Aromatherapy, or essential oil therapy, refers to the use of traditional, alternative or complementary therapies that use essential oils and other aromatic plant and naturally sourced compounds.
Essential oils have been used for nearly 6,000 years, with the aim of improving a person’s health or mood.
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) defines Aromatherapy as “the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing.”
In 1997, the International Standards Organization (ISO) defined an essential oil as a “product obtained from vegetable raw material, either by distillation with water or steam, or from the epicarp of citrus fruits by a mechanical process, or by dry distillation.”
In parts of Western Europe aromatherapy is incorporated into mainstream medicine as an antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial therapy. In the United States and Canada, this is less so. In France, some essential oils are regulated as prescription drugs, and they can only be administered or prescribed by a doctor or nurse.
A range of essential oils have been found to have various degrees of antimicrobial activity and are believed to have antiviral, antifungal, insecticidal, anti depressant and antioxidant properties.
Aromatherapy applications include massage, topical applications, and inhalation and some specially tested and pure oils are also suitable to be taken internally.
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy. It does not provide a cure for diseases, rashes or illnesses, but it can support conventional treatment of various conditions.
It has been shown to reduce:
- Pain and body aches
- Anxiety, agitation, stress, and depression
- Fatigue and insomnia
- Muscular aches
- Circulatory problems
- Menstrual problems
- Menopausal problems
- Alopecia, or hair loss
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