Our sense of smell is tied to memory, feelings, and even our well-being. Learn how to harness the power of scent by using essential oils.
We’re all familiar with the power of scent, whether we’ve thought about it or not. Close your eyes and think about a trip to the beach, or a warm pie straight from the oven—our sense of smell is tied to memory, feelings, and even our well-being.
Enter aromatherapy, the science and art of using scent for our health. And anyone can benefit from it! Natural essential oils can help us relax and de-stress, boost our energy, bring us serenity, and even help us fall asleep.
Why choose natural?
The first important thing to know about aromatherapy is that not all scents are created equally. Pure essential oils are derived from natural sources, like flowers or herbs, and have no chemical additives. However, many synthetic scented candles, air fresheners, and fabric sprays contain chemicals that are thought to pollute the air and contribute to health problems, from allergies and asthma to cancer. Always make sure that you choose only natural, pure essential oils.
Not sure which scent to try? Here are a few popular favourites and their attributes.
A quick trip to your natural health retailer will get you all of the tools (such as room diffusers) and information you’ll need to get started.
Keep in mind that essential oils can be powerful!