The History of Scent
The history of scent is shrouded in mystery. Fragrances have been used for thousands of years to block out unpleasant odors, mask unpleasant smells, and invoke pleasant memories. However, the ancient Egyptians are credited with using scents as a form of therapy. They would burn incense in their temples during rituals or perform certain tasks like embalming bodies. The Greeks adopted this practice, and it quickly spread throughout Europe, where people would often burn incense during religious ceremonies or while praying to God for help with various problems they were having in life. In this article, we will discuss the history of scent and aromatherapy.
What is Scent
Scent is defined as any smell that has an odor. It can be a pleasant smell or an unpleasant one. There are many different types of scents, including perfume, cologne, essential oils, body lotion, room spray, air freshener, and smoke. Perfume is a mixture of chemicals that gives off a pleasing smell. Colognes and perfumes are usually made from synthetic fragrant compounds called "fragrance." Essential oils are extracted from plants and trees. Body lotions are made up of natural ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax. Room sprays are also made from natural ingredients, but they contain more than oils. They may include other things like herbs, spices, and even alcohol. Air fresheners are mostly ammonia and other chemical compounds that give off a strong smell. Finally, smoke is another type of scent that comes from burning something. This includes cigarettes, cigars, and pipes.
What is Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is the study of using aromatic substances to improve mental and physical health. These substances are known as "essential oils" because they are derived from plants. Some of the key benefits of aromatherapy are that it helps to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, pain, and insomnia. It is believed that these benefits come from how the brain processes the aroma. When you inhale a particular scent, your brain releases endorphins, making you feel happy and relaxed. When you exhale the scent through your nose, your brain releases serotonin, making you feel calm and contented. What's not to love!
The History of Scent
Fragrances have been around since forever, and the power of scent has been used for different purposes throughout history, such as for:
In Ancient Egypt, women would wear perfume to attract men. Women wore wigs and makeup to cover up their hair and skin to attract the attention of men. Men would shave their faces and eyebrows to look more attractive. They would then apply perfume to their face and hair. (Think Kirstin Dunst in Francis Ford Coppola's 'Marie Antoinette').