AROMATHERAPY & ITS BENEFITS
At Per Purr, the feedback we hear most often about our products is “they smell so good!” We hear that a lot. We receive emails. Our customers tell us. Our partners mention it. The delivery man who picks up our packages every day tells us.
We get it: it’s your favorite thing about Per Purr, it’s what stands out, and we are super proud of this! But do you want to know what’s behind all this?
We use essential oils not just because they smell amazing, but also to promote healthy responses in the body. Essential oils can be found everywhere these days – that’s due to their infinite number of practical uses, and because of increased consumption of natural cosmetics. But they should be used with caution, safely, and always following professional guidelines, which we’ll explain below.
First thing’s first: what exactly are essential oils?
Essential oils are volatile compounds extracted from aromatic plants (leaves, flowers, stems, bark and roots) through distillation or pressure processes.
What do these natural essential oils do?
Essential oils can penetrate through smell or be absorbed through the skin’s surface – they do not reach the bloodstream. Once an essential oil is present, the olfactory system (through smell) or the circulatory system (through the skin) is stimulated. They then send signals to the limbic system that act directly on regions associated with emotions and vital processes.
Essential oils act very fast when inhaled. Once the scent reaches the nasal cavity, it is absorbed and triggers a stimulus of the olfactory nerves. How someone reacts to one scent or another has to do with our smell memory, something that is developed throughout our lives.
What are they used for?
Aromatherapy is a natural method based on the activity of biochemical molecules contained in essential oils, used to provoke various responses in the body, such as stimulating or mitigating the function of cells in an organ or the nervous system, to achieve a sense of balance or equilibrium.
What are their properties?
Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from aromatic plants to restore balance and harmony to the body and mind for the benefit of our health and beauty. Some of essential oils’ most praised properties include:
- Analgesic: they help relieve pain, such as incense and lavender.
- Calming: they mitigate excitement in the brain, help calm, such as lavender.
- Anti-inflammatory: they counteract inflammation, such as citrus fruits (orange and lemon).
- Stimulating: they aid in digestion and decrease bloating, such as basil and mint.
- Regenerating and healing: they improve the regeneration and healing of the skin, such as incense and geranium.
- Invigorating: they activate circulation, such as cypress and rosemary.
- Bactericidal: they can destroy resistant germs.
To reap these benefits, quality natural essential oils must be used that are actually extracted from plants and not from a synthetic essence. There are many synthetic essential oils on the market that smell nice but don’t actually have these properties. It is also important that essential oils be extracted naturally (by pressure distillation), without the use of solvents or chemical processes that can alter their properties.
How do I use them?
- By inhalation, we recommend diffusers that do not use a direct source of heat (which can alter the properties of the essential oil used). There are many diffusers on the market, ultrasonic, nebulizer, etc. Nowadays you can usually find them in your local pharmacy.
- Through the skin: by using cosmetics that contain essential oils. Make sure they have been formulated with the correct strengths, (like Per Purr’s products!).
Yes, they are natural, but there are some guidelines to follow:
- Do not apply directly on the skin
- Do not ingest
- Do not put in contact with eyes or mucous membranes
- And last but not least: avoid sun exposure after use. Some oils are photosensitive, meaning when in contact with solar radiation they can cause changes to your skin, marks, spots, itching, redness of the skin. Most photosensitive essential oils are citrus: lemon, orange, bergamot, grapefruit.
Aromatherapy and Per Purr products:
“Romantic bath”, even if just for one: Floral-Cure bath salts
Velvety-soft skin: Our moisturizer!