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Inhaling the appropriate fragrance can reduce stress, lift depression, hasten a good night's sleep, etc. Carol Yepes / Getty Images

Aroma means scent, and therapy means treatment. Aromatherapy, then, is the use of the fragrant parts of aromatic plants to improve your health and general well being. First, of course, aromatherapy offers pure enjoyment. Taking a whiff of a spice in your kitchen or a bouquet of flowers is fundamental aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy has many other benefits, too. Inhaling the appropriate fragrance can reduce stress, lift a depression, hasten a good night's sleep, soothe your soul, or give you more energy. Aromatherapy is already helping office workers stay alert while doing repetitive mental tasks. And hospitals are experimenting with using aromatherapy to help patients relax so that other healing modalities can do their job.Massaging aromatic oils into your skin is another way to benefit from aromatherapy. That's because essential oils, the compounds responsible for a plant's fragrance, offer a multitude of healing benefits in addition to their individual scents. A pungent liniment such as Chinese Tiger Balm, for instance, eases aches and pains. And the latest fragrant shampoos and body oils will improve the health of your complexion and hair while at the same time inducing a particular mood. Aromatherapy, then, is very versatile and can be used in many different ways to treat a wide range of physical and emotional problems.Aromatherapy is so easy to use! Who wouldn't welcome a prescription to bathe with scented oils or to receive an aromatic massage? In the articles below, you will learn the basics of aromatherapy, how to use aromatherapy, profiles of essential oils that can be used therapeutically, and common conditions that can be treated by using aromatherapy.


The History of Aromatherapy

Though aromatherapy has become increasingly popular in recent years, it is actually part of a tradition that began over two thousand years ago. In this article, you will start at the beginnings of aromatherapy and learn about its evolution to the present day.

Aromatherapy Information

In this article, we will introduce you to essential oils -- the building blocks of any aromatherapy treatment. We will also show how essential oils can be used therapeutically.

How Essential Oils Work

This is the article to read to learn everything you could need to know about essential oils. We will show how essential oils are produced, the differences between essential oils, and how to buy and store essential oils.

Essential Oils Profiles

Common plants like rosemary, lavender, oranges, and lemon all produce essential oils that can be used therapeutically. On this page, you find profiles of essential oils from these and other familiar plants.

How to Treat Common Conditions With Aromatherapy

Here you will find specific recipes to that use aromatherapy to treat a wide variety of medical conditions, from acne to insomnia to warts.

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