Aromatherapy and essential oils have been used for thousands of years by people in the pursuit of good health. As early on as 4500 BC were the ancient Egyptians using a mixture of herbs and plant extracts to create ointments for both cosmetic, domestic and medicinal uses. Elsewhere, aromatherapy practices have been found spread across continents and cultures, with Chinese and Indian traditions sharing a rich history of uses for over 700 natural ingredients, and the ancient Greeks being well known for their use of oils from herbs and spices such as thyme and saffron. Emerging research has shown a growing trend in the use of essential oils in the contemporary market, with consumer markets for essential oil uses estimated to grow 7.5% annually from 2020 to 2027 according to one report from Grand View Research. Purported health benefits come from the natural extraction of the oils, which have far less unfavourable side effects than pharmaceutically produced drugs and treatments.
Good for your health
Essential oils found in lavender and peppermint have been found a useful sleep aid for those looking to get a good night’s sleep. The scent of rosemary meanwhile is suggested for anyone wanting to become more alert or wakeful. Cinnamon oil inhaled has also been touted as a weightloss tool, with some saying the oil helps to curb their food cravings.
Around the home, essential oils can be used to make natural cleaning and detoxifying formulas. Lavender oil added to vinegar water for example can become an excellent cleaning spray for your surfaces. Lemon is also a good addition to water for sanitising vegetables before cooking, or equally to be used for removing stubborn and thick substances like gum from carpet.
Another well-known use for lemon is to add to a water spray and apply it to damp, freshly washed hair in order to brighten hair! A few drops of rosemary oil after a shampoo and condition is also said to stimulate hair growth.