René Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, coined the term Aromatherapy in the 1928. Aromatherapy describes the therapeutic practice of using essential oils extracted from aromatic plants to enhance health and beauty. Aromatherapy has been practiced in one form or another since the beginning of civilization. It is used as both a preventative approach as well as an active, non-invasive treatment.
Aromatherapy is designed to affect the whole person, and to aid the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils. Pure essential oils are extracted from many parts of the plant including the flower, leaf, resin, bark, root, needles and twigs, seed, berry, fruit peel and rind. True essential oils have no additives, and nothing removed from them.
Massage is the most pleasant way to receive an Aromatherapy treatment. However, there are many different ways to use essential oils – in baths, inhalations, perfumes, compresses, and in creams or lotions. Essential oils can have different effects on the body, mind and spirit. They can relax or stimulate, stir pleasant memories, curb or increase appetite, and have analgesic and antispasmodic effects on the body. They can also aid in skin care and wound-healing.
Some of the more common essential oils include: Sandalwood, Lavender, Almond, Jasmine, Rose, Lotus, Musk, Eucalyptus, Camphor, Vanilla, Amber, Lemon, and Gardenia among many, many others.