Contribution by Pr. Balz
Essential Oils and natural perfumes:
A precious gift for beauty, healthy and well-being
Plants give us everything we need: nourishment, food, furniture, medicines, they regenerate our oxygen and even provide us with unique aromas. Unlike animals, plants do not move. Thanks to the roots where they grow they must necessarily adapt to the environment that surrounds them. This is why they have developedan extraordinary capacity to adapt and evolve.
And this is how, in the course of their long history, plants have developed their extraordinary diversity: from huge trees to rare flowers, from legumes to medicinal plants. Amongst all of these, we are interested in the plants that have developed aromas and perfumes.
We should consider the arrival of aromas in the plant world as a kind of revolution that left a benchmark on the history of plants. Life began in the sea, then plants began to colonise the land above sea level.
A series of stages mark their evolution:
– the arrival of discernable plant sexes
– the capacity to photosynthesise (or rather the capacity to use the sun’s energy to create new molecules)
– collaboration with the animal kingdom, the invention of complex chemicals producing colours and smells to guide insects to their flowers.
And this is the way that a vital and important exchange occurs between plants and insects. The former offer their nectar and pollen and the latter contribute (e non contributes) to the pollination and therefore to the survival of the plant and its development. The perfumes – rich, precious and complex substances – constitute the stage that completes the biological evolution of aromatic plants. Born out of cooperation with the animal world, they symbolise the laws of harmony that link plants, animals and man.
Perfumes – essential oils, contain the medicinal and curative properties of aromatic plants. To preserve a high quality of essential oil they must be extracted by vapour distillation. It is preferable to carry out research on plants from organic cultivation that can create Organic essential oils. Even in very small quantities, these precious aromas offer us a wide variety of properties, thanks to aromatherapy products that look after our body, face and hair. Numerous researches have (e non research has) shown the revitalising and harmonising actions created by essential oils and in particular through similar aromatic chains contained in plants and in the secretions of our body.
The olfactory story with plants goes like this: perfumes and aromas that we like are good for our health. As we know, the skin is the largest organ in the body and it is the interface between what is inside and what is outside. It reflects the working of the organism, it filters and protects us from negative influences or from various pollutants that arrive from outside. Our epidermis, just like our hair, mirrors our state of health. It is also important to follow a balanced lifestyle: eating healthily, drinking a lot of water, taking exercise, cultivating positive thinking, trusting in the life that flows through us and that unites us with other people but also with what we experience.
Our health and the beauty of our skin need to be cared for: cleansing, moisturising (moisturizing), toning, regulating the activity of the sebaceous glands and preventing the signs of aging.
To help us do all of this, high quality essential oils offer us strong therapeutic properties and benefits.Their antiseptic and disinfectant properties are particularly effective in providing intense revitalisation and protection for the organism. The skin is considered by many therapists to be the best channel for using essential oils as it allows us to take advantage of their multiple beneficial effects in a simple way.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis):
general stimulant, revitalising and cell regenerator. Ideal for dry hair and helps to stop hair loss.
Lavender Lavandula Angustifolia):
calming and soothing. Soothes irritation and helps regulate sebaceous secretions. Suitable for normal and greasy hair.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia):
general disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial. Active against parasites.
Sage (Salvia Officinalis):
general stimulant, indicated for skin pathologies. Helps reduce hair loss. Antibacterial, antiseptic and healing.
Mint (Mentha Arvensis):
it is a powerful essential oil and should be used in small doses. It has antibacterial, antiparasitic and analgesic properties. It has characteristics that can help cure headaches (linked to its analgesic and vaso constrictive actions). Not to be used on newborn babies or children.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus):
stimulating, astringent, analgesic and healing. Indicated for treating inflammations of the skin caused by bacteria and fungi.
These are just a few examples to begin our journey
into the perfumes and aromas that can heal us.