What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is probably best defined by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy 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.” They go on to say that aromatherapy unifies physiological, psychological, and spiritual (energetic)processes, thus enhancing one’s innate healing process.

Although the term aromatherapy— as “aromatherapie”— was coined in 1937 by Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French perfumer and chemist, in his book, Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy, the practice of using plant essences, infusions, and essential oils for healing purposes goes back to ancient times. Our oldest ancestors often used the healing power of plants to treat and prevent all kinds of ailments and conditions. Using essential oils to heal and soothe is a truly timeless practice!

 

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