Aromatherapy to Boost your Mind, Body and Soul

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Aromatherapy oils, also known as essential oils, are made from natural plant extracts which can be found in
the flowers, roots, leaves, seeds and bark. Although
Aromatherapy is now one of the most popular forms of complementary therapy, the use of essential oils to heal has ancient origins dating back thousands of years.

More than just a calming scent, they also offer a natural approach to healing and improving your overall well-being, and provided they are used correctly and never swallowed or massaged into broken skin, essential oils are safe to use.  Essential oils can help with everything from headaches to sleep to sore throats. For instance, if you suffer from insomnia you can use essential oils to promote deeper and longer sleep or you can use essentials oils to soothe your skin and also to relieve symptoms of anxiety.

Holland & Barrett has a large range of essential oils to stimulate or soothe your mind, body and soul. 

Anxiety

Thyme has long been used as an anxiety reducing herb. Try adding a few drops of Miaroma Thyme Oil to your bath or use for a soothing and aromatic massage. As with most essential oils, you could also add a few drops to water in a diffuser or humidifier for a calming effect.

Miaroma Grapefruit Pure Essential Oil – just like other citrus essential oils, grapefruit is said to have a refreshing, energising, and mood lifting effect. Banish those feelings of stress and anxiety and help promote feelings of vitality by rubbing a few drops of the oil onto your neck. 

Cinnamon oil

Cinnamon oil, with its warm and spicy aroma, offers a variety of health benefits and is an incredible essential oil for treating bacterial infections. It contains a powerful compound that is unique to cinnamon which makes it effective against a wide range of skin conditions, including rashes and acne. Try Miaroma Cinnamon Leaf Pure Essential Oil from Holland & Barrett. Mix the oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, and apply to the skin to soothe the affected area.  

Eucalyptus oil

This oil is an anti-bacterial warrior. Known for its first-aid healing properties, it is used for treating cuts, bruises and minor wounds, and can help to reduce pain and inflammation associated with many conditions. It’s also effective at relieving acne, chicken pox, boils and insect bites. Eucalyptus Oil is often found in beauty products to moisturise and nourish the skin. Holland & Barrett’s sells Miaroma Eucalyptus Pure Essential Oil which can be mixed with an equivalent amount of apple cider vinegar and dabbed onto the skin to treat insect bites, boils and wounds.

Lavender oil

Renowned for its calming aroma, Lavender oil is frequently used to promote relaxation and sleep but it also has numerous other benefits and because it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, this makes it an excellent choice for easing sore muscles. Spray a fine mist of Dr Organic Lavender Sleep Therapy Pillow Spray from Holland & Barret on to your pillow before going to bed. Lavender oil also has proven antibacterial qualities and may prevent and heal acne. Not only does it help guard against infection but it will speed up the healing time. Dilute the oil with a minimally processed oil such as coconut, argan or olive oil before applying topically to irritated or inflamed skin.  

Peppermint oil

With its cool and refreshing aroma, this versatile oil is perfect for a natural morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up and is said to help provide excellent relief for mental fatigue. Miaroma Pure Peppermint Essential Oil is also useful to naturally cleanse and rejuvenate the skin and has strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It has a cooling effect which soothes irritation and inflammation due to acne.  

Tea Tree oil

Tea Tree is one of the most popular aromatherapy oils and can be used for several different purposes, including treating skin problems and keeping hair and nails healthy. You can add it to your bathwater, toner, moisturiser, or sunscreen. Try mixing 5 drops of Miaroma Tea Tree Pure Essential Oil with coconut oil or aloe vera gel to soothe and treat troubled skin.

Flower Remedies

Flower remedies are made using the flowers of certain plants to create a mother dilution, or tincture. Try blending and mixing Essential Oils and Bach Flower Remedies, available from Holland & Barrett.  Bach Original Flower Remedies White Chestnut is a natural flower remedy designed for those who cannot prevent thoughts, ideas or arguments from entering their minds. You can take an individual essence based on your needs, or create a combination of up to seven essences. One of the most well-known remedies, Rescue Remedy, is a combination of five flower remedies designed to be used in times of sudden stress, anxiety, crisis or shock.

Advisory Information: Never digest essential oils orally. Only ever apply to the skin and in most cases they should be diluted with a carrier oil. To test for an adverse reaction, you can rub a small drop on the area of your forearm with the oil diluted in a carrier oil and if you don’t see any allergic reaction within 24 hours, it should be safe to use.

Supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking any medications or are under medical supervision, please consult a doctor or healthcare professional and always read the label before use.

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