What is Aromatherapy?


“The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day.” -Hippocrates

Aromatherapy is the art of treating the body, mind and spirit with natural aromatic substances harvested from nature’s aromatic pharmacy. “Aroma” refers to the aromatic substances that give essential oils their unique smell. “Therapy” refers to the fact that essential oils have been used for healing for centuries. Aromatherapy also refers to the use of essential oils for beauty and body care treatment. Aromatherapy is one the most popular beauty treatments worldwide in clinics and spas throughout Europe.

Aromatherapy works in 2 distinct ways:

1. Through the sense of smell – Odors are converted into messages, which are relayed to the brain for processing. Smell receptor cells transmit impulses about the smell to the olfactory area of the brain in the limbic system, which is linked, to memory, emotions, hormones, sexuality and heart rate.

2. Through the skin – Molecules of essential oils pass through the skin’s epidermis and are carried away by the capillary blood circulating in the dermis. They are then taken into the lymphatic and circulatory system at which point the therapeutic ingredients of the essential oils are broken down and used by various regions of the body.

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