1918: René-Maurice Gatefossé, burns his hand and relieves himself by immersing it in essential oil of lavender.
Healing, fast and without sequel, is at the origin of aromatherapy (a word he invented in 1928).
He then signed the revival of aromatherapy in the 20th century in France.
Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant extracts.
This sets it apart from herbal medicine which uses all the elements of a plant.
The part of the plant chosen is distilled in two phases: the fatty phase (obtaining essential oil) and the aqueous phase (obtaining hydrosols)
Each EO has its own biochemical profile (a composition).
The molecules that compose it have special properties.
There is a huge amount and diversity of Essential Oils.
From the same plant, depending on the environment in which it evolves, we obtain different EOs;
for example, True Lavender grows at high altitude, Aspic Lavender grows at low altitude, as for Lavender Stoechade only grows around the perimeter of the Mediterranean region.
These three types of Lavender will give EOs with fundamentally different characteristics.
Essential oils are used for the ENT system (anti-bacterial, anti-viral oils, very useful in case of colds or flu for example), for the skin, especially for acne (which our Health Care center has made a specialty of) , for the liver, the genitourinary system, the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, or also for the nervous system to treat stress, or anxiety.
Contrary to some popular belief, essential oils are very powerful and should be handled with great care.
Take advice from your Naturopath, he will guide you towards the right synergy.