Aromatherapy is a form of treatment that utilizes essential oils to improve mood, promote relaxation, and relieve pain/soreness. Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds, or blossoms of plants. Each extract contains its own mix of active ingredients, which determine what the oil is used for. Essential oils may promote physical healing by treating certain infections or acting to reduce inflammation and swelling. Emotional healing is achieved with the use of essential oils by enhancing relaxation, reducing stress, and improving cognition.
The therapeutic benefits of essential oils have been used for almost 6,000 years for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic and ritualistic purposes. There are several modes of application such as aerial diffusion, direct inhalation or topical application. Aerial diffusion can be used for disinfection. Direct inhalation is helpful for decongestion, respiratory disinfection, expectoration as well as relaxation and mood alteration. Last, topical applications are used for general massage, baths, compresses and therapeutic skin care.