…scented air. It seems that scented air was as alluring then as it is today.There have been some changes in ‘scented air’ over the centuries. ‘Scented air’ has evolved from tree gums to liquid perfumes, fragrant candles and much more. 홈타이
Today, we refer to ‘scented air’ as fragrance. Even the sound of the word, fra-grance, is syrupy on the tongue and faintly lingers. One’s mouth almost waters at the words, “Strawberry Delight” and “”Peachy Indulgence”.
Although tasting is not recommended, our senses are tempted beyond measure by the sheer seduction of fragrance. The ancients knew it, we all know it. To refuse to delight yourself or your beloved in fragrance is worse than never having indulged in a BonBon.
It was Neolithic tribes of humans that first discovered the aromatic and healing properties of plants. Perhaps is was by accident that someone, maybe the tribes holistic medicine woman, discovered congealed animal fat grew rich with the aroma of celebratory, herbal components from the previous nights wedding gala. Or perhaps herbs were dropped into a vat of sacrificial liquids to aid in the healing of an ailing tribal member and found the following morning not only to have hardened over the chilly night but to have transformed form a smelly vat of animal fat to a fragrant, intoxicating aroma.Whoever or however it was first realized, the art of scenting caught on and has not only endured but evolved over the centuries.
However, plants have more than just aromatic properties. Scented plants, added to fats, aid dry skin far better than unscented fats. Plants add flavor to foods. Plants help heal wounds. Before our modern massage and body lotions, scented fats were worn for protection of skin, hair, weather, insects, aching muscles, and effected energy and emotions. Plants for the skin and hair were a combination of water, scented oils and alcohol and were also drank as a tonic which was the forerunner of our modern day liquid perfume. Quite a job description for a plant!
Then, man began to combine the best of plant properties. He combined scented oils, aromatic water and incense and used this concoction to heal the body, the mind and the spirit. This evolving technology steadily spread and became an integral component in healing as well as the foundation of modern day aroma therapy.
Any industry as massive and seductively imposing as the fragrance industry has to have an impressive history into which we can dig. Scent archeology, if you will. And it cannot be done without revealing unsung inventors or without exposing industrious entrepreneurs, as far back as the first century C.E.
I wonder if there are any Prophetissa’s left? If so, they could have been heirs to a perfume empire! That is, if Maria Phrophetissa, the inventor of a mechanism resembling a double-boiler, that not only brewed essential oils but distilled alcohol, had actually been able to file a patent on her invention in the first century C.E.
Maria Prophetissa’s double-boiler brewed essential oils that, when diluted with water, produced a new type of fragrance-scented waters. Her scented waters were used to improve skin tone and reduce blemishes; as medicine that relieved female cramps and indigestion; and body scent for the obvious reasons! Maria’s scented waters became known as “medicinal tonic”.
Eventually, nuns and monks alike got in on the action. Nuns and monks were well known for their dedication to herbal healing and people began to depend upon them much the same as you and I depend upon our doctor and pharmacist today. Nuns and monks were depended upon as healers and aromatic water was their favorite prescription!