One hour consultation in addition to phone intake interview for new clients; Applicable aromatherapy methods and their recommended dilutions; Properties of essential oils within a holistic and clinical framework; Blending techniques and carrier oils; Aromatic effects on specific organs and their bodily systems; Essential Oil Guidelines for usage and contraindications; Recipe blends uniquely designed for each client; Downloadable resources for measurement conversions, recommended dilutions, and self-massage practices
The term aromatherapy was coined in the 1920s by French chemist and perfumer René-Maurice Gattefossé during the revival of essential oils. His therapeutic interest in essential oils arose after a laboratory explosion in his family’s perfumery business that severely burned his hand. After plunging his hand into a container of lavender oil he was amazed how quickly it healed. By the 1960s, Gattefossé’s work lived on to inspire prominent doctors and biochemists such as French doctor Jean Valnet MD, who as an army surgeon in World War II began using thyme, clove, lemon, and chamomile essential oils to treat burns and wounds. Valnet later found the fragrances were also successful in treating psychiatric problems.
One could say a resurgence exploded that day in Gattefossé laboratory, and with it a remembering of a potent ancestral healing therapy. In the Bible for instance, it is said The Magi presented baby Jesus with the three gifts of Gold—Frankincense—and Myrrh and during the 18th dynasty Egypt, the great Queen Hatshepsut sent ships to bring thirty-one myrrh trees back to Egypt. Ancient Egyptian priests were often perfumers and some of the first medicines were incense often burned in temples and religious rituals to celebrate a sacred connection between physical matter and the spirit. Perfume comes from Latin meaning per ‘through’ and fume ‘smoke.’ Over time, we see how these traditions continued to perfuse for example Ancient Greek and Roman knowledge of aromatics and botanicals as medicines to prevent illness and particular epidemics and plagues.
After the middle of the nineteenth century, modern chemistry and science evolved and perfumes shifted from the category of medicines into cosmetics. In 1869, scientists created the first synthetic fragrance, coumarin. In the late nineteenth century, chemists began transforming the healing practice of perfumery into a petrochemical industry that today generates billions. By the early twentieth century, modern perfumers were using more synthetic fragrances than essential oils in their scents. Scientists and perfumers switched to cheaper, consistent, and readily available man-made chemicals.
Fast forward to the modern day and we see how aromatherapy has made a holistic comeback as more people begin implementing ancestral methods in redefined ways. Whether or not the Egyptians or Native American Tribes termed the ‘Olfactory or Limbic Systems’ to describe how odor transmission affects neurons in the brain and the pituitary gland which sends chemical messages into the bloodstream, it does seem to have both literally and intuitively been useful even back then. The somatic communication that happens within the human ecosystem illustrates how on cellular levels when potent aromatics and botanicals are introduced they cannot only be healing, but a fun exploration into a brand new discovery of what works.
After all, the word ‘KISS’ means to ‘SMELL’ and in many languages was used as an expression of a desire to linger where the beloved’s scent glow. Hormonal changes, diet, over exposure to radiation or toxic chemicals, aging, medications, synthetic perfumes, deodorants, and head injuries are a few triggers of anosmia, or the inability to smell or taste. Aromatherapy invites us into a world of renewed sense perception.
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