Guy Vincent, an aromatherapy expert, spoke with Julee Wilson at The Huffington Post about essential oils and aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is “the use of concentrated plant-derived aromatic oils for health and wellbeing,” Vincent told The Huffington Post.
By simply smelling various essential oils (or a combination of them), our brains become stimulated and depending on the particular healing powers of the aromatic compound, we can experience a range emotions — from calm to energized.
These natural mood modifiers are what have inspired so many to not only try aromatherapy, but to use it on a regular basis.
Vincent, who says he’s “not a great sleeper,” has found that a nightly routine of stretching, yoga and using the calming effects of lavender essential oil help him relax and eventually head to dreamland.
But harnessing the power of aromatherapy goes beyond mood or room-modifying oils, sprays and candles — there are also beautifying benefits. For example, lavender not only helps to relieve stress but its antiseptic and antibacterial properties also fight mild acne. And rosemary oil will give a boost of energy as well as add volume and silky-ness to your hair.
For optimal effectiveness, many essential oils can be applied directly to the skin or dabbed on the wrist, back of the neck and temples. And adding drops of the pure oils to your favorite beauty products is yet another brilliant use.
We asked Vincent to tell us about some of the most popular aromatherapy oils and how they can help us improve our moods, minds and bodies. Here are 5 classics:
Scent: Herbal and floral
Mood/mind effect: Calming to the mind and restorative in times of stress
Beauty effect: Antiseptic acne treatment, natural hair growth agent
Vetiver (root oil)
Scent: Robust, woody and earthy
Mood/mind effect: Grounding, supporting and centering
Beauty effect: Moisturizing, skin toning, fades and removes scars
Scent: Fresh and leafy
Mood/mind effect: Balances out emotions and moods — used when extremes need to be brought back to the center
Beauty effect: Wrinkle reducer, improves dental health and acne treatment
Scent: Strong and minty
Mood/mind effect: Invigorating and empowering
Beauty effect: Anti-fungal nail treatment, blemish spot treatment, moisturizer
Scent: Spicy, sweet and citrusy
Mood/mind effect: Cleansing and refreshing
Beauty effect: Antiseptic properties, natural deodorant, skin toner
Read the full story at The Huffington Post