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.
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
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
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
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.
offer aromatherapy products and teach aromatherapy classes.