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Aromatherapy Facts

Aromatherapy? A therapy or cure using aromas, aromatics, scents? Yes! They can all be therapeutic if used, dosed and administered correctly and at the right time....Fragrances, and thus essential oils, play an important role in our lives.

- Dr. Foveau De Courmelles


Aromatherapy: The art and science of using pure essential oils extracted from many parts of the plants (i.e. flower, leaf, tree, bark, root, twig, seed, berry, resin and rind) to calm, balance and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit on multiple levels.

A few historical Facts: Recipes working with aromatic plants were found in Egyptian Tombs. Aromatic plants were used in Persia, Greece, Rome, China, India and throughout Europe. Synthetics were being produced in 1600’s and began to replace herbals, in the 19th century the medical community embraces synthetics. In the 20th century the re-awakening to the benefits of herbal medicines and essential oils especially in France and England. The term Aromatherapy was coined during the 20th century by French cosmetic chemist Dr. René-Maurice Gattefossé.

Essential Oils: A natural substance derived from the leaves, flowers, seeds, resins, fruits, rinds, bark and roots. Considered the life force, soul and immune system of the plant. Are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs.

All essential oils, to varying degrees, exhibit the following characteristics:
  • Antiseptic (prevents or combats infection locally)
  • Bactericide (kills bacteria)
  • Bacteriostatic (inhibits growth of bacteria)
  • Cytophylacticpromotes cell rejuvenation)
  • Lipophilic (ability to absorb deep into skin and internal organs)
  • Adaptogens (flexible in response to specific needs)


How many pounds of plant parts does it take to make one pound of essential oil? 50 pounds of Eucalyptus leaves and twigs, 150 pounds of Lavender fresh flowering tops, 500 pounds of Rosemary fresh flowering tops, 2,000 pounds of Rose fresh petals.

Besides their antiseptic and bactericidal properties widely used today, essential oils possess anti-toxic and antiviral properties, a powerful vitalizing action, and an undeniable healing power...

- Dr. René-Maurice Gattefossé
"Gattefossé’s Aromatherapy"