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Aromatherapy: An ancient science

Written by Hannah Parry

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Posted on May 03 2019

Aromatherapy has been used as a treatment for more than 5,000 years.

Aromatherapy has been used as a treatment for more than 5,000 years.
Already in prehistory, the first inhabitants of the planet burned wood and leaves to flatter the gods with the most exquisite aromas. 5,000 years ago, techniques for the prevention and cure with aromatic plants were developed in China and India until their daily use for health and beauty care was included, as well as to obtain well-being and serenity. And the Egyptians gave exceptional attention to essential oils, using them in their daily lives for healing, cosmetic effects and in the preparation of inert bodies for their preservation on the journey to eternity.

It was the French chemist René Maurice Gattefosse, known as the father of aromatherapy, who used this term for the first time in the early twentieth century, establishing the French school, which believed in the oral use of essential oils. And in the seventies the English school of aromatherapy was born, closely linked to the medicine of the hand of therapists who applied the essential oils in massage and inhalations. Its predecessor, Robert Tisserand, recommended only the external use (inhalation or massage) of essential oils.

But in reality the Spanish school is the oldest of all. Born in the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries in Spanish-Arab Spain, where Arabs, Jews and Christians lived together, she implanted the roots of the art of perfumery and cosmetics in Europe in Spain and not in France as many believe.

And thanks to her, here came to study and learn many of the alchemy teachers from all over Europe, who were entering the path of Santiago. For about twenty years, aromatherapy as we know it today has been implanted in Spain, both due to the use of essential oils at a professional (therapeutic) level and the dissemination of the multiple uses of aromatherapy at home.

Given the wide range of benefits that regular use of essential oils seeks, there is a great diversity of professionals who work with them at different levels. It is applied in aesthetic centers and spas of all types (urban spas, resort spas...) That benefit from the multiple properties of aromatherapy for skin and body care based on the basis that essential oils. They have extraordinary results in almost all cosmetic treatments, whether facial (acne, couperose, dermatitis, skin spots, rejuvenation, hydration) or body (reducing, anti-cellulite, anti-stress, firming). And at the therapeutic level, a large number of professionals in health centers Natural therapies complement your massage techniques or other specialized techniques with the use of essential oils to increase the effectiveness and depth of treatment.

The rebalancing works of certain organs of the body accompanied by proper diet and physical exercise will result in an improvement in health, more energy and vitality and a feeling of deep regeneration and rejuvenation that we call outer beauty.

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