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What’s Old is New Again

By: Jeff Falk
Posted: October 14, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Fleur Aromavedic Treatment, inspired by both ayurvedic medicine and aromatherapy, are three-oil blends. According to the company, just as the body craves certain foods during physiological cycles, the aromas of essential oils an individual is attracted to are the ones that will naturally balance that individual’s emotions. The individual essences are chosen for their specific therapeutic properties, and the products are designed by scientists and tested in vitro or in volunteer studies.

Fleur’s Energizing Oil is a blend of rosemary, coriander and ylang-ylang (with lily of the valley to soften and balance the overall aroma) that is intended to revitalize. Relaxing Oil contains lavender, chamomile and petitgrain (blended with the perfume of lilies) designed to calm and soothe the senses and relieve stress, and Delight Oil offers geranium, rosewood and ginger combined with the essence of violet to promote a positive state of mind.

According to the company, the products are created by using the vacuum microwave hydro distillation technique that uses low temperature, low pressure and no solvents to preserve all of the nutrients from the flowers and plants.

New technologies and delivery methods have allowed companies to expand the range of products and benefits offered. Fleur, for example, combines floral agents with an efficiency booster selected for specific properties to optimize the action of the product. These boosters include vitamins, minerals and fruit to complement the value of the floral extract. Because essential oils also offer benefits as they are absorbed through the skin—where, upon dissemination into deeper tissues, benefits are carried throughout the body via blood and lymphatic capillaries—massage oils are a popular vehicle. Fleur’s Massage Oil is formulated with 100% apricot oil, which is naturally rich in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.

Hot paraffin wax dips are ideal for delivering aromatherapy benefits, and Spa Revolutions recently introduced Perfectsense Paraffin & Aromatherapy—a single-use paraffin treatment that contains pure essential oils.