Aromatherapy history

Aromatherapy is not an ordinary hobby, but a whole art. It should be a religious rite. The inhalation of a wonderful fragrance, which was extracted from thousands of colors to create oil, is extraordinary.

Since ancient times, the art of aromatherapy was cognized not by ordinary people, but by people of the highest class - by the priests. Art and knowledge of the properties of plants were available to the priests and were used for religious rites and treatments. Aromatic plants were used in the time of all the great ancient civilizations - from Babylon and Persia in the Middle East to India and China. During the excavations, it was found that people have long used aromatic substances to change body odor and air, they knew about their influence on the mental and physical state. It was established that people learned to release fragrant substances from vegetable raw materials already about 5000 years BC. e.

The science of smells has reached its peak Egypt. Only through initiations in the mysteries could one gain access to knowledge of the effects of smell. Seekers from different countries gathered there to master it. Egyptian priests were famous for the art of embalming with the use of aromatic substances. The mystery of long-term body preservation has not been solved yet. It is known that when the burial of Tutankhamen was discovered (1922), along with the mummy there were vessels with aromatic substances (myrrh, frankincense), whose aroma and healing properties have been preserved for 3,500 years. The Egyptians burned fragrant plants during appeals to the gods, fumigating rituals with a suitable scent. Without the use of incense and essential oils from the ancient Egyptians did not do any religious sacred ritual. Incense and myrrh were the most valuable and common in the application, as they were believed to protect from evil spirits. It has now been found that incense incense causes an altered state of consciousness, which is why it is used in temples to create a certain atmosphere and attitude. Priestess skillfully combined aromas with color therapy. In the temples 4 vessels were symbolically placed on four sides of the world: frankincense - myrrh - cedar - cypress, as symbols of divinity - healing - protection from enemies - masculinity. The Egyptians widely used the essential oils of Lebanese cedar, cinnamon, lily, pine, dill, basil, coriander for mummification and treatment, as well as for cosmetic purposes.

But still, not only priests owned some knowledge of the healing properties of aromas, the ability to produce healing balms and ointments. Knowledge was passed from mother to daughter. A pot with aromatic ointments was available to every woman - regardless of age and class.. In the past, a man did not part with aromas throughout his life: the aromas supported the health of his body and spirit, preserved his beauty and youth, were an integral part of the art of love. On holidays, women wore special cones on their heads (apparently, prototypes of modern aromacolones), which, heated from body heat, gave off the smell of essences poured into them. For the Egyptian pharaohs, individual blends of essential oils were created, which were intended to create the desired mood - joyful, erotic or aggressive (in case of war).

In the ancients Athens any beautiful woman knew that her hands should smell like mint, and her face should smell like palm oil.

AT India, According to secret recipes, essential oils were added to the solution when building temples, for example, in the country that most fully studied the science of meditation and human consciousness, which not only contributed to the disinfection of indoor air, but also created an atmosphere of coolness, which leads to peace, meditation .

In countries East Aromatics are widely used, they are used not only in temples, but also at home: some at lunch, the second at reading, and the third at night. They should not be confused, because the smell of some candles increases attention, helps to concentrate, the second - contributes to appetite, and others provoke sexual desire. Smells can have a strong emotional and psychological impact, as well as affect the physiological processes in the body. Pleasant smells improve a person’s well-being, and unpleasant ones depress, cause negative emotions.

Aromatic substances (oils, perfumes) came to Europe in the XII century, along with the Crusaders, who learned their knowledge from the Arabs. Especially carried away by their use of the French. They laid the foundations of modern perfumery production, as well as the therapeutic use of essential oils.

French chemist R. M. Khajtefos considered the father of aromatherapy. He proposed this term in 1937 and was mainly interested in the cosmetic and dermatological aspects of the use of essential oils. French doctor Jean Valle used essential oils to disinfect and treat wounds, relieve spasms of internal organs. He is considered a classic of aromatherapy, he has monographs on herbal and aromatherapy. One of them is “Aromatherapy. Treatment of diseases with essential oils and plants ”was reprinted several times. In the 1920s and 1930s, Italian scientists under the leadership of Renato Cayolo and Giovanni Gary conducted a series of experiments using essential oils and found their strong influence on the nervous system. Based on this, they proposed effective ways to treat depression and hysteria with essential oils.

The ability to properly use perfume is an art. And women just need to gradually learn it and learn the culture of smells.

Especially for - Nikita L'Aesthetic

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