The hectic lives we lead today leave us little or no time for “me-time“ what seems to be the main cause for stress. The recent survey conducted by Australian Psychological Society shows that growing number of Australians 25 to 35 years old, have the highest level of stress. The numbers are alarming and psychologists say that stress is the main cause for many illnesses such as stroke and heart attack. So it’s time you focus on your wellbeing. Hence sit back, relax and let me introduce you to your new BFFs – essential oils. These aromatic products will not only take you on a magical sensory journey into the world of enchanting fragrances but can also instantly soothe your mind and rejuvenate your body. They have the power to stimulate your senses and help you reach a state of uplifting bliss and vitality.
As ancient gifts of nature with priceless value, essential oils have long reigned the realms of natural healing and beauty practices. Their therapeutic quality has been valued and used around the world for thousands of years. Today they’re having their momentum again and we have the privilege to experience their powerful nourishing properties. These fragrant compounds are responsible for the lovely, distinctive smell of plants, play a vital part in plant pollutions and their function is to protect plants from insects, bacterial diseases and other threats.
Pure essential oils represent a combination of more than a hundred constituents that are biosynthesized by the plant’s enzymes. The practice of using these highly potent, aromatic compounds for healing and beauty purposes is known as aromatherapy- the art of reaching harmonic balance of emotional and physical health. The oils are extracted from the flowers, bark, steam, roots and various other parts of plants through a variety of extraction methods, the most common ones being distillation and expression. In distillation steam passes through the plant material causing it to release the oil compounds in the form of vapour. As the steam oil blend cools down the oil and water separate and finally the obtained essential oil is filtered. The method of expression, on the other hand, is a mechanical, cold extraction process and is most commonly used for citrus plants.
From enhancing your physical wellbeing to elevating your spirit these natural oils can reduce stress, protect against infections and boost your immune system. There are many different ways you can harness the healing properties of the oils, the most effective ones being topical application and aromatic diffusion. Depending on the desired effects and your specific needs you can used them in the form of complex oil blends or single oils. Topical application is basically applying the oils to the skin through a gentle massage that are in turn absorbed into the blood stream and do their magic, and by magic I mean soft, glowing and rejuvenated skin. They are often used for skincare and applied to the skin along with coconut, almond or olive oil which act as carrier oils. When it comes to aromatic diffusion the oils can be inhaled by smelling them directly through the bottle or dispersing them into the air with a special aromatherapy diffuser, humidifier or a boiling pot.