Used in aromatherapy, these volatile plant compounds are renowned for their delightful fragrances, believed to have a positive impact on mood and sense of wellbeing.
Usually extracted by distillation, mechanical or chemical means, essential oils are obtained from the leaves, flowers, roots, fruits, bark and resin of various aromatic plants, herbs and trees.
Whilst not thoroughly understood, essential oils are believed to serve plants in four ways
- attracting insects for pollination
- preventing competing plants from growing in the surrounding area
- protecting against parasites and predators
- creating a seal to protect against loss of sap and disease vectors in the event of injury (resin)
...whilst we use them for their intended therapeutic benefits.
Everyone will have their favourite, but amongst the most popular are:
- Lavender (promoting relaxation and sleep)
- Peppermint (cooling and refreshing, relieving nausea and headaches)
- Lemon (uplifting to mood)Eucalyptus (cooling, stimulating, relieving congestion)
- Frankincense (reducing stress, promoting mental clarity)
- Grapefruit (energy boost)
- Chamomile (promoting relaxation and sleep, lifting mood, relieving anxiety/stress)
- Rosemary (stimulating, promoting mental clarity and concentration/focus)
- Patchouli (relieving stress)
- Sweet orange (uplifting to mood, easing anxiety)
- Clary Sage (relieves anxiety/stress)
- Marjoram (reducing tension, fighting fatigue)
Please note that if you are taking any medication or undergoing any type of medical treatment you should check with your doctor to ensure that it is safe to use aromatherapy in conjunction with your prescribed treatment.
Certain essential oils (including but not limited to marjoram, rosemary, lemongrass and chamomile) should be avoided during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Bomb Cosmetics state that their products are suitable for pregnant women but we recommend seeking professional medical advice prior to using aromatherapy whilst pregnant or breastfeeding.
A small number of essential oils such as Bergamot and other citrus oils are phototoxic which means they can cause skin sensitization and skin discoloration in bright sunlight. These oils should be avoided in sunny weather or when using sunbeds.