How natural raw materials are different? Part three of three:
3) Perfumetherapy, healing emotions
Twenty-five years ago Robert Tisserand expounded the fruits of his research on how our sense of smell could be triggered to activate the release of neurochemical hormones (neurohormones). These substances include serotonin, adrenaline, oxytocin and endorphins, and they govern physical functions such as respiration, heart rate and blood pressure.
They also play a part in regulating basic emotions such as fear, hunger, sexual desire, euphoria. In fact we believe all the emotions are associated with the production of neurohormones. Some of them also influence cognitive function.
Tisserand called this field of research Psycho aromatherapy. He affirmed that specific types of molecules in essential oils and specific essences acted predictably on all human beings by activating one or several hormone producing glands of the endocrine system
This was the starting point of my understanding by which mechanism emotions were awaken by smells and how olfactory memories were working.
The olfactory memories are custodied within our central nervous system and they are but a memory code that activates the different endocrine glands into pouring in our blood stream a cocktail of neurochemicals that will reproduce the emotions.
In the same way as a musician could write an infinity of melodies with just seven notes, our endocrine system with six major endocrine glands and neurochemicals can play an infinite variety of emotions.
The perfumer in his turn is playing the endocrine system, each note of his perfume is potentially awaking a complex set of emotion, in this sense, more than a musician, a natural perfumer is like a deejay playing with different songs instead of different notes.
The scents of nature are the root of our olfactory memories, every perfume made with them makes us experience an intricate blend of complex emotions.
Exactly like a writer who writes a novel with words having deep meanings, the perfumer writes stories with scents whose meanings are emotions.
In this sense the perfume is a story that is understood by the unconscious part of our being, the emotional part, but is this part not the soul?
Would you say that a perfume that is able to make you feel joyous when you were sad or depressed is not a medicine? The perfume that does this is triggering in us an emotion that has cured our downheartedness, a healing emotion, often associated with our lighthearted cheerful period of childhood.
The smells that compose the perfume will activate our emotions in 2 ways,
1- the direct way of psycho-aromatherapy on the central nervous system.
You will like the smells that trigger in you the endocrine glands that need to be. The perfume will activate your personal pharmaceutical laboratory into producing your own personal medicines.
2- The complex way of olfactory memories, your own personal and the ones inherited congenitally.
You will like the smells that have been associated with positive experiences, by you personally or by humanity at large.
When I discovered this, I called the new field of research and its applications by the name “Perfumetherapy”.
The saying that synthesizes perfume-therapy is “Your nose is your doctor”, and perfume-therapy naturally integrates into the medicine of Hippocrates who taught: “Vix medicatrix naturae”, natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.
The fields of application of perfumetherapy so far are: homeopathic medicine, psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, psychoneuroendocrinology and psychosomatics.
Returning to perfumery, a perfume is a sophisticated story narrated in the language of odors. A perfumer is not one who mixes scents together at random, he is the one who writes a coherent story that speaks to our soul with a clear meaning.
The more a fragrance will touch your soul personally, soothing it, consoling it, rejoicing it, teaching it and healing it, the more you will love and use it. The more you will use it, the more it will be associated with experiences of healing emotions, until it becomes indispensable to you.
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