What Does Aromatherapy Do And What Is It?

By Peter Bertochhyt

Would like to know more about aromatherapy? You're confused about exactly what aromatherapy is. So let's talk a little bit about the history of aromatherapy and how it can be used.

The word aromatherapy was 1st coined by chemist in France in 1920. It refers to the use of various plant substances and in particular oils which are distilled from plants which are called essential oils. The chemist was called Maurice Gattefosse and it was he who discovered some of the healing quality of essential oils after a fire in his laboratory. At the time of the fire he had lavender oil there as he was studying the use of essential oils in healing.

One of the results of fire at the laboratory was that his arm was burnt so he put his arm into the back of lavender oil. The experienced immediate pain relief and found that the burns healed extremely fast without scarring.

Following the work of Maurice Gattefosse more work was done by other scientists studying the effects of using essential oils from plants on burns and wounds suffered by soldiers during the Second World War.

Aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years under different names. It has always been used for its occasional healing effects on people with health conditions. This comes from the essential oils found in a range of plants.

However, despite claims to the contrary, aromatherapy is not actually a "cure" for any particular diseases. Rather what it does is to help sufferers of illnesses cope with their illnesses by aiding their mental state.

However it does seem that using the aromas from essential oils does have a wide range of psychological benefits and this does indeed help sufferers of a wide range of illnesses improve their condition by improving their ability to cope with the disease. Whilst aromatherapy cannot cure a disease it can elevate the mood, reduce psychological symptoms of fear and stress and pain and relax sufferers. All of this helps them deal with the illness.

And in some cases it can also help reduce their dependence on some prescription drugs, for example some pain killers, sleeping tablets, indigestion cures, skin care solutions and so on.

Different people have different reactions to the scents from different plant oils. Many people actually utilize the principles of aromatherapy right now without even knowing it. Many, for example, fill out home with various oils and perfumes because they like the smell. They are using the principles of aromatherapy will stop

So perhaps you have a disease or illness that you are confronting and have been wondering about the role that aromatherapy may play. I won't deceive you by claiming that aromatherapy will be magic cure for your disease. However don't discount aromatherapy for that reason. It can do wonders for your mood and general psychological and mental state. Despite the fact that it is not a cure you can make a big difference in the overall outcome of your disease or illness.

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