The term “aromatherapy” was back in 1902’s. As with many discoveries, initial implementation of the concept was the result of an accident. It took place in the laboratory of the French scientist named Rene Maurice Gattefosse. He was working with essential oils in the lab when he burned his arm. Essential oils are aromatic liquid substances extracted from flowers, trees, grasses, roots, fruits and leaves. Gattefosse was quick to fire by putting his arm in a pot on the next liquid, which happened to be lavender essential oils. Since he was very surprised by how quickly the burn healed and how little scar was evident after. This spurred more research on the activity of essential oils and aroma of the ensuing years, and now everyone can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, which has been defined as the art and science of using essential oils to promote health and wellness.
Many people think of aromatherapy as an expensive practice that requires the services of an expert, but it is not necessarily true. There are many books that go into the whys and wherefores of aromatherapy and essential oils. Anyone can go online or health food store and buy one of these books and some essential oils and start for a very low cost. If you really want to save money and time, you can even buy seeds to grow plants that provide essential oils.
One reason for the popularity of aromatherapy is its use in place of prescription drugs. Although not aromatherapy cure any medical condition, have ailments like PMS, ear pain, muscle and joint pain, poor digestion, lack of energy, insomnia, diarrhea, allergies, headaches, depression and anxiety, among others, responded well to treatment with aromatherapy in many cases. People who are afraid of the side effects of prescription drugs would be good candidates for aromatherapy choices, a major side effect of the kind of treatment is to save a lot of money.
If you want to treat yourself to aromatherapy, it is wise to read the guidelines and procedures first. For example, I saw a website that indicated that individuals with heart problems should never use peppermint oil. Do not know (or ignore) the piece of advice could be catastrophic, so make sure you know what you’re doing before you start.
Some mainstream doctors have questioned the effectiveness of aromatherapy, and on the other side, serious boosters of implementation disturbed by recent mass marketing of essential oils and books that claim to teach all about practice, think it should be left to professionals. As with most health issues, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. However, if you are interested in finding out more before you invest any money, the Internet is a great place to search for information and get both sides of the case.