By: Jesi Taylor Cruz
The benefits of aromatic plant compounds, particularly when used in an aromatherapeutic manner, are countless within the realm of holistic healing. In addition to the anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties of aromatic plant compounds, often found in the form of essential oils, there are also other mind and body benefits that can be experienced when inhaled or applied topically.
Aromatherapy, also referred to as essential oil therapy, is defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.
Since different essential oil blends are known to impact the mind and body in different ways, it is helpful to learn about the specific benefits of each formula. Some studies have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits, including:
- Relief from anxiety and depression
- Improved quality of life, particularly for people with chronic health conditions
- Improved sleep
The following list will explain the aromatherapeutic benefits of some of the most popular and readily available plant compounds and how you can enjoy them in your home.
Lavender is arguably one of the most popular aromatic plant compounds on the market and can be found in everything from lotions to body wash, lip balm to hair products, candles, room mists and more. Some benefits of lavender include anxiety relief, pain management, and easing symptoms of insomnia and depression, but there are others as well.
Blue Sage Eco Boutique’s Lavender Reed Diffuser provides an inviting aromatic warm welcome and works well to bring a sense of calm and peace into your home. In addition to the lavender essential oils, dried lavender stems are infused into the concentrated formula for an added boost of the flower’s flaming properties. If you prefer candles, Blue Sage Eco Boutique’s Meditate Candle, made with natural soy wax and essential oils, blends rosemary, lavender + sage to create a an environment of reflection and intention while also bringing your home aromatic bliss.
The BLK + GRN marketplace includes a variety of all natural, toxic-free products that include lavender as an ingredient. Choiselle offers a Lavender Organic Coconut Wax Candle that promotes restful sleep and a sense of calm with its non-toxic blend and fills the room with the light yet powerful aroma. This Organic Coconut Wax Candle owes its long-lasting scent profile to its extraction process that works with coconut oil from the coconut meat and then goes through a hydrogenation process that results in purer, cleaner wax!
Lemongrass is a grassy plant that has been used for centuries in herbal medicine for its potential health benefits and healing properties. Traditionally, lemongrass has been used to treat digestive problems and high blood pressure and is becoming a popular essential oil used to help relieve stress and anxiety, depression, and nausea. Choiselle’s Organic Coconut Wax Candle allows you to enjoy the benefits of lemongrass in your own home and help purify and refresh the mind while alleviating stress and tension.
The essential oil of ylang ylang is extracted by steam distillation of fresh flowers of the ylang ylang tree. Its flowers, which have a very pleasant aroma, and its powerful essential oil have been linked to a number of medicinal benefits. Its essential oil is highly sought after for its antioxidants, and other organic compounds that make it so potent.
Studies suggest that ylang ylang offers many emotional and physical benefits and can be used to help balance hormonal systems, improve skin and hair, increase feelings of relaxation, and improve the mind-body connection.
Choiselle’s Ylang Ylang Organic Coconut Wax Candle uses essential oils of organic ylang ylang to create an ambiance that fosters love, tranquility and restoration. The Ylang Ylang Organic Coconut Wax Candle offers notes of subtle spice and ginger while also filling the room with the aromatic hug that ylang ylang brings. It is both calming and stress-relieving. Inhaling ylang ylang can have immediate, positive effects on your mood and act like a mild, natural depression remedy. Breathe in black pepper to reduce feelings of anxiety. Breathe out nirvana.
Eucalyptus oil is derived from the oval-shaped leaves of Eucalyptus trees. As a room freshener, eucalyptus oil acts an odor remover and helps keep the environment clean and sterilized. Many people add eucalyptus oil to baths, spas, and saunas because of its refreshing and antiseptic attributes.
BLK + GRN offers a 100% Pure Essential Oil Blend which can be used in an essential oil diffuser, added to a carrier oil (like grapeseed oil or coconut oil) for an aromatherapy massage, or added to your hot shower for aromatherapeutic steam. The BLK + GRN 100% Pure Essential Oil Blend comes in various scents including mint + eucalyptus, lemon + tangerine, rosemary + spearmint, and lavender + tea tree.
In addition to the aromatic benefits, eucalyptus oil is known to have healing powers and used for medicinal properties.
Whether you’re interested in fostering an environment of peace and calm or creating a space ready for meditative practices, aromatherapy can help you find the balance and sense of relaxation you need to do so.
From candles to diffusers, the BLK + GRN marketplace provides an array of options for you to immerse yourself in the aromatic world of therapeutic plant compounds.
What are your favorite essential oil blends and how do you use them in your home?