Aromatherapy essential oils and healthy living are a great combination!
Aromatherapy has a wide range of uses and benefits, from skin care to supporting your health to just smelling good. With some knowledge and care, using essential oils is generally safe, and homemade aromatherapy products can sometimes replace commercial products that contain toxic ingredients.
Essential oils (sometimes called aromatherapy oils) are concentrated liquid extracts made from plants. The word "essential" comes from "essence," as in the essence of the plant. For the plants, the components of these oils provide natural defenses against disease and pests.
Human use of plant oils goes back to the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and other ancient cultures, but the term "aromatherapy" was created in 1928 by René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French cosmetic chemist.
When Gattefossé badly burned his arm in his lab, he placed the arm into a nearby tub of cold lavender oil. The pain decreased dramatically, his arm developed no redness, inflammation, and blisters, and then healed quickly, with no scarring. Gattefossé then spent his life researching the healing properties of essential oils.
Although aromatherapy implies that an essential oil works through the sense of smell (which it does), the oils also work in other ways (as demonstrated by the effects of lavender on Gattefossé's burn).
The purpose of this site is to provide lots of aromatherapy essential oils and related healthy living information, including aromatherapy recipes you can make at home. As in most fields, conflicting information and differences of opinion exist among "experts." Your responsibility in using aromatherapy and essential oils is to learn as much as you can, make informed choices based on your individual circumstances, be willing to experiment, and consult a professional as appropriate.*
*Information on this site is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult a professional healthcare practitioner as appropriate.
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