The art of aromatherapy
This highly priced information was passed down from one generation to the other together with new discoveries and innovations. All this knowledge put together is the herbal medicine we know today. From earlier times Incense sticks were burnt in front of the deities . The early man also knew that burning leaves and twigs from different parts of the plants gave different effects .Some were uplifting , some were sedating some were cleansing and yet others were harming . Some plants had antibacterial properties which were burnt at the time of an epidemic.
During modern era, natural plant based healing led to the recognition of modern Aromatherapy. In the 1920’s a French chemist , Renne Gattefosse , had a laboratory accident , he plunged his arm into some lavender essential oil.The miracle healing proved to be a wonderful experiment of the healing properties of essential oils. This further led him to research more on the effects of various essential oils and also coined the word Aromatherapy which was uptill now a part of a wider study that is Phyto Therapy that is plant medicine.
Gattefosse’s experiment was furthered by another French scientist Dr.Jean Valnet who treated the first world war soldier’s wounds with essential oils. He also found out that essential oils showed great benefit while treating psychiatric patients which demonstrated their emotional and psychological healing properties. Madam Marguerite Maury pioneered the use of aromatherapy for beauty therapy and revitalization therapy demonstrating the healing powers of aromatherapy in Beauty as well.
In today’s modern age we can say Aromatherapy is a healing art which uses essential oils that are extracted from plants, herbs, trees, flowers etc. One or more essential oils can be blended in a base oil that is cold pressed nut, fruit or vegetable oils . These blends are used to give therapy either by way of massage or application. Essential oils can also be used on their own but only while diffusing .
Each essential oil has an affinity to different organs of the body . For Example Eucalyptus heals respiratory problems while peppermint can impart a lot of benefit to the digestive system similarly rose oil helps with the reproductive system. When essential oils are massaged onto the skin or inhaled through the nose their molecules gets absorbed into the blood stream and reaches the organ it has an affinity to and imparts healing effects.
There is an area in the brain sitting between the conscious and the subconscious mind which we call the limbic system. The limbic system houses the thalamus which is responsible for sensory integration. This means that everything we see, hear, touch, smell and taste is registered in the thalamus and the whole picture is put together. This is necessary for us to respond to the outside world. Sensory integration is the very beginning of the psychological reaction that then leads to the physical reality.
After emotional integration, we then have hormonal integration. Hormonal integration necessarily involves the pituitary gland which is the master gland of the body which is responsible for all the functions of the body . The pituitary is also situated near the thalamus. Everything we think can be transferred to a physical reality via the link of the thalamus and the pituitary. This holds true when we inhale essential oils. The pituitary or the master gland gives out signal to our hormone system to function in a particular manner. This is the way essential oils help us physiologically. Thus psychological effect manifests itself our physical being.
The essential oils are variedly priced starting from Rs.1,500/- per kg for Eucalyptus to Rs.15,00,000/- per kg for pure Rose Damasc. The price may sound too high but it is less in comparison to the effort in plucking 5000 pounds Rose petals in dew light and steam distill it at a specified low pressure and temperature to produce 1 pound of pure Rose Damasc oil.
Our aromatherapy product range is made up of these essential oils. Our product range starts from Rs.700/- for Natural Face wash for Children to Rs.1,800/- for a Beauty Potion Plus for maturing skin.
Essential aromatherapy tips
Always keep yourself well hydrated .
- Wash your face with a formula that helps keep your skin at an optimum PH level.
- Scrub your skin at least once a week to keep it free from dead cells and pollution.
- Use a moisturiser after washing your face to lock the moisture in your skin.
- Use a natural sun block daily even on days when the sun is not too bright.
- Use a night repair blend at least 4 times a week to check any sort of skin flaws.
- Keep your skin product free at least twice a week this will let your skin to boost the natural healing powers.
- Have herbal teas a couple of time each day to increase hydration as well as for their beneficial values.
- Spray Herbal concoctions on your face and neck and other exposed areas of the skin regularly in summer months. This will keep the skin hydrated from the upper layers too.
- For any specific skin treatment using essential oils try to apply the blend to the skin early in the morning and go for a walk in a park. This helps to absorb the essential oils better into the skin with the boost of oxygen intake.
Rupal Shabnam Tyagi
Aromatherapy practitioner and Perfumer
Founder & Director – Wikka