What is aromatherapy?
Get acquainted with essential oils, the 100% natural way to enhance health and wellbeing.
In today’s fast-paced, environmentally-challenged world, it’s no surprise the popularity of aromatherapy is at an all time high. For many, our lifestyles are a balancing act – we’re busy juggling work and family commitments, while trying to carve out social time and self-care. With so many balls in the air, it’s no surprise we’re reaching out for natural ways to reduce stress, and enhance our health and wellbeing, with a holistic approach to mind, body, and soul.
But to really understand the important role aromatherapy can play in your life, it’s important to understand what it is, where it came from, and where it’s going …
What is aromatherapy?
At its heart, aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, derived from plants and aromatics, for a diverse range of wellness, preventative, emotional, and physiological reasons. Oils are used either topically, aromatically, or internally, and can be blended to produce exquisite fragrances with different therapeutic benefits.
The origins of aromatherapy can be traced back over hundreds of years to a number of ancient civilisations who embraced the use of essential oils. The Chinese, Indians, Greeks, Egyptians and Romans held their oils in high regard, using them in cosmetics, perfumes, trade, as a flavouring for food, as well as for medicinal purposes.
The distilling of essential oils for medicine is documented from as early as the eleventh century when Avicenna – described as the ‘father of modern medicine’ – isolated aromatic oils using steam distillation. From there, the concept of aromatherapy was advanced by several European scientists and doctors in the early 1900’s, and during World War II a French surgeon, Jean Valnet, pioneered the modern medicinal use of essential oils when he used them in the treatment of wounded soldiers.
Today, aromatherapy is recognised around the world as an important natural therapy for a wide range of conditions and purposes. From pre and post-natal care to palliative care, menopause to massage, mood enhancement and medical conditions, to simply enjoying the luxurious sensory pleasure of aromatics … the demand for aromatherapy and essential oils is flourishing.
What is aromatherapy used for?
One of nature’s greatest gifts, essential oils’ properties are as unique and varied as the reasons people use them. For an idea of how aromatherapy can enrich your life, some common uses include:
- Sleep promotion
- Pain relief
- Improve digestion
- Relax and recharge
- Mental wellbeing
- Antiseptic / Antibacterial
- Boost memory
- Relive anxiety
- Natural insect repellent
- Reduce inflammation
- Lower blood pressure
- Skin conditions
- Soothe muscles
- Elevate mood
And that’s just for starters! For more inspiration, keep an eye out for our regular blog posts & social media.
Aromatherapy and Diffusion
Diffusing essential oils is one of the most beneficial ways to experience the healing powers of aromatherapy. It’s also one of the most portable and practical ways, with diffusers and vaporisers rapidly becoming essential items in homes, offices, spas, and workplaces around the world.
When essential oils are dispersed into the atmosphere in their purest form, they’re easily inhaled and absorbed for maximum health benefits. Lively Living’s aroma diffuser technology allows rapid ultrasonic vibrations to create healthy negative ions which purify the air removing dust, germs, and bacteria.
Considering the short and long term benefits of aromatherapy, it’s no surprise essential oils are at the top of everyone’s health and wellbeing checklist. Lively Living’s essential oils and aroma diffusers tick every box:
- They’re completely natural plant-derivatives, with the majority organically certified.
- They’re affordable and economical, with a little going a very long way.
- They put you in control of your environment and wellbeing. You decide which blends to use, where, how often, and for which purpose.
- They smell absolutely amazing, and have the ability to transform the mood of any room for every occasion.
- They are safe for the whole family to use, including children and babies.
At Lively Living we celebrate innovation, style and wellbeing. Our extensive range of BPA-free aroma diffusers not only look, good, smell good, and are good for you, they’re at the forefront of technology offering five-in-one functionality, with exciting new products being added all the time.
If you’ve been looking for a way to bring some balance to your fast-paced lifestyle, or a natural way to enhance your family’s health and wellbeing, invite aromatherapy into your home and appreciate what Lively Living can mean for you.