Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Most people are probably familiar with the word aromatherapy, but, what does it mean? Aromatherapy is the practice of using plant materials (in other words, essential oils) to improve overall wellbeing. The term is credited to René Gattefossé, a nineteenth century French chemist and perfumist who studied essential oils.
Aromatherapy works with your body in three main ways:
Aromatically. Any of the essential oils can be used aromatically, and there are great benefits to using them this way. Numerous studies have investigated the effect of aroma on reducing anxious feelings, alleviating stress, and improving mood.
Topically. There are also many advantages to applying essential oils directly on your skin. Some oils can help with minor skin irritations, blemishes, and more. Essential oils can be diluted for topical use to prevent any possible irritation, and especially strong oils such as Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, or Black Pepper, which should always be diluted. Diluting essential oils reduces the concentration, but increases the absorption rate of the oil into the skin.
Food Additive. When used with caution, the use of essential oils as a food additive is the perfect way to receive their benefits.