How do the oils work?
The oils work in two basic ways. Through Inhalation and Absorption.
Essential Oils - are the concentrated essences taken from the flowers, fruit, seeds, leaves, root or bark of certain plants. There are more than 400 essential oils.
Some are used to boost wellbeing, relieve stress, and help refresh the body, mind and spirit.
But it is the ancient Egyptians that are credited as the first in the world to invent the extraction of flower essences, and believed to have been some of the first perfumers in history.
The roots of Aromatherapy can be traced back more than 3,500 years. The Celts, Romans, Greeks, China and India - all used plants and herbs to clean and help heal the body and spirit.
It was the 1920’s - when the oils began to come back into favour - that the term Aromatherapy was coined by Rene Maurice Gattefosse, a french chemist and per fumier who used oils to treat soldiers in WW1. Discovering further qualities in Lavender, when he plunged his burned hand into a vat of the essential oil, which then healed quickly - with no blisters.
Other French and Italian chemist, including Dr. Jean Valnet, took his work further during WW2 by treating solders in the psychological field as well as making use of their amazing anti-septic and anti-viral qualities.
It was then Marguerite Maury, a bio chemist that brought Essential Oils to Britain. She developed the prescriptive use of them in beauty therapy and also showed that oils are absorbed into the bloodstream through the hair follicles.
Today research continues to being done with these amazing oils as we discover more about them and their usefulness for todays ailments.