Aromatherapy: a treasure trove for beautiful skin

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Dr Blossom Kochhar, Founder and Chairperson of Aroma Magic, is the undisputed authority on aromatherapy in India. She talks about its multiple benefits in professional skincare.

What is aromatherapy?
The term aromatherapy is derived from two words, ‘aroma’ – which means the fragrance or sweet smell with a subtle, pervasive quality. It is the fragrance in plants, spices, leaves, barks of trees, etc. The word ‘therapy’ means the treatment designed to cure.

Hence, aromatherapy literally means healing through the sense of smell where we use essential oils derived from a plant’s leaves, flowers, stalks, bark, rind or roots, which contain the ‘prana’ or life force of the plant to benefit our body and mind. These oils have the capacity to alter moods with their aromas. They work on our emotions, memories and hormones and are used to promote beauty, health and well-being.

Why is aromatherapy important in professional skincare?

Essential oils are derived from plants, so when we use them in professional skincare products, in a way we are using the most natural form. The essential oils in aromatherapy products penetrate deep within the skin and not only address the local problem but also works on the root cause. Also, the oils work on the skin as well as on the mind and soul.

How can a therapist master the use of aromatherapy?
Education is the key, along with passion, as there are so many uses and benefits of Aromatherapy.

What kind of at-home care can be taken?
After getting an aromatherapy treatment done, it is always advisable to use aromatherapy-based products as it will makes the treatment even more effective. You can also use aromatherapy products at home for skincare because it is natural and gives faster results.

Dos and don’ts to remember while practicing aromatherapy?
– Always use a carrier oil.
– Never apply it directly onto the skin.
– A few drops go a long way. Do not go overboard with the quantity. For e.g., using a few drops of lavender can calm you down but using it in larger quantities can cause fatigue.
– Read up about the oils when in doubt. Some oils may speed up certain issues. For instance, if you have high blood pressure, using certain oils to ease or calm yourself may actually have an adverse effect.

6. What is its future? Will it still be relevant in coming times?
Aromatherapy has been around for years. From the time of pharaohs, kings and emperors, it was prominent in Egypt, India and the Far East. Keeping this in mind, I feel it will be relevant in the coming times. For many, it is a way of life, Something still passed on from generation to generation. As the world becomes more conscious with what we use or put into our bodies, we can see more and more people leaning towards a natural way of life.

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