Aromatherapy Tips: How to Use Perfumes for Relaxation and Therapeutic Needs

If you love the smell of perfume, chances are you are probably a fan of aromatherapy as well. Many people use their current day perfumes in aromatherapy sessions, looking for all sorts of results. However, aromatherapy involves much more than just using perfume on your skin. Here are a few things you should know.

What is aromatherapy?
This is the use of volatile oils extracted from aromatic plants, fruits and sometimes even vegetables. The uses are multiple but generally aromatherapy has been known to cure physical and psychological ailments, to relieve stress and tension. It uses the pure essence of a plant, which, if used correctly, has the potency of curing many diseases.

What is the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils?
If there is one difference between just wearing perfume for beauty purposes and the use of oils in aromatherapy, it lies in the benefits of essential oils. Essential oils are much stronger and whole perfume oils carry the fragrance, they don’t have the curing effects essential oils have. Add a few essential oil drops in a bathtub and you will get the most relaxing bath that will help keep your mind calm. Inhale the natural chemicals in some essential oils and you will find out your lungs are more relaxed and your breathing has improved.

Can perfume induce an aromatherapy state?

Some perfume oils are strong enough to help induce tranquility or alertness in your state of mind. The reason is that they use oil distribution to scent your body and your surroundings. Some of the most popular flowers that can bring about a better, improved state of mind include:

-          Peppermint
Not only a strong aromatic flower used in many perfume combinations, peppermint is well known for inducing a state of alertness. So, if you need a little energy in the middle of the day and you don’t have time for a full aromatherapy session, keep a perfume that includes peppermint around. One of the most pleasing scents that uses peppermint is Gucci’s Flora.

-          Jasmine
This is the opposite of peppermint and it has sweet, calming effects. Jasmine has been known for ages as a strong ally in the fight against depression. Obviously, the best perfume to have around when you need some calm and relaxation will be Mon Jasmin Noir by Bulgari.

-          Lemon
If you are looking for a concentration booster, there is nothing better than lemon. Used for centuries as a therapeutic oil, lemon oil is used in a Calvin Klein creation, called Summer.

-          Lavender
Lavender can take much of the credit for the revival and interest in aromatherapy today. Not only is it a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-depressant, sedative and detoxifier, it is also able to promote healing and prevent scarring. If you are looking for a unique lavender perfume, try this one.