can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally
extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize
and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.
It is a natural, non-invasive treatment system designed to
affect the whole person not just the symptom or disease and
to assist the body's natural ability to balance, regulate,
heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.
It seeks to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual
realm of the individual's response to aromatic extracts as
well as to observe and enhance the individual's innate healing
As a holistic medicine, Aromatherapy is both a preventative
approach as well as an active treatment during acute and chronic
stages of illness or 'dis'-ease.
“Aromatherapy is essentially an interaction between
the therapist, client and essential oils, working together
to bring forth the healing energy which will help the client
regain their sense of well being and vitality.”
of the word Aromatherapie
The term “aromatherapie” was coined by by a French
perfumer Rene Maurice Gattefosse in 1928. He utilized the
word to imply the therapeutic use of aromatic substances (essential
oils). Since the beginning of Aromatherapy, the practice has
encompassed human pathology and the treatment of different
conditions (emotional and physical) with essential oils. As
Aromatherapy developed into a practice it adopted an holistic
approach which encompasses the body, the mind and the spirit
As an holistic therapy Aromatherapy is able to work on several
levels of the individuals well being.