Aroma Therapy has been around for thousands of years and it is widely believed that The Chinese culture is one of the first cultures to use aromatic plants for both physical and emotional well-being. Then, approximately 1,000 years ago the Egyptians invented a rudimentary distillation system to extract crude cedarwood oil. This gave birth to Aroma Therapy using Essential Oils. “Essential oil, highly volatile substance isolated by a physical process from an odoriferous plant of a single botanical species.” Source Encyclopedia Britannica.
Since then many new extraction systems have been developed and now we are able to obtain the purest and most potent Essential Oils in existence which have a countless number of uses.
One of the most common uses for Essential Oil is it’s use in Aroma Therapy. As I’ve already mentioned aroma therapy has been practiced for thousands of years, however, with the advancement of science and medicine along with the explosion of mental health drugs being prescribed – aroma therapy fell out of fashion and became categorized as an “Eastern Medicine,” roughly translated – Quack Science. In the past 10 years however, there has been a steadily growing interest in Eastern Medicine as more and more people have been failed by Western Medicine, and, of course, it is the old story of what is old becoming “new” again.
So, how do you use Aroma Therapy of Essential Oils to up your Beauty Game? And, does it work?
YES, it does work – and here are some of the many ways in which it does:
Become Sleeping Beauty, literally!
When it comes to your appearance (and overall health), sleep is the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth (excluding plastic surgery). Your body repairs itself and recovers while you get your ZZZs, and a good nights sleep will have a long list of benefits for your looks. The key: Get enough shut-eye – 7 to 9 restful hours each night to be exact.
If you are sleeping less than six hours per night, it is affecting your appearance negatively. If you start getting 1 to 3 more hours of quality sleep you could see some improvement in as little as a day! Within 2 to 3 weeks, the improvements will become more visible and clearly apparent to those around you as well.
Here are the six main beauty benefits of getting enough rest:
- Less Wrinkles: While you sleep your body produces more Collagen, which makes your skin more hydrated and plumper. Getting less than seven hours of sleep will make your skin drier (which makes lines more noticeable) and your skin will be less firm because you are not producing enough Collagen.
- Brighter Eyes with Smaller to No Bags: At some point in your life you have not had enough sleep and I bet you noticed that the skin around your eyes was puffier, darker and your eyes had a lot of redness. Imagine over time the cumulative affect sleeping less than 7 hours a night would have over 10 years….Scary thought. Of course heredity and allergies play a role in these factors as well, however, if you add little sleep to another problem like allergies – you are only making it worse and doubling down on premature aging – now that is a fools wager!
- Better Hair: Yep, you read that right – getting more sleep gives you a better head of hair! Your hair follicles absorb nutrients, vitamins and minerals through increased blood flow. Lack of sleep slows the flow of blood, thus not allowing you to absorb all that you can to have your best hair possible. Additionally, a lack of sleep causes stress. Stress increases Cortisol production, Cortisol (that evil, evil hormone) causes you to LOSE hair (in addition to a bunch of other nasty side affects).
- Better Complexion: Being sleep deprived will make your skin, dull, lifeless and ashen. Why? Because being sleep deprived slows down the blood flow to the areas on and around your face. Slower blood flow = Bad news for skin.
- Your $90 Anti-aging Serum will Work Better: While you are sleeping your body can focus on repairing itself vs. defending itself (from things like the sun, free radicals and environmental toxins) so your body can use the skin loving benefits in your nigh time beauty regime to their fullest potential before they lose their efficacy.
- You will be Happier: People that consistently sleep seven hours or more per night are generally in a better mood because their body is rested and their body isn’t releasing mood altering hormones. Happy people look better because they are more pleasant to be around than someone who is cranky and stressed out. The more you like being around someone the more attractive they become. It is science. Don’t shoot the messenger.
