Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile liquid plant materials, known as essential oils (EOs), and other aromatic compounds from plants for the purpose of affecting a person's mood or health.
Aromatherapy is a generic term that refers to any of the various traditions that make use of essential oils sometimes in combination with other alternative medical practices and spiritual beliefs.
Aromatherapy had been around for 6000 years or more.
Aromatherapy has roots in antiquity with the use of aromatic oils.
Aromatherapy is the treatment or prevention of disease by use of essential oils.
The Greeks, Romans, and ancient Egyptians all used aromatherapy oils.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used aromatherapy baths and scented massage.
The word "aromatherapy" was first used in the 1920s by French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé, who devoted his life to researching the healing properties of essential oils after an accident in his perfume laboratory.
The modes of application of aromatherapy include:aerial diffusion for environmental fragrancing or aerial disinfectiondirect inhalation for respiratory disinfection, decongestion, expectoration as well as psychological effectstopical applications for general massage, baths, compresses, therapeutic skin careoral, rectal, vaginal interfaces for infection, congestion, parasites, perfumery for body fragrancing, anointments.
Scientific research on the cause and effect of aromatherapy is limited, although in vitro testing has revealed some antibacterial and antiviral effects and a few double blind studies have been published.
Some benefits that have been linked to aromatherapy, such as relaxation and clarity of mind, may arise from the placebo effect rather than from the inherent properties of the scents themselves.
Skeptical literature suggests that aromatherapy is based on the anecdotal evidence of its benefits rather than proof that aromatherapy can cure diseases.