Bringing in a Big Bang for 2019, we want to show you how we got here. You might think that aromatherapy is a fad or a trend, something that has been ‘discovered’ in the last 10 or 20 years. Au contraire mes amis! It was actually brought to fruition in the 1900’s by cosmetic chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who at times wore some jaunty Harry Caray-esque eyeglasses. The story goes that Monsieur Gattefosse, got a bad burn in his lab, and stuck his arm in a vat of lavender and it healed the burn. It also indubitably prevented some other unsavory infections. However, as fun as that story may be, alas, that there was no open vat of lavender. Who does that anyway? It seems that he just applied the lavender to his burned face and arms, and it healed miraculously. He mainly used and for cosmetics and perfumes, but because of this went on to study the therapeutic effects of essential oils. He was a big proponent of lavender and brought the essential oil industry to fruition in the early 20th century in France, hence his moniker as the Father of Modern Aromatherapie.
Usher in the skin care expert Marguerite Maury, author of ‘Guide to Aromatherapy: The secret of Life and Youth’ in 1961. She was the first female to be considered an aromatherapist. Her book was chockablock full of information on diet, culinary advice, essential oils, herbs and skincare.
However, aromatics have been around for many 1000’s of years and quite likely more. Before the mid to late 1800’s all there was to use was plants, all manner of healing was done with plants. Plants and the essential oils from them were used for treating disease, childbirth, religious and spiritual pursuits, romance, cleansing and ridding houses and businesses of vermin, purifying the air, and helping to prevent people from getting the illnesses.
In the Middle Ages with the advent of the plague, one way oils were used was in the form of sachets that were in widespread use, filled with spices, vinegar and herbs. Varying forms of concoctions were used in a bath too. Herbs, plants and vinegar were used to help prevent infection and potentially the plague. Thieves were known to employ this method by using varying combinations to prevent them from getting the plague, especially when they were plundering dead bodies infected with the plague.
Aaahh lovely, isn’t it? On to more beautiful and calming pastimes! It was said that people who worked in the lavender, rose and jasmine fields were happier and blissful than anyone else. I can definitely attest to that! My day is not complete without enjoying a bouquet of the essential oil of my choosing. Let us begin 2019 with a wonderful whiff or two of our favorite oil. It is like raising a glass of champagne in the aromatic world. Enjoy!
In the future Healing Solutions will be focusing on the his, and her story of essential oils and their provenance. It is an exciting journey that we are thrilled to take with you. We want you to feel confident in your purchase, and to be available for you to answer any questions. We will also be having a recipe series and some other exciting new changes for this glorious year, stay tuned!
We welcome you to the World of Aromatics 2019!