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Everyone has heard the term aromatherapy. But what is it, exactly?

There are so many ways to engage in the act of therapy. Health and wellbeing are now becoming such an important (and rightly so) part of life that people are looking far and wide in order to find the best ways to soothe the soul and chill out during them days where you simply must let off steam. Our days and weeks are becoming longer because of the need to work more, work later often with no added incentive and it’s starting to take its toll on many people. This extra work often seems unavoidable but something needs to give. People need to find a way to unwind. And quickly.

When you’ve had such a hectic, tiring week, it can often be one step too far in spending your spare time out and about. After a tough one, all you want to do is curl up with bad food and worse TV, but if you’re anything like me, that type of relaxation will only make you feel much worse as soon as you’ve finished. And in the long run, this certainly isn’t going to make you feel better. So, what gives? What do you do to truly unwind? Why not try aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is exactly what it sounds like on the tin. It’s a certain type of therapy that taps into the senses in the brain that seek out and are influenced by certain smells to produce certain feelings, emotions and in doing so helps you relax. That’s the simple way of putting it, but it’s a little more scientific than that.

The popularity of aromatherapy has been growing in recent years because of the rise in self-help, natural remedies and awareness around mental health issues. Because all of the scents used in aromatherapy are natural and non-man-made, this method of therapy is being seen as a much healthier, purer way to relaxation.

Used through oils and creams the work their way into our body, aromatherapy can easily be applied in the home and requires almost no background work or knowledge to administer. The oils - a vast range of natural scents - come in small glass tubes and the creams come in a standard plastic tube. How you choose to use the oil/cream is the fun bit!

The oils are typically used through either vapor or during bathing, with the hot water mixing into the liquid oil creating a beautiful smell that - with the added relaxation of the bath - help you unwind and chill out quickly. If you choose to merely use the vapor outside the bath, pouring into a small bowl of hot water and leaning over to inhale the scent.

The creams can be bought in many places, typically pharmacies and specialist stores, and are mainly administered through rubbing into a particularly stressed area of the body, very popular with headaches and migraines. Aromatherapy oils and creams are also regularly used in massage parlors as a secondary way to aid relaxation and to help you easily unwind. 

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