Aromagram is a holistic approach to the treatment of infections. Basically, it is taking a sample from the infected area of the patient, “cultivating” in laboratory conditions (resulting in rapid bacterial growth), followed by testing 10-15 different essences to determine which ones are the best. Three or four of these oils are then prescribed to the patient, usually orally in the form of capsules, so the physician is sure he has found the most appropriate treatment for each individual patient. Here, it is not even necessary to be known exactly what microorganisms are causing the infection. Not all doctors aromatherapists are supporters of holistic principles, but virtually all trust aromagram.
Clean pots are used for this purpose. An accurately measured drop of each essential oil to be tested is dropped on a bacterial culture (bacteria culture on a suitable medium).
Within a few hours, a visible circle appears around every drop of essence that was able to kill the bacteria. The circle diameter, called the suppression zone, is carefully measured in millimeters. The more extensive this area, the more efficient the essential oil is against the bacteria in the culture. When it has no effect, the area of suppression (the circle) is missing.
Six different essential oils, numbered, are subjected to a bacterial culture test from a patient’s body. The hatched area is interpreted as a “suppressing zone” and shows how effective each of the oils tested is against the micro-organisms, Essential oils 3 and 5 can be used in the particular case.