Beauty Skincare

The Language of Incense

Every time you walk past a bakery, you take a quick glance to see the source of the aroma that’s pulling you in. Walk through a garden and the fragrance of flowers transports you to another world. Enter a spa and you are instantly relaxed with the fragrance oozing out of a diffuser. That’s the power of smell and fragrance; it works in myriad ways on a person’s mind and body. Aromatherapy is the language of incense. The nomenclature is derived from two words: ‘aroma’ means the fragrance or sweet smell with a subtle pervasive quality and ‘therapy’ means the treatment designed to cure.

Aromatherapy is a holistic method of healing based on the skilful use of pure essential oils, which stimulate the natural regenerative processes of the body. Ancient Egypt, China, Greece and Rome used them as perfumes in cosmetic preparations, incense and medicines.

The intriguing aspect of aromas is their ability to evoke memories—not just visual images of past happenings but also emotions. That is why the smell of freshly brewed coffee or yummy food can remind you of your grandmother as it evokes a lot of memories and makes you nostalgic and reminiscent of a lot associated with that aroma.

Aromas can also trigger a variety of chemical actions within the body which include releasing of hormones that relax,
calm, excite or stimulate and generally create a sense of well-being.

Embark on a fragrant journey and incorporate aromatherapy in your everyday life in the form of these easy DIY masks. 

For oily skin

Ingredients:
• Kaolin: 1 tsp
• Yoghurt: 1-2 tbsp (to make a paste)
• Pulp of cucumber, carrot, pear/strawberry: half cup
• Lemon oil: 2 drops

Method: Mix all the ingredients and apply the pack on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse off.

For mature skin

Ingredients:

Pack 1
• Milk powder: 1 tsp
• Papaya pulp: 1 tbsp
• Honey: 1 tsp
• Geranium: 2 drops

Pack 2
• Protein powder: 1 tbsp
• Yoghurt: 1-2 tbsp
( to make a paste)
• Grated apple: 1 tsp
• Patchouli: 2 drops

Method: Mix all the ingredients and apply the pack on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse off.

For dry skin

Ingredients:
• Milk powder: 1 tbsp
• Banana: half
• Honey: 1/2 tsp
• Yoghurt: 1-2 tbsp (to make a paste)
• Lavender: 2 drops

Method: Mix all the ingredients and apply the pack on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse off. You can also use melon or avocado for dry skin.

To get an insight into the world of aromatherapy read The Power of Essential Oils now!

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