Everything You Need To Know About Essential Oils

From what they are to how they can help boost your wellbeing, consider this your expert guide...

Everything You Need To Know About Essential Oils

If you’re already a fan of NEOM, chances are you’ll know how much we love our 100% natural essential oils. But if you’ve ever wondered what essential oils actually are and how they can help boost your wellbeing, you’ve come to the right place. Consider this your deep-dive into all things essential oils


What Are Essential Oils?

First up, let's go back to basics. Essential oils are natural compounds extracted from plants, flowers and trees. They’re usually harvested by steaming, cutting or pressing different parts of the plant to extract the fragrance out of it – whether that’s leaves, bark, fruit, stems, seeds, roots or petals. What’s left behind is a potent fragrance oil that can be used in a myriad of ways to not only smell great – but help boost your mood, soothe stressful moments or even help you drift off to sleep easier. 


How Can Essential Oils Help Your Wellbeing?

When we’re all leading busy and hectic lives, our smell is a sense that we can often overlook. But tapping back into this sense can help to bring us back into our bodies and re-ground ourselves when we’re feeling overwhelmed. In fact, we can even use scent strategically throughout the day to really help hack our overall mood and wellbeing – this is a practice called aromatherapy.

“Scents trigger different emotional signals within the brain,” explains clinical psychologist and yoga teacher Dr Katie Overbury. “Whether you want to feel a buzz of energy in the morning, a sense of calm to help you wind down or a stimulating blend to help you focus – playing around with aromatherapy is a great way to get in those mini mindful moments throughout your day.”


How Does Aromatherapy Work?

At NEOM, we understand the power fragrance has on our wellbeing, which is why each and every one of our products has been crafted with an expert blend of essential oils. Intrigued by how scent impacts our overall mood and wellbeing? Here’s how it works…


When you breathe in essential oils, they are received by 50 million receptors in your olfactory system - the part of your nose that enables us to smell.


These receptors then send a signal to your limbic system - the part of your brain which manages emotional and behavioural responses where it cleverly produces neurochemicals and hormones.


These neurochemicals and hormones then act like little messengers to help spark certain feelings.


How To Use Essential Oils

When it comes to utilising the benefits of essential oils in your every day – one of the easiest ways is by using an essential oil diffuser. Our NEOM Wellbeing Pods disperse the perfect amount of scent through a fine mist of steam, allowing you to effortlessly scent the space around you. There’s even a guided breathwork function, that allows you to sync your breathing with its light to really calm and help regulate your nervous system. 

Don’t have an essential oil diffuser? Not a problem. You can also add a few drops to your bath, shower tray or mix with a base oil to be used directly on the skin. Essential oils can be used to help you sleep, help with stress, boost your mood and give you more energy.


NEOM Essential Oils

At NEOM we only use 100% natural essential oil blends. That way, we not only get the very best fragrance from our oils but we’re able to ensure that our products have tangible wellbeing benefits. All of our essential oil blends fit into one of our four main wellbeing pillars – sleep, stress, energy and mood, to provide you with a daily wellbeing toolkit.

Read more about the 5 best essential oils to help you sleep, here…


An Essential Oil Blend For Every Mood Or Moment

Want to incorporate essential oils into your everyday routine? That’s where we can help. From starting your morning with a mood-boosting shower to scenting your space while you’re working from home – there are lots of different ways you can play around with fragrance and hack your overall wellbeing. 


1. Energise Your Morning Shower Routine

Get the most out of your early morning shower with our Super Shower Power Body Cleanser. Powered by 100% natural spearmint, rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils, it transforms your mundane morning shower into an energising experience, scenting the steam around you for a revitalising wash.


2. Pop On Your Wellbeing Pod To Help You Focus

If you’re someone who struggles to start your day, try adding a few drops of our Focus The Mind Essential Oil Blend into your Wellbeing Pod Essential Oil Diffuser to help banish those moments of procrastination. The refreshing blend of cedarwood, pine and eucalyptus help to boost concentration and refresh the air around you – silently nudging you to crack on with your day with little distractions.


3. Scent Your Space With Easy Home Hacks

While the best way to scent your space is with an essential oil diffuser (our Wellbeing Pod is a total game-changer), our founder Nicola Elliot also loves to wipe her favourite essential oil blend over the radiators in her home, to allow scent to waft throughout the house throughout the day.


4. Wind Down With Real Luxury

Like your favourite cosy cashmere jumper, our Real Luxury Essential Oil Blend is a rich and indulgent soothing scent that helps you unwind and switch off. With a calming blend of 19 100% natural essential oils, pop a few drops into your essential oil diffuser and slowly breathe in the decadent lavender, jasmine and sandalwood scent. Let your shoulders relax and your mind slow down.


5. Prepare For A Great Night’s Sleep

A good night’s sleep is the most important factor to consider when helping boost our overall wellbeing, which is why we focus heavily on sleep with our 100% natural essential oil blends. Whether you’re spritzing your pillow with our Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist, adding a couple of drops of Bedtime Hero Essential Oil Blend into your evening bath or lighting our Perfect Night’s Sleep Scented Candle while you read a couple of chapters of your book – our soothing fragrance blends help quieten your mind and prepare your body for sleep.