Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils and other plant extracts to maintain and promote physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.
It is both an art and a science.
It is a truly holistic therapy.
Essential oils are extraced from plants from all over the world, from all parts of the plant - roots, bark, resin, rhizomes, leaves and twigs, seeds, fruit, fruit and flowers. They are highly concentrated aromatic substances that can be applied in a variety of ways to the person using them depending on the issue that they are working on.
Using the oils in massage is popular for relaxation and stress relief and to enhance the overall vitality of the person. Oils can also be used in direct inhalation, steams, compresses, baths, skin and body care products, for first aid, for natural fragrance and more.
Essential oils can have a physiological benefit on wounds, skin conditions, tense muscles, inflamed joints etc, are renowned for balancing the nervous system and can be really helpful for emotional support and to facilitate healing to the soul.
The skill of the Aromatherapy practitioner is to match the right or best oil or blend to the needs of the client.
Andrea Butje the author of "The Heart of Aromatherapy" has this to say:
"There are so many different essential oils that can help you calm down, give you more energy, ease worries and fears, help you release anxiety, soothe sore muscles, nourish skin, help you stay healthy and prevent illness, and help you receover from injuries more quickly and comfortably...and that's only the tip of the iceberg!"
From Salvatore Battaglia, author of "The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy":
"I have seen time and time again how so many peoples' lives have been profoundly changed when they used essential oils, and how essential oils have empowered them, acted as a catalyst to improve their health or simply provided clarity and direction in their life."
There are lots of articles about the benefits of Aromatherapy, individual essential oils and how to use Aromatherapy safely and efectively at home and as a self-care strategy on the blog.