What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy works on the premise that certain aromas, or smells, can have a positive influence on our health – with specific aromas being most effective against specific conditions.
As aromatherapy is a holistic treatment, it has generalised effects on the patient, as well as the specific effects required to treat a specific complaint. This also means that every patient is treated individually and people with similar ‘ailments’ may be treated using a completely different mixture of oils.
The skill of the aromatherapist comes in understanding what is ‘wrong’ with a patient – and then identifying the correct blend of aromatherapy oils required to alleviate that problem. Aromatherapists are trained in various massage techniques which can and will vary depending upon the cultural and legal requirements of the country in which they are trained and in which they practice.
Whilst it takes a lengthy training period to become a qualified aromatherapist, oils can also be purchased by individuals for some simpler, self-care applications, or to improve general well-being.
There are a number of aromatherapy oils available for use to produce a better living, or working environment, as well as to improve breathing, or body tensions, for use in therapeutic baths, or for direct application to the skin.
Aromatherapy can be ‘curative’ – for which you should consult a qualified aromatherapist – recommending oils for energising, regulating, or relaxing, depending on your desired state for both your physical and mental well-being.
The Complementary Medicines Association
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