What is aromatherapy? The common definition is "The use of pure essential oils, to seek to influence, to change or modify, mind, body or spirit: physiology or mood."
The use of pure essential oils is imperative as you would most certainly wish to avoid any adulteration from a chemical that is not a part of those naturally occurring in the essential oil.
This is very important because these pure plant extracts are most likely being used, not only for inhalation but are applied to the skin, which is the largest organ of the human body.
Aromatherapy is one of mankind's oldest holistic therapies. It was probably first used by the ancient Egyptians some 4,000 to 5,000 years ago. The word aromatherapy was not actually used until 1937 when the word was coined by Rene Gattefosse in France.
Aromatherapy utilizes volatile liquid plant materials, including the essential oils and other aromatic compounds of plants, to relax our bodies or stimulate its function, especially our senses.
These volatile plant extracts are different than oil compounds we commonly use each day such as olive, peanut, walnut or safflower oil. These oils are thick and do not evaporate when exposed to the air. They are useful however in the application of essential oils to the skin. They are referred to as carrier oils.
The essential oils used in Aromatherapy have benefits that are only recently being studied.
education follows three distinct areas known as English, French and German
models. The English model focuses on aromatherapy in massage. The German model
focuses on inhalation and the French model on ingestion. The schools in the
United States focus primarily on the English model while touching very briefly
on the other two models.
My goal as your aromatherapy guide is to educate. I rely on scientific and medical information as well as my own personal experiences.
There are many claims about the efficacy of using essential oils to treat or prevent diseases. I do not advise anyone to follow these claims. Essential oils are not drugs, and should be treated as a supplement to a healthy lifestyle.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The advice on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.