Aromatherapy: Back to Basics Skincare

In the last few years we have seen a growing interest in natural and organic beauty, thanks to increased curiosity among women of all ages about what exactly goes into our beauty products. We are constantly looking for cleaner, greener options.

This is also partly due to increased attention and research in to aromatherapy and benefits of natural ingredients. There is more information and awareness out there about the affects of man made chemicals on skin due to better understanding of both the skin, the body and the chemicals we use in daily life.

Ancient civilizations as far back as 5,000 years ago seem to have been far more advanced in understanding ingredients provided by nature and their benefits. The Ancient Chinese and Egyptians are known for their use of plant oils and extracts in healing and for medicinal purposes. Even existing tribes are contributing to our knowledge of plant use for medicinal purposes.

Many brands are now reverting back to “the basics” and attracting customers through natural ingredients and their benefits to the health of your skin and overall body.

Aromatherapy is one such use of natural ingredients. This is the study and use of floral and plant extracts, which are concentrated in the form of an essence and other components. They are potent and very effective in their benefits if used correctly.

These essences work by stimulation of the brain through the olfactory system and directly through absorption in to the blood stream from the skin.

Aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aroma compounds improve the psychological and physical well being of the person. It is even used in pet products.

We have all heard of lavender and chamomile essential oils being used in calming and restful sleep when inhaled or through bath oils and candles. They are also used in creams and lotions to calm the skin through local action. They can be used alone or combined.

That’s just two examples.  There is now much research dedicated to the 90 or more essential oils, which can be used in endless combinations. Their health benefits have been subject of much medical research, at a molecular level, of resent times for the benefit of treatment for HIV, ANXIETY, DEPRESSIIN, OBESITY, HAIR LOSS, CANCER, HEART DISEASE AND, ASTHMA AND BRINCHITIS. And much more.

For example: 
A study of tea tree essential oil as a topical treatment to clear antibiotic-resistant MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) bacteria from the skin of hospital patients found that it was as effective as the standard ointment. *

There are many studies * that continue to validate the potency of essential oils and use in medical conditions such as skin disease and systemic conditions.

Even the Bible has references to essential oils. Many of the specific uses for essential oils, as well as recipes for essential oil blends in today’s world are a direct result of biblical references. These include myrrh, cedarwood, frankincense, fir, cinnamon, myrtle and spikenard.

As a scientist and aromatherapist, I also draw on the knowledge of recent medical discoveries and recorded benefits of the plant oils, extracts and butters to formulate the optimum use of molecular content of the ingredients.

Tribal medicines of South American and African tribes provide much insight in to the continued use of plants in daily life and medicine.

It is the specialized botanical knowledge of indigenous and tribal people, particularly those who live in the rainforests, which we have learnt about many vital medicinal compounds.

These plant compounds have been vital in the development of 50 percent or more of the modern day prescription medicines with daily discoveries continuing to increase this percentage.

Aromatherapy and it’s uses and applications are increasing daily and we have yet much to learn about botanical medicinal diversity


* A. Orchard · 2017 · Cited by 6 · related articles, 
4 May 2017, Commercial essential oils as potential antimicrobials to treat skin diseases

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-“Essential oils inhibit the replication of herpes simples virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2) “In: Preedy VR, Watson RR, editors

C Koch, J Reichling, P Schnitzler – Botanical Medicine in Clinical Practice

-“Antifungal effect of lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) and clotrimazole on Candida albicans: an in vitro study”

Fereshteh Behmanesh, Hajar Pasha, Ali Asghar Sefidgar, Mohsen Taghizadeh, Ali Akbar Moghadamnia, Hajar Adib Rad, Leyla Shirkhani

Scientifica 2015, 2015

-“Geranium extract inhibits HIV-1” 
RESEARCH ARTICLE The Root Extract of the Medicinal Plant Pelargonium sidoides Is a Potent HIV-1 Attachment Inhibitor

Markus Helfer, Herwig Koppensteiner, Martha Schneider, Stephanie Rebensburg, Sara Forcisi,Constanze Müller, […view 2 more…], Ruth Brack-werner


This article was brought to you by Asal Shirazi of Jeunvie – Pure Natural Skincare. 

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