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What is aromatherapy?

What is aromatherapy?

It is a natural medicine. Used in both allopathic and complementary medicine. Aromatherapy in this context refers to the therapeutic use of pure plant extracts known as Essential oils. Systemically they are used to treat/change conditions/symptoms within the body. They are also used to influence the way we feel and think.

Essential oil molecules are found in various pure plants extracts; not all plants are aromatic nor do they all have essential oil molecules; some plants form essential oil cells in different plant structure during its development and life - essential oils taken from different parts of the same plant will have a different composition and therefore a different therapeutic effect an examples - the orange tree which produces 3 totally different essential oils: Sweet Orange oil from the rind of the fruit, Petitigrain fro the leaves and twigs and Neroli oil from the blossoms.

  • Flowers; Ylang ylang, Jasmine, Rose, Neroli
  • Fruits and roots; Angelica
  • Fruits; Aniseed
  • Fruit peel; Lemon, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lime, Orange and Bergamot
  • Dried Fruit; Black pepper
  • Fruits and leaves; Dill
  • Flowering tops; Roman Chamomile
  • Resin; Frankincense
  • Needles; Cypress, Pine
  • Berries and Leaves; Juniper
  • Leaves; Geranium, Eucalyptus, Teatree, Peppermint and Rosemary
  • Leaves and flowering top; Basil, Clary Sage and Lavender
  • Leaves and Stems; Petitigrain
  • Heartwood; Rosewood, Sandalwood, Cedarwood
  • Wood, bark and leaves; Cinnamon
  • Nuts; Nutmeg
  • Grass leaves; Lemongrass, Palmarosa
  • Resin; Benzoin
  • Rhizome; Ginger.

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