What Does Aromatherapy Do And What Is It?

Posted on Tuesday 29 September 2009

Aromatherapy may be something that you’ve heard about but don’t know very much about. You may like to know more about aromatherapy so I’d like to tell you a little of the history and applications for aromatherapy.

The term aromatherapy comes from around 1920. At that time a French chemist by the name of Maurice Gattefosse had a vat of lavender oil in his laboratory as he was studying the healing effects of essential oils. There was a fire in his laboratory.

There was a fire at the laboratory and his arm was burnt, so he plunged his arm into the vat of lavender oil, experiencing immediate pain relief from the burns. Not only that but the burns healed very fast and left virtually no scarring.

The work of Maurice Gattefosse was followed up by other scientists during the Second World War when many soldiers were burnt and also experienced various other serious wounds. Research was started into the use of natural plant oils called essential oils on burns and also on healing wounds.

In fact aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years under various names. It has always been the art of using various oils from plants and the scents that those oils produced for very pleasant and sometimes healing effects on people with health conditions.

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.

But it is true that there are a range of psychological benefits from a positive psychological sense that comes from the use of a range of beautiful smelling essential plant oils. This improves the mental outlook of the person, reduces fear and anxiety and helps them cope better 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.

Various different scents from essential oils have a different effect of different people. For example different perfumes can have differing affects on different people. Some people will love a particular scent will feel relaxed whilst others will not. These psychological benefits of aromatherapy are very personal. Many people use the principles of aromatherapy without knowing it. For instance many people in use various oils and perfumes and lotions in their homes for the nice smell. That’s what aromatherapy is about.

Maybe it’s you that has an illness that you are dealing with. I won’t claim that aromatherapy will be a magic cure. It isn’t. However don’t give up on aromatherapy just because it won’t cure the disease. It can still do many magical things fir your overall psychological well-being and mental state. It is that affect will help you deal with your illness.

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