Aromatherapy and essential oils
"People could close their eyes to the greatness, to the horror, to the beauty and close their ears to melodies or beguiling words. But they could not escape the scent. Because the scent was a brother of breath."
(Patrick Süßkind in "Perfume")
Aromatherapy is a branch of naturopathy. Its origins go back to pre-biblical times, to ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece, where essential oils and essences of plants were used to heal health problems, for body care and for spiritual rites. We find the first written records in the Bible, but the knowledge and possible applications were primarily passed down orally and were part of the cultural heritage. In the Middle Ages, the “official” use of medicinal plants was primarily reserved for monasteries. The use by ordinary people was viewed with suspicion, especially by the church ("witch burnings"), as a result of which a lot of knowledge was lost among the people. The great physician Paracelsus was the first representative among the medical profession to study the effects of vegetable oils and essences on humans. He already placed the interaction between body and mind at the center of his studies.
In the following decades, vegetable oils were mainly used as a fragrance, especially for making perfume. It was only at the beginning of the 20th century that the French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse rediscovered the healing power of essential oils. He coined the term "aromatherapy" and successfully treated soldiers in the First World War. This knowledge slowly spread across Europe and there is now a multitude of research and studies into the healing effects on the human body, mind and soul.
"Etheric" comes from the Greek "Aither" and means "sky air", the word "essence" contains the "essential"; That means the essential oils are the essential, the life force, in short "the soul of the plants".
Essential oils are microscopic oil droplets formed in the oil glands of plants; they are contained in the flowers, seeds, fruit peel, leaves, roots, resins and bark. They are the ones who create the plant's scent and attract or keep away insects. Depending on the location and environmental conditions of the plants, the oil molecules also contain substances such as vitamins, antioxidants, fungicides, antiviral and antibacterial substances that help the plant maintain its own health, vitality and growth. These ingredients are of course also available to us humans in the essential form.
The effect of essential oils is holistic and aromatherapy also tries to capture people in their entirety. Body, mind and soul are closely connected and must be treated equally in order to stay or become healthy in the long term and sustainably.
Ways of application
Essential oils have an effect on the skin and mucous membranes on the one hand, and on the brain via the sense of smell on the other.
Physical effect on the skin
Due to their fat-soluble properties, essential oils are particularly well absorbed by the body through the skin and mucous membranes; They quickly reach the tissue and individual organs via the blood.
They work particularly well in body oils, massages, baths and rubs.
Oral consumption is also possible for certain essences, but the recommendation belongs in the hands of an experienced aromatherapist.
Mental-emotional effect via the sense of smell
Our nose is directly connected to the “limbic system”, a control center for our emotional impulses and the autonomic nervous system. The fine molecular structure of the essential oils combined with the scent stimulus means that the scent of the essential oil reaches this control center within seconds and triggers corresponding reactions. Feelings arise and there can also be detectable reactions to the sensation of pain.
The method of application is inhalation, directly by applying it to the body or by nebulizing it in a fragrance lamp.
How essential oils support us?
they are balancing regulators of the body
highly effective antioxidant
have a cleansing effect (for example, digest petrochemical substances)
bring oxygen into the cells
have an anti-inflammatory effect
have hormone-like effects
have enzymatic effects
act against unfriendly microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, etc.)
increase our body frequency
free us from negative emotional baggage
increase our spiritual sensitivity
reach every cell in our body within 20 minutes
The quality of the oil is crucial for the safe use of essential oils. What counts here is cultivation, harvesting and harvesting that are as pollutant-free as possible and careful
This includes cultivation, harvesting and harvesting that are as pollutant-free as possible and carefully extracted using steam distillation or pressing.