Aromatherapy has been used since ancient times as an aid to natural healing, promoting emotional and physical well-being. Although not recognized as a legitimate branch of medicine, aromatherapy is a holistic therapy practiced by many doctors and scientists abroad. It is also integrated with many spa treatments and beauty products.
Essential oils work in two ways: by absorption or inhalation, although there are also certain advantages associated with air diffusion (room fragrance). Essential oils are extracted from different parts of plants depending on the oil. “You can extract oils from flowers, twigs, leaves, stems, resins and even roots from everyday plants to more exotic plants,” says Kathy Phillips, founder of This Works, a skin care line. aromatherapeutics for the bath, body and skin. When choosing products for aromatherapy, it is important that they are made with essential oils and that the oils are pure, natural, and not synthetic. According to Charlene Florian Barker, vice president of creative business development for Kerstin Florian International, the key to deciphering whether a product contains real essential oils (as opposed to synthetic oils) is to trust your nose. “If an odor persists, it is not pure. Good essential oils dissipate very quickly, ”she says.
Eucalyptus : good for fighting colds
With its powerful antiseptic properties, eucalyptus can help prevent an impending cold.
Lavender : good for antibacterial purposes
One of the most versatile essential oils, lavender has antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal properties.
Sandalwood : good for calming the senses
Used since Antiquity, sandalwood has been known for its soothing and calming properties.