Holistic and modern AromatherapyThe term Aromatherapy was created by the French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950) who invented it in 1928 after healing a burn on his hand by placing it in a bowl full of lavender essential oil. In 1937 the new word makes its first public appearance, as Gatteffossé published the book “Aromatherapy, essential oils, plant hormones”. During the second World War the word Aromatherapy and the use of aromatic substances began being popular in modern society thanks to the French surgeon Jean Valnet (1920-1995). He would mix essential oils to treat wounds ,burns and later even mental disorders.
Aromatherapy: the origins
Aromatherapy, intended as international discipline which uses aromatic plants and essential oils and which promotes a life in harmony with nature, is relatively new. It is a holistic practice that acts on physical, mental and spiritual processes through the use of aromatic essences, representing the most evolved component in the vegetal world, the soul of plans, their personality. It is no coincidence that the term “essence” in philosophy symbolizes the innermost nature of a being. Essential oils are made of molecules, they are still substance but extremely purified and refined; it is a piece of information connecting the material world and the spirit.
Holistic and modern Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy becomes an integral part of a new harmonic vision of the world, where it is essential to find a connection with the natural world and re-establish positive energy. Aromatherapy and essential oils play a new and expanding role from the energetic point of view: they act on the ethereal body, and relating researches have shown that plants, in particular trees and flowers, have an energetic radiation similar to the one emitted by the ethereal body of humans. The subtle ethereal essence of flowers and plants comes into contact with the energetic bodies of human beings through chakras, freeing their healing and harmonizing energy into them. Officinal aromatic plants have always had a preventing effect, they nourish the immune system of precious molecules, which are already present in the memory of our DNA.
Olfaction: the magic of turning an aroma into emotions
Essential oils act on the olfactory and limbic system stimulating many of the neurovegetative functions of the human organism.
• Memory and memories
• Organs and their functions
Recent researches confirm the action of essential oils on the nervous system, as they effectively influence psychic functions, the mood and emotions. When we smell a fragrance or an essence, the “scented” molecules come into contact with the olfactory mucous where there are 10 to 25 million olfactory cells. The latter are actually nervous cells that transform the olfactory signal into an electric impulse aimed at the hypothalamus. It implies the involvement of the amygdala, a nervous structure thought to be a seat for emotions, memories and state of mind, in relation to olfactory stimuli.
Find out more:
• The term “Aromatherapy”
• History of Aromatherapy and the use or aromatic plants
• Aromatherapy in the Far East