Can fragrance have a healing effect?
Everyone benefits, often unknowingly, from the healthful properties of essential oils, such as drinking herbs or using them as spices.The oils are extracted from plants by steam distillation or pressing.
The chemical compounds contained in oils are not just a nice smell, they are precious! It contains medicinal ingredients such as: linalool in lavender oil), thymol or eugenol (strong anti-inflammatory components, sesquiterpenes, which soothe the nerves or antibacterial and anti-inflammatory phenols
Oils played a very important role in perfumery.
French chemist René-Maurice Gatefossé began to study it scientifically. Legend has it that one day he got burned in the lab by putting his hand in hot lavender oil. He was very surprised because the wound healed quickly and there were no complications related to the burn. After the war, he published his research and gained much attention.
Fragrances and aromatherapy
Essential oils are found in all parts of plants - flowers, leaves, stems, seeds and roots and there are plants that provide more than one oil, such as orange containing 3 oils in the fruit peel, leaves and flowers, so each oil has unique properties.
We are not always aware of the impact of scents on our well-being.
Have you ever thought about the fact that since unpleasant smells cause us unpleasant sensations such as sewage, waste water, the smell of paint - which in high concentrations is also poisonous. And what if we think of the beautiful scent of levendine or jasmine, which have a relaxing effect?
It has been proven that scents have a very strong effect on the brain. Each smell has specific properties that affect the limbic system. Stimulation of just this part of the brain is able to recall memories, feelings or even improve mood. They improve blood circulation, through the sense of smell, on the central nervous system. Beneficial essential oils have the power to improve mood, stimulate, calm.
In aromatherapy, natural essential oils are used because we know that the plant has produced a mixture of substances with aromatic but also therapeutic effects.
Smell is the only one of the senses that works on the principle that what it recognizes goes directly to our hippocampus (part of the limbic system) and is remembered. This is why smells evoke emotions. Many therapists use smell to pick out specific events from patients' memories. Positive and negative. Research is being done on this topic. For example, geranium has a scent that everyone associates rather positively. With grandma's garden or even with the garden from our national epic "Pan Tadeusz" in the first scene when young Thaddeus returned after several years to his beloved home after completing his studies:) we also associate it with warm cake, tea - can you smell it? just at the thought I experience bliss!
A given scent is correlated in our brain with specific memories and feelings.
For example, the scent of bergamot gives you confidence. The scent of patchouli is a bit of an aphrodisiac. If we combine both of these scents - we will feel a surge of strength. If you want to feel feminine, choose floral notes. Oriental fragrances will add mysteriousness to us, and if we feel a drop in energy, It is worth reaching for a perfume with citrus notes.
And what oil reflects you?