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Spring Into Aromatherapy


What is Aromatherapy?

Essential oils are extracted from flowers, herbs, plants, roots, stems-- leaving the purest form of the botanical it was extracted from. These oils are used in aromatherapy to benefit the human body both physically and mentally. When we think of essential oils most of us think of their soothing fragrance, but don’t know the science behind how it actually affects our brain and our bodies. When you inhale an aromatherapy blend the fragrance travels up through your nasal passages directly into the olfactory bulb of your brain. The olfactory bulb is a part of the limbic system, which helps control emotion, memory, attention, movement and some thought processes.


Aromatherapy: Topical Application vs. Inhalation

The most common method of aromatherapy is the inhalation of essential oils, sending sensory information straight to the brain. You may, however, also receive health benefits by topically applying essential oils onto your skin. When applied topically oils attach to your body’s fat cells carried throughout the body and into the brain.  


How does it benefit our health?

Essential oils have been shown to help in treating conditions such as anxiety, depression, migraines, hypertension and even dementia. It is also beneficial to our skin, as it promotes blood flow and reduces inflammation. Aromatherapy benefits our body’s physical and mental health-- each essential oil holds its own healing properties. Essential oils also carry a much higher percentage of antioxidants than superfoods!


Our Favorite Essential Oils & Their Benefits

Grapefruit

Beauty: acne, blemishes, cellulite, dry skin

Health: aches & pains, menstrual cramps, reduces depression symptoms, disinfectant, metabolism


Orange

Beauty: UV damaged skin, cystic acne, dark circles, promotes collagen growth, dandruff, hair growth

Health: antibacterial, stress relief, aphrodisiac, immune system, digestive system, inflammation


Lavender

Beauty: acne, dry skin, complexion, wrinkles, dark circles, hair loss, dandruff, skin psoriasis

Health: stress relief, anxiety relief, sleep, headache, respiratory, bloating, blood circulation


Eucalyptus

Beauty: skin irritation

Health: sinus, respiratory, immune system, stress relief, sleep, inflammation, headaches, allergies, earaches, mental clarity, energy booster, fights infections


Peppermint

Beauty: dry scalp, brightens complexion, acne, toner, hair growth

Health: muscle pain, headaches, digestion, respiratory, energizing, teeth and gums


Lemongrass

Beauty: additive for facial cleanser, dry scalp

Health: sinuses, headaches, muscle relaxer, stomach aches, energizer


To celebrate Aromatherapy month we will be offering aromatherapy complementary to any massage or facial treatment!

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