Aromatherapy (aroma meaning ‘fragrance’) and therapy (from the original Latin curare, meaning ‘to care for’), is the use of volatile essential oils naturally derived from aromatic plants in a researched and long-practised manner to care for our well-being. Essential oils are natural, volatile essences that have been steam distilled or expressed from aromatic plants. The many different oil-bearing plants are harvested from all over the world and research from experts shows different effects upon the subtlety of our spiritual, emotional and physical health.
Each essential oil has its own unique fragrance that can affect emotional and physical response through the olfactory system and our skin (epidermis). Aromatherapy has a well-documented history of efficacy and has been used for thousands of years in many cultures all round the world from Ancient Egyptian and Ayervedic (Indian based) medicine to British herbalism as an aid to relaxation in varying forms, through body massage, the heating of oils through diffusers or direct inhalation. There is though, a great skill in the selection and blending of the essential oils, as in any top quality preparation of wines, foods, or medical products.