Background of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy oils and their uses date back to ancient civilisations who used essential oils for hygienic, spiritual and ritualistic purposes. The uses of aromatherapy range from calming properties to aiding memory and concentration. Some oils can be diffused into the air through vapour or rubbed into pressure points on the skin, such as wrists, behind the ears, and temples.
The Power of Aromatherapy Treatment
The power of scent is undeniable with its ability to evoke emotions and memories in an instant, which can be especially effective for those struggling with memory or managing their emotions. The way this works is through the olfactory receptors, which are directly linked to the limbic system – the area of the brain responsible for motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. An easy and natural way to manipulate the limbic system through smell is by using aromatherapy treatment, which recreates familiar and comforting scents. Pleasant smells can have drastic effects when it comes to mood-boosting and wellbeing and this is where aromatherapy and its benefits come in!
Creating a peaceful environment can be a really effective way to help relieve some of the frustration those with Alzheimer’s, ADD, and autism often experience. Chamomile has been known to be relaxing both physically and emotionally, and is said to act as an anti-inflammatory as well as relaxing the brain waves. Lavender is commonly used to reduce stress and anxiety, and is also known to help induce sleepiness – ideal for those struggling to fall asleep at night. Poor sleep is linked to higher levels of stress and tension, so using aromas as natural sleep aids can be a step forward.
Part of the frustrations of sensory processing disorders or dementia is the inability to focus. If concentration and focus are an issue, lemon, peppermint, and rosemary oils are known to help boost cognition and memory. Try gently diffusing these oils into the room or use them in a relaxing hand massage.
There are a number of ways to experience essential oils and their benefits and here are some of our favourite products to help you start your aromatherapy journey:
The Aroma Bowl is a discreet, electric, ceramic diffuser to which you can add essential oils and let the diffuser gently heat up, controlled by its own thermostat.
If you would prefer not to use electricity, Aroma Cubes are a great alternative and are even more portable than the Aroma Bowl. Just shake the cube of choice for an instant aroma response.
The Aroma Starter Kit contains eleven popular essential oils, including: Bergamot, Geranium Egyptian, Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile Roman, Eucalyptus Globulus, Rosemary, Sweet Almond Oil, Clary Sage, Lavender, and Tea Tree. It also comes with a hard plastic case, stirring rod, and glass measuring beaker. We recommend pairing this with the Aroma Diffuser.
If you’re thinking about trying aromatherapy at home, school, hospital, or in a sensory room, feel free to browse our selection of aromatherapy products and/or chat to one of our friendly team members for more information on any of products.