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How to harness the benefits of aromatherapy in your home

Use the ancient healing properties of essential oils to calm or lift your home with these products

Woman using aromatherapy at home
The oils are made from plants and then used to create fragrance in products. Credit Unsplash

Aromatherapy is an alternative or holistic healing practice that uses essential oils – derived from plants – to treat ailments or improve a person’s mood. Although the term ‘aromatherapy’ was only coined in the 1920s, the aromatic, pressed oils have been used for over 6,000 years in many ancient civilisations.

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) defines aromatherapy as “the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing.” While traditionally the oils were mixed for a specific person and their needs, today’s essential oil blends are mixed for different purposes – such as to destress or rebalance emotion.

Though the tradition is centuries old, you can still reap the benefits of the oils by using them in the home. Fortunately, embracing the therapeutic properties of plants has never been easier as many companies scent their products with essential oils or have a whole range dedicated to aromatherapy.

So, whether it’s some invigorating peppermint mist or a relaxing lavender candle, here’s how you can use the benefits of aromatherapy in your home:

Oils and diffusers

Aroma Tierra essential oils
From right: Ylang Ylang oil, Dhs119; Grace Dark Wood, Dhs229 both from Aroma Tierra

There are many ways to use essential oils in their pure form – including dropping them into a hot bath or by simply placing a few drops on your wrists. But one of the best ways you can get an overall scent distribution by using an oil diffuser. Aroma Terra creates efficient oil diffusers and stock a host of oils that you can pick to suit your requirements. You can even get creative mixing your own blends to scent your spaces.

Saffron Souk essential oil blends

Saffron Souk essential oils
Calm Me Blend, Aromatherapy Essential Oil, Dhs25; Wild Mintby Design a box, Dhs130; Erbaviva Nighty Night Bath Essence Book, Dhs99.75

Local online market place Saffron Souk has a selection of aromatherapy oils that you can use around the home. We particularly like the night bath oils by Erbaviva that can be used as part of the bedtime routine for your little ones.

Candles, mists and reed diffusers

A more simple, yet effective way to use the smell of essential oils to alter your mood is by purchasing a product that has been crafted with the oils. Here are some of our favourite ranges that you can pick up locally.

Bath and Body works aromatherapy range

Bath and Body works scented products
Products from right: Love Candle; Dhs100, Stress Relief Pillow Mist, Dhs65; Stress Relief Candle, Dhs100

Blending oils to create scent patterns, Bath and Body works have a range of home fragrance designed for various moods. The ‘Love’ scent uses the oil from roses to create a dreamy aroma. While the ‘Stress Relief’ candle and room spray have an invigorating feel thanks to the eucalyptus and spearmint. Plus, the fragrances store have recently changed their aromatherapy body care line-up to feature new scent ranges such as ‘Inspire’, ‘Serenity’ and ‘Passion’.

Molton Brown home fragrance products

Molton Brown home fragrance products
Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Candle, Dhs199; Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Home & Linen Mist Dhs155; Molton Brown Black Pepper Reeds Diffuser, Dhs325 all available at Namshi

High-end fragrance brand Molton Brown creates smells that both enhance the smell and feel of a room. From oil infused reed diffusers to room mists and scented candles – there’s plenty of ways you can bring their luxurious and mood boosting smell into your space.

Neils Yard home fragrance

Neils Yard home fragrance products
Uplifting Room Spray, Dhs125 (approx); Organic Aromatherapy Candle Balancing; Dhs175 (approx);

British company Neils Yard is known for being front-runners in organic essential oils. Their home fragrance range comprises of room sprays, candles and diffusers where you can burn the pure oils. Neils Yard has nine locations across Dubai, so you can pick up their high-quality organic aromatherapy products fairly easily.

Learn the theory

aromatherapy books
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood, Dhs122; A Scented Life : Aromatherapy Reimagined, Dhs78 Everyday Essential Oils: 300 Brilliant Reasons to Use Essential Oils, Dhs68; all at Books Kinokuniya UAE

If you want to get a deeper understanding of how to use essential oils and what their benefits for your emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing are, we recommended picking up one of these books. The Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy is a comprehensive guide to the oils uses, it lists various alignments they can treat, along with ways to use them in your home and work settings. In A Scented Life, Aromatherapy expert Pat Princi-Jones talks about the oils and demonstrates the many ways to use oils in your daily life for maximum long-term benefits. Everyday Essential Oils focuses on six of the main essential oils and their uses.

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