Aromatherapy 101

Aromatherapy 101

Aromatherapy is a wellness technique that everyone can benefit from. It uses natural essential oils to help elevate your mood. Whether you are looking to stay alert and focused during a project, or unwind and relax before bed, aromatherapy can help. Here are some ways we use aromatherapy in our daily routine. 

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Diffuser
One of the more common ways to incorporate aromatherapy into your life is using a diffuser. A diffuser is a safe way to add fragrance to your home, without worrying about flames or smoke. This is especially helpful if you have little ones in the house. With a diffuser you can create your own unique blend by adding drops of different oils, or keep to one note you enjoy. The possibilities are endless!

Candles
Another popular way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy are with candles. Scented candles not only provide a wonderful scent, but can add ambiance to a space as well. There is something very comforting about lighting a candle and having the glow brighten up your space. 

Incense 
This traditional practice uses smoke and scented sticks as a form of aromatherapy. Incense sticks can be quite potent, so be sure to burn one at a time and always have them in a safe space. The scented sticks used for incense tend to have more traditional scents such as sandalwood, patchouli, and sage.

Essential Oils 
several vials in white wooden organizer shelfAs we had mentioned earlier, essential oils are a common way to incorporate aromatherapy into your routine. Besides a diffuser, you can also use essential oils in a rollerball. This option is when the oil is mixed with a skin safe carrier oil and can be applied to your skin. Also, you can try adding oils to your laundry dryer sheets, to give your clothes a natural refresh.

Aromatherapy has been known to help aid with anxiety and stress, and can help promote feelings of alertness and positivity. Here are some notes and oils we like to use:

- To promote feelings of relaxation: lavender
- To promote concentration: peppermint
- To help purify our space: tea tree
- To help uplift our mood: lemongrass

What type of scents do you incorporate in your aromatherapy practice?