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Aromatherapy - How Your Sense of Smell Affects Wellness

12th July 2016

There are many simple and natural ways to increase your overall wellbeing, from eating right to spending time outdoors. But did you know that your sense of smell can affect your wellness, or rather, the aromas you experience can affect your wellness? Aromatherapy is a type of alternative medicine that utilises plant materials and aromatic essential oils derived from plants, to improve your mood and wellbeing. Aromatherapy can not only positively affect your cognitive and psychological state, but also your general wellness.

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At Onyesha Spa Pinelake, aromatherapy is administered in a range of ways including through aromatic oil burners, inhalation of therapeutic aromatic oils and infusion of massage oils with specially formulated  aromatherapy blends. Having an aromatherapy massage to heal you is a double benefit for your body and mind! You can view one of our spa menu.

The Aromatherapy Theory

Inhaling the aroma of particular essential oils stimulates the olfactory system of the brain (the part of your brain that is connected to your sense of smell) which then sends a signal to the limbic system. The limbic system controls emotions and recalls memories, releasing chemicals in the brain that can relax, calm or stimulate you. Add a massage to this and you are even more relaxed. Read more about the benefits of massage here. 

What is Aromatherapy Used For?

Aromatherapy is used for a wide variety of healing applications, including:
• Anxiety
• Stress
• Insomnia
• Menopausal or menstrual issues
• Body aches and headaches
• Circulation issues
• Muscular problems
• Depression

If you experience stress and anxiety, read about some other ways to manage these feelings.

It’s All in the Aroma

There are many natural scents and essential oils that produce desirable therapeutic effects.  Each type of oil has its own properties that are good for producing a different effect on our brains. Some of the materials used in aromatherapy are essential oils, absolutes, carrier oils, herbal distillates, phytoncides, infusions and vaporisers. Some examples of some aromas and their effects are:

• Basil – helps concentration; alleviates symptoms of depression; can help headaches and migraines.
• Bergamot – good for urinary and digestive track.
• Black pepper – good for circulation, muscle pains, bruises.
• Eucalyptus – helps breathing and clearing airway for someone with cold or flu.
• Lavender oil – antiseptic for minor cuts or burns; relaxation; headache and migraine relief.
• Tea tree oil – antimicrobial, disinfectant, antiseptic.

If you’re ready to book a relaxing aromatherapy treatment at our magnificent day spa, call Onyesha Spa Pinelake in Perth on 08 9306 8335. Alternatively purchase a gift voucher online or get in touch by completing our online form.

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