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Essential oils

Essential oils

ESSENTIAL OIL S ARE 100% NATURAL ESSENCES, PARTICUlARLY CONCENTRATED IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE PlANT: flowers, resin, rind, roots, skin, leaves, fruits. they are volatile fractions obtained from the plants through direct steam distillation and presnt a complex cmposition.

They highly stimulate the sense of smell, since they volatilize at room temperature. Essential oils have physical, chemical and therapeutic properties. They may be considered the soul of the plant, since they are the outcome of extraction through special procedures-of the energetic essence of the plant itself. Essential oils are energizing and give you a glow, cure the skin and are good for the body and the spirit.

Essential oils may essentially be absorbed by man through two channels: the external one (inhalation, baths, skin absorption, massages, etc.) and the internal one (orally).Through the perception of odors, aromatherapy involves the emotions, memory, sensitivity and all other correlated cognitive areas, in addition to the immune system. Anosmia (the inability to perceive odors) entails the lowering of the immune system's defenses and is relate to certain types of psychological depression. The technique of extraction through direct steam distillation without solvents preserves the purity of the essential oil derived and keeps the functional characteristics of the essenceintact, which thus remain full of active ingredients and free from any trace of synthetic substances.

Watch What You buy!

Often you can find low-cost essential oils at the supermarket that come from extractions with solvents; solvents increase the productive yield of the distillation but afterwards remain in traces in the oils. Therefore, when you buy an essential oil, make sure that it has been extracted through entirely natural methods.

Essential oils or synthetic perfumes?

the discovery of synthetic perfumes in the late 1800s considerably changed the way perfume was processed and perceive. while at first all essences were natural in origin, today the majority are essences chemically reproduced in a laboratory which generate a blend that only seems to be identical to the natural note they were inspired by. however, they have no specific function whatsoever besides giving cosmetics a pleasant smell, covering the odor of the base formula so that the pro- duct becomes desirable to the consumer.

The nice thing about essential oils is that not only do they give the formula a pleasant smell, but the formula becomes an active ingredient within it, thus adding a specific function to the product. let's make an example... If I perfume my shampoo with an essential bergamot oil, I will sense a fresh, citrusy head note, but I will also get an antioxidant effect down the length of my hair and an antiseptic on the scalp. That's a Huge difference!

to this, let's then add that while washing, through your sense of smell the bergamot essence performs an aromatherapeutic action which immediately sets off a psychological and physical sense of wellbeing, optimism and relax.

Organic Way chooses to perfume its treatments with essential oils. 

Olfactory memory

Behind every perfume there is a deep olfactory, sensory and emotional experience.
The sense of smell, or better, the area of the brain that processes olfaction, is connected to the limbic system, our emotional brain, which is extremely important in recalling memories, and that, in turn, is connected to the neocortex. The olfactory memory, thus allows us to immediately link the odor that we smell to a memory and the emotion that goes along with it. We don't realize it, but every emotion has a certain smell (anger, for example, has an acidic smell); this is because each one of us sets off production of a specific hormone within our organism. This nearly forgotten quality also guides us in our relationships. The first receptors that we develop, in fact, while still in our mother's womb are precisely those of the olfaction (around the ninth month of gestation). In fact, being that we are immerse in amniotic liquid, the child senses the smells transported through the fluid and is able to distinguish the different foods that the mother eats. Later the child is capable of recognizing the smell of the mother's skin and the flavor of her milk based on the experience matured as a fetus.

Charles Baudelaire, perhaps unknowingly, described olfactory memory: "There are perfumes as cool as the flesh of children, Sweet as oboes, green as meadows - And others are corrupt, and rich, triumphant, with power to expand into infinity, Like amber and incense, musk, benzoin, That sing the ecstasy of the soul and senses." Olfactory memory is precisely this. You smell an odor and visualize a memory