What are the benefits of essential oils ?

Essential Oils Aromatherapy Benefits

At Aequill, we're firm believers in the aroma-therapeutic benefits of scent, and as far as we're concerned, there are few commodities in the world which offer as many olfactory benefits as essential oils; just a few drops incorporated into your daily routine can make the world of difference! That's why, today, we're sharing a little more about the incredible benefits that essential oils offer, how to use essential oils, and which essential oils might be best to try first.

What are essential oils ?
Simply put, essential oils are compounds which are extracted from plants, usually through distillation or cold pressing. This process seeks to extract the essence of the plant itself, thereby emulating its scent; however, as this extract is often highly potent, it's then infused with carrier oil, to make it suitable for use without any harsh side effects.

What benefits do essential oils offer? 

It's thought that essential oils can have many benefits when used effectively, which is why they're used in most aromatherapy practices. Within this scope, it's believed that when you inhale essential oils, they stimulate some areas of your limbic system - the part of the brain that controls unconscious functions like breathing and blood pressure, as well as emotions and even memory - which is why they're thought to be able to exert a physical benefit to your body. It's for this reason that aromatherapy practices suggest that essential oils are able to combat high blood pressure, reduce pain, relieve headaches, and even impact some health conditions.

 Aside from this, it's worth noting that essential oils also have various olfactory benefits, too - from having a calming effect on the nervous system to their anti inflammatory properties when used with bath salts. That's why our first core collection, Mum's Aromatherapy Shop, sought to incorporate so many of these incredible essential oils and scents, to help encapsulate the emotional satisfaction that can be so easily derived from the right combination of fragrances.

 How should I use essential oils?
There are various ways to begin incorporating the use of essential oils into your daily routine, so when it comes to how to use essential oils, you have plenty of options! Most commonly, it's suggested within aromatherapy practices to inhale essential oils, either through using an essential oil diffuser or adding a few drops of essential oil to your bath - however, using candles or room sprays that incorporate essential oils is also a great way to ensure you're able to enjoy their health benefits.
Some individuals also use essential oils topically by applying a few drops so they can be absorbed through the skin, but it's important to ensure you're using a therapeutic grade essential oil with enough carrier oil for safe application if considering this, and remember to consult a healthcare professional if any irritation occurs.

It's worth noting that you should never attempt to use essential oils internally, as even high quality essential oils are not safe for consumption.

What are the most popular essential oils?

There are a number of popular essential oils which are used often in aromatherapy practices, and you've likely heard of several of them; tea tree oil, for example, is commonly used in skincare, peppermint oil can usually be found in bath products to help soothe aching muscles, and lavender essential oil is frequently utilised in products that seek to provide a sense of calm.

How does Aequill use essential oils?

If you've had a chance to read our recent post about our candle scents and their benefits, you'll have noticed that we use a combination of natural essences and essential oils throughout our products, with the intention of being able to deliver highly emotive, beneficial fragrances that can alter a space in a matter of moments. So, whether you're picking up one of our sumptuous reed diffusers, gorgeous room perfumes, or stunning scented candles, you can be sure it's packed full of essential oil benefits to leave you feeling your best.
We hope you've enjoyed learning a little more about the incredible benefits that essential oils can offer and how to use essential oils to enjoy their various benefits; whether you're adding a few drops of essential oil to your bath to enhance relaxation, trying topical application to soothe skin irritation, or just using one of our essential oil diffusers or candles to add some balance to a room, there are such a wonderful range of benefits to incorporating essential oils into your self-care routine.