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Aromatherapy - what is it (and what is it not)?

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Aromatherapy..so what exactly is it and what can it do for me?

Well in simple terms, it's the use of naturally extracted aromatic oils from plants and flowers to balance, harmonise and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. Got it?

The key to aromatherapy is that the oils, also known as essential oils, are distilled and extracted from plant and flowers...they are completely natural materials.

These essential oils are extremely powerful and can be used in a number of ways including:-

  • to promote general wellbeing
  • to heal cuts and bruises
  • to balance hormones
  • to alleviate symptoms of coughs and colds to name a few

 

They can be added to your bath, used in massage oils and of course they can be used to scent candles and reed diffusers as we do. Any of these methods allow you to get the benefits of the essential oils.

What you need to remember is that the vast majority of candles are not scented with essential oils. The vast majority of scented candles contain fragrance oils which are a by-product of the petroleum industry...they are not natural and they give none of the benefits that essential oils can offer.

This is why I get a bit cross when I see candle companies promoting their products as being therapeutic. This is why I get a bit cross when I see candle companies talking about how for example, their Geranium candle promotes relaxation and how the Lemon in their candles is uplifting!

It's as simple as this...if a candlemaker doesn't say that they use 100% natural essential oils then they don't. The laws around marketing allow candle manufacturers to say all sorts of things that can easily mislead you but that's a story for another blog post.

So don't forget, if a product doesn't say that it's made with 100% natural materials then it's not.

The vast majority of soy wax candles are scented with fragrance oils which are as natural as a fish riding a bicycle...I think you've got it now :)

PS Here's a pic of an amazing Lavender field I was lucky to visit on a recent trip to Provence...French Lavender is world renowned and one of the most versatile essential oils available...if you think you don't like Lavender, think again...good quality Lavender essential oil smells completely different to the cloying, sickly Lavender fragrance oils that are widely used.

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Warmest wishes

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Founder & Co-owner

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