Aromatherapy – The Fragrant Cure
Aromatherapy is a science that uses fragrant essential oils and herbs for healing ailments. People of ancient Egypt and Babylon are said to have used scented herbs for their inherent curative properties. After their death herbal oils were used to embalm Egyptian pharaohs. Their priests who also worked as doctors, actively employed oils for treatment.
The term ‘;;;aromatherapy’;;; was coined by a French cosmetic chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse in 1920. One day, as Gattefosse was working in his lab, he accidentally singed his arm. There was a vat of lavender essential oil kept nearby. He plunged the injured arm in it. The chemist noted that his burns healed rapidly. This accident gave birth to a new science. Gattefosse devoted his life to the study of Aromatherapy or the curative qualities of various oils.
Much research has been done on aromatherapy since. All the Modern techniques have proven the healing properties of certain scented oils.
Lavender has become the standard cure for burn victims. This beautifully scented oil is also used in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
There are quiet a few aromatherapy essential oils whose scent provides huge benefit. For example, the scent of Eucalyptus relieves chest congestion.
There are other essential oils that attack fungal and bacterial infection. To cure fungal infections like ringworm and athletes foot, Tea Tree Oil is used. Joint and muscle pains are alleviated by the use of Rosemary.
As per Aromatherapy, skin care essential oils bring back the vitality of the tissues by regulating the activity of capillaries. The sharp smelling vapors of an essential oil are readily absorbed in the bloodstream. Essential oils have a powerful effect through our sense of smell that is the least explored of all the five senses.
On stimulating the cells used for smell (olfactory receptors), the olfactory nerve transmits a signal to that portion of the brain that generates emotional, physical and sexual responses.
Although we may not be consciously aware of its effect, our subconscious mind reacts to the smell.