About Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly concentrated substances extracted from a variety of different parts of a plant, including the flower, bark, roots, and leaves. They are said to be healing because they contain hundreds of organic constituents, including phytohormones, vitamins, and other natural elements that work on many levels.

Essential oils have a long history of use for both mental and physical benefits. When inhaled, their aroma can stimulate and arouse the senses and when applied topically, essential oils can have various benefits. The French Secret® line was developed using various blends of the highest quality and all natural essential oils to maximize the synergy between science and nature…delivering advanced skincare that promotes the mind, body and spirit connection, naturally.

A History of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the art and science of using oils extracted from aromatic plants to enhance health and beauty and has been practiced in one form or another since the beginning of civilization.

A look back through time shows that ancient civilizations understood the aromatic attributes of essential oils that could be used for health enhancement. Fragrances, herb oils, balsams, and resins were used in embalming techniques and religious ceremonies, and the use of aromatics spread throughout history from Egypt to Israel, Greece, Rome, and the entire Mediterranean world. Every culture developed practices of perfumery using oils, but when the Dark Ages came, much of this knowledge was lost.

We owe the term “aromatherapie” (in English aromatherapy, aromaterapia in Spanish, etc.) to Rene-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950). Famously after a laboratory explosion, Gattefossé, a French chemical engineer specializing in the fields of cosmetics and perfumes, plunged his burned hand in a solution of essential oil of lavender and observed immediate relief. In the following days, he experienced ultra-fast recovery without infection or scarring. This experience prompted Gattefossé to research the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat soldiers’ burns, wounds and infections during World War I. In 1928, Gattefossé founded the science of aromatherapy. By the 1950s, when Gattefossé passed away, massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other healthcare providers were using aromatherapy.