Aromatherapy, in brief…
Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils to help to bring balance to the human mind, body and spirit.
The word ‘aroma’ means a fragrance or a sweet smell and ‘therapy’ means treatment designed to cure. Because we cannot claim that aromatherapy can cure it is helpful to understand that the word cure comes from the Latin curare, which simply means ‘to care for’.
This implies that we can use volatile essential oils from aromatic plants in an informed and controlled manner to care for our well-being. Essential oils are natural, volatile essences that have been steam distilled or expressed from aromatic plants.