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AROMA THERAPY
Origin of the word
"Aromatherapie"

The term “aromatherapie” was coined by
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 (energy).

As an holistic therapy Aromatherapy is
able to work on several levels of the
individuals well being.   

“Aromatherapy is... the skilled and
controlled use of essential oils for
physical and emotional health and well
being.”  Valerie Cooksley

“Aromatherapy conveys the concept of
healing with aromatic substances.”   
Robert Tisserand

“Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on
therapy which seeks to induce
relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce
the effects of stress and to restore lost
balance to mind, body and soul.”  Robert
Tisserand

“Aromatherapy can be defined as the
controlled use of essential oils to
maintain and promote physical,
psychological, and spiritual wellbeing.”  
Gabriel Mojay

Aromatherapy 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 an art and science which
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
process.  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.

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.

“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.”  Jade Shutes

Origin of the word Aromatherapie

The term “aromatherapie” was coined by
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 (energy).
Aromatherapy has proven, therapeutic benefits for a variety of conditions.

Emotion based benefits

Depression • Frustration
Grief • Hysteria
Anxiety • Insomnia
Lack of Concentration • Irritability
Fear • Poor Memory
Hopelessness • Moodiness
Panic Attacks • Nervous Tension
Sadness • Worry

Medicinal benefits

Bruises / Sprains / Strains
Burns (including sunburn)
Wounds and Scars
Nervousness / Tension / Stress
Motion Sickness • Fatigue
Respiratory Conditions including colds, flu, sore throat, asthma and bronchitis
Purifying the Air
Muscular aches and pains
Fungal infections such as athletes foot and nail fungus
Reduce skin inflammation
Enhance wound healing
Digestive disorders such as Constipation

Skincare benefits

Dermatitis • Stretch Marks
Eczema • Acne
Psoriasis • Mature Skin
Varicose Veins • Dry Skin
Cellulite • Wrinkles
Enhanced wound healing
Antifungal activity
Antibacterial activity

By learning more about the proper use of essential oils, either through a
recognized school or through a qualified aromatherapy practitioner, you will open
the door to a whole new world--one that is not so dependent on antibiotics and
other over-prescribed drugs.

Aromatherapy is not intended to replace traditional medicine or traditional
healthcare. It is simply an avenue for you to take more responsibility for your own
health and to allow nature to do what it does best-- balance and heal body, mind
and spirit.

Before purchasing essential oils for home use, it is always best to seek the
advice of a professional /qualified aromatherapy practitioner.

“Aromatherapy is... the skilled and controlled use of essential oils for physical
and emotional health and well being.”  Valerie Cooksley

“Aromatherapy conveys the concept of healing with aromatic substances.”   
Robert Tisserand

“Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to
increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to
mind, body and soul.”  Robert Tisserand

“Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain
and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing.”  Gabriel Mojay

Aromatherapy 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 an art and science which 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 process.  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.

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.

“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.”  Jade Shutes

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