Did you know that your sense of smell is your most powerful sense? The scent cells in your nose renew every 28 days, giving you the ability to take a fresh, new whiff of life every month. Amazingly, you can detect a trillion different scents.
Our sense of smell is closely linked to our memory and emotions. Different scents can send your mood soaring, quell your fears and bring you peace. Think about how you feel when you smell a freshly sliced lemon, a newly broken sprig of rosemary or chopped peppermint leaves. Those pleasing aromas stem from the essential oils found in plants. It’s no wonder that their concentrated forms are so beneficial to our health!
Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
Essential oils have a long history that dates back 5,000 years when Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese used them during religious ceremonies and to treat diseases.
We can thank the French chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé, for introducing us to aromatherapy. During World War I, he used lavender oil to treat wounds on injured soldiers. The results were so dramatic, that the use of essential oils to treat disease and relieve symptoms spread throughout Europe. Aromatherapy finally became popular in the U.S. during the 1980s when essential oils were added to lotions, candles and other fragrances.
Today, we use essential oils in aromatherapy to improve physical, emotional and mental health. They’re used in complementary treatments such as massage therapy and acupuncture, and traditional medicine to help patients manage symptoms and find relief from more invasive treatments.
Choosing and Using Essential Oils
Choose essential oils based on their purity, therapeutic properties, plant sources, testing methods and sustainable practices. Check out the label, too. The ingredients should include botanical names and country of origin.
Plantlife’s essential oils are as pure as pure can be. These therapeutic-grade oils are extracted from carefully sourced ingredients that are organic, nonGMO, homeopathic and cruelty-free. There is nothing artificial in these oils – no colorants, fragrances, chemicals or preservatives. And when you pick up a bottle, notice the botanical names, country of origin and much more on the label.
Some Common Scents
With hundreds of essential oils to choose from, where do you start? Here’s a primer on how to use healing essential oils and some of Plantlife’s more popular oils and what they do for you.
Most essential oils should not be ingested because they are highly concentrated. Check labels to be sure. Before using essential oils on your skin, dilute 10-15 drops in about 4 oz. of a carrier oil. You can also use them with electronic diffusers or add a few drops to your bath water.
Eucalyptus has a clear, sharp, herbaceous and camphor aroma that is cleansing, purifying, invigorating and balancing. It is great in a facial steam to clear congested and blemished skin.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender has a light fresh aroma that is floral, light and woody. It is used to prevent scarring, stretch marks, and to slow the development of wrinkles. Aromatherapists use it to treat rheumatism, sprains, respiratory problems, abdominal cramps, depression, insomnia, tension, burns and skin infections. It is particularly effective in treating headaches and migraines.
Lemongrass has a fresh, citrusy, grassy aroma. It can help to tone body and tissues and relieve muscle pain by making them supple when used in massage. It also helps with correcting poor blood circulation.
Peppermint has a fresh, minty, sweet, herbaceous aroma. It’s used to treat nervous disorders, the respiratory tract, muscle aches and pains and skin problems. Peppermint may also help certain emotional conditions and is used to relieve pain from toothaches and arthritis.
Its herbaceous, sweet, and slight camphor aroma is clarifying and invigorating. It is a stimulant and used to help sharpen memory and clear the mind and increase mental awareness. It is also used in scalp treatments and for hair growth.
The fresh, sweet, uplifting, orange aroma of Sweet Orange is energizing and can help ease stress and anxiety. It can be helpful as a skin toner, too.
Tea Tree has a warm, spicy, medicinal and pungent aroma. It is a very powerful immune stimulant, and helps fight infections and promote clear skin.
Ylang Ylang has a sweet, floral aroma. It has a sedative effect and is used for spiritual balancing, nervous tension and to aid with depression. It is an aphrodisiac and can help with PMS and menopausal symptoms.
You may also want to try Plantlife’s special blends of essential oils, including Peace, Well Being, Meditate and Balance.
Clean Scents – Natural Bar Soap
Plantlife’s natural bar soaps use natural ingredients and include pure essential oils and organic botanicals. Look for Lemongrass Soap, Black Soap with Activated Charcoal, Vanilla Orange, and Jojoba Rosehip Skin Bar.
They are gentle enough for even the driest and most sensitive of skin.
You will love them!
Plantlife’s essential oils and soaps make wonderful gifts for every occasion. With so many scents to choose from, they make perfect additions to any gift baskets or gift bags, and will delight everyone who receives them.
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