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For centuries, aromas have been known to promote healing. Essential oils affect the body in different ways. When pure essential oils are inhaled through the nose, it’s believed the olfactory nerve is stimulated, sending messages to the limbic system, which may have a relaxing effect on your body.

What are Essential Oils?
According to French Aromatherapists Raymond Lautie and Dr. Andre Passebecq,
 “Essential oils are naturally occurring, highly concentrated aromatic compounds that are extracted from wild and cultivated plants. Their specific organic chemistry gives them a wide range of therapeutic and olfactory qualities.” 

What you have to know about essential oils
● Essential oils are made from flowers, plants and other elements grown in nature (not a lab).
● They are proven to have a positive influence on your mind, body and soul.
● Each essential oil has a different effect, so you can select your favorites based on scent or on what you need that day. Feeling a bit blue or in a funk? Plug some orange essential oil in your diffuser and let the uplifting citrus put the spring back in your step. Or perhaps you have a huge project due, but you’re having trouble staying focused - the minty, fresh scent of peppermint will keep your mind from wandering.
● Good quality essential oils will awaken your senses and promote tranquility and peace in your space. The benefits are endless.
● Soothing aromas stimulate the part of the brain that affects emotion and counteract anxiety, improve mood, reduce pain and deepen relaxation.
● The chemical properties in our essential oils cleanse, tone, and balance your skin and hair while humidifying and ionizing the air you breathe.
● Considered the quintessential spirit of plants, our essential oils revitalize positive energy while engaging your strongest emotions and deepest memories.

Good Stress Therapy 
Aromatherapy may be added to your relaxation routine. Every individual is unique, so experiment and pay attention to your responses to particular scents. Since essential oils must be blended with carrier oils for body application—such as unrefined organic apricot nut, sweet almond, coconut, grapeseed, olive or jojoba it’s best to seek dosage advice before applying to skin. 
Pure plant oils may be added to bath water to provide a soothing, calming effect on mind, body, and spirit. One study in the Complementary Therapies in Medicine investigated the use of lavender baths to improve two important aspects of psychological well-being--positive mood state and a positive outlook with respect to the future. The results showed that “psychologically positive mood changes were found after the bathing regimen, and negative responses about the future were selectively reduced after lavender oil baths.” 

If you want to chill out after a busy day’s work, essential oils may be added to your relaxation routine to quiet the mind, relax a tensed body and erase the trivial stresses of your day. An interesting study in the Perceptual and Motor Skills Journal found that “lavender odorants were associated with reduced mental stress and increased arousal rate.” 

In addition to aromatherapy bathing, aromatherapy can be used in massage or vaporized or diffused throughout a room. Look for aromatherapy diffusers or oil burners. Combine therapeutic essential oils and use in a diffuser to purify the air.

Stress-Relieving Essential Oils
The best essential oils for stress are chamomile, geranium, lavender, marjoram, and rose. 

The naturally soothing properties of Lavender can be used to prevent infection, promote healing, and treat anxiety, stress, and insomnia. According to Shellie Enteen – professional aromatherapist and Reiki Master “Lavender calms emotions, relieves pain, is sedative, relieves headaches and invokes a feeling of protection.” 

Geranium is balancing, antidepressant, removes the compulsion to overwork and symptoms of PMS. 

Rose Relieves anxiety, connects to the energy of the Divine Mother, opens the heart center for feelings of unconditional love for self and others. 

Lemon is a cleansing aroma with nature antiseptic properties commonly used as a natural cleaner as well as to increase focus and concentration.

Orange Blossom
Orange is a powerful antidepressant and can be used to combat common ailments such as colds, constipation, and stress. Orange Blossom relieves tension and symptoms of anxiety, connects to feelings of purity and serenity, uplifting.  


Peppermint’s unique cooling and warming properties can treat muscular pain, PMS, and stress, as well as promote digestive health and boost energy.

Eucalyptus is commonly used to relieve sore joints and muscles and treat various skin irritations including blisters, burns, and insect bites.

Tea Tree

Tea Tree boosts the immune system by fighting bacteria and treating and preventing viruses. Tea Tree also has many skin care benefits and can be used to treat acne, oily skin, and dandruff. “If you’re feeling overwhelmed, these pure oils diluted into bath salts, honey or high-fat content milk for bathing, may help zap away heavy loads”

Chamomile is anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, calming, sedative, relieves headaches and feelings of anger. 

You can also create your own environmentally friendly blends. For example:

Refresh the air
Peppermint 2 drops
Lavender 4 drops
Lemon 6 drops

Citrus Bliss
Lemon 1 drop
Mandarin 1 drop
Lime 1 drop
Grapefruit 1 drop

Use in a diffuser or spritzer; diffuser options worth a try: www.zaq.com ZAQ believes any environment can be transformed into a sanctuary of tranquility. They try to invoke peaceful aromas anywhere, awaken your senses and help you discover the rejuvenation of aromatherapy diffusers. ZAQ diffusers come with LiteMist Aromatherapy system to distribute the essential oils in the form of a, well, light mist. ZAQ diffusers break up the mixture of water and essential oils into millions of microparticles that are released in a stream of mist. The activated ingredients of blended essential oils are easily absorbed through your skin while the scents freshen the room and provide you with aromatherapy treatment. 

Make your choice:

The Allay is ZAQ’s signature diffuser. They like to think of it as ZAQ’s most versatile (hopefully you agree!).


The Bamboo diffuser is where natural meets natural. The bamboo outer shell is neutral and exotic, bringing a bit of nature to your space.

ZAQ believes that Bamboo embodies everything that Mother Nature gives us - inspiration, relaxation, and healing. They know that incorporating the Bamboo essential oil diffuser into your daily routine will create a soothing ambiance in your home full of healing energy and natural comfort. This diffuser is a true piece of natural, functional art, at least we think so (and we hope you agree!)

Photos credit : ZAQ , BPphotostocks


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