Thursday, March 3, 2011

Aromatherapy Thursday

While working on my natural product line and realized how fitting the subject of aromatherapy is for my blog.  While you don't necessary collect aromatherapy it is a very important aspect of our homes.  I have been in homes beautifully decorated and very neatly organized but filled with stale air or unpleasant odors.  Not that it can always be avoided but what we smell can affects our moods dramatically.  Currently to my knowledge there is only one scent that has been studied using blind tests in a lab and that would be Lavender.

Lavender is one of my favorite fragrances.  It is not only proven to help people relax and sleep but it smells pleasant.  It is a gentle oil that can be used in a variety of ways:  lotions, massage oils, room fragrances, perfumes, soaps and much more.  It also has aseptic properties meaning that it cleanses the air around it.  
Dried Fragrant Lavender
To benefit from these special properties you must use items made with essential oils or that contain the natural herb itself.   Fragrant oils are synthetic, they will smell similar, but will not have all of the properties that an essential oil or herb has.  Essential oils are usually made through a process of distillation that will capture the oils from the actual plant.  These can be costly but are well worth it. 
Most of my products will contain only or primarily essential oils.  I prefer to use the best quality available whenever possible.
So when you are feeling stressed or have a stressful period in life, remember the benefits of having the aroma of lavender in your space.  It can be as simple as having a cotton ball with a little oil on it or as luxurious as soaking in handmade sea salts.

1 comment:

CremeMagnolia said...

I love essential oils and use them frequently to 'de-odor' my home. Great article that will enlighten many.