Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science
of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences
from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.
It is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological,
psychological and spiritual realm of the individual’s response to aromatic extracts
as well as to observe and enhance the individual’s innate healing process.
As a holistic practice, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach
as well as an active methodto employ during acute and
chronic stages of illness or ‘dis’-ease.
It is a natural, non-invasive modality designed to affect
the whole person not just the symptom or disease and
to assist the body’s natural ability to balance,
regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.
“Aromatherapy is essentially an interaction between the therapist, client and essential oils,
working together to bring forth the healing energy which will help
the client regain their sense of well being and vitality.”
Origin of the word Aromatherapie
The term “aromatherapie” was coined by Rene Maurice Gattefosse in 1928.
He utilized the word to imply the therapeutic use of aromatic substances (essential oils).
Since the beginning of Aromatherapy, the practice has encompassed human pathology
and the treatment of different conditions (emotional and physical) with essential oils.
As Aromatherapy developed into a practice it adopted an holistic approach
which encompasses the body, the mind and the spirit (energy).
As a holistic therapy Aromatherapy is able to work on
several levels of the individuals well being.