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    Aromatherapy: More than just a sense of well-being for your nose.

    Find out about the history and effect of essential oils in this introduction to the world of plant essences.

What is aromatherapy?

Classic aromatherapy is based on the powers of pure and natural essential oils which have a positive effect on body, soul and mind. The term was coined in the 20th century by the French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé while studying the properties of these oils. Today, the effect of essential oils has been proven by many scientific studies.

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What are essential oils?

Essential oils represent a rich and highly concentrated accumulation of scent. Around 30 damascena roses are needed to produce a single drop of essential rose oil and one litre of jasmine absolute is made from around eight million jasmine blossoms. This explains the generally high price for just a small amount of essential oil.

A quick tip: make sure you buy organic quality so that the valuable oil is not contaminated with harmful pesticides.

The effect of essential oils.

Their aromas are said to have both a psychological and physical effect and improve your well-being and quality of life. Stimulating aromas serve to activate and invigorate, while calming fragrances relax and harmonise.

The scent of the plant essences affects the limbic system within the brain, where it influences feelings and moods. When applied to the skin, they can develop their anti-inflammatory, regenerating and soothing properties inside the body, too.

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Using essential oils.

Add two to eight drops of essential oil to a fragrance lamp and soon your mind will wander in the fragrant hills of Provence or through a Sicilian lemon grove.

Essential oils are mainly used in diluted form and, for body care products, are added to very fatty plant oils such as sesame oil, for example. The motto being: less is more. A precise dosage recommendation is usually written on the label of the bottles.

Choosing the right plant essences.

Especially for newcomers, the vast range of essential oils can be somewhat overwhelming. To start off, we recommend using just three fragrances: fine lavender, peppermint and tea tree. These three essential oils also form the basis for a household medicine cabinet, which you can then expand as you gain in experience and according to your personal preferences.

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The essential medicine cabinet.

Lavender can help to heal wounds and, when used in minute doses, can even be dabbed onto the skin in its pure state to help treat insect bites or grazes. Above all, lavender is known for its relaxing effect and as a sleeping aid. Peppermint is helpful for healing small cuts. By putting a few drops on a handkerchief, the scent can also help relieve nausea and headaches. Tea tree oil is also known as a versatile antibiotic

in herbal medicine. Its intense aroma is not to everyone's liking and can be softened by mixing with palmarosa. These scents are well complemented by mood-elevating citrus oils such as orange, lemon and grapefruit. These can help to brighten your mood, reduce stress and improve concentration. Their fragrance is also a real secret weapon against afternoon tiredness at the desk.

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It all sounds too complicated?

Why not try ready-made scent compositions? These are ideal for getting started and are often even available as roll-ons for your temple or wrists. Don't be afraid to experiment and soon you'll find your own feel-good combinations.