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Aromatherapy: Do Essential Oils Really Work?


Beyond a world of aromatic scents, aromatherapy is used to balance, harmonise, and promote the health of the body, mind, and spirit. For more than 1,000 years, aromatherapy has been used to aid in finding relief from common health and wellness problems such as pain, sleep quality, stress, overcoming symptoms of depression, sore joints, and even battling some effects of cancer. In recent years, people have turned to the power of plants for healing purposes and essential oil is one of them!

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are concentrated extracts of various plants that have been used in various ways for generations. Essential oils, which are obtained through mechanical pressing or distillation, are concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavour of their source. Extractions are used to obtain a plant’s active botanical constituents that function as its “life force.” They are essentially the liquefied version of a plant, and they effectively allow its beneficial compounds to reach the bloodstream faster than they would by simply consuming the plant. A herbal extract is produced when a botanical material is introduced to a solvent in which some of the plant material components dissolve. Ultimately, the solvent becomes infused with the botanical materials that it has pulled from the source plant, and this is what is referred to as the “extract.”

Finding the right essential oil for you.

Inspired by the wisdom of nature, HYSSES offers essential oils and natural aromatherapy products. Divinely aromatic, essential oils are highly concentrated and potent forms of nature that are at the heart of every HYSSES product. More than just aromatic scents, essential oils are all-natural plant extracts capable of complex effects on human physiology. HYSSES Remedies series harnesses nature's healing powers to restore health and vitality. Promoting health and wellness for people by blending essential oils to produce far more outstanding results than what each essential oil can do on its own. Natural remedies for a range of ailments, such as anxiety, bugs be gone, calming, cold & flu, detoxification, immunity booster, insomnia, memory enhancement, mental fatigue, relaxing, revitalising, sensual mood, and stress relief. Each unique formulation is targeted to address and provide a remedy.

When the seven energy channels in the human body called Chakras align with the universal flow of energy, health is reclaimed, passion for life is renewed and we experience harmony and joy. Restore balance to blocked chakras that manifest as physical and emotional illnesses with the HYSSES Chakra series. The Chakras collection offers a unique blend targeting the 7 energy centers along the parasympathetic nervous system. Use it in Yoga, Reiki meditation sessions, Chakra, and energy healing sessions to alleviate stress and induce calmness, balance, unblock and realign. You can also find the Essential Oil Factsheet if you are unsure of which essential oil blend to buy, also highlighting their profile, benefits, application methods, and precautions. ​ This series of Wellness Guides are created with the intention to help you find a natural solution to improve your health and body, based on the latest scientific insights, research, and direct feedback from our HYSSES customers. 

How do essential oils work?

Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy, in which they are inhaled through various methods. When inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and especially impact the amygdala, the emotional centre of the brain. Essential oils enter our bodies either through absorption through the skin, or inhalation via the nose. The skin is the body’s largest organ and anything we apply to our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. When essential oils are applied to the skin (diluted with a carrier oil), they are absorbed and travel around the body via the bloodstream. In this way, they are able to deliver a range of benefits to the body’s systems and organs. They are able to affect the body through several systems and pathways and create an effect much more quickly. The internal use of essential oils is not safe. Pure essential oils are not meant for ingestion because they are potent and the toxic will damage the internal organs. There are some companies out there who market their essential oils as “safe for consumption”, however, this is not true because essential oils were never meant to be used as dietary supplements.

Benefits of essential oils.

  • Lower stress and anxiety
  • It aids with relaxation and improves sleep
  • Enhances emotions of serenity
  • Boost alertness and concentration
  • Balance hormones
  • Boost immunity and fight infections
  • Help with headaches and nausea
  • Relief of muscle and joint pain
  • Skincare: a healthy and glowing complexion


How to choose the right essential oils?

Picking high-quality essential oils is key to a safe and relaxing aromatherapy experience. Companies with lower-end pricing often use poor-quality oils and dilute them with harmful additives to achieve those cheap price points. When shopping for essential oils, double-check that they don't contain any synthetic fillers. Keep in mind the following to choose essential oils.

Purity: Find an oil that contains only aromatic plant compounds, without additives or synthetic oils. Pure oils usually list the plant’s botanical name (such as Lavandula officinalis) rather than terms like “essential oil of lavender.”

Quality: True essential oils are the ones that have been changed the least by the extraction process. Choose a chemical-free essential oil that has been extracted through distillation or mechanical cold pressing.

Reputation: Purchase a brand with a reputation for producing high-quality products.

Methods and directions to use essential oils.

Device or Method



Add 30 - 40 drops (of pure essential oil) in a nebuliser.

Ultrasonic Mist Diffuser

Add 15 - 20 drops (of any essential oil) into the water (glass bowl).

Candle Burner

Add 8 - 15 drops to warm water to the bowl of the burner. Light a tea light candle and place it in the hearth of the burner.

Electric Burner

Add 15 - 30 drops to warm water to the bowl of the burner. Control the heat by using the dimmer.


Add 10 drops to 15 – 25ml to carrier oil. Massage deeply into muscle and pressure points.

Aromatherapy baths

Add 10 to 15 drops of essential oil into the bath.