Olfactory psychology is
partly determined on the evocative power that only the scents of nature possess.
These have had millennia to settle in the depth one of our psyche. Frankincense
and aromatic resins have always accompanied our religious rituals, perfumed spices
our foods, balms and infusions have cured us. Nevertheless olfactory psychology
depends in the first place on the psychology of smells, that's
to say on the effect that the odors produce on our nervous system and on the
human psyche, activating the endocrine system in constant and predictable way,
as demonstrated by the researchers in the field of
Some aromas are real archetypes of an
language and speak to our subconscious in a more eloquent and
convincing way than any speech.
The trees are standing
straight and strong, they emanate quiet force and security.
Their scent helps to
face the difficult times without being pulled down by adversities. The
tree symbolizes the male qualities, stability, reliability and tenacity.
Tastes follow the changes of social
roles and the woody aromas are often preferred by the women working in
situations of competition with men, or who must assume charges or social
roles traditionally reserved to them. That is because the woody smells
will emphasize the masculine side and qualities that they must develop in
order to assert themselves at the working place.
The woody scents evoke the primordial shelter of the trees
and of the forests against weather and danger.
The archetype of the tree in the olfactory language is the
pine, its resinous effluvia has perfumed the entire planet when it was covered
of forests, million years ago. Its trunk raises itself straight and sturdy and
allows it's top to reach breathtaking heights. The trees of the pine family have
the ability to resist to extreme climates and some of them are among the oldest
living beings that exist.
From the pines come two olfactory notes: the wood and the
leaves. The smell of the leaves is balsamic and provokes the expansion of the
breath, in effects, is through the leaves that the tree breathes and its foliage
is like a reversed lung. The aroma of the leaves opens the respiratory track and
makes us raise the head to the sky exactly like the top of the trees. The
essences obtained from the distillation of leaves from the various species of
pines cure the most serious respiratory diseases. The wood of the pines trunk
produces denser essential oils, they are more persistent and are often used in
perfumery to give body and tenacity to natural perfumes. these essential oils
are tenacious and stable, they emanate an image of reassuring force and they
In aromatherapy the essences of the trunk give strength to
the bones, as it can easily be imagined, and to the articulations, in a particular
way to the vertebral column. In much the same way in which the wood is warm and
insulator, the essences of woods, and specially those of the pines, reinforce
the ability of the body to resist to the diseases of the cold.
The resins are some
of the noblest aromatic substances. They have the function to protect the tree from the
aggression of virus, of fungi and the insects.
The resin g is present in
small amount in the tree but its olfactory print pervades the entire plant from
the roots to the seed because it is its "spirit ". The scent of
aromatic resins therefore
helps man to find that witch unites his physical, mental and emotional dimensions.
The noble qualities of
resinous gums have been used from the antiquity as cure and protection against diseases and
against aggressions be them physical or psychical.
The archetype of aromatic
resins is Frankincense, called Olibano, from the Arab Al- Lubaan. The tree of the
desert that produces it is cared of and protected since thousands of years by the
Bedouins, like a flock of goats or camels: the animals give the milk,
the tree gives the "white tears" that drop from small wounds inflicted
on the branches and on the trunk.
The tree of the Incense
produces the resin in order to heal and to close its wounds and the essence of
frankincense has a powerful healing power on the wounds of the body.
The Frankincense resin is still a
precious good on the Arabic peninsula markets where, other than being
burnt as incense, it is also chewed as chewing-gum
and drunk in decoction to cure gastric and infectious
The aroma of Frankincense evokes the mystery of sacredness and spiritual authority. Worn as
a perfume it communicates an image of nearly ecclesiastic seriousness . It can instill subjection and respect from the others and
is certainly adapted to leaders and people of social authority, who can complete it with woody and
musky notes that evocate solidity and tenacity, like oak moss.
The scent of the flowers is without doubt the
and represents the most elevated human emotions. Inebriant and euphoric,
the scent of flowers instills thoughtlessness, renders joyful and is at the base of aromatic cures against stress and the anxiety in psico-aromatherapy
The flower is the symbol of the femininity and
it's affinity with the feminine apparatus is most precious in aromatherapy.
Some flowers, like tuberose (Night
blossom) emanate a very strong sensual energy and most flowers are
rose is the archetype of flower, it symbolizes love be it profane or sacred and is the
fragrance of highest mystical experiences.
The sweetheart says it with a rose flower and the devout
person with a carpet of petals spread in the temple, the message is but one:
" You are the perfume of my life ".
See the animal scents that are used in traditional
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