Aromatherapy Has History

..scented air. It seems that scented air was as alluring then as it is today.There have been some changes in ‘scented air’ over the centuries. ‘Scented air’ has evolved from tree gums to liquid perfumes, fragrant candles and much more.

Today, liquid herbal incense we refer to ‘scented air’ as fragrance. Even the sound of the word, fra-grance, is syrupy on the tongue and faintly lingers. One’s mouth almost waters at the words, “Strawberry Delight” and “”Peachy Indulgence”.

Although tasting is not recommended, our senses are tempted beyond measure by the sheer seduction of fragrance. The ancients knew it, we all know it. To refuse to delight yourself or your beloved in fragrance is worse than never having indulged in a BonBon.

It was Neolithic tribes of humans that first discovered the aromatic and healing properties of plants. Perhaps is was by accident that someone, maybe the tribes holistic medicine woman, แทงบอลโลก discovered congealed animal fat grew rich with the aroma of celebratory, herbal components from the previous nights wedding gala. Or perhaps herbs were dropped into a vat of sacrificial liquids to aid in the healing of an ailing tribal member and found the following morning not only to have hardened over the chilly night but to have transformed form a smelly vat of animal fat to a fragrant, intoxicating aroma.Whoever or however it was first realized, the art of scenting caught on and has not only endured but evolved over the centuries.

However, plants have more than just aromatic properties. Scented plants, added to fats, aid dry skin far better than unscented fats. Plants add flavor to foods. Plants help heal wounds. Before our modern massage and body lotions, scented fats were worn for protection of skin, sorno hair, weather, insects, aching muscles, and effected energy and emotions. Plants for the skin and hair were a combination of water, scented oils and alcohol and were also drank as a tonic which was the forerunner of our modern day liquid perfume. Quite a job description for a plant!

Then, man began to combine the best of plant properties. He combined scented oils, aromatic water and incense and used this concoction to heal the body, the mind and the spirit. This evolving technology steadily spread and became an integral component in healing as well as the foundation of modern day aroma therapy. Reiseblog

Any industry as massive and seductively imposing as the fragrance industry has to have an impressive history into which we can dig. Scent archeology, if you will. And it cannot be done without revealing unsung inventors or without exposing industrious entrepreneurs, as far back as the first century C.E.

I wonder if there are any Prophetissa’s left? If so, they could have been heirs to a perfume empire! That is, if Maria Phrophetissa, doll18 the inventor of a mechanism resembling a double-boiler, that not only brewed essential oils but distilled alcohol, had actually been able to file a patent on her invention in the first century C.E.

Maria Prophetissa’s double-boiler brewed essential oils that, when diluted with water, produced a new type of fragrance-scented waters. Her scented waters were used to improve skin tone and reduce blemishes; as medicine that relieved female cramps and indigestion; and body scent for the obvious reasons! Maria’s scented waters became known as “medicinal tonic”.

Eventually, nuns and monks alike got in on the action. Nuns and monks were well known for their dedication to herbal healing and people began to depend upon them much the same as you and I depend upon our doctor and pharmacist today. Nuns and monks were depended upon as healers and aromatic water was their favorite prescription!

Fragrance has been the subject of treatise and trade, employment and grandeur, prestige and pride, then and now.

It was 1732 and public demand for the latest and greatest scents had not cooled.

There lived a man by the name of Giovanni Maria Farina. He took over his uncles business in France where he set about the task of experimenting with scented waters. His tinkering produced an aromatic water he called Aqua Admirabilis.

Folks living in the region loved his aromatic water, Aqua Admirabilis, and put it to use in several ways. It was applied to the face as an astringent and toner, swished around ones mouth to combat sore gums and drank for relief of indigestion. It is said that Napoleon consumed several bottles each day!

Aqua Admirabilis was an obvious hit and so popular with the soldiers, in particular, that they affectionately renamed it, Eau de Cologne (Cologne water), after the town of Cologne in which it was conceived and where Giovanni lived and worked. We still use ‘cologne’ to this day.

Giovanni’s unique blend of scented water fused the aromatic properties of neroli, bergamot, lavender, and rosemary in grape alcohol ,which lent his cologne its fruity, for more info please visit these websites:- distinct scent.

The creation of Aqua Admirabilis – cologne – has proved itself to be another important historical stepping stone on the path leading to aromatherapy as we know it today.

Just a little more than 100 years ago fragrance was introduced to the age of chemicals. This introduction shifted fragrance into the category of cosmetics. This new description gave birth to a new industry where a wave of scented products emerged. Under this umbrella of cosmetics perfume was born!

Only a year later the first commercial synthetic essential oil was developed – in a laboratory. This first essential oil smelled of hay and was a hit with cologne makers. It was followed by thousands of synthetic fragrances imitating the rarest and most expensive oils of its time. And mostly all were engineered from petroleum chemicals!

Additives, new on the chemical pallet and highly concentrated, allowed manufacturers to produce powerful perfumes and changed perfumes character, forever.

Where cologne had been liberally splashed on the face and neck due to its light nature, a user needed only a few drops of the new perfume to completely scent themselves. Additionally, the new perfumes lasted much longer.

Out of the medicine cabinet and onto the cosmetic counter, the new colognes, essentials oils, and perfumes were no longer taken orally. While a loss to some, undoubtedly, this was a boon to manufacturers in the cosmetics industry. Additionally, the fashion world of France embraced major perfume houses, Guerlain, Rimmel and Bourgois, thus establishing their presence in France even further.



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