The term "Aromatherapy" was used for the first time in 1928 by French biochemist René-Maurice Gattefossé.
An essential oil is the volatile essence extracted from aromatic plants using steam distillation.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to harmonize physical and mental health. We use essential oils to strengthen the natural healing process. This is a natural method based on the activity of the biochemical molecules of essential oils.
Scientific aromatherapy or aromatology is the study of essential oils; it is a science that calls on a rigorous methodology and is based on solid scientific data, confirmed by laboratories.
The essential oils used within the framework of scientific aromatherapy meet strict quality criteria that must unconditionally be known and abided by :
High quality essential oils must unconditionally come from botanically certified plants, i.e. they must be identified by two Latin names, as Latin is the universally recognized language in botany. The first name designates the genus, for example Cupressus; and the second the species: sempervirens, ever green cypress.
The various parts of a single plant (flower, leaf, stem, bark, root etc.) can produce different essences. The plant organ therefore also needs to be specified.
The aromatic components of a plant are not unchangeable. A single plant, growing in different places, can secrete very different essences as a function of a range of factors such as sunshine, climate, soil composition, altitude, etc.
Two chemotypes of the same essential oil may not only have different actions but also highly variable toxicity indices.
The guarantee of a high quality essential oil is also reflected in the packaging; the information that appears on it must be complete and rigorous.
Pranarôm recommends using ChemoTyped Essential Oils.
Depending on the biotope (sunshine, climatic conditions, soil composition, altitude, neighbouring plant population...) a given aromatic plant can produce essential oils bio-chemically very different. Those variations in the biochemical composition of essential oils bring about the notion of "Chemotype". Two chemotypes of the same essential oil will have not only different activities but also very different toxicities.
- Thymus vulgaris CT thujanol : well tolerated on the skin .
- Thymus vulgaris CT thymol : dermocaustic.
There are a number of different categories of essential oils.
100% pure, 100% natural and 100% complete or integral essential oils are rare and their price is higher if they meet all the quality criteria for a chemotyped essential oil.
Whether or not it has BIO certification, the best essential oil is one which is chemotyped, 100% pure and 100% natural.
*Ingredient grown organically (audit Certisys BE-BIO-01) - ECOGARANTIE ® certified product in accordance with ECOGARANTIE specifications (audit CERTISYS)
*Ingredient from organic farming (audit Certisys BE-BIO-01) - BIO means: from organic farming (audit Certisys BE-BIO-01)