Aromatherapy: what it is, how it works and the benefits

Aromatherapy, as the word itself says, is a technique for treating disorders, health problems (cramps, colds, headaches, etc..) or insect bites by means of a natural treatment based on essential oils, ie volatile substances and strongly smelling plants.

The term aromatherapy does not only identify the olfactory use of essential oils, but includes all applications: topical (massages, wraps, applications), inhalation and oral.

The choice of humidifying and perfuming the home or office with natural essences is a trend that finds more and more admirers; in fact, many people discover its benefits every day and make this practice a healthy habit. The diffusion of fragrances makes the rooms more welcoming, promotes concentration, relaxes, reduces everyday stress, awakens the desire to do and creativity, creating a pleasant atmosphere from every point of view.

History of aromatherapy

The spread of natural essences has been considered a healthy practice since ancient times. In fact, this discipline dates back to 3500 BC thanks to the Egyptians before and the Greeks and Romans after, who used oils flavoured with herbs to perfume the body and clothes, purify the air and create ointments with medicinal functions.

A few years later the term aromatherapy was coined by the French chemist Gattefossè, who worked with essential oils to produce cosmetics and who had noticed that lavender oil wraps were useful to relieve the pain caused by sunburn. The spread of natural essences has been considered a healthy practice since ancient times.

The benefits of aromatherapy

Cough and cold

The simplest use of aromatherapy in the event of a cough or cold is to use a suffumigation with boiling water and essential oil of eucalyptus or thyme.


Some essential oils, such as basil oil, are known for their anti-stress and antidepressant effect. Essential oils with a calming power par excellence are extracted from lavender and chamomile flowers.


Aromatherapy is effective against insomnia and helps to improve the quality of sleep. The most obvious effects have been associated with lavender essential oil. A useful suggestion in this regard is to vaporize the water cushion with natural lavender flowers before going to sleep.


Postpartum depression is a condition that affects more and more women after pregnancy and should not be underestimated. An ally to be used, according to a scientific study, involves the use of essential oil of lavender to perform massages in the area of the perineum. In addition, essential oils of bergamot, sage, jasmine, lavender, mint, incense and grapefruit are used to alleviate the pain of childbirth and labor.


If the airways are congested, it is possible to use eucalyptus or thyme essential oil to be massaged on the chest in small quantities, to help eliminate the catarrh and the germs that can cause the disease.


Experts have verified the positive effects of rosemary essential oil on our ability to remember.


Often in the workplace there is excessive nervousness and agitation. As time goes by, this can lead to situations of discomfort that may include both physical and psychological disorders. To relieve tension in the office, and to purify the air in the workplace, it is possible to spread a mixture of essential oil of lavender and grapefruit in equal parts (4-6 drops each).

Premenstrual syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome can cause discomfort in women who have physical problems and mood swings a few days after the start of the cycle. Pain, tension and swelling can be accompanied by sadness, irritability and slight depression: the essential oils can be spread in the environment or used for massages.

The Institute of Natural Medicine suggests using rose and sage essential oil against weeping and depression, and bergamot and geranium essential oil against irritability and tension.

Purae Speakers

Purae loudspeakers and lamps are the fundamental tool for spreading these beneficial aromas. Thanks to ultrasonic vibrations, the water in the Purae diffusers combines with the chosen fragrance to create an impalpable and pleasant perfumed atmosphere that naturally micro-humidifies the environment.

Simple, safe to use and low energy consumption, they also act as a night light thanks to the delicate LED lighting that gradually changes color for a ‘multisensory experience.
Purae also offers a wide range of essential oils suitable for every season and 100% pure.

Extracts from plants that come from selected crops, organic or from spontaneous harvesting, are obtained by steam distillation or cold pressing. They do not contain additives or added substances such as colorants or preservatives.

Purae Fragrances

It is possible to find essential oils in various flavours:

  • mint, lemon and litsea
  • lavender, red mandarin and bergamot
  • eucalyptus, Siberian spruce and lemon
  • green bergamot
  • red mandarin
  • grapefruit
  • orange red
  • tea tree
  • lavender
  • mint
  • litsea
  • mountain pine
  • Siberian spruce
  • eucalyptus