Let's start off with just what is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a holistic method using natural plant extracts to support healing as well as overall well-being. In recent years aromatherapy has gained popularity as well as recognition in the fields of science and medicine for its positive effects.
Humans have used aromatherapy in one form or another for thousands of years. Ancient cultures from China, India, Egypt, to Indo-Europeans have utilized plants in the form of oils, balms, and resins. Essential oils have been used for religious ceremonies as well as for medical purposes for literally thousands of years. It was believed that essential oils have both psychological and physical benefits. It wasn't until the late 1900th century, however, that the French saw the potential of essential oils for treating various diseases. The term "aromatherapy" itself came from the French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gatterfosse, who wrote about the subject in a book he published in the late 1930s.
Aromatherapy has many benefits. Essential oils are commonly used to:
I encourage you to explore using essential oils as a natural alternative for treating a variety of ailments. I have personally benefitted from them. Before beginning, you should always consult with your doctor. Aromatherapy is not meant to replace any treatment your doctor has you on but is intended to be used as a complementary therapy.