If you have ever wondered what is aromatherapy, we have the answer to your questions. To get an understanding of what is aromatherapy we have to describe both the materials used, and the way in which therapists use them.
At is simplest, this is the practice of using a variety of volatile plant oils to improve psychological and physical well-being.
The key ingredients are what therapists call essential oils, the pure essence of a plant. There are almost 100 of these in common use, and therapists choose from amongst them depending on what they are treating. These can be applied through the skin (via massage) or in the air (breathing).
Other products used can include various natural and complementary natural ingredients such as cold pressed vegetable oils, jojoba (a liquid wax), hydrosols, herbs, milk powders, sea salts, sugars (an exfoliant), clays and muds. Those who have used this practice describe it as deeply relaxing.
Although this is classified as an alternative or complementary type of treatment, there are an increasing number of studies scientifically supporting the claims of therapists.
If you are interested in this form of treatment, you should seek out a local therapist for an introductory session. You can find a local practitioner through the yellow pages, directory enquiries, at your local complementary medicine clinic, or via the internet.
Be aware, however, that while you can buy various oils to use at home and treat yourself, many of them do not contain the natural ingredients needed for successful treatment - be sure to buy from a reputable supplier.