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Aromatherapy for beginners

We have heard in recent years the word “aromatherapy”; the truth is that its antiquity was several thousand years ago in civilizations such as China, India, or Greece, where cosmetics, perfumes, and medicines were made with natural essential oils. But aromatherapy, as we know it today, originated in the 20th by a French chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé, who conducted many studies on essential oils and their benefits in certain diseases. The popularity of these oils grew with their multiple applications in health and beauty.

It is an herbal technique where essential oils mainly improve mood and health through inhaling or applying them on the skin.

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But what is precisely a natural essential oil?

This is made from fragrances extracted from plants, seeds, or fruits. It is an aromatic and non-greasy concentrate obtained from various natural chemical processes.

There are 2 ways to use essential oils and take advantage of their benefits:

  1. Inhalation is the most common aromatherapy because our sense of smell directly activates the limbic system, which is responsible for regulating our emotions. In this case, a unique diffuser can spread the essential oil.
  2. On the skin: Not every essential oil is specifically for the skin. It is usually already diluted with other oils or water since such vital concentrate ingredients could harm your skin. Its primary purpose is to hydrate and nourish the skin. Also, a massage with these oils stimulates the elasticity and firmness of the skin.

A massage full of benefits

The energies and the different intentions we put into something always enhance the effects they have on us, and essential oils are no exception. An example of this is the Lunar Massage offered by Grand Velas Riviera Maya, which takes advantage of the benefits of plants, flowers, spices, and roots to give a different purpose to the oils of the Mexican brand Agave Spa in each part of the body.

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It is a message inspired by the moon’s phases and what it generates around us with its energy month after month, so to speak; the crescent moon is a seductive energy that emanates power and sensuality. Based on this, SE Spa was inspired by different aromas for a unique benefit:

The best part? They can be enjoyed facing the sea at the Spa Cabanas.

Other essential oils and their benefits

The variety of essential oils is wide, but the most common — and considered trending Spa ingredients— are:

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What natural essentials will you add to your aromatherapy kit?

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