Asian oils often arise from trees, rhizomes or resins. Oils such as Ginger, Turmeric or Javanese Turmeric - among others - have been found to produce valuable sesquiterpene components which are beneficial specifically in the amelioration and prevention of chronic and degenerative diseases.
Why are Asian Oils Different
Japanese philosopher Tetsuro Watsuji suggests that people subject to a Monsoon climate develop different cultures and attitudes than those living in a more European or North American 'Pastoral' climate. These climatic differences manifest in the components found in aromatic plants. Hence the prominence of sequiterpenoid and resinoid components.
The Aromatherapy Conclusion
While classic aromatherapy arose from the perfumed landscapes of Provence, essential oils from green leafy herbs such as Lavender, Rosemary or Thyme garnered most of the attention for their fast acting, mono terpenoid based therapeutic effects. Asian Oils with their increased concentrations of complex sesquiterpenoids have the capacity to address chronic and degenerative diseases.