The name ‘aromatherapy’ was coined by René-Maurice Gattefossé in the early 1900’s, although the practise of extracting essential oils for their healing potential is ancient. Using the essential oils of aromatic plants, herbs and flowers has been done all over the world for centuries to ward off evil spirits, freshen the home and to create aromatic remedies for medicinal and cosmetic use.
Modern living has meant a shift back to natural products, aromatherapy and the use of essential oils for a number of reasons. Not only do we all want transparency on what’s in the products we use, who made them and where the ingredients have been sourced from; we also want to care for our own wellbeing and protect the resources and health of our amazing planet. What’s more, with ever-increasing scientific research linking chemicals and synthetic fragrances to allergies, skin sensitivities and even cancer, there’s no denying the appeal.
Living in the 21st century has also got us pretty stressed out, with an estimated 82% of people in the UK experiencing regular stress. It's therefore not surprising that as stress continues to be a part of our everyday, we are looking for effective ways to manage stress in whatever form we can. One of the reasons aromatherapy is such a beneficial tool to diffuse stress-related conditions (including anxiety, overwhelm, nervous tension and chronic fatigue) is because it treats the body and mind holistically, with the potency of the oils having a simultaneous impact on us physically and emotionally. This impact is heightened when a combination of essential oils are blended together to create a synergy.
You can add essential oils to your day in many ways to reap the rewards of aromatherapy. Indulging in a professional aromatherapy massage might be the ultimate pampering treat, but there are plenty of ways to create a mini sanctuary at home for yourself or on the go. Add a few drops of essential oils to a freshly poured bath, vaporise essential oils at home or work, in a ceramic oil burner or electric diffuser, or upgrade your evening ritual with self-massage by diluting essential oils in a vegetable base oil and working into the soles of your feet, hands, neck and any areas of tension. If you’re feeling under the weather, use essential oils to clear the sinuses and facilitate easy breathing by popping a few drops on a tissue, or spray onto your scarf or jacket.
You’ve probably tried - or heard about - using lavender oil for relaxation and aiding sleep, but there are lots of other essential oils that can help us to unwind, such as frankincense. Known for its ability to calm a frantic or frazzled mind, frankincense has a sedating effect on our nervous system, meaning it can ground and root us in the present. Applying our Yemoya perfume oil will bring on a sense of inner peace and serenity, aptly named after The Goddess of the Oceans, Creativity and Nurturing. Try rubbing a few drops into your palms and placing your hands gently over your face; taking 5 deep breaths and inhaling the soothing aroma to overcome moments of overwhelm, anxiety and stress.
Essential oils can also be utilised when we need more spring in our step or extra fire in our belly to get us through a long day or busy period. Rosemary is one of the best natural remedies for increasing focus, improving concentration and bringing clarity. Combined with uplifting grapefruit and invigorating juniper berry, Oya is a go-to when you need a little pick-me-up. It is inspired by The Goddess of Storms and Wind.
Sensual aromas can help to awaken our libido and ignite our passion - for love, work or play. We formulated our Oshun oil with jasmine, ylang ylang and orange, influenced by The Goddess of the Sweet Waters, who represents ultimate femininity and rules over matters of love, fertility and success. Jasmine is known as ‘Queen of The Night’ due to the strength of the aroma released in the evening compared to the day. Like the scented flower, jasmine oil is associated with seduction and romance, while Ylang Ylang is a dynamic aphrodisiac in its own right. Orange imparts happiness and joy to the blend, making Oshun the ultimate fragrance to connect you to your innermost desires and sensuality.