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What is Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally aromatic essences from plants to balance and promote health of body mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual ‘s innate healing process.

It was the French perfumer and chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who coined the term “”aromatherapies” in 1937 with his publication of a book by that name. His book “Gattefosse 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 the word was, as he clearly meant to distinguish the medical application of essential oils from their perfumery applications.

So we can interpret his coining of the word “Aromatherapie” to mean 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).

When inhaled aromas work on the brain and central nervous system through our olfactory (smelling nerves). The brain’s limbec system is stimulated when the cells in the upper nose are exposed to odors contained in the essential oil. Aromatherapy has been used by ancient cultures for at least 6,000 years. 

 It is also one of the fast growing natural remedies being used today. It works by awakening and strengthening the self healing ability of the body. Smell can have a profound effect on your send of well being and body balance. Essential oils used in aromatherapy can be antiseptic, antidepressant, antiviral, anti inflammatory, detoxifying and expectorant.

We offer aromatherapy products and teach aromatherapy classes.

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