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Aromatherapy will undergo the developments that many of its supporters so feverishly hope for only if it grows up to be a “real” discipline, a true faculty of learning. This is where Hydrosols breaks most important and exciting new ground. To appreciate its contribution I would like to invoke a statement from eminent biologist E. O. Wilson’s latest work, Consilience. In the context of this work, Wilson opines that for a faculty of learning to be successful and to be able to arrive at meaningful predictions, it should have its units and processes clearly defined and solidly in place. 

Checking aroma-therapy for units and processes, we find a bleak picture. Even in the relatively simple case of agreeing on a unit of volume, the only common denominator aromatherapy has to offer is the marketing-mandated “drop.” Rather obviously, a drop is not a very precise unit of volume. As far as processes go, a rather unexciting and mostly trivial process, the mixing together of various essential oils, was awarded near cult status by renaming it “blending”. From Goddess blends to weight-loss blends, clear definition was again sacrificed in favor of marketing-mandated simplicity.

©2001 Suzanne Catty (P)2021 Adamson publishing

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