Aromatherapy: Holistic and Modern
The French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950) created the term Aromatherapy in 1928 after treating a burn on the hand by placing it in a container containing 100% pure lavender essential oil. In 1937, this new word made its official appearance to the general public following the publication of the book Aromatherapy, Essential Oils, Plant Hormones by R. M. Gattefossé. It was during the Second World War that the term Aromatherapy and the use of aromatic substances began developing. It found a place in modern society thanks to the French surgeon Jean Valnet (1920-1995) who mixed essential oils to treat wounds, burns and subsequently extended its use to the treatment of mental disorders.
Aromatherapy: the origins
Aromatherapy, understood as an international discipline using aromatic plants and essential oils promoting a life in harmony with nature, is therefore relatively modern. It is a holistic practice that acts on physical, mental and spiritual processes through the use of aromatic essences, which represent the most advanced component of the plant world, the soul of the plant, its’ personality. It is no coincidence that the term "essence" in philosophy means the most intimate and profound nature of a being. Essential oil is made up of molecules, it is still matter, but extremely purified and refined; it is the information that acts as a link between the material world and the spirit.
Holistic and modern aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is an integral part of a new harmonic vision of the world in which finding a connection with the kingdom of nature and restoring positive energy becomes fundamental. It is from an energetic point of view that essential oils and modern aromatherapy play a new and expanding role; they act at the level of the etheric body. Research has shown that plants, in particular flowers and trees, have an energetic radiation very similar to that emanated from the etheric body of man. The imperceptible etheric essence of flowers and plants comes into contact with the energetic bodies of man through the chakras, releasing their healing and harmonizing energies. Aromatic officinal plants have always had a preventive function, they nourish the immune system with precious molecules, which are already present in the memory of our DNA.
The sense of smell: the magic of transforming an aroma into emotions.
Essential oils act on the olfactory and limbic system by stimulating many of the human's neurovegetative functions:
- Memory and memories
- Organs and their functions
Recent research confirms the action of essential oils on the nervous system as they influence psychic functions, mood and emotions effectively and beneficially. When we smell an essential oil, the "perfumed" molecules come into contact with the olfactory mucosa, where 10 to 25 million olfactory cells reside. The latter are actually nerve cells that transform the olfactory signal into an electrical impulse directed towards the hypothalamus with the involvement of the amygdala, a nervous structure believed to be the seat of emotions, memories and moods directly related to olfactory stimuli.