Aromatherapy is big business. In 2018, the industry was worth $1.3 billion. By 2026, research predicts the market will have more than doubled to $2.8 billion. A major worldwide phenomenon then, yet not everybody’s on board. To some, aromatherapy is just overpriced, nice smelling candles. But actually, it has a direct impact on our mood, emotions and hunger levels, collectively controlled by the limbic system. You can find out more about how aromatherapy works but here are four major physical and mental health benefits it can offer everyone.
No. 1 – Energise Yourself
Starting off simple, a sharp blast of peppermint will liven anyone up. We see the effective use of mint and menthol in wider culture, from chewing gum to the Vaporub that elite sports stars wear on their clothing. According to one study, peppermint aromas turn on a series of nerve pathways in the body called the reticular activating system (RAS), which regulates alertness. This helps drive focus and energy in whatever you’re doing. The same goes for cinnamon, whilst clove is also known to energise.
No.2 – Recover Quicker
In our fitness culture, the world of recovery is more important than ever. Jasmine is also said to affect the RAS, helping to reduce elevated heart rate and blood pressure after exercise. This, in turn, helps your body to begin the recovery process faster. The likes of ylang ylang, rosemary and black pepper oils are all used in the process of reducing muscle spasm, soreness and wider aches and pains.
No. 3 – Augment Your Diet
Anyone who’s ever really committed to a diet knows how tough it is to keep the hunger cravings under control. Luckily, there are certain aroma compounds which can help you to curb your appetite. Researchers believe the scent of olive oil can help slow the absorption of glucose from the blood into the liver, which helps you feel fuller for longer. Ginger, meanwhile, can help to relieve constipation and nausea, as well as promote a healthy digestive system.
No. 4 – Rejuvenate
Whilst the secret of eternal youth may unfortunately just be a myth, using the right aromas can help your skin rejuvenate itself, leaving you looking fresher and healthier. Sandalwood supposedly increases new skin cell growth significantly, which is why sandalwood lotion is used as an anti-ageing product. Going further than the skin, clary sage can be used to boost your hair and scalp health.
Of course, or health isn’t just skin deep, and there are plenty of aromas you can use to boost and protect your mental wellbeing. Lavender oil has long been a popular relaxation aroma, but lemon, sweet orange and neroli oils all offer anxiety reducing, positivity boosting qualities.
As the craze continues to build, more and more people are bound to realise the benefits of a quality candle or premium reed diffuser in the home. With the industry due to grow rapidly in the next few years, it’s set to be an exciting time for those who are passionate about all things aromatherapy.