To catch a fragrance in an oil

Thousands of years ago the people in Egypt, India and China used smell in ointments, balms and mixtures based on herbs and resin. It was later discovered that oil from certain plants could be distilled. Like in an essential oil; this means that the scented substance is volatile and evaporates quickly. Oils are extracted in a variety of ways from a flower, fruit, seed, peel, roots, wood or resin.


If you want to use oils make sure you know what the purpose is. Do you want to, for example, get more rest or relieve a cold? You can create an oil based on a carrier, such as sweet almond oil, and add a few drops of essential oil to match the intention. Or use an aroma light to bring smell to a room. In addition, you can read up on the physical and psychological functioning of an oil. When used for a healing purpose it’s best to ask for advice.

Smell is important

The sense of smell is considered to be the oldest human sense. Not that strange when you realise that a good sense of smell helped the primeval man to survive. We can experience strong emotions with certain smells. But it also happens that we perceive an odour which creates unconscious physical reactions, for example when we smell certain food, our mouth start to water. We also know that a baby in the womb can already smell and after birth recognises its mum by her smell.

Thirty species

Would you like to learn more about 30 essential oils like jasmine, rose or cedar and their application? Then join the workshop on Saturday, May 21st on a beautiful country estate in Langbroek (U) with Renée F. Gloudemans: Psycho-spiritual healing methods.

Fragrances are important for people; use them to your benefit!

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