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WHAT EXACTLY IS AROMATHERAPY...

 

Aromatherapy is simply using pure extracts or essences (essential oils) from flowers, herbs, and trees to promote health and well-being to our minds, bodies, and spirits. The roots of aromatherapy can be traced back more than 4000 years, yet the term 'aromatherapy' was first coined in the 1920's by a French chemist named Rene Maurice Gattefosse.


Did you realize that our connections to certain scents are very personal? This is because we register scents in the limbic system of our brain, the part of our brain where our memories are stored, our moods are stimulated, and our emotions are processed. So, as we smell a certain aroma, we subconsciously react to it even before we are even aware of it. Good smells make us feel good! Each and every essential oil used in aromatherapy has certain innate characteristics and properties, some automatically calm and relax us, while others can stimulate and energize us. Essential oils have also been proven to have antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral properties that make them good for our bodies as well . Now with the current popularity of “aromatherapy” products that are on the market today (everything from dish soaps to synthetic air fresheners), the word “aromatherapy” has almost been rendered meaningless. So, please remember that true aromatherapy is the use of pure plant essences, essential oils, to improve our health and emotional well-being, things that are not achieved with a cheap synthetic chemical fragrance.