In the 1920s, a French cosmetics chemist named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse was making fragrances in his laboratory one day when he accidentally burned his arm. He stuck his badly burned arm into the nearest cold liquid, which turned out to be a bath of lavender oil. To his surprise, the pain decreased dramatically, and the usual burn symptoms such as redness, heat, inflammation, and blisters remained. He also noticed that the wound healed quickly and left none of the typical scars associated with burns. It was at this point that Gattefosse dedicated his life to researching the medicinal properties of what we now call nature’s essential oils. Incidentally, he was the first to coined the term aromatherapy.
Essential oils are aromatic liquid substances extracted from specific tree species, roots, leaves, fruits, grasses, and flowers. These concentrated oils are far more valuable to humanity than just pleasant aromas. The healing properties of essential oils have long been known in ancient times. From Egypt to India to China and used accordingly. Essential oils are absorbed through the skin and do not leave behind toxins like their medical counterparts; this is an effective way to use them. They are excreted from the body through urine, feces, perspiration, and exhalation.
Medicinal and healing
Essential oils have a proven history of healing and treating many ailments. Acne, burns, insomnia, depression, indigestion, dandruff, and cervical cancer, to name a few. They do not necessarily cure all diseases, but they treat them effectively. The modern medical system and the drug industry have used the active ingredients from essential oils to make chemical drugs and treat them. However, because they are chemically modified by science, they leave toxins in the body after use, among other related problems. Essential oils in their natural form are much more beneficial for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Cosmetic and beauty
Apart from being able to cure and treat various ailments, essential oils have a varied and proven remedy that is a great cosmetic alternative. They can be used to create your own line of natural cosmetics that are both healthy and non-toxic in nature. Imagine making your body lotion that treats your skin like a pampered king or queen. Cosmetics that wave goodbye to cellulite and rediscover the beauty of your hands. The possibilities are endless and very safe. Natural beauty without paying a high price, just nature’s gold mine in your household.
Air Fresheners & Cleansers.
Aromatherapy also offers a way to make natural air fresheners and cleaners in the form of ……. you guessed it, those wonderfully effective essential oils. Create air fresheners with lemon, geranium, petitgrain, and sandalwood blends to perform the music of a breathtaking musical dance throughout your home in aromas that both paint your face with smiles and childlike awe. Create scents that not only consist of sweet-smelling aromas, but also have natural bacteria fighters in them. Even soaps can be created, powerful enough to quell the ugliness of bacteria, but mild enough to shower you with the grace of angels.
Cooking & Recipes
So we come to the culinary arts. Yes, the use of essential oils in cooking opens up exciting new avenues for food flavor. Even the food industry is using these oils to enhance flavor and create new treats. The only problem is that they are produced on a larger scale; many of the essential oils’ strengths are no longer present. But in your kitchen, you can make up for that. Herbs, spices, citrus, fruits and flowers, are the main essential oils you will use in the kitchen. Use them to enhance the flavor of soups, breathe life into vegetable dishes, and indulge the taste buds with cakes and desserts, among other things.
Are you still impressed with the many benefits and uses of aromatherapy? Essential oils help keep ticks, fleas, and other small critters away from your dog for less than their commercial chemical counterparts. See how you can make your dog’s coughs, colds, and flu more manageable and disappear with the essential oils niaouli, eucalyptus, and tea tree. Not only can dogs benefit from aromatherapy, but also cats, rabbits, hamsters, and horses. Essential oils offer many remedies and solutions for your little pet friends and companions’ care, saving you a dreaded and expensive trip to the vet.
Using essential oils in your garden may be one of the wisest decisions you will ever make. Many commercial garden products, such as pesticides, fungicides, or wood preservatives, can wreak havoc in the form of dangerous poisoning, not only on pests and insects, but also in the inevitable food you grow that will end up in your stomach. The beautiful flowers and plants you smell and touch will certainly have some sort of toxic effect on you, because of the chemicals sprayed on them. This is where using the essential oils as a natural alternative, will not endanger your health. The functions of certain essential oils in the plants before they were extracted shows that they were able to protect against bacteria and viruses. The strong antibacterial and antiviral properties in the essential oils, are also known for their effective handling of fungi and molds. Essential oils also deter pests and insects and prevent them from infesting your garden.
Aromatherapy offers you a choice between toxic chemicals and natural chemicals that enhance and beautify your existence on the planet. Moreover, it allows you to obtain inexpensive solutions to your expensive ones. An opportunity to naturally care for your pets as they care for your happiness and self-esteem. Beautify yourself safely without the harmful samples of chemical cosmetics and live like royalty with the taste of food fit for the gods. Moreover, aromatherapy offers the wonder of effective healing and treatment that does more good than their chemical brethren.