What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils to help to bring balance to the human mind, body and spirit.

The word ‘aroma’ means a fragrance or a sweet smell and ‘therapy’ means treatment designed to cure.

Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.  It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.

Because we cannot claim that aromatherapy can cure, it is helpful to understand that the word cure comes from the Latin curare, which simply means ‘to care for’.

This implies that we can use volatile essential oils from aromatic plants in an informed and controlled manner to care for our well-being. Essential oils are natural, volatile essences that have been steam distilled or expressed from aromatic plants. The many different oil-bearing plants are harvested from all over the world and research from experts shows the field of activity of various oils is quite wide, ranging from documented therapeutic actions to the extreme subtlety of spiritual and emotional effects.

Each essential oil has its own unique fragrance that can affect emotional and physical response through the olfactory system. Aromatherapy has a well-documented history of growth, development and efficacy and is still used today as an aid to relaxation, usually during a full body massage. We hope you enjoyed our aromatherapy info.

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