Is the practice of using naturally extracted oils from flowers, bark, stems, leaves and roots or other parts of a plant for healing and cosmetic purposes.

The extracted oils are known as “essential oils’. They consist of tiny aromatic molecules which are readily absorbed via the skin, and travel through the blood stream. When inhaled, the aroma from an ‘essential oil’ stimulates brain function through the limbic system which connects the nostrils to the brain. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones.

Essential oils have been used for centuries by many civilisations for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes. The French perfumer and chemist, Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, first coined the term “Aromatherapie” in 1937 to clearly distinguish the medicinal application of essential oils for a range of physiological ailments, from their use in perfumes. Since then, Aromatherapy has grown to become one of the most widely practiced of all the alternative therapies.

The art and science of Aromatherapy is to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual responses to the essential oils to enhance the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself.

Aromatherapy is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions, and is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive functioning. There is particular growth in its usage with cancer patients in Palliative Care.

There are a wide variety of essential oils each with their own healing properties. An aromatherapist learns the different healing properties and prepares a selection of essential oils for specific application.

Essential oils may be added to massage oil, lotion, cream or gel, and applied to the body. Findhorn Flower Essences combine pure essential oils and plant-based oils with flower essences to create topical emollient creams and gels that assist in calming and restoring balance through the skin.

Findhorn Flower Essences also combine pure essential oils with our flower essences and our elemental essences in Aromatherapy Spray Mists that infuse the atmosphere, or the aura with their exquisite fragrance and therapeutic properties.


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Last Summer I was in my own 'retreat', in a friends house while they were on holiday. I could do whatever I wanted to, I had all the time in the world for myself.
I was working on my masculine part, and was taking Masculinity to help me.
One morning I felt a very strong sexual desire. It was pure instinct, something animal. I did not dare to go out in the street, I had the feeling I would do no matter what with no matter what man in front of me.
A friend advised to to try Lavender essential oil (I am an aromatologist as well, I always take essential oils with me), in order to calm down a little.
While smelling it, I felt it was totally nasty and disgusting. Just like that. There was an immediate rejection of its smell, an attitude totally strange for me. Lavender is related with Mother Archetype.
And then I guess I connected with the Masculine Wound...
I felt myself as being a baby boy not taken care by his mother, not being hugged or taken in arms when needed. I also felt some beating... And I felt a profound rage towards that mother, and then I felt as an adult man, feeling this profound rage towards all women and all kind of abuses from men towards women were committed.
After this I went to take a bath (I felt I needed to get out of that being-a-man feeling) and felt as if I was back in a mother's womb, and I decided that this time I was being taken care.

I am a very sensitive person but it's not usual to have such a strong experience. I was conscious all the time (I knew where I was, and who I was, etc) but I also was totally aware of those feelings.
For me it was like connecting with the other part's feelings and thoughts, whether from Man or from my Masculine part. I remember it gave me an understanding that goes much beyond words that I could say to you. It was a very impressive, compassionate and loving discovery.

I have been probably abused when I was a small child, I could make a distance from my victim attitude and experience the other side. A tremendous and very valuable experience for me, as well as very beautiful.