aromatherapy: aro·ma·ther·a·py - noun - The use of volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being.

It's an art and science thats explores an individual's physiological, psychological and spiritual response to the aroma. It is seen as a holistic medicine.

Aromatherapy is a treatment that is non-invasive and all natural, but unlike other medicines, it is designed to affect every part of a person instead of just the part that ails. Through the correct use of essential oils, aromatherapy aids the body's ability to regulate, balance, maintain, and heal itself.

Essential oils can affect the mood, chase away fatigue, and promote relaxation while thwarting off anxiety. Inhaling these oils stimulates the olfactory nerves to work on the brain and nervous system.

For 6000 years or more, aromatherapy has been used. In 1928 the term aromatherapie was coined by the French Chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse. This term was used to denote the therapeutic use of essential oils. Since the beginning, the practice of Aromatherapy included human pathology and the treatment of different conditions, whether physical or emotional.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic extracts from plants, flowers, trees, fruits, bark, grasses, and seeds that stimulate the powerful sense of smell. There are approxiamately 150 essential oils with most having antiseptic properties. Still, there are some that are antiviral, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieveing, antidepressant, and expectorant. Other properties that can be found include stimulation, relaxation, digestion improvements, and diuretic. Essentials oils should be made from natural raw material in order to maximize the benefits.

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