WHAT IS AROMATHERAPHY?
Aromatherapy has a rich history dating back to the early 20th century when French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé discovered the healing properties of lavender and coined the term "aromatherapy." Essential oils were found to have therapeutic possibilities, and their natural form was found to be more effective than isolated or synthetic compounds
Dr. Jean Valnet, another French doctor and scientist, further explored the use of essential oils in treating medical and psychiatric disorders, publishing his findings in 1964.
Aromatherapy goes beyond just aroma and emotions. Each essential oil has unique components that interact with the body's chemistry, affecting specific organs and systems. When applied through massage, essential oils are absorbed through the skin and carried in the bloodstream
Essential oils have varying absorption rates through the skin. They can have pharmacological effects by interacting with hormones and enzymes, physiological effects by calming or stimulating the body, and psychological effects when inhaled.
Aromatherapy is related to herbal medicine, as essential oils are one way to harness a plant's therapeutic properties. Synergistic blends can enhance the effects of essential oils.
It is generally recommended to use essential oils in external products due to their high concentration and potential for irritation when used undiluted on sensitive areas. Inhalation of essential oils can affect mood, emotions, and induce physiological changes.
Synthetic fragrances used in many cosmetic products do not offer the same aromatherapeutic and beneficial properties as natural essential oils.
By understanding the history and benefits of aromatherapy, consumers can make informed choices when selecting products for their well-being
HOW ORGANIC PLANT ESSENTIAL OILS WORK IN OUR BODY?
Essential oils are versatile in addressing various skin concerns caused by underlying conditions. Antiseptics like thyme, sage, and lavender are useful for cuts and blemishes. Anti-inflammatory oils such as chamomile and yarrow benefit eczema and swelling. Fungicidal oils like tea tree and myrrh are effective against athlete's foot. Stimulating and healing agents like rose and benzoin aid in burns and wounds. Deodorants such as bergamot and lemongrass help with excessive sweating. Insect repellents like citronella and cedarwood combat pests.
Circulatory System, Muscles, and Joints:
Essential oils absorbed through the skin influence circulation. Rubefacient oils improve blood flow and alleviate inflammation. Hypotensives like lavender and lemon address high blood pressure, while rubefacients help with arthritis. Purifying agents aid in clearing blockages, and lymphatic stimulants are useful for cellulite. Circulatory tonics help with swelling and varicose veins.
Essential oils are beneficial for the nasal passages, throat, and lungs. Expectorants like eucalyptus and pine aid with respiratory conditions. Antispasmodics are useful for colic and asthma. Balsamic agents provide relief for congestion. Antiseptics combat flu and sore throat.
Essential oils stimulate white blood cell production and can prevent infectious diseases. Bactericidal and antiviral agents offer protection against colds and flu. Fever-reducing substances help lower body temperature. Diaphoretic oils promote sweating and toxin elimination.
Essential oils have varying effects on the central nervous system. Some oils have a soothing effect, while others are stimulating. Certain oils act as adaptogens, balancing the body's systems. Calming oils help with tension and insomnia, while stimulating oils boost energy. Nerve tonics strengthen the nervous system.
EXPLORING NATURAL PLANT ORIGINS:
The distinct scents we experience when peeling an orange, walking through a rose garden, or handling lavender are due to the volatile oils found in plants. These oils give spices and plants their unique aromas, flavours, and characteristic scents. While some plants, like oranges, have abundant volatile oils that easily evaporate, others, like roses, have a minimal amount, requiring large quantities of plant material to produce a small amount of oil.
What Is The Role of Volatile Oils in Plants?
The reasons why some plants contain volatile oils while others do not are not fully understood. However, it is believed that these oils play a role in attracting or repelling specific insects or animals. Plants learn from each other's experiences and produce similar pheromones to protect themselves. Volatile oils are also thought to contribute to a plant's perspiration, life processes, and defense against diseases. Due to their concentrated nature, they are often referred to as the "hormones" or "lifeblood" of a plant.
What Are The Various Parts Of Plants Yield Aromatic Oils?
Aromatic oils can be found in different parts of a plant, including seeds, tree bark, roots, leaves, flowers, wood, balsam, and resin. For instance, the bitter orange tree produces orange oil from its fruit peel, petitgrain from its leaves and branches, and neroli oil from its blossoms. The clove tree yields various volatile oils from its buds, stems, and leaves. Similarly, pine produces different oils from its needles, wood, and resin. The extraction and utilization of these diverse aromatic materials have evolved over time, tracing back to the origins of ancient civilizations.