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What is Aromatherapy?

on December 11, 2014



noun \ə-ˌrō-mə-ˈther-ə-pē\

the use of natural oils that have a pleasant smell to make a person feel better especially by rubbing the oils into the skin


Personally, I think Jade Shutes sums it up best: “Aromatherapy 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 is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual realm of the individual’s response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual’s innate healing process.  As a holistic practice, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active method to employ during acute and chronic stages of illness or disease.

It is a natural, non-invasive modality designed to affect the whole person not just the symptom or disease and to assist the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.

Aromas hit the nose, pass through the blood brain barrier and go directly to the parts of the brain that affect our emotion and nervous system before we are even aware we smell them. By using essential oils, herbs and flowers we can affect our moods. Familiar smells such as great Aunt Betty’s lavender sachets, a fresh peeled orange or a peppermint stick can trigger warm, happy thoughts and feelings of contentedness. Heavy disinfectants that are similar to those found in hospitals can bring about feelings of fear or despair.

When your purchasing aromatherapy items it is a buyer beware market. There are many items that claim to be aromatheraputic (cleaning products, soaps, candles, air fresheners, etc.) but instead of natural fragrances they are full of synthetic chemicals that could do more harm than good. Read ingredient labels and use reputable companies that you know use real essential oils and other natural fragrances.

What is your absolute favorite aromatherapy item? Did you ever have a bad experience with aromatherapy? Share your thoughts!

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