and what they can do:
1. Grapefruit can help with fatigue and jet lag. It is also a natural antiseptic.
2. Lemon can help detox the body and also help improve acne.
3. Tea Tree is one of the oils that can be used topically as it helps with fungus and blemishes.
4. Lavender has a relaxation effect, but it can be used for minor cuts, bruises and skin irritation.
5. Peppermint purifies and stimulates the mind, and it can be put into water for a great taste.
6. Frankincense can be put into a bath for relaxation, and it helps cuts and bugs bites heal more quickly.
7. Bergamot is known as natures Prozac, as it can help with depression and emotional imbalance.
8. Cinnamon is a antibacterial and anti fungal that also helps with circulation.
9. Fennel helps bowel pain and well as improves fluid retention and nausea.
10. Sage helps aching muscles, sore feet, menstruation cramps and induces relaxation.
SOURCE: Huffington post Canada by Terri Coles