What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it is called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both our physical as well as emotional health. In recent years, aromatherapy has gained more recognition in the fields of science and medicine,
History of Aromatherapy
For thousands of years, ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt and elsewhere incorporated aromatic natural plant components in resins, blams and oil for medical and religious purporses. Users are known to have benefited from the usage both physically and psychologically.
Essential oils distillation is attributed to the Persians in the 10th century. Although the practice may have been in use for a long time prior to this. Information about essential oil distillation was published in the 16th century in Germany and French physicians recognized the potential of essential oils in treating disease in 19th centrury.
Medical doctors became more established in the 19th century and focused on using chemical drugs. However, the French and German doctors still recognized the role of natural botanicals in treating illness.
The term “aromatherapy” was coined by a French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in a book he wrote on the topic that was published in 1937. He had previously discovered the healing potential of lavender essential oil in treating burns. The book discusses the use of essential oils in treating medical conditions.
How are Aromatherapy Treatment Administered?
These can be use as a standalone or in any combination.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), below are some of the popuar essential oils.
Aromatherapy can also be used with other healing methodology to enhance the effect. For example aromatheray can be used in a Massage session or in a Yoga Class. It can also be use in a Pain Relief Trigger Point or Myofascial Release to enhance the effect.