What is Aromatherapy?

Man in Lavender FieldTo a lot people, Aromatherapy is just about enjoying a pleasant smell. They may light a scented candle or burn incense to enjoy the fragrance and relax from the stressful day. This is not true Aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is much more than smell. True aromatherapy not only delivers the relaxing benefits of fragrance, it also provides many other health benefits that are unique to each essential oil.Though many are skeptic and consider this type of treatment as unscientific, the scientific evidence of its effectiveness is growing substantially.

Aromatherapy is a widely used term but is defined as the skilled and controlled use of essential oils for emotional and physical health and well-being. Aromatherapy is the practice of using aromatic and volatile liquids that are extracted from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, bushes and seeds as therapy to treat the entire person ... Not just the symptom or disease.   Essential oils are the pure essence of the plant. These extracted aromatic essences assist the body’s natural ability to balance, harmonize, heal and achieve and maintain optimum health.

The benefit of aromatherapy can be achieved by absorption through the skin or through your olfactory system. The olfactory system is simply the formal term for the parts of your body that receive scents to the millions of neuron receptors that relay complex signals to the olfactory bulb. The olfactory bulb passes these signals to your limbic system that is responsible for controlling our emotions, our behaviors, our motivations, and our thoughts. Aromatherapy helps the emotional, physical, and spiritual areas. Aromatherapy can alleviate the symptoms of insomnia, depression, ADHD, cancer, skin conditions, autism, migraines and much more.

When practicing aromatherapy it's vital that only pure, undiluted essential oils are used. Synthetic, perfume-grade products will not contain the necessary level of beneficial constituents and as a result will not deliver or have any positive effects. 

For more information on Aromatherapy and the benefits of specific essential oils and blends, visit our Pure Essential Oil Collection or our Harmonious Essential Oil Blends Collection. You will find valuable information on the benefits of each type of oil and combinations that we currently supply. You can also search our site for symptoms such as stress, headaches, or sleep and explore the results.

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External Links

Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists

International Federation of Aromatherapists

National Association of Aromatherapy

British Columbia Association of Practicing Aromatherapists

Aromatherapy on Wikipedia