This Blog is written by Cocorosa Beauty Founder, Fiona, who has over 25 years experience as a Clinical Aromatherapist and has formulated essential oil blends and aromatherapy skincare for huge global spa and skincare brands.
This post covers What Aromatherapy Is and the following blogs cover more detail on What Are Essential Oils and How Aromatherapy Works
Definition of Aromatherapy
Holistic aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of aromatic essential oils to promote and maintain health and vitality.
Holistic Aromatherapy forms the essence of every Cocorosa Beauty product which means that each product actively benefits the skin and the mind/emotions.
The precise blending of a number of high quality essential oils to achieve certain healing effects is what makes Cocorosa Beauty a truly pure, holistic aromatherapy range.
For example, the ROSA Face Oil has Rose and Neroli in to help calm and de-stress the mind just by smelling their aromas, which then has a direct effect on our emotions through our hormonal system. NB - that is a brief version, the following blog covers this more!
Essential oils, such as Lavender Oil or Tea Tree Oil, have been used for centuries to heal wounds and treat illnesses. It is only in the last 100 years that they have been used commonly for their therapeutic properties on the body and mind.
Essential Oils are most commonly extracted from the plant by Steam Distillation - a process which has hardly changed since it was invented in the 10th Century AD 🤩
The quality of the plant effects the quality of the essential oils plus how the essential oils have been extracted also effects the quality as does when the essential oils are extracted i.e. what time of day the plant is pciked and how long the flowers have picked. For example if you have ever picked a rose petal you will know that it bruises easily and turns brown very quickly which is why it is vital to treat the plants very carefully and make sure their vital oils are extracted straight away.
Did You Know ❓
It takes around a ton of rose petals (roughly the weight of a small car) to produce 300g of rose oil (less than a can of coke) 🙀
The Discovery of Aromatherapy as we know it
In 1910 a French chemist, Gattefosse, burned his hand in a lab experiment and plunged it into what he thought was a large bowl of water, but was in fact a container of pure lavender oil. His hand healed so miraculously that he was inspired to research the therapeutic and healing properties of essential oils