What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is one of the most popular forms of complementary therapy. One of the reasons it has been so successful is due to its holistic approach. When making a plan, the aromatherapist will consider an individual’s medical history. General mental health, well-being and emotional condition are also taken on board before starting.

Essential oils are used with the hope of treating and preventing disease or illness, as well as enhancing the body and mind. For example, if ignored, stress can worsen. This can increase the risk of suffering headaches and anxiety later on. An aromatherapist will target the cause of the stress. They will create a personal plan and a concoction of essential oils for the individual. Instead of targeting the headache, the oils would work to improve the person’s ability to cope with stress.

Plant oils and herbs have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Yet the word aromatherapy appears to have only originated in 1928.

A French chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé accidentally burnt his hand. On reaction, Gattefossé plunged his hand into the nearby vat of lavender oil. This reflex saw the burn heal quickly. He was left with no scar and prompted him to investigate the oil further.