There are so many uses for aromatherapy and so many ways to use essential oils! Over the next few weeks, I’ll talk about some of my experiences with essential oils.
Aromatherapy is often referred to as an art and a science. It takes the essence of a plant and uses it to promote healing in the body, mind, and spirit of a being. It can be used for preventative measures or for active treatment.
Herbal remedies in many forms have been around for a very long time. Both Egypt and China have written documentation in the use of herbs from the time written documents started to be made. Herbs and oils have been used for perfumes, in religious ceremonies, and for healing in many cultures over many millennium. As with many things, it has drifted in and out of popularity. And not everything has worked.
There are, however, many documented things that have worked. French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse is the person who started the term aromatherapy. He investigated the antiseptic properties of essential oils and, because of his work, a lot of interest in and study of essential oils started in France in the 1920s.
Dr. Jean Valnet is another person who helped validate the field of aromatherapy. He used essential oils on the battle field during WWII and documented many of his results. I highly recommend his book, The Practice of Aromatherapy, if you are interested in learning more about essential oils and aromatherapy in general.
One of my first experiences with essential oils was in the cosmetic classes I took a few years ago. I had heard of them but hadn’t used them much. Getting into the cosmetic making classes opened up a whole new world for me! The cosmetic uses for essential oils are many. They offer great benefits for your skin. You can find many posts from me on skin care here https://lazycatoils.wordpress.com/category/skin-care-2/ Or ask me a question directly if you are curious about something specific!