What is Aromatherapy and Essential Oils?
Table of Contents
- 0.1 What is Aromatherapy?
- 0.2 What is an Essential Oil?
- 0.3 Fragrance or Essential Oil?
- 0.4 How to use Essential Oils safly
- 1 The Therapeutic Properties of Essential Oils in Diffusion
- 2 The Heart Note
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Each of them has specific properties, it can be used to treat various ailments, physical as well that psychological. The small molecular size of the essential oils allows them to be easily absorbed, through the nose, mouth, or skin. They penetrate quickly into the bloodstream and have immediate action on the metabolism which explains their incredible efficiency.
The application of this natural therapy is based on a strict and rigorous approach, based on serious and demonstrated scientific studies. The main goal of aromatherapy is to soothe and heal, to restore the balance of the body to harmonize the physical and the minds of individuals. Through their action, essential oils trigger and reinforce the natural process of self-healing.
This starts from the principle recognized that the smells influence us and act beneficially on our unconscious and our organism. Each essential oil has its peculiarities when it is judiciously chosen, it helps to stimulate the body’s natural defenses and often acts as a preventive agent. Essential oils act as gently, they soothe and stimulate the intellect, whet the appetite, and act beneficially on the emotions. This results in an improved general condition and a feeling of well-being accentuated.
What is an Essential Oil?
Essential oil is a product derived from the distillation of one or more parts of a plant: leaves, flowers, fruits, barks, roots, seeds, resin, etc.
Essential oils can be extracted from aromatic plants by different techniques, but the two main ones Extraction processes are a steam distillation and cold expression of zests (used for citrus fruits). These two methods ensure excellent final quality and make it possible to obtain essential oils from molecules. extremely powerful aromas with exceptional therapeutic properties.
A true essential oil, which should not be confused with a synthetic molecule, a fragrance, or an extract flavored vegetable, has vast medicinal properties and high olfactory qualities. Note that it is always necessary a huge amount of plants to carry out the distillation because the concentration of essential oil in the plants is always tiny. This can sometimes explain the high cost of some essential oils because it often takes several tons of vegetable matter to extract a single liter of essential oil.
Note also that, contrary to what its name suggests, the essential oil is not fat. composite only volatile aromatic molecules, it is not oily like vegetable oil. Aromatic, pure, and natural, of complex chemical composition, obtained exclusively from raw material vegetables, essential oils have abundant qualities. Their many therapeutic properties and virtues olfactory, make them valuable and beneficial for health. They are widely used in areas like perfumery and aromatherapy.
Fragrance or Essential Oil?
The fragrances and essential oils share many similarities, but also several fundamental differences, that it is important to emphasize. Essential oils are pure and natural molecules. Derived from distillation, it was cut with no other product and come exclusively from plants. They are recognized and appreciated for their perfume, subtle and intense, and their medicinal virtues. They have several proven beneficial effects on the body and are greatly used in aromatherapy. Their main virtue is an increase in the feeling of well being, as much physical as psychological.
The fragrances are synthetic molecules reconstituted, they allow you to enjoy the perfumes, often impossible to extract by distillation, certain fruits, herbs, or flowers. They do not contain true natural essence and their contribution to aromatherapy is strictly at the olfactory level and not medicinal. They have everything likewise virtues because even if they are synthetic, the quality fragrances help to find calm and to relieve the stress. In conclusion, essential oil or a fragrance may both be suitable for diffusion. A choice and personalized, of a quality product, can indifferently be appreciated and act effectively in the environment.
How to use Essential Oils safly
Air diffusion remains one of the safest ways to benefit from the properties of oils essential.
Most of the unfortunate incidents associated with the use of essential oils are usually related to bad use or lack of knowledge, such as direct application to the skin or mucous membranes. As with any substance, essential oils have potentially allergenic or toxic effects. However, all these problems are avoided when dealing with a reliable company, people well informed and products deemed safe. Risks for pregnant women, young children, the elderly, or sick can be easily avoided.
Because if oral absorption or skin application is to be avoided in some In this case, the controlled and well-targeted release of essential oils chosen and deemed safe remains the safest to use. Thus, the nebulization ensures, by its advanced technique, the controlled diffusion in quantity and quality, our products, all guaranteed reliable and without risk to health. Bad dosages and related dangers misuse are therefore eliminated and guarantee the safe use of our essential oils.
