Aromatherapy is a natural healing practice using the pure and natural concentrated essences from aromatic plants. These essences are known to enhance the wellbeing of mind, body, and spirit. They can support our innate healing process, and improve quality of life.
Aromatic essences are concentrated chemical constituents isolated from whole plant parts such as flowers, leaves, woods and roots. Most commonly, these are in the form of essential oils, which are either distilled or mechanically expressed. Aromatic essences also include extracts and absolutes, which are isolated by means of solvent or CO2 extraction.
While forms of herbalism and aromatic healing have been practiced since ancient times, aromatherapy itself is a specific branch with roots dating back only about 1,000 years. Cosmetic chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse first coined the term aromatherapy in 1937 after studying the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
Today, there are many ways to use aromatherapy.
Perfume and cosmetic industries, skincare, bodywork and spa treatments are some. Also, medical and clinical healing use aromatherapy by trained practitioners to provide psychological and spiritual support.
Typically, people use aromatherapy in the forms of inhalation and topical use. There is also a specific branch of aromatherapy, called aromatic medicine, which includes some internal use as determined by those who have formal, advanced training. This is not for the home enthusiast or casual user.
While the use of essential oils and extracts is generally safe, we at Plant Therapy strongly encourage users to become familiar with the appropriate role of aromatherapy to create realistic expectations, as well as safe practices, to prevent potential adverse reactions.
It is the chemical composition, as well as the very complexity of the composition, that provides these aromatic essences with the therapeutic value created in nature. These little powerhouses pack a potent punch. They require knowledge about proper application, such as blending, dilution rates, and proper storage. At Plant Therapy, our team of Certified Aromatherapists are here to support you.
Aromatherapy is a very expansive and dynamic field. There is always more to learn for beginners to professional practitioners alike. It is something that we are very passionate about! We hope you will enjoy this very exciting opportunity to expand your own learning.