The Essence and Benefits of Aromatherapy

Did you know that there are more than 90 different essential oils that can be used in aromatherapy? Essential oils are used for aromatherapy and are different than fragrance oils because they are all-natural and come from plants.  This gives them holistic properties that bring about psychological and physical well-being.  When inhaled, these oils stimulate the brain and and can provide therapeutic benefits to the lungs.  Believers in aromatherapy also find they bring about a sense of connection with nature, happiness and comfort. True aromatherapy uses all-natural ingrediets.  Because aromatherapy is not regulated in this country, you should beware of buying aromatherapy products from unknown sources because, while they might include essential oils, the oils may be combined with or suspended in synthetic products.  When buying from unknown sources, be sure the label says “Made with Natural Ingredients.” Here at Wickedly Sent, we use no synthetics in the creation of our aromatherapy candles or relief balms. In addition to these items, we also offer a wide variety of essential oils that can be used for healing and relaxation but also for a wide variety of other uses.   For example, if insects are attracted to you, try a touch of citronella, lavendar or peppermint to repel them naturally. In addition to our products and oils, if you visit the store, we offer an aroma bar where you can custom design a signature scent in lotion, body wash, body spray, massage oil or essential oil.  With 70 different scents, the possibililities are limitless!  And if you’re looking for a fun idea for a party, how about an aroma bar party?  They’re very popular for batchelorette parties, birthday bashes or a special girls’ night on the town. Please stop in and...

The History of Aromatherapy

One of our specialties at Wickedly Sent is Aromatherapy.  Although the name is a 20th century term, this art dates back thousands of years.  It is suspected that the Chinese, through their burning of incense, were the first to use plants for well-being. Later, the Egyptians developed a machine that would distill cedarwood oil which was mixed with clove, cinnamon, nutmet and myrrh for enbalming purposes.  They also mixed oils and herbs for spiritual, medicinal and cosmetic purposes and are credited with coining the word “perfume.” Aromatherapy soon became popular with the Greeks and the Romans as well.  The Greeks believed it to be a gift from the Gods and a Roman named Discordides added to the knowledge base by studying and writing about the properties of some 500 plants. In the 13th Century, an early pharmaceutical industry developed relying on the distallation of essential oils and by the 14th Century, people used preparations made from plants and herbs, attempting to fight off the deadly Black Plague. Apothecaries sprang up during the 16th Century and oils incorporating plant essence became available for purchase in shops.  Over the 16th and 17th century, perfume became an art form, and by the 19th Century, it was a booming industry. By the 20th Century, aromatherapists had discovered how to separate the constituents of essential oils and create synthetic chemicals and drugs leading to the development of the fields of modern medicine and synthetically-created perfumes.  As a result, the field of aromatherapy eroded in popularity.  Fortunately, during the late 20th and 21st Century, there has been a growing resurgence of interest in the field of aromatherapy and how essential oils can be used for...