What is aromatherapy?
One simple definition of aromatherapy could be described as the extraction of volatile essential oils essences, from aromatic plants, used for therapeutic purposes, such as psychological healing, physical healing, and other medicinal purposes.
The volatile essence contained in these aromatic plants can contain hundreds of individual chemical constituents. It is the synergistic combination of these components that gives essential oils their distinct aromas AND the ability to act therapeutically. Aromatic plants are found all over the world. However, only a small percentage of plant species are actually aromatic.
Although the term “aromatherapy” was not used until the 20th Century, using plant aromatics is as old as civilization itself. You can find more about the history of aromatherapy here. In ancient times, plant aromatics were used in ritual, as incense for purification, behavior modification, and meditation aids. As well as a variety of herbs and spices used included as a means of flavoring and preserving food. Also for perfume, personal care, well-being, and of course for medicine. The effectiveness of authentic aromatherapy is based on the plants chemistry, which produces the desired therapeutic action.
Is Aromatherapy Undervalued Today?
There are many misconceptions about holistic aromatherapy. The sea of misinformation is readily available while the truth about authentic aromatherapy must be diligently sought out. There is a difference between scent and aroma. People often confuse true aromatherapy products, with synthetically fragranced bath and body products and perfumes, in which there is no shortage. These often trigger allergic reactions, headaches, and rashes. Contributing to various chronic illnesses, and cancers, due to the complex cocktail of synthetic fragrances and chemicals.
Clearly, synthetic fragrance and chemicals harm, while authentic, holistic aromatherapy, supports the body so that it can heal. Aromatherapy’s basis, for its success, stems from the chemistry of these volatile essences. The plants chemistry produces a variety of therapeutic actions, supporting the body during the healing process. While synthetic fragrance and chemical cocktails produce side effects that cannot replace or be compared to the quality of pure therapeutic healing received from true essential oil essences.
Once you have personally experienced true healing from essential oils you will never undervalue authentic aromatherapy again. It is easy to incorporate an aromatic lifestyle to your regular daily routine. We provide easy recipes to create simple, yet effective aromatic blends, that can be used for so many things: from cold, flu or respiratory infections, to non-toxic cleaning products, and support stress, anxiety, and other psychological health wellness concerns, aromatherapy can help with all aspects of your life.
Aromatherapy is not regulated by any governing body, nor is there any specific licensing, in the United States at this time. There are however two organized associations helping to ensure and promote authentic aromatherapy education, ethics, and safe practices.