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What Is Aromatherapy?

You may have heard quite a bit about aromatherapy in the past.  You are sure to have seen the many benefits that it has offered, but have not really thought about it either.  Aromatherapy is a method of using the right products to create a scent that is said to better your thoughts, improve your mood or even to help cure you of an ailment that you are feeling.  If you have not had the opportunity to use aromatherapy in the past, you should give it a try.  If nothing else, you will love the smells and the way that they enlighten the environment you are living in.  In fact, that in itself is enough to provide that aromatherapy is a great tool to use.

Learning what aromatherapy is and how it works is something that you will want to know though.  It is considered a complementary as well as an alternative form of medicine.  In that, it is not said to be the cure all for every ailment under the sun and you should never stop using your current treatments for serious conditions.  Yet, many people have found this treatment to help make their lives just a touch better all around. 

Aromatherapy uses essential oils to make these things happen.  Essential oils are concentrated liquid that comes from a plant.  They are compounds that are very strong, in their purest of forms.  They are taken from a plant through distillation, through expression or through solvent extraction.  They are used throughout your home as it is in your perfumes in your incense as well as in the foods that you eat.  This product from a plant is said to provide you with a trigger for your health too.  For example, the smell of a specific fragrance may help you to trigger relaxation.

Yet, there is much more to aromatherapy than just this.  For example, the term was created in 1920 by a man named Rene Maurice Gattefosse.  He was researching how essential oils can help in the healing process.  He began this study in part because of an accident in which he caught his arm on fire and accidentally poured lavender oil onto it.  The wounds healed quickly, more so than normal and they did not leave a scar.  Since then, the exploration of how essential oils work in healing us, both emotionally and physically has been a conquest for many.

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