What is aromatherapy?“Aromatherapy is… the skilled and controlled use of essential oils for physical and emotional health and well being.” -Valerie Cooksley
“Aromatherapy conveys the concept of healing with aromatic substances.” -Robert Tisserand
“Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul.” -Robert Tisserand
“Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing.” -Gabriel Mojay
Aromatherapy is the use of fragrances to affect or alter a person’s mood or behavior. It is the use of fragrant essential oils extracted from plants as a treatment in complementary medicine to relieve tension and cure certain minor ailments.
Aromatherapy using aroma diffusers
Aroma diffusers use aroma to enhance a feeling of well-being. It works as inhalants in an effort to affect mood and promote health. Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs offer both psychological and physical benefits. Not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but when inhaled into the lungs, the natural constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) can supply therapeutic benefit. Diffusing eucalyptus essential oil to help ease congestion is a prominent example.
Aerial diffusion – the oils evaporate into the air. The aim is to give the air a specific fragrance or to disinfect it.
Direct inhalation – the person breaths the evaporating oils straight in. This is commonly used for respiratory disinfection, decongestion, as well as for psychological benefits.
Theory behind aromatherapy
It is believed that the inhalation of essential oils stimulates the part of the brain connected to smell the olfactory system; a signal is sent to the limbic system of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories. This causes chemicals to be released which make the person feel relaxed, calm, or even stimulated. If the aromatherapy includes massage the effect is to further relax the person.