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What is Aromatherapy?

I get that question pretty regularly. Many people think it is about only smell or perfumes and actually some of it is about smell but it is truly about the medicinal use of plant oils. According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy it is "also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit."

"It was the French perfumer and chemist, Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, who coined the term “aromatherapie” in 1937 with his publication of a book by that name. His book “Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy” contains early clinical findings for utilizing essential oils for a range of physiological ailments. It seems vital to understand what Gattefosse’s intention for coining the word was, as he clearly meant to distinguish the medicinal application of essential oils from their perfumery applications.

So we can interpret his coining of the word “Aromatherapie” to mean the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing. As the practice of aromatherapy has progressed, over the years, it has adopted a more holistic approach encompassing the whole body, mind and spirit (energy)."

​I personally love this because we are one unit, body and mind. Essential oils not only affect our mind but can have a profound impact on our body. They can be a very useful part of your health and wellness regimen.

Did you know…

​Essential oils are so amazing and powerful but have you wondered how we can possibly know what these little oils can do? The chemical components in essential oils have been studied for a very, very long time. They have studied many of their actions and identified what effect they have. Many key components that have been studied fall into different categories or chemical families. Now these families give generality to an oil and their make-up and what they might be good for. This is how the chemists that do GC/MS (Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry) testing can tell if an oil has been altered with synthetic ingredients, or is even the oil that the distiller or merchant is claiming it to be. Isn't that cool?


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