Aromatherapy is the ancient science of healing, relaxing and
energising by the use of plants and their parts.
The roots, barks,
flowers, fruits, seeds and nuts play a crucial part in this science. It is
one of the more popular branches of alternative medicines. The word
aromatherapy is derived from two words aroma which means smell and therapy
which stands for healing
The word “Aromatherapy” comes from the fusion of two
words- Aroma which means smell and therapy which means to cure. Basically
aromatherapy uses the plants and their parts for curing and healing
This is a holistic treatment which means that the treatment has a
profound impact on the body, mind and spirit.
Aromatherapy lays a great stress on the usage of essential oils.
These oils are extracted from the plants by the methods of steam
distillation and cold-pressing of flowers, fruits, bark and roots. There
are a wide variety of essential oils which can have psychological and
physical benefits on your body.
When the essential oils are inhaled, they enter the lungs and offer
physical as well as psychological benefits. The oils stimulate the scent
receptors in the brain, thereby triggering a response in the part of the
brain affecting heart rate, blood pressure, stress levels, memory and
If these oils are used under the expert guidance, they
can have beneficial effect on the body and mind but otherwise can be harmful.
To use these oils for aromatherapy massage, you can use an
essential oil or combine two or more essential oils for the massage. When
the power of oils is combined with the power of massage, you can
experience the deep state of relaxation or invigoration. These oils are
also believed to aid in beauty and cosmetics.