The use of aromatherapy and essential oils has been around for thousands of years – apparently Cleopatra was even a fan! But what actually is aromatherapy and how can it benefit you? Aromatherapy is the use of fragrance, specifically essential oils, to help increase your sense of physical and emotional wellbeing. There are a wide range of benefits of aromatherapy, including alleviating tension, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as helping you to get a good night’s sleep. All in all, if you’re not already on board with aromatherapy, then you need to be.
We’ve got together our favourite aromatherapy products so that you can start trying them out for yourself at home.
Perhaps the way most of you are already familiar with aromatherapy is through aroma diffusers. These handy little pods can fill your home with the uplifting, calming, and invigorating scent of essential oils in seconds and they look super cute too. Our go-to is the NEOM Wellbeing Pod – at the touch of a button, this diffuser pod releases a soft, enveloping mist that fills your environment with your favourite scent. Simply pair with your favourite essential oil (our fave is the Happiness Essential Oil, a blend of neroli, mimosa, and lemon) and let the diffuser do the work for you. The custom light settings and chic design of this pod from NEOM makes it good enough to show off.
You know the saying, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it – it’s definitely true when it comes to candles. The OG in the home fragrance world, we truly believe that you can never have enough candles. With a candle to suit every mood, shelfie, and scent preference, we can be guilty for having several on the go at once. When it comes to restoring zen to your home environment, you can’t go wrong with the Cowshed Relax Candle. The fresh, herbaceous scent of lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus fills your sense in seconds, helping you to switch off a busy mind and feel instantly more rested.
One of the most traditional methods of aromatherapy is through massage, as it helps to alleviate muscle tension, aches, and pains. When combined with essential oils, massage can be one of the best ways of increasing our sense of wellbeing, so why not try it out for yourself? The My Viv Bergamot Oil is the perfect partner for getting the relaxing benefits from the comfort of your own home. The soft, bergamot scent from the essential oils helps to leave you feeling fully relaxed and recharged, whilst the oil itself hydrates the skin. Simply enlist the help of your s/o or even try it out on yourself on the tops of the shoulders, arms, and legs.
Pulse point rollers
Pulse point rollers have been an effective way of reaping the benefits of essential oils for a long time. Your pulse points are where your blood is closest to the surface of the skin, meaning that the essential oils can be absorbed quicker and you feel the stress-relieving benefits faster. With so many blends for various difference needs covered, there’s sure to be something for everyone. The ginger root, lavender, and geranium scent of the Aēsop Ginger Flight Therapy makes it a firm favourite of ours. Designed to help calm nervous flyers, the essential oils in this blend don’t have to be exclusively saved for when you next hop on a flight. They help to reduce feelings of stress, nausea, or worry, which makes it a perfect match for a hectic day, too.
Bath & body
Another favourite from the Cowshed range is their Relax Bath & Body Oil. Adding this scent to a warm bath helps the steam and fragrance to fully fill your bathroom and beyond with a sense of zen. The lavender, eucalyptus, and chamomile scent helps to calm, soothe, and relax the body and mind, whilst the nourishing oils restore the skin. For an extra calming hit, smooth a few drops over your body after your bath for a long-lasting scent that lingers.
When it comes to room sprays, why have one when you can have three!? With a scent to suit every mood, the Aēsop Room Spray Trio features three aromatic sprays for you to use throughout your home. Featuring the Cythera Aromatique Room Spray, a warm, woody scent to help you feel cosy and relaxed, the Istros Aromatique Room Spray, a vibrant, floral scent to help uplift the senses, and the Olous Aromatique Room Spray, a fresh, citrusy, woody scent to help you feel revived. Pick one depending on how you’re feeling or use them all in separate rooms to truly fill your space with the benefits of aromatherapy.
In the bedroom
Struggling to drift off? We feel you and this is where you can really harness the benefits of aromatherapy. You may already be familiar with pillow sprays, but if you’re not, let us give you the low down. The blend of essential oils in sleep sprays can be misted over your bedding for you to breathe in, resulting in a quieter mind and helping you to drift off more quickly. We love the BeYou Pillow Spray, as it isn’t your classic lavender scent. The blend of jasmine, chamomile, ylang-ylang, and lavender give this spray a unique scent that really does have us falling asleep in minutes. Combine with some relaxing breathing techniques and get ready to thank us after your full eight hours.