Flavour therapy

flavour therapy designates the application of ethereal oils for the influence of health and well-being. The term was coined/shaped into the 1920er years of the French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé.

The ethereal oils used in the flavour therapy are extracted from plants. Larger portions are for example contained in chamomile , Rosmarin , Thymian , Lavendel , jasmine and Sandelholz, which are used therefore frequently for the production of ethereal oils.

Ethereal oils are medicaments, why during their medical use the medicament law application finds. They are existence of the DAB (German dispensatory) and the pH. Eur. (European medicament book) contain and in over 2000 medicines. At the same time ethereal oils cosmetic means are contained and in cosmetic preparations. For this reason the regulations of the European Kosmetikverordnung application find. Further they are food and consumer articles, and thus part of the food and need condition law (LmBG).

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flavour therapy is the purposeful treatment of Befindlichkeitsstörungen and illnesses with ethereal oils. It is a component of the Phytotherapie (Pflanzenheilkunde) and part of complementary-medical methods. The German legislator defines persons, who are in the possession of permission for the vocational practice of the welfare activity - thus physicians and welfare practical men as therapists. The flavour therapy is to be learned in Germany only in occupation-supplementing training, since it presupposes such apart from knowledge in anatomy, physiology, pathology also in Botanik and Phytopharmakologie, just as diagnostic abilities.

Ethereal oils are not medicaments strictly speaking, which does not have to stand however for a therapeutic use against. They are freely for sale and from everyone applicable. Odoriferous substances generally can affect into repeated way the human body:

  • The sense of smell is addressed; this leads to a sensory perception with all the associated side effects (feeling impression, memory, reflektorische influence of different bodily functions, etc.). An example for this is the Aromatherapie Massage: This combination of Massagen and oils offers numerous advantages. It is in principle the central method of professional Aromatherapeuten on the sector of the alternative health care. Substantially was coined/shaped this area of application of the French Pionierin Marguerite Maury: It examined the strengthening and/or. welfare-end effect of flavours, if one lays it on on the skin. This required however founded knowledge to anatomy and Massage as well as over the characteristics of the individual ethereal oils.
  • After income or inhalation ethereal oils can unfold also a direct effect at the organs. Due to the high connection ability of the odoriferous substance molecules at fats and the associated easier passage of the blood-brain barrier frequently even an effect on the central nervous system can be observed: Lavendelöl is to work for example reassuring, activating Thymian, strongly energizing jasmine oil, orange and Zitronenöl is the tendency to lighten.
  • “biological Antibiose”: Some ethereal oils possess as can be prove antiobiotische characteristics, whereby they are suitable well for the prophylaxis and for the treatment of easier Infekte. Beside the pure flavour oils for this also certain herbs and spices , like Thymian , are suitable Salbei and Zitronenmelisse. Finds particularly frequent this therapy form use with treatment of cold diseases, for which itself beside the oral income completely particularly the purposeful inhalation, as also an enrichment of the room air over evaporation is suitable.


ethereal oils are materials, which - correctly proportioned - have usually few side effects. In high doses the ethereal oils can be however also toxic and thus dangerous. Therefore it is important to never use the oils undiluted and adhere to dosage guidelines.

Particularly with children, pregnant women and weakened persons one should be very careful with the application of ethereal oils - for example with colds -. Ethereal oils are very strongly concentrated and can lead on the sensitive skin to Verätzungen. With infants should be done without the application of ethereal oils.

In connection with the “Mainstream” of naturheilkundlichen interest in the last years a tide appeared more pseudoscientifically, partially esoterischer article to the flavour therapy. Much was called flavour therapy in such a way, what has to do actually nothing with real therapy - if necessary with the Parfümierung of areas. Meaningful handling flavour materials was misplaced in this consequence in the last years a little: Hardly a dwelling, hardly a fashion shop, unfortunately also hardly a naturheilkundliche practice, which does not become less lastingly “parfümiert” any more or. One surveys that the organism is made excessive demands of in such a way and the opposite of is reached, what was intended.

It is surveyed also that a majority of the sold flavour oils no more does not originate from natural sources, but there synthetically or halfsynthetically manufactured oils is, which do not possess any longer much of the Wirkungsamkeit, which offer the named-same original product. There are not at all sufficient dte trees, in order to produce the enormous amount at aromatic dte tree oil, the market required.

It is surveyed finally also that many flavour oils from conventional cultivation can contain poison materials, which does not make straight its internal use, in addition, a laying on harmless on the skin. The straight mentioned and popular dte tree oil has often a high content of Terpenen, which are to a considerable degree liver toxic.

As completely particularly dangerously potenzielle all geniusty of the flavour oils is to be regarded. With well-known inclination to allergischen reactions should be done therefore in the case of doubt without an application.


already at present the old advanced cultures in Mesopotamien and Egypt became odoriferous substances, and/or. Plant parts, usually in the form of perfumes for therapeutic and ritual purposes applied. From it the today's designation perfume was derived (lat. by fumum - by the smoke) for probably-smelling smell oil mixtures. The Roman historical writer Plinius reports for instance of the use from Pfefferminzblättern to the cleaning of patient areas.

application in private households

the use of odoriferous substances in private households became usual already long, even if the word flavour therapy for it is consulted rarely. Cold baths, Massageöle and smell lamps are example products for it. Flavour therapy is offered also as supplementing extension for the Whirlpool. Odoriferous substances are mixed to the heated water, which can be taken up by the constant circulation by nozzle pumps particularly well during the bath.

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