Whilst many people think of Aromatherapy as just ‘massage with scented oils,’ this is not simply the case. Yes, essential oils have delicious fragrances, but they actually come from plant extracts which makes them extremely therapeutic too; meaning that essential oils can help with pretty much anything!
Essential oils have so many fabulous actions, but I often think that their brain stimulant properties are under-utilised and less well-recognised. I use aromatherapy oils constantly when writing, driving on long journeys – or when my capacity to concentrate is dwindling, and renewed focus is required!
Although the term ‘Aromatherapy’ has only really been used since the 20th Century, the use of essential oils for various purposes - including medicinal, pharmacology, perfumery and cosmetology - goes back thousands of years, as far as the Ancient Egyptians.
Winter is the time of year when we’re all at our most tired. However, for some people this exhaustion is permanent; those with the debilitating condition Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) – also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). So, after a busy festive period, and in the depths of Winter, what better time of year than to focus on how essential oils can help combat fatigue and exhaustion, and some of the other symptoms that go with that!
There are so many creams, lotions and potions available for skin that is showing signs of ageing (wrinkles, fine lines or character lines as I like to call them!). Almost all of the products however on the market make false or hugely exaggerated claims, and contain ingredients that include chemicals and various petro-chemical derivatives. I'm sure that very few people would continue to use these products if they actually realised what they contained. Unfortunately the ingredients lists include long and mystifying words, which many people don't understand – even if they care to look at the list in the first place.
According to the NHS, "insomnia is when you have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning, even though you've had enough opportunity to sleep". It is quite a common problem and it is thought that approximately 1/3 of the UK population experience bouts of insomnia at some point in their life. It is most prevalent in women and is more likely to occur with age.
Very few of us go through life never suffering from some form of stress related health issues. Whether it manifests as headaches, sleeping problems, low energy levels, mood swings, low confidence or self esteem issues, or just a constant low grade level of anxiety, it's something that needs resolving before it undermines your health any further.