Have you ever been transported to a time in your life by the power of a scent? If so, you are not alone. For me, the smell of chlorine in a pool instantly brings back memories of my high school swim team. It’s a moment of time travel, that when it comes, brings a sense of nostalgia.
So how exactly does smell work?
When smell enters the nose, it travels through the cranial nerve to the olfactory blub, which is part of the limbic system (aka the emotional center of the brain). The olfactory bulb is connected to both the amygdala (an emotion center) and to the hippocampus, which is involved in memory; hence the link between scent, emotion and memory. There’s no denying that scent does something for us. If a scent can transport us back in time, what else can it do?
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy has been around for about 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds, or blossoms of plants. Some oils are used to promote physical healing while others are used for their emotional value.
Aromatherapy has only become popular in the US in the last 30 years. Today you can find a plethora of skincare and home products labeled as “aromatherapy”. However, most of these products contain synthetic fragrances that do not have the same properties as essential oils. Thus, they loose the actually healing ability that pure essential oils have.
What can Aromatherapy do for you?
Aromatherapy can relieve pain, improve mood, and promote a sense of relaxation. Essential oils are also great for skin care. All Amber Blue products have aromatheraputic properties and have been formulated by our Co-founder, Jen, who is an Aromatherapist and Herbalist. She put together products based on their healing properties both physically and emotionally.
Below are a number of ailments coupled with useful oils to relieve symptoms:
Stress, Anxiety, Depression: Relieved by lavender, rose, orange, bergamot, lemon, sandalwood, and others.
Women in Labor: Pain relieved by rose, lavender and frankincense.
Morning sickness/nausea: Peppermint oil.
Anxiety coupled with High Blood Pressure during a stressful event: Neroli oil
Immune System: Strengthened by citrus oils.
Digestion: Peppermint oil.
PMS and Menopause: Relieved by fennel, aniseed, sage, and clary sage.
Looking to try an Aromatherapy Blend?
All of Amber Blue’s products contain essential oils. One in particular is our Aromatherapy Solid Perfume whose properties lull to sleep, allay anxieties, brighten dreams, and attract love. This blend produces a warm, relaxing, sweet, spicy and sensual aroma.
Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Bergamot Oil, Frankincense Oil, Pink Grapefruit Oil, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Rose Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Cedar Wood Oil, and Myrrh Oil.
Interested in learning about individual oils and their benefits click below: