In aromatherapy, the use of essential oils is fundamental: it is a holistic discipline and it is precisely through the use of the various fragrances that we try to achieve psycho-physical well-being and inner balance.
Essential oils are extremely volatile in contact with air and open environments and dissolve quickly, leaving their intense and persistent scent as a trace of themselves. An oil is essential precisely because it represents the essence of the plant substance (leaf, flower, peel, bark, root) from which it was extracted.
They are prepared through a distillation process or by cold pressing. They are essential because they are highly concentrated and pure (just think that they can be up to 100 times more powerful than the plant itself).
Oils and aromatherapy
When, during an aromatherapy session, the fragrance of an essential oil is inhaled, its volatile particles are captured by the olfactory receptors that “read” these aromatic molecules and send signals to both the limbic system and the amygdala in the brain. Each of these binds and is interpreted differently by the various receptors, thus stimulating different responses from the body, especially in terms of enzymes and hormones.
Or, again, the essential oil of bergamot, excellent as an aid in treatments to counteract strong states of stress and even depression, as it acts positively on mood. It is also a good antibacterial and antifungal agent against Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus.
The elemi essential oil has antiseptic and healing properties in skin care and can be used for the treatment of skin against inflammatory problems, but also, for skin care and anti aging. It is a good base for perfumes, it has an aromatic odor similar to that of the essence of fennel, with a spicy flavor.
In therapy it seems stimulating and soothing and promotes mental strengthening, that’s why we decided to make it one of the main ingredients of our moisturizing oil.
Benzoin oil has a resin with antibacterial properties.
There are two different qualities:
Benzoin from Siam: it is the most precious variety, yellowish in color with more amber shades and a very fine smell, it is obtained from Styrax tonkinensis which grows in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Sumatran Benzoin: more greyish and with a sugary appearance, it is considered of less value than the previous one and its aroma, in fact, is less pungent and penetrating. It is obtained from Styrax benzoin which grows on the island of Sumatra.
Before its use in perfumery, benzoin was used as a healing, antiseptic and expectorant and, thanks to its balsamic power, it is still today among the ingredients of numerous dermatological and respiratory remedies.
As we know, smells are able to act on a very ancient and powerful part of our brain (the limbic system). They are also important for involuntary physiological functions, such as breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.
Although it may be difficult to believe for those approaching aromatherapy for the first time, essential oils are very powerful, and are able to reduce organic inflammation, stimulate and strengthen the immune system and calm the nerves.
La Galene oil is rich in essential oils, moisturizes and caresses the skin, giving it shine, softness and an intense and therapeutic fragrance.
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