Though the ancient Egyptians were aware of the beneficial uses of fragrant oils in massage, medicine, and bathing, it wasn’t until the 11th Century that the concept gained awareness in Europe, where it was introduced by Crusaders returning from the Middle East.
With the advent of pharmaceutical drugs in the late 1800s and 1900s, the uses of essential oils waned in Europe. However, popularity revived in the 1920s and 1930s due to the work of French chemist Rene’-Maurice Gattfosse’, who coined the term “aromatherapy”.
Despite what was becoming common usage in Europe, the idea didn’t become widespread in the United States until the late 1980s.
THE PURPOSE OF AROMATHERAPY
Simply put, the uses of essential oils are based on the fact that the odors we smell impact the way we feel. Certain odors are known to directly affect brain activity, since essential oils consist of small molecules that penetrate the skin, passing directly into the blood system. When added to the bath, massaged into the skin, or inhaled, essential oils can relieve aches, fatigue, and stress.
Here at The Face Place, our specialists in the applications of aromatherapy are carefully trained and experienced in the uses and blending of essential oils. Every care is taken to eliminate the possibility, however remote, of skin irritation or any minor adverse reaction.
We are dedicated to the prospect of using aromatherapy for the purpose it was intended: to provide virtually immediate relief to the commonplace adversities of our day-to-day lives: tension, stress anxiety, fatigue, and, while it won’t cure it, aromatherapy can even alleviate the annoying symptoms of the common cold.