Aromatherapy has been practiced in one form or another since the beginning of civilization. Aromatherapy is the art and science of using oils extracted from aromatic plants to enhance health and beauty.  Egypt was the birthplace of medicine, perfumes, and pharmaceuticals thousands of years ago.

Pestle and mortar with lavender

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. 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 with the Dark Ages, much of this knowledge was lost. Modern science in the 17th and 18th centuries and the rise of powerful – patentable chemicals marked the decline of most forms of whatever was left of natural therapies.

But in 1928, right at a time when people were beginning to see some limits to chemical medicine and starting to search for natural remedies that worked, a French cosmetic chemist named René-Maurice Gattefossé had a severe burn accident and discovered that lavender essential oil could heal his hand fast, and without redness, inflammation, or blistering.  During the war, Gattefossé successfully used essential oils to help soldiers recover from their wounds.  In 1937 he published a book about the anti-microbial effects of the oils, and coined the term “aromatherapy.”

Chemicals_in_beauty_productsToday, the beauty industry appears to be at a crossroads. Technology has never been greater in terms of ingredients and techniques available to us.  But it seems that we have never been able to harness the potential consequences of many of those compounds. U.S. researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks) (1). As a result, there is a distinct concern that the long-term effects could actually end up doing us more harm than good.

The study of the relationship between environmental toxins and health began in the 1960s. Research by scientists such as Mirko Beljanski, Ph.D. brought to light the fact that pollution in the environment is negatively affecting our DNA. Dr. Beljanski discovered that the normal structure of DNA is altered when exposed to pollutants in the environment. Today, an increasing number of people are turning to natural treatments that have been tried and tested for years.

FS Group-1The purpose of French Secret® skincare products is not just to avoid chemicals but to nourish your skin to achieve a glow that comes from actually being healthy, not just appearing that way. These products are made of high quality essential oils and naturally derived ingredients, and are thoughtfully packaged to protect the products and the environment. I am using it everyday, and simply cannot imagine going back to anything else.

(1)http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals/