Since ancient times, oils extracted from aromatic plants and fruits played a fundamental part in almost all health, wellness and beauty rituals.

Ancient Egyptians were one of the first to extensively make use of aromatherapy and aromatic herbs which they used for their religious, cosmetic and medicinal purposes. They used balsams, perfumed oils, scented barks, resins, spices and aromatic vinegars in everyday life. Oils and pastes from plants were transformed into pills, powders, suppositories, medicinal cakes and ointments.

At the same time the Ancient Chinese and Indians were making use of aromatic plants and herbs which was then taken up as an in integral part of the Indian Ayurvedic medicinal system which has a 3000-year history of incorporating essential oils into their healing potions.

Essential oils can invoke both psychological and physiological changes in the body by triggering and strengthening our bodies’ own natural processes. They can be either absorbed through the skin where they’ interact with the body’s natural chemical systems by being dispersed through the blood stream or they can be inhaled where the molecules in the oil are carried to the lungs and are then dispersed through the body.

The quality and purity of essential oils is as important as their methods of use. Warming essential oils and applying them to the skin enhances circulation and therefore absorption. Essential oils are also more easily absorbed by parts of the body which have a larger number of sweat glands and hair follicles such as the head, soles of the feet and the palms of our hands.

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#Apsu has taken this ancient wisdom and created rituals which feature  treatments for the hands such as the Funaya Ritual and the Varanasi Ritual which focuses on the feet.

Find the Funaya #GreenTeaMassagecandle (which incorporates the benefits of warming for absorption),  #GreenTeaExfoliatingMask for hands and #GreenTeaHandLotion as a luxurious and calming ritual for your hands while the Varanasi ritual for feet comprises of the  #MintandClovePedicureBombs, #SpicyClayFootMask and #MintandCocoaButterFootcream.

One of the best and most enjoyable ways to bring essential oils into your health, beauty and wellness routines is to incorporate essential oils into high quality beauty products. The time honoured and proven benefits ensure that ancient wisdom continues to show us how to manage our health and wellness where people engage themselves in weekly, even daily rituals of bringing essential oils into their beauty, health and wellness routines via massage oils, body creams and bathing.