Perfumery pp 167-181 | Cite as

Essential oils as psychotherapeutic agents

  • R. Tisserand


The therapeutic use of aromatic plants, and oils made from them, dates back to earliest times. In Egypt, for both spiritual and medicinal uses, infused oils and unguents were employed 5000 years ago. Even earlier civilizations burnt aromatic herbs and woods to drive out ‘evil spirits’, which we might now interpret as mental sickness. In many parts of the world fragrant plants have been, and still are, an integral part of the ritual in sorcery, healing and religious practices (Tisserand, 1977, 1988).


Odour Type Clary Sage Mood Element Dizzy Spell Aromatic Solution 
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