The world is full of flavors. Sweet and bitter, light and spicy, pleasant and not very, they seduce and repel, soothe and excite.
The ancient Indian Brahmins had a custom to “sniff” the most memorable moments of life with a specific aroma. At the moment of despondency, it was enough for them to bring that same “happy” scent to their nose – and their mood improved. The ability of the flavors to transfer us from the present to the past within a second is a miracle, but it is even more wonderful that many diseases can be treated with the help of various scents.
Aromatic plants and their extracts were used in medicine of almost all ancient civilizations: in Greece, India, China, the Roman Empire, etc. According to legend, the pioneer of the method of obtaining essential oils from rose petals was the famous Arab philosopher and doctor Avicenna. However, the French have made a real revolution in the field of aromatherapy. They developed the basics of the therapeutic use of aroma oils.
The term “aromatherapy” was invented in France by Parisian perfumer Maurice Gattefosse. Once during an accident, he was badly burned with reagents and decided to lubricate the injured hand with lavender oil. To his surprise, the hand quickly healed, and not even a trace was left after the strongest burn.
Essential oils have the same qualities as the plants from which they are derived, but their effect is much stronger. Each of the fragrant substances has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and can solve therapeutic problems. For example, cinnamon and vanilla oils are responsible for the activity of the gastrointestinal tract, valerian oil is responsible for the functioning of the nervous system, and citrus oils control immunity. Unlike chemical drugs, essential oils do not affect the consequences, but on the root cause of the disease. Their purpose is not to suppress pain, but to restore the imbalance in the body gently and naturally. Systemic and proper use of aromatherapy stimulates the body’s internal reserves, setting it up for an independent struggle with ailments.
An essential oil is a very concentrated substance and the wrong use of aromatic essences can cause significant harm. Before applying the oil, it is worthwhile to carry out a simple test: apply a few drops on the elbow bend and watch this skin area closely during the day. If there is no irritation, it means that you can use your favorite fragrance
First, under the supervision of a physician, there is a period of getting used to the oil. The patient wears it in medallions, makes cold inhalations, uses it in aroma lamps. And only then you can take aromatic baths, do oil massages, peels.
When buying an essential oil, look for information on the label that the product contains 100% natural essential oils, all their names should also be listed. The oils should be stored at a constant temperature in dark glass containers since sunlight can make the components of the fragrant “medicine” toxic.