So, you might want to know where Aroma Therapy fits in on your quest to get longer, better hours of deep sleep. Well numerous scientific studies have shown that aromatherapy increased slow-wave sleep, the very deep slumber in which the heartbeat slows and muscles relax. During this sleep phase, the brain is thought to organize memory, as well. If used regularly aroma therapy can provide a more balanced sleep schedule and can even realign our Circadian rhythms so our body naturally gets tired at an appropriate time, sleeps restfully through the night, and is energized in the morning to face the day. Some of the best essential oils for managing your sleeping habits and having a healthy, sedative effect on the body include Lavender Bulgarian (Certified Organic) Essential Oil, Chamomile German (Nepal) Essential Oil, Jasmine Essential Oil (Dilutions), Benzoin Essential Oil, Neroli Essential Oil, Rose Essential Oil Absolute (3% Dilution), Sandalwood Essential Oil, Marjoram (Sweet) Essential Oil, and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils essential oils.
An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, which is the combination of numerous essential oils that can actually create a more powerful effect than the oils would have on their own. This is why blending essential oils is such an important area of study for alternative healers, since the range of possibilities is almost endless.
While at the International Beauty Show this year I had the pleasure of meeting the Regional Account Manager from PurSonic, Felicia, and she was kind enough to introduce me to Essential Oil Blends by sending me a complimentary 8-pack of PurSonic’s 100% Pure Essential Oil Blends to try. To be honest, that 8 pack was the inspiration for this article and prompted a lot of research on my end. I really wanted to better understand Aroma Therapy and see for myself whether or not it works or doesn’t.
From my perspective, it does work – and much better than I ever anticipated. Check out the website, PurSonic and, to order by phone call 212.929.8848, say you were referred by Felicia so that she gets the credit for the sale. (I am not affiliated with PurSonic, nor am I compensated by PurSonic).
Here are the blends in the PurSonic USA 8-pack:
Breathe easy: Bergamot, Geranium, Rose, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Grape Seed Oil
Harmonize: Bergamot, Geranium, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Nutmeg, Grape Seed Oil
Deep muscle relief: Peppermint, Chamomile, Wintergreen, Sweet Orange, Ginger, Grape Seed Oil
Relax: Peppermint, Bergamot, Chamomile, Thyme, Lavender
Detox: Fennel, Clary Sage, Lime, Juniper, Tea Tree, Grape Seed Oil
Rejuvenate: Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Grape Seed Oil
Good night: Lavender, Sandalwood, Lemon, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Grape Seed Oil
Stress free: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree, Sweet Orange, Grape Seed Oil
Here are other ways that Aroma Therapy can improve your beauty game:
Stress Relief: The aromatic compounds from many different essential oils are known as relaxants and can help to soothe your mind and eliminate anxiety. Some of the best essential oils for stress relief are lemon oil, lavender, bergamot, peppermint, vetiver, and ylang ylang essential oils. Certain studies have also shown that lemon oil can improve mood and reduce outbursts of anger.
So how does stress impact our appearance?
- Graying Hair
- Thinning Hair
- Bags under the eyes
- Adult Acne
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Dry Skin
- Increased wrinkles
- Can exacerbate skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis
- Brittle nails
- Hormonal Mood Swings
Antidepressant Capacity: Aromatherapy is very commonly used to eliminate feelings of depression, and due to the very complicated side effects of pharmaceutical antidepressants, this is a very important function of aromatherapy. While this is useful as a complementary treatment, psychological help or counseling should be sought out if depression continues or worsens. In terms of the best essential oils to use for reducing depression, most specialists suggest peppermint, chamomile, lavender, and jasmine.
And, of course depression messes with your body just as much as your mind:
- Weakened Immune System
- Drooping of the skin
- Weight management issues
- Increased risk for heart attack and coronary disease
- Increased Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
- Dry Skin
- Tired overall look
- Increased risk for alcohol or drug abuse
So, I’ve been using the Essential Oils from PurSonic since the show two months ago and I definitely feel like I am sleeping better and more deeply, and when I start to feel stressed out I just sniff on the Stress Free bottle and weirdly it does calm me down. Now, lets not get things twisted, if some crazy person hits my car in a parking lot and speeds off sniffing Stress Free is not going to make me not mad, but it might take me from a Category 10 down to a Category 7 anger.
Overall, I think that Aroma Therapy is definitely worth a try and that it really can help with sleeping issues, stress and possibly depression.
Do any of you have experience with Aroma Therapy? What were your results like – tell me about it in the comments below.