Hippocrates the Greek physician is considered to be one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. Often referred to as the “Father of Medicine” he said “the way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day”

Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils to enhance both physical and emotional health. Thousands of years ago, the Ancient Egyptians were cultivating plants for their oils and using them intensively in their religion and cosmetics as well as for medicinal purposes.

Our sense of smell is more closely linked to memory than any of the other senses. Studies have shown that people can recall scent and be immediately transported back to an old memory. This often happens spontaneously, with a specific smell acting as the trigger in recalling a long-forgotten event or experience. It seems that distinctive scents embed into our brains and stay there.

The sense of smell is also linked to the parts of the brain that process emotion. The perfume industry is well aware of this and they develop fragrances that aim to evoke an array of emotions and feelings.

Many of us will be familiar with losing our sense of taste when we have a cold and how annoying it can be, it will be no surprise then to learn that around 80% of the flavours we taste arrive from what we smell.

So our sense of smell can be incredibly influential in our everyday lives. Whether we absorb their benefits through our skin in massages or inhaled through baths, oil burners or as a room spray, essential oils can boost our mood, and impact positively on our health and well-being. Finding the right essential oil brand for you is important. At White Wiccan we stock a comprehensive range of essential oils, massage oils, bath oils, oil burners, soy wax candles and other related goods.