Aromatherapy 101

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the art and science of using naturally extracted aromatic essences – essential oils –  from plants to balance, harmonize and promote health (NAHA, 2015).

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are like the coloured pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope.

Essential oils are highly aromatic, non-oily substances occurring naturally in various parts of plants, herbs, flowers, fruits, woods and spices. When this substance is in the plant, it is called an “essence.” After distillation of a single type of plant, the aromatic substance is referred to as an essential oil (Aromatics International, 2015).

Each essential oil consists of two to over 200 individual chemical components working in synergy to provide a range of therapeutic properties (NAHA, 2014).

There is a wealth of scientific research on various essential oils.

References

Aromatics International. (2015). Getting Started: Beginner Buzzwords. https://www.aromatics.com/learn/beginner-buzzwords

National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. (2015). What is aromatherapy? https://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/what-is-aromatherapy/

National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. (2014). Explore Aromatherapy. https://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy

Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists. (2010). Aromatherapy.  http://cfacanada.com/aromatherapy

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