What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the modern term used for the practice of using 100% pure and natural essential oils for healing and to enhance a person’s wellbeing. Essential oils are pure concentrated extracts distilled from the flowers, bark, stems, leaves, resin, fruits and roots of plants.
The word essential demonstrates the plants natural essence, its being; whilst the oil indicates that the liquid is insoluble in water.
‘Aroma’ ‘therapy’ is a two-part process utilising both the aroma and the chemical makeup of the essential oil to provide it with its ‘therapy’. The aroma can give comfort to the emotions whilst the chemistry makeup of the essential oil can affect the body. An essential oil contains many different chemical structures, it is this that gives the essential oil its unique properties in both its aroma and its psychological and physiological effect on the body.
When essential oils are applied to the skin we are not only receiving the aroma but essential oils are unique in their abilities to penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream. We can use essential oils in many wonderful ways to help with our wellbeing.
Methods take on many different facets including vaporisation, aromatic bathing, massage, cosmetic creams and steam inhalation. In practice aromatherapy can influence moods and emotions.
“Aromatherapy is… the skilled and controlled use of essential oils for physical and emotional health and well being.” Valerie Cooksley
“Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing.” Gabriel Mojay