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  • Intro to Aromatherapy

    March 11, 2022 2 min read

    Have you ever walked into a room and perceived a scent that immediately made you feel happy or relaxed? Are there any scents that you relate to clear yet distant memories? I daresay that you’ll answer yes. That’s how powerful scents and aromas are.

    What is aromatherapy?

    Aromatherapy is simply the art and science of using natural and high-quality scents to have specific effects on the body. Essential oils, which are made of herbs, trees, resins, roots or flowers, contain a concentration of a given plant that is extracted through pressing or steam distillation.

    The active ingredients in essential oils interact with our bodies in a myriad of ways. They can have physical or emotional benefits. While the science behind essential oils and aromatherapy is thriving, this practice has been around since ancient times.

    Which essential oils are right for you?

    Which essential oils are right for you?

    This question has hundreds of different answers. A good rule of thumb is to choose oils based on your needs. For example, some scents are great to uplift the spirits, others calm your nerves, and many more address more specific ailments like sleep disturbances or digestive issues.

    Some popular choices for when you’re just starting out:

    • Eucalyptus
    • Lavender
    • Peppermint
    • Tea Tree
    • Rose
    • Sweet Orange

    If you’re not sure you want to splurge on a wide collection of essential oils, you can still enjoy some of the benefits of aromatherapy. Lighting high-quality scented candles, incense or sage can completely transform the ambiance of any room. Always opt for natural options instead of artificial scents.

    Check out our collection of aromatherapy-related articles to discover more on which scent is for you!

    How to use essential oils

    Intro to Aromatherapy | Mukha Yoga

    The easiest and most common way to use essential oils is by diffusing them. You can find small and affordable diffusers as well as large and luxurious ones. Use filtered water to extend the life of your diffuser and clean it regularly.

    The second most common way to use them is topically. You can add them to your body creams, shampoos or detergents. Apply them directly on your skin after diluting them with a gentle carrier oil (coconut, almond, jojoba, etc.).

    The most important thing to keep in mind is to buy high-quality essential oils from trustworthy brands. Extremely cheap brands tend to have artificial add-ons, so do your research before buying.

    Precautions if you're considering aromatherapy

    As with any other natural remedy, check with your doctor before deciding whether aromatherapy is right for you. Some people with severe respiratory conditions may need to be extra careful before choosing essential oils. Similarly, if you have pets or small children keep in mind that some essential oils may be harmful to them. Check with your vet or pediatrician, just to be safe.

    Aimeé Durán Triujeque l Mukha Yoga Writer

    By Aimeé Durán Triujeque; All Rights Reserved @2022

    Aimeé Durán Triujeque l Mukha Yoga Writer By Aimeé Durán Triujeque; All Rights Reserved @2022