What is Aromatherapy?
One simple definition of Aromatherapy is the use of volatile essential oils, extracted from aromatic plants, for therapeutic purposes.
Aromatherapy is beneficial for psychological, physical well-being, and other medicinal purposes. The volatile essences in aromatic plants can contain hundreds of individual chemical constituents. It is the synergistic combination of these components that gives essential oils their distinct aromas AND their ability to act therapeutically. Aromatic plants are found all over the world. However, only a small percentage of plant species are actually aromatic.
Although the term "aromatherapy" was not used until the 20th Century, the use of plant aromatics is as old as civilization itself. In ancient times, plant aromatics were used in rituals, as incense for purification, for behavior modification, and as meditation aids. As well as a variety of herbs and spices used included as a means of flavoring and preserving food. Also for perfume, personal care, well-being, and of course for medicine.
Aromatherapy has become a very popular and commercialized word. But what is really meant by the term "aromatherapy?"
Authentic aromatherapy is a comprehensive healthcare modality that evokes the body's own intrinsic healing power. Surprisingly, aromatherapy is not chiefly about aroma but rather the processes that occur in the body after its application. Using extracts of aromatic medicinal plants called "essential oils," Aromatherapy facilitates the body's own healing power at the cellular level, allowing the body to balance, repair, and restore itself. Essential oils support the body in achieving what it does naturally -- which is to seek homeostasis and optimal health.
Authentic aromatherapy with genuine essential oils supports all the body's systems. This is a vastly different concept of aromatherapy than the current commercial idea of "recreational" aromatherapy with inferior products that are commonly sold.
Essential oils balance, strengthen, and enhance the function of ALL of the body's systems: immune, nervous, digestive, respiratory, circulatory systems, etc. In Europe, aromatherapy is accepted as part of customary healthcare, both preventive and curative.
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