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Aromachology: Understand Your Audience to Serve them Best
As an AromaTech® client, you already know much about the science of aromatherapy, which focuses on using essential oils to increase the ambiance in your business and increase sales. The term aromachology, however, may still be relatively new to you. In 1982 it appeared for the first time. Annette Green, president of the Fragrance Foundation, suggested it to define the science pertaining to the use of essential oils for psychological benefits. Since then, experts throughout the world have adopted the word for their research in the field of wellbeing and emotions caused by fragrances and perfumes.
While the term aromachology is still new, the science isn't. Archeological findings going back as far as 4000 years ago indicate the usage of aromatic and fragrant plants for their effects on the spirit. However, historians speculate that certain herbs and flowers may have been used much earlier by prehistoric healers, even as long ago as the Pleistocene geological epoch (2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago) when the species homo habilis emerged. Consider, however, zoopharmacognosy. This is the behavior that certain animals seem to medicate themselves by ingesting or topically applying specific plants. For any ailment nature can cause, it can also supply the cure. This is a comforting notion.
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Our ancestors have gone through numerous trials and errors, and they have passed down their funds of knowledge through the generations. Thanks to them, in the 21st century, we dispose of extensive knowledge about fragrances and their effects on humans and animals. Nonetheless, we are still learning a lot too.
Pauline Dumail, a French aromatherapist comments that in our modern society, the olfactory senses have been neglected far too long. The part of our body which is now our brain used to be just one big olfactory bulb. Hence, smelling was man's primary sense. In the 21st century, we have forgotten the important part it once played and how strongly it is linked to our emotions.
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A whiff of orange blossom may calm anxiety. Jasmin can lift a gloomy mood. Lemongrass on a date may turn a diffident individual's chances. Lavender's soothing effects may be all you need for better sleep hygiene.
The first thing that springs to mind when aromachology is concerned is the relief or treatment of mental illnesses. Indeed, aromachologists already use essential oils in the case of adjustment disorders, anxieties, developmental disabilities, personality disorders, psychosis, mood disorders or addictions.
One of the most impressive applications of essential oils as aromachology is the treatment of patients suffering amnesia. Scents enter our system primarily through the nose and secondarily through the mouth (via the pharynx). From there, they travel directly to the olfactory receptor neurons. These connect to parts of our brain strongly implicated in emotion and memory: the amygdala and hippocampus. When amnesia patients inhale scents, which pertain to their childhood, it makes it easier for them to link back to elements of their past.
Another application which holds great promise is a discovery made in 2002 by Shiseido, a Japanese manufacturer of cosmetics. This company found out that four specific scents are claimed to have a stimulating effect on burning fat: grapefruit, fennel, tarragon and pepper. Shiseido combined the four and marketed the aromachologic perfume SLM (Spicy Lemon Mixture). Their scientific tests are not yet conclusive enough but do seem to point in the right direction. In the spring of 2013, Shiseido introduced a new product with advanced aromachologic technology to support the effects of SLM. Perhaps there is hope after all for the growing number of overweight women and men in the USA.
Even if you do not have a mental disorder, the benefit of diffusing essential oils in a hospital room may be astonishing. The pleasant scent will simply make a patient happier, contributing to a quicker recovery.
For maximum effect, aromachologists often combine essential oils with other disciplines. A physiotherapist may apply a massage, using oils which are suitable for topical appliance so that the patient is ultimately relaxed during the therapy.
Aromachology Can Benefit Your Line of Business
AromaTech® White Tea & Thyme aroma and essential oil blend in a shop may invite potential customers to enter your space. Once inside, that same scent may create the ultimate customer experience, if combined well with other elements. Consider the shop's interior design, a well-considered choice of decoration, the right kind of music, and a friendly shop owner. Customer experience is rapidly becoming the key differentiator for brands. A wise shopkeeper will therefore not just offer their visitors something to look at, to listen to and to feel, but also something to smell.
Perhaps, however, you're not a shop owner at all. You may be at the head of your company's administrative department. Thanks to clever management and by offering a listening ear, you keep your people motivated, even though at times, their job evolves into a dull routine. Especially at such moments, when your staff needs encouragement, the application of AromaTech® Bergamot Orange aroma and essential oil blend may make the difference.
Whether you are a school teacher and want to lend your students a hand during intensive lessons or exams, or whether you need to keep your factory workers keen at the end of an extended night shift, AromaTech® essential oils may bring the answer. Understand your "audience" better to serve them best in a gentle but effective way.
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The French essential oils specialist Alexia Blondel proposes to start by diffusing your chosen essential oil in the room beforehand to reap the full benefits of plants in aromachology. Be mindful that even for a big space, you only need a few drops of oil to release and activate a fragrance. Also, remember to keep the scents varied. If lemon worked well in the morning to keep your colleagues concentrated on their work, flowers may be the natural choice in the afternoon. Finally, we cannot stress this enough. We've mentioned essential oils for topical use. Please note that AromaTech® essential oils are only suitable for use in a diffuser.