Emma Hill is on the scent of the latest massage oils and treatments
As the name suggests, aromatherapy is all about smell. When a fragrance travels up the nose, it triggers a response in the limbic system, the part of the brain linked with memory and emotion. Hence the marvellous feeling we get when we smell something wonderful.
Smells affect different individuals in different ways, as they are closely linked to personal memories.
Yet studies by several French doctors, including aromatherapy pioneer Jean Valnet, illustrate the specific benefits of smelling certain essential oils. Each oil has its own properties.
"Frankincense causes us to breathe more deeply," says Geraldine Howard, co-founder of Aromatherapy Associates. Other stress-relievers include lavender and camomile.
Source - Telegraph