Aromatherapy is the science of smell. It can create balance and harmony within the body through the use of essential oils. These plant based essential oils are extracted through steam distillation, cold pressing, hydro distillation, and various other methods. Essential oils are the life force of the plant and are even more powerful than plant extracts.
Essential oils have historically been used by the Egyptians and were referenced in the Bible. They were utilized during the middle ages to ward of disease. The use of essential oils has been seen all over the world.
The two main methods of utilizing aromatherapy are inhalation and trans dermal. Essential oils can be inhaled with the use of a diffuser to disperse it into the air or through directly smelling the oil. Trans dermal application usually involves essential oils mixed in a carrier oil applied directly to the skin.
Aromatherapy can be beneficial psychologically, esthetically, holistically, and medically. The essential oils have various properties such as: antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-toxic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, diuretic, carminative, energizing, strengthening, immunostimulant, insecticidal, expectorant, spasmolytic, rubefaciant, sedative, stimulating, and styptic.