Choosing the right scen

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There are a bewildering array of aromatherapy fragrances to choose from, but it’s to get the hang of picking the one that’s just right for you

Some fragrances will ease you off to sleep, other will help you to wake up in the morning. Some relax you, easing away stress and anxiety; others are revitalising and will gee you up for that important meeting.

Follow your nose

Oils that smell very similar often have very different effects. Lemon is a stimulant, yet lemongrass is a sedative. Rosemary and peppermint on the other hand, smell nothing alike, but both are excellent for fatigue.

Orange, which reminds of us of the sun, produces an oil that will brighten your mood and complexion

Scent and associations

Smell is the most primitive of our senses, and the one that is most closely linked to our memories and emotions.

When we think of our mother’s kitchen or a beautiful day at the seaside, heir smells are often the first thing that springs to mind. We can use these memories when choosing aromas to create specific moods.

Fond memories
As scents are linked to your memories, not everyone will enjoy the same aromas. Lavender is often considered uplifting but if it reminds you of your crotchety old grandmother it is unlikely to relax you!

Luckily, as most conditions can be eased by a number of different oils, there will always be a right one for you

Woody smells that remind us of the outdoors can be helpful in easing away urban stress. Strengthen the association in your mind by burning incense coils in your garden on calm summer evenings

The Magic of Aromatherapy

You can harness the healing and uplifting qualities of plant fragrances to help you relax, unwind and even treat minor ailments

You can find out simply and pleasurably just how beneficial aromatherapy can be by adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to the next bath you take. You will notice the difference immediately. As you smell the relaxing fragrance of the oil surrounding you, its peacefulness and tranquillity will lift your spirits, promote relaxation and soothe stress.

Aromatherapy is the art of healing with ‘essential’ oils – distilled essences that have been extracted from plants. These can be used in massage and inhalation techniques, added to bathroom products such as soap, skin creams, bath gel and shampoo, and also used to create room fragrances.

Aromatherapy also involves the use of incense (in loose,, powdered form or as joss sticks), pot pourri, steam inhalations, scented candles, and fresh flowers. You can use all of the above to raise your mood, treat ailments and improve your sense of wellbeing

How it works

Through the nose
When we smell a fragrance, we take its healing molecules into our bodies. Heating essential oils and burning joss sticks vapourises the oil so that we can breathe in its molecules more easily

Through the skin
Essential oils applied to the skin are absorbed into the bloodstream to take immediate effect