It’s fair to say that aromatherapy is nothing new. In fact, that might be something of an understatement: the art of using essential oils and plant extracts to help with wellbeing and health can be traced back in ancient civilisations. But fast forward to 1985, when Princess Di became a client of Aromatherapy Associates - then just a small shop in Fulham - sparking a wellness trend and a booming business. So great was the demand that Aromatherapy Associates launched in 45 countries and is used in international hotel chains like Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental. By 2017, the global aromatherapy market generated $1.2billion.
As wellness continues to prove it’s far more than a trend, but a cultural shift, the demand for products that emotionally, physically and even spiritually heal in organic and natural ways is greater than ever. We want products that can work on, and with, us holistically.
Aromatherapy also taps into our need for calm and sanctuary in our ever stressful world. It's an indulgent luxury that can help us relax or sleep or feel rejuvenated - and we know there’s nothing harmful in it. In our ever-increasing arsenal in the name of self-care, aromatherapy is beginning to be restored to some of its former glory. Ready to feel relaxed? Start with some of these treatments...
Neon Wellbeing Pod Essential Oil Diffuser, £90, neomorganics.com
What online store Cult Beauty calls “the future of home fragrance”, this diffuser delivers the right amount of scent in your home at impressive speed. Humidifying the air with oils that will help you relax, sleep, decrease stress and even boost your mood, this is perfect for adding some aromatherapy benefits to your life every day.
Decleor Aromatherapy body massage, visit decleor.co.uk to find a salon
Decleor take aromatherapy very seriously. And so will you once you’ve had one of their tailor made massages using their essential oil range. Whether you want to unwind or relax, or harmonise and energise, your massage will be designed to meet your needs. Plus, you can find one of their massages in salons and hotels across the UK.
Element Aroma Facial, elemental herbology, 60 minutes, visit elementalherbology.com to find a salon
Based around the Five Elements found in the theory of Ayurveda (water, earth, fire, wind, and space), healing botanicals, vitamins and sea mineral extracts restore balance in the skin, while creating a vibrant complexion. Expect a deep cleanse, exfoliate, nourishment and a 20 minute facial that will work inside and out.
Bohda Cashmere Aromatherapy eye pillow, $58, bohda.com
This sounds so good that spending £48 on a sleep mask, or “eye pillow” will feel the opposite of indulgent - necessary, important, maybe even urgent. After all, our girl Gwyneth knows a thing or an estimated $140 million, about luxury self-care. And this is your instant fix. Made of Mongolian cashmere and filled with a blend of lavender, chamomile and organic buckwheat, take it on a plane, keep it on your pillow, or gift to someone who has trouble sleeping.
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