Five Ways To Benefit From Aromatherapy Oils
The clocks have gone back, it’s suddenly scarf weather, and we’re now leaving the office in darkness. Rather than resist the onset of winter, we’re making it an excuse to embrace all things comforting and luxurious when we get home. Top of our to-do list is investigating the mood-enhancing benefits of aromatherapy; something luxury oils maestros Aromatherapy Associates are experts in. We’ve recently welcomed the 33-year-old British brand into our stable of #brandstotrust, so we’ve taken the opportunity to explore just a few of the ways natural scents can help ground, pamper and relax us through the colder months.
Nourish your face
Treating your face with a high-quality facial oil is a great way to stimulate your skin and create a glow as the temperatures drop. Oil has a hydrating effect on drier skin, while helping to rebalance oiler skin types. The Hydrating Nourishing Face Oil mixes Australian sandalwood, geranium and rose flower oils – breathe in deeply while you’re smoothing it on to heighten the sensory experience.
Bathe in positive vibes
A recent preliminary study suggests regular afternoon baths could improve your mood more than physical exercise. Now, we’re not suggesting you can just pop home of a Tuesday afternoon for a soak, but the weekend is an ideal time to test this theory out. Draw a hot bath, add a cup of Epsom salts and a few drops of De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil, and tend to both body and spirit. Before you step in to the tub, Aromatherapy Associates suggests massaging your chosen oil onto your torso, before cupping your hands and bringing them to your face to inhale deeply three times.
Lull yourself to sleep with lavender
A few drops of Support Lavender Pure Essential Oil on your pillow can help ease you into a deep night’s slumber. Lavender essential oil has many benefits on the mind and body, including reducing emotional stress and anxiety, improving sleep, relieving pain and helping to heal burns and wounds. The scent on your pillow is an olfactory prompt to focus on your body and surroundings as you’re drifting off, too, rather than letting your mind race off.
Make time for a massage
During winter, weeks of wearing tights can wreak havoc on your legs, and cold temperatures and central heating can combine to create sore, dry patches. Massage is a time-honoured way to decompress and create silky limbs. Buff the Inner Strength Body Oil in to damp skin after a shower – it will lock in moisture and you’ll be left with clary sage, frankincense and cardamom-scented skin.
Turn your living room into a post-work sanctuary
Burning aromatherapy oil is our new favourite way to brighten our homes. Wind down after a long day in a sweetly-scented living room with the Relax Room Fragrance – a blend of West Indian bay, geranium and myrrh essential oils. Try adding a few drops to Aromatherapy Associates’ Home Fragrancer, a ceramic pebble-shaped dish which gently heats up the oil to release its mood-boosting fragrance.
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