The Therapeutic Properties of Essential Oils in Diffusion
Used in diffusion, essential oils have a very wide power of action. As the body does not develop they can take advantage of their many beneficial effects on an ongoing basis. Several studies have shown that essential oils can attack very powerful microbes, destroying them and thus preventing their proliferation. Essential oils also fight effectively against bacterial infections than viral or parasitic. They are:
Essential oils have a power of electromagnetic attraction on the molecular organisms that are found in the ambient air. Various factors, like pollution or a lot of people in one place, drastically reduce the number of negative ions in the ambient air, which then takes care of bacteria (positive ions) that can cause various infections. Diffuse essential oils fight against these bacteria since they charge in the air negative ions that neutralize the positive ions.
These results do not surprise the researcher Monique Lacroix, who studies the antibacterial properties of oils at the Institut Armand-Frappier in Laval: “We have seen that at very low concentrations, oils essential can eliminate bacteria.
The concentration of the mixture increases efficiency. Sprayed on a wall, the oil is in direct contact with the bacteria. The chances of eliminating it are therefore better. “His team has studied more than 200 essential oils rich in phenols to find the ones that are most effective against pathogenic bacteria, such as E. coli, salmonella, and staph: Thyme, oregano, clove, and cinnamon would be among the most promising.
The antibacterial effect of essential oils has also been proven in an English hospital. Researchers from the University of Manchester have highlighted the highly antibacterial effect of essential oils. An oil diffuser has been installed for 9 months in 2 rooms of a hospital. Result: a 90% decrease in bacteria in the air and a reduced number of infections were found.
They prevent and treat fungal infections caused by microscopic fungi. (Ex: Cedar, Melissa, Geranium, Palmarosa.)
They prevent and fight infections by destroying germs and stopping their reproduction.
(Ex: Lemon, Cajeput, Lavender, Pine)
They stop the development of viruses, highly sensitive to its aromatic molecules, and stimulate the immune system. (Ex: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme.)
Disseminated in the atmosphere they cleanse and deodorize the air. They disinfect and prevent contagion while perfuming pleasantly. (Ex: Lime, Grapefruit, Petit Grain, Fir.)
Because of their rapid penetration ability, they revitalize weak cells in the body. They act at the level of global energy, regulate the activity of the glands, promote the secretion of hormones, and balance the nervous system. (Ex: Basil, Cypress, Mint, Clary Sage).
Essential oils are well known to make life hard for all kinds of insects and they have proven themselves as a repellent, mosquito repellent, and anti-parasitic agents. They constitute a natural alternative to different products on the market that is not always safe for health and the environment.
The essential oils have a preventive effect by discouraging insects from invading a place, in addition to being repulsive and to drive them out of a place they have already invested. They have the advantages, and even more, of a classic repellent, without the harmful and sometimes dangerous consequences for the health of a product that may contain elements toxic.
Considered a highly effective bio-repellent agent, essential oils keep mites at bay, fleas, and lice. Diffused in the ambient air, they would protect in particular attacks of mosquitoes, by masking the smell of CO2 emanating from the human body. Their pleasant scent added to their efficient action, make essential oils an essential natural alternative. The essential oils recognized as the most effective mosquito repellent are Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lavandin, Rose Geranium, and Peppermint.
The Different Olfactory Notes
In aromatherapy, it must be taken into account that odors evaporate at different speeds to elaborate a balanced fragrance. A fragrance evolves, transforms, and evaporates. The system of the pyramid (the pyramid of perfumes) takes into account these peculiarities by classifying the essences in three notes: The top note consists of the lightest materials. It’s the smell that you smell first and disappear most quickly. This note does not stay long but, as it is the first one we feel, it is decisive in the signature of a composition. Fresh and lively this note consists mainly of citrus fruits and lavender, a flower, which is an exception in this category.
The Heart Note
It consists of molecules with medium volatility. It persists a little longer than the top note. It is it gives body and determines the character of a composition. It plays the role of liaison between the top note and the bottom note. It mainly includes flowers and herbs.
The Bottom Note
It is made up of the heaviest essences. It is she whose smell is the most persistent, the scent that remains delicately when the other notes have vanished. Used in minute quantities, because of its power, its role principle is to fix the other notes. It is indispensable in composition and helps to give a touch balanced final. This note is drawn mainly from bark or scented roots.