is Aroma Therapy?
The word "Aromatherapy" conjures up images of people magically alleviating
their depression or insecurities with wonderful scents. Aromatherapy
is much more than that. Incorporating aromatherapy into your life
enhances your overall health, beauty, and psychological well being.
Aromatherapy can reduce stress, enhance your complexion, treat an
annoying skin irritation, and eliminate a stomachache.
A healing art which uses the essential oils of aromatic plants,
trees and flowers to promote health of body and serenity of mind.
It's the essential oils within plants that give them their characteristic
smell and flavour. When we smell the delightful fragrance of jasmine
flowers in the early evening, open a cedarwood box and inhale its
woody smell or add the zest of a lemon to a drink, it's the essential
oil that we are enjoying.
Essential oils may be found in different parts of the plant in the
petals (rose), leaves (eucalyptus), roots of grass (vetiver), bark
(cinnamon), heartwood (sandalwood), citrus rind (lemon), seeds (caraway),
bulbs (garlic), the avail or top parts of the plant (marjoram) or
resin (frankincense) and sometimes in the more than one part of
the plant for e.g. the orange tree produces 3 different smelling
essences with different medicinal properties - neroli from the flowers
petitgrain from the leaves and orange oil from the rind of the fruit.
History and Origin
The use of essential oils goes back to ancient civilization almost
3000 years BC where they were used not only for their wonderful
aroma and beauty care, but also for their preservative and healing
properties and for their immediate connection with higher spiritual
beings, in prayer and as offerings to god.