Aromatherapy is the therapeutic application of pure essential oils to the body. It is a fascinating science and powerful therapy – something that led our co-founder Margaret to first study aromatherapy 35 years ago when it was far less popular than today. Margaret was one of the very first members of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) in 1985.
Here Margaret explains a little about the science of aromatherapy:
When I began training in 1984, Aromatherapy was relatively unknown, but now it enjoys the reputation of being the most popular complementary therapy. Everyone has discovered the power of essential oils in bringing health benefits to mind and body. Aromatherapy can offer a wide variety of practical benefits around the home and in day-to-day skin and body care as well as for many common ailments like stress, fatigue, insomnia, muscular and joint pain, respiratory infections, congestion, headaches, skin problems - and many others.
There are various ways that aromatherapy can be applied to the body:
- In massage oils, creams and lotions, the essential oils penetrate through the skin and cell walls into the bloodstream to improve skin function, reduce inflammation and infection and encourage tissue repair. When combined with massage, the circulation and elimination of toxins is stimulated, painful muscular tension eased and deep relaxation of mind and body can be achieved.
- Essential oils in pure blends can be easily inhaled from a tissue, burner, or bath. Depending on the blend, the aromatic essential oil molecules help to relieve nasal congestion, infection and the bronchial constriction of coughs and asthma, or connect with the hormone and endocrine system triggering a reaction to modify and balance their function. This explains the powerful mental relaxant, stimulant or hormone regulating effects attributed to certain essential oils.
We incorporate essential oils into some, but not all Odylique bath, body and skin care formulations. Where we do use them, the essential oils are always at optimum dilutions for your safety. We also offer aromatherapy blends of pure undiluted essential oils which are supplied with recommended guidelines for use.
Incorporating aromatherapy into your everyday life can make an effective and delightfully fragrant contribution to you and your family's health and well-being.