What Exactly is Aromatherapy?
And what does this have to do with necklaces?
Also called essential oil therapy, aromatherapy is a great way of using natural scents to invigorate your mood, relax the body, and promote a feeling of well-being.
French perfumer, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, coined the term aromatherapy back in 1937. He published a book and it has all of his clinical findings as to why a person may wish to use aromatherapy and the many benefits of that aromatherapy. He wrote in depth how to use them and which ones to combine for the best results.
What Exactly are Essential Oils and Why Should They Be Used?
Oils for aromatherapy are made using plants, herbs, roots, flowers, and trees that are grown throughout the world. When properly combined, the oils work well together to offer a way to add an improvement to one’s life.
Though the name is recent, the practice of aromatherapy has been well documented through human history, with versions and applications of it appearing in different eras and cultures across the world. It’s been used as an all-natural method of healing the body, as a way to fight inflammation, and as a way to relieve pain.
When choosing a necklace for aromatherapy, always make sure that the chain is adjustable for different lengths. You're going to want to be able to wear it with a variety of different outfits and having an adjustable length will go far in making your necklace more versatile. You will also want to bring the scent of the essential oils up to your mouth or nose rather frequently, and thus length is of particular importance.
Make sure that the clasp is easy for you to use, but strong enough that it's not going to break while you're wearing it. This will help you to retain your necklace without fear of losing it. Many clasps become used over the course of time to make sure that the clasp that you select is easy to use and will stay strong for a long period of time. Be sure to check it periodically to ensure that it's not loosening or damaged. If it is loose or damaged, be sure to have it repaired or replace it immediately to ensure that you don't lose your necklace.
Materials that the chain is made from should be stainless steel, gold, or silver so that it's hypoallergenic. You want something that is of high enough quality to enjoy and appreciate for a long period of time, so take the time to make sure it's a good quality chain.
There are some necklaces that actually loop through the chain to keep it closed. This prevents you from having to be concerned about the clasp wearing out as you wear it frequently. This is a preferred type of clasp for the pendants for most people as it won't fall open while you're wearing it.
Essential oil diffusers like this necklace work by allowing your body heat to warm the lava bead or the pad that has the oil in it, which increases the rate the essential oils evaporate into the air, releasing the scent. When you're warmer, or moving about more, you'll notice that you smell the scent more often. Hotter weather will also release the scent more frequently.
You're able to refill the lava bead or the oil pad either via the filigree side of the pendant, or you can remove them and soak them and replace them as needed. Just remember, if the main part of the necklace is filigree, and you overfill the oil pad or the lava stone, you're risking damaging your clothing with an oil stain. Don't overfill your oil pad or your lava bead to protect your clothing.
One of the best things about wearing your necklace is that you'll always have your essential oils with you, and you won't have to carry around a desktop diffuser or some other means of getting the scent to you when you require it.
As a side tip, if everyone around you is getting sick you may wish to put an antibacterial antiviral oil into your diffuser necklace and wear that until the office co-workers are all well or your friends or family are all healthy. This way, you'll be helping to ward off the bugs without being quite so obvious.
What's The Best Way to Use Aromatherapy?
Essential oils are very strong and should always be diluted with a carrier oil to prevent burns to the skin. Good carrier oils are jojoba, coconut oil, and other non-scented oils that are good on the skin. These keep you from burning your skin while still being able to carry the scent of the oil with you. Burns from essential oil can appear as a stinging sensation or actual blisters depending on how sensitive you are to oil and the particular type of oil that is being used.
Although aromatherapy can be used in a variety of ways, an aromatherapy necklace is an ideal option as it offers the user more ways to use it and they can always have it at the ready. You can have several and change them as needed, or keep the pads at the ready and have other scents available as required. With a necklace onto which you drip essential oils, you are acting consistently with the known phenomenon of sensory adaptation. Another way to accomplish this is to use a personal essential oil diffuser in a necklace.
Diffusing your own personal blend of essential oils is also a great way to build a habit of well-being. These personalized scents can go far in helping a person to maintain a positive and upbeat attitude. Create a designer scent for yourself, one that makes you feel uplifted, happy, energized and well. Make this your signature oil and wear it often or daily. It will help you to feel great and ready for your days.
Who Will Benefit From Wearing One of These Necklaces?
While there are many means of application, the necklaces seem to be the most favored ones and work very well. They can help a person to smell good without the requirement of toxic chemicals that are found in personal care products and they can aid in the mood management. Since it's a necklace, it can be worn anywhere at any time and will not cause any issues or side effects. If the person is working with machinery and can't wear such a necklace they could wear it underneath of their clothing or have it nearby.
Which is Better: Oil Pads or Lava Beads?
Both have their place in aromatherapy jewelry. The lava beads work by soaking up the oil into the bead. It only takes a drop or two and the bead is saturated. Be sure to not oversaturate it or you'll get the oil all over your clothing. Lava beads don't tend to last as long as the pads, however, usually because less oil is being used to scent it.
Oil pads, on the other hand, can handle up to five or six drops of the essential oil. Again, don't oversaturate the pad or you'll get the oil all over your clothing.
Once they're filled, they will last for as long as six to eight hours. You can enjoy the scent with every movement, jostling the scent out and adding moments of pleasant surprise throughout your day. Refill as required and you're on your way to relief from a variety of symptoms.
Some aromatherapy necklaces will take both oil pads and lava beads, but others will only use one of them. Always make sure you know what you're buying and have your oils on hand. Most necklaces don't come with any special oils, so you'll want to have these on hand when you purchase the necklace so that you can enjoy it right away.