Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Aromatherapy is one of the most popular forms of complementary medicine. The "aroma" in the therapy is the fragrant essence, or essential oil, secreted by the cells of plants and trees. Essential oils act on the mind and the body simultaneously via the skin and olfactory system (the sense of smell) to balance and heal, making it an ideal, gentle medicine that is not therapeutic, but also enjoyable.

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for religious and magical rituals, embalming, and healing. Dr. Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, the French chemist who coined the term "aromatherapy", discovered one of the properties of lavender oil when he accidentally burned his hand in his laboratory and inadvertently applied the oil to the wound - the lavender soothed the pain, speeded the healing and prevented scarring. Today, medical doctors and aromatherapists continue to research these amazing elixirs of life as they grow ever-more popular as an integral part of modern living.

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