While aromatherapy bracelets have supported an ancient practice at the heart of self-harmony for many centuries, it was only until very recently that a solution was discovered that could match the benefits of the practice with the pace of modern life.
And this solution wasn’t found by trying to pair aromatherapy with a more contemporary partner, but rather by combining it with something that actually predates the practice itself: lava.
If you’ve had a little flick through our latest collection, you’ll definitely have noticed the star of the show, our range of Lava Bead Aromatherapy Relaxation Bracelets, which pioneer a solution that makes aromatherapy and all of its lovely benefits the most accessible it’s ever been in the modern age.
On that note, here we’re going to be wrapping ourselves around exactly what aromatherapy is and how it's promoted through one of our most exciting product champions. And we’ll also be answering the most intriguing question of all: why lava?
Aromatherapy and the mind-body principle
Before we fully introduce our Lava Bead Aromatherapy Relaxation Bracelets, it’s probably a good idea to first run through exactly how the science behind aromatherapy works.
Anyone who might consider themselves a bit of a history buff will be familiar with aromatherapy’s origins within the ancient civilisations of China, India, Greece and Egypt, where the practice was widely applied throughout medicine and wellness practices.
Common ingredients found in some of today’s best essential oils that are used in aromatherapy, including lavender and frankincense, were highly valued even in ancient times and were traded along many ancient trade routes. But why?
Aromatherapy is a holistic healing practice that promotes well-being, enhances physical and emotional health and supports inner serenity by utilising the aromatic properties of many of nature’s most powerful essential oils. These oils are typically derived from natural sources like flowers, leaves, stems, bark and roots.
How the body reacts to the scents of these different ingredients is what allows aromatherapy to actually work. Although a more primitive approach to delivering its benefits would have been to literally burn the ingredients and inhale the fumes, today it’s a lot easier and much safer to feel the same experience but through the convenience and genius of essential oils.
The practice is founded on the mind-body principle, which promotes the concept that mental and physical health are uniquely interconnected; a relationship that plays a major role in overall health.
What aromatherapy does is engages this concept around the advanced use of essential oils and aromas. By engaging the sense of smell, it evokes a mental response of deep relaxation and harmony while in turn generating physical benefits for the body.
Relaxation of the mind translates directly into reduced muscle tension, a lower heart rate and a much deeper sense of calm.
Why aromatherapy is one of the most powerful tools in wellness
With so many vices and vexes at play in the harsh reality of the modern world, it’s never been more important to make sure that you’re doing ok. When choosing aromatherapy as a tool to feel better, you’re choosing to engage in one of nature’s most underutilised healing techniques.
This is primarily down to the fascinating reaction between aromas and the body’s limbic system. The process begins when the aroma of essential oils travels up into the olfactory system, a system that’s exclusively found in the nose. When the two meet, the olfactory system stimulates the limbic system in the brain, which has a core responsibility in managing emotions, mood and memory.
The aroma of the essential oils soothes the limbic system and encourages a calmer state of mind. This includes reducing the amount of active stress hormones like cortisol and increasing the production of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters like serotonin.
Aromatherapy offers a sensory experience that helps shift the focus away from troubling woes while alleviating agitation and restlessness. What’s more, because each person responds differently to certain scents, there’s plenty of opportunity to choose oils that resonate more personally.
One of the major hurdles that aromatherapy’s constantly trying to overcome is how it’s best applied. There are lots of different ways, but very few of them can be sustained when you’re on the go.
LEVEL has created a solution to this through our newly-launched Lava Bead Aromatherapy Relaxation Bracelets, which champion the most convenient and stylish form of aromatherapy to date.
Encircling the intersection between this ancient art form and avant-garde design, these bracelets are formed from a sequence of pink zebra natural gemstones and black lava stones. By now, we have to acknowledge the elephant in the room of ‘why lava?’
Aside from its deep earthy complexion and distinct colour, black lava stone has several unique characteristics that make it the ideal partner for aromatherapy. The stone is innately porous, which means that as solidified molten lava, it absorbs and retains liquids like essential oils very easily.
Even more interestingly though, black lava stone has a long association with balancing and stabilising energies. It’s believed to promote feelings of strength, protection and harmony to those in close contact.
Elsewhere, it holds a significant symbolic significance being tied to ideas of transformation and rebirth, as lava reminds us of the powerful and primal forces of nature and the constant cycles of creation and destruction.
These black lava stones sit alongside pink zebra natural gemstones. The gemstones used in our bracelets are entirely untreated and unenhanced, meaning their striking colours and patterns are all-natural.
Like its neighbour, pink zebra natural gemstones have close links with balance contentment and tranquillity, supporting metaphysical properties relating to well-being. These include aiding system circulation and healing bone and muscle tissues. It is also closely associated with emotional healing and stress reduction.
Taking your wellness to the next level
The Lava Bead Aromatherapy Relaxation Bracelets have answered a call for aromatherapy on the go, and they’re really easy to begin using.
Our range includes bracelets with two new oils to choose from: the Happiness essential oil is an uplifting mix of sandalwood, frankincense and jasmine, while a blend of lavender, citrus, menthol and ylang-ylang harmonises our Balance essential oil.
Whichever you choose to go for, simply sprinkle the lava beads (not the gemstones) with a few drops of essential oil and leave to soak in for two minutes. After this, all that’s left is to inhale and enjoy the long-lasting rejuvenating, life-affirming benefits of aromatherapy.
Discover our Lava Bead Aromatherapy Relaxation Bracelets, along with the other stars of our newest collection, by visiting our store here.