What is Aromatherapy ?
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of aromatic essential oils obtained from plants, herbs and flowers. It promotes physical and psychological well-being.
Although the term aromatherapy appeared during the 20th Century, the use of aromatic oils dates back thousands of years ago. The ancient civilizations of China, Greece, Egypt, and India used therapeutic essential oils blends to heal, restore youthfulness and improve general well-being.
In 1937, the French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse rediscovered the healing properties of essential oils. During a laboratory experiment, he burned his hand and immersed it into a vessel of lavender oil mistakenly assuming it was water. The pain ceased within minutes and the wounds healed without a scar. Gattefosse spread the word quickly.
Jean Valnet, an army physician, later used essential oils to treat wounded soldiers during World War II. He did so with great success.
Health benefits of essential oils
Essential oils have powerful health benefits that may vary depending on the specific oil. Some of them are antibacterial, antiviral or anti-parasitic. The list of their benefits is quite long. Many essential oils are used as detoxifying, immune stimulants or anti-oxidants agents. And as more people turn to aromatherapy, we discover new health benefits everyday.
Essential oils molecules have the particularity to be small and highly lipid soluble. They blend easily with virgin oils and others supports witch is why aromatherapy massages are so popular. By associating and blending specific essential oils with our 100% natural virgin oils (that also have amazing properties), we created different massage oils answering different needs.
Aromatherapy and essential oils have so much to offer. At Apsara we use and combine those essential oils in the most efficient way to help you benefit from it all.