The scent of freshly baked cookies, the smell of rain, the sweet fragrance of a flower: emotions, memories and sensations pass through the smell, the most powerful and ancient of our senses.
Perfumes and smells we have heard from children influence our behavior and recall episodes and situations that we recorded in our memories. Everything is closely related to the experience of each of us.
Today, a widespread discipline is aromatherapy, which exploits the virtues of essential oils – the most precious we can offer nature for our physical and mental well-being. These are substances without chemical components, obtained from the distillation or squeezing of different plant materials – flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, bark.
They are more than “simple natural fragrances”, depending on the plants from which they are extracted, they may have scientifically proven beneficial properties:
– antiseptic and dermopurifying properties: tea tree characteristics, indicated in the formulation of products for impure and acne skin
– anti-inflammatory and soothing properties: typical of chamomile, lavender and basil, the essential oil of which is used for creams for stressed and reddened skin
– refreshing and toning properties: to restore vigor to the body (excellent essential oil extracted from mint)
– insect repellent properties: like those found in citronella and geranium, to remove mosquitoes, ants and insects
– stimulating properties: lemon, cinnamon, sweet orange and patchouli are among the major oils used in the cream formulation with these properties.
Because each perfume brings our emotions together, inhalation is the main application of essential oils.
In cosmetics, however, they are used in natural formulations of creams, perfumes and oils for the body.