What is aromatherapy? Merrim-Webster’s definition: massage of the body and especially of the face with a preparation of fragrant essential oils extracted from herbs, flowers, and fruits; broadly : the use of aroma to enhance a feeling of well-being.
The scientific concept of aromatherapy, the use of essential oils to treat or prevent disease, has been around since the early 1900s. However, the use of plant oils for therapeutic purposes goes back over 6,000 years. How aromatherapy products work is not entirely clear.
It is believe that inhaling the aroma of an essential oil stimulates brain functions, emotions and memories. By applying the diluted essential oil to the skin, it is absorbed into the blood stream to promote whole-body healing. For example, inhaling eucalyptus oils may help ease congestion.
While health benefit claims made by aroma therapist have been unproven, clinical studies have shown that aromatherapy combined with other treatments has show positive effects. Aromatherapy helps the body cure itself through natural ways, but it does not cure conditions. Benefits include improved mood, relaxation and pain relief when it is used correctly.
Note: The US does not regulate the use of the word aromatherapy on product packaging, labels, or advertising. Therefore, anyone can market a product as suitable for aromatherapy. If a product says “Made with Essential Oils” or “Made with Natural Ingredients”, it means the product contains a minute quantity of essential oils and the rest of the product may be synthetic.
– Information from Seeds of Wellness blog post: “Aromatherapy – What Is It?”
Read more about aromatherapy: “Benetifs of Aromatherapy”.
Seeds of Wellness offers a variety of aromatherapy products:
- Wild Berry Incense from Oxford, Ohio
- Sacred Path Candles hand poured in Orwell, Ohio
- doTERRA essential oils
- Pinch Me Therapy Dough