Traditional Treatments for Today's World
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy uses the therapeutic properties of essential oils to improve physical and emotional health and well-being. It is a gentle, hands-on therapy that seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore balance to mind, body and soul.
The History of Aromatherapy
Many ancient civilizations discovered by chance that some of the leaves, berries and roots they gathered for food improved health or mood and this knowledge of natural substances was then handed down from generation to generation. The Egytians used these essences in their funeral rituals to embalm their dead. Aromatic incense was made from the oil essences and burnt for the various effects they produced.
The ancient Greeks followed this tradition on from the Egyptians and made many more discoveries of their own. They found that olive oil could absorb the odour from flowers or herbs and they used this perfumed oil for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.
These traditions continued in one form or another since those early days and it was during the early part of this century that Aromatherapy has emerged as a valid, scientifically researched therapy, used for the treatment of many conditions. It is of special benefit in the care and treatment of stress, muscular complaints, women’s health, skin problems, depression and anxiety.
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