This extraordinary growth has been attributed to an increased awareness of the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
Therapeutic applications deal with a broad range of issues, from skin-related problems to digestion, respiratory disorders, insomnia, and immune system functioning. As a result, the new high-tech vapour diffusers with advanced features are growing in popularity.
“Aromatherapy and essential oils are often used to reduce stress and anxiety, and to bring about relaxation,” says Farrah Idris, lead massage therapist at St Joseph’s Hospice and complementary therapies tutor at City Lit London.
But that’s not all. According to Idris, aromatherapy has many other uses. “Essential oils can enhance healing processes, and can also be used for symptom control if someone has an underlying health condition. If they’re recovering from an injury or from surgery, aromatherapy can both minimise pain and boost immunity,” she explains.
Apparently, they can even be used to boost your brainpower. “Essential oils can boost cognitive functions, and minimise fatigue if you’re working long hours in an office, studying or facing a long commute. People also use it to enhance their spiritual practise if they’re meditating, praying or doing yoga.”
One other use is in terms of palliative care. Idris explains that oils can simply bring comfort to a patient. “They’re very useful for cleansing an environment,” she adds. “They’re antibacterial and antiviral, but without the chemical nasties that you get in modern-day products. Eucalyptus and tea tree are natural purifiers.”
Once you’ve stocked up on your favourite blends, Idris recommends vapour diffusers as one of the best ways to enjoy essential oils and to incorporate aromatherapy into your day.
“Both people who are familiar with oils and people who are only just starting to use them will find that the new generation of electric vapour diffusers are really versatile and safe,” she says. “”They cleanse and purify the air, and because you inhale them at a regulated pace, you’re less likely to become oversensitised to the oils.
“If you’ve got young children or pets around, they’re great. They’re often multi-sensory, with mists, lights and timers, so you can opt for either a 30-minute burst or an hour-long burst.”