Essential oil history

Olfaction: Not The Fifth Sense, But The First Sense

aromatherapy and olfaction, aromatherapy and smell

Humans have 5 senses, one of them being the sense of smell. The sense of smell is very highly evolved and recent estimates are that the human olfactory system is capable of distinguishing over 1 trillion unique odors, which makes the human sense of the smell by far the most sensitive of the human senses in terms of how…

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The Santalaceae: Family of Sandalwoods

The Santalaceae family is the family of Sandalwood Trees that produce essential oils. The Santalum genus may include up to 20 tropical, evergreen and semiparasitic trees and shrubs (Weiss 1997). Growing to approximately 29ft tall when it reaches full maturity at approximately 60 years of age (Rhind, 2012). More than 15 of the Santalum species…

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