Aromatherapy uses aromatics extracted from plant sources by distillation, pressing and purifying, or diffusion. The oils are usually inhaled or put directly onto the skin in a diluted form.
Early Egyptians (c. 2,800 BCE) were the first recorded culture to use aromatherapy, specifically the use of essential oils. However, the medicinal use of these oils can also be found in many other medical systems from around the world.
Aromatherapy practitioners apply essential oils to clients in baths, body wraps, masks and plasters, air diffusers, and through many types of massage techniques (rubbing, stroking, and kneading).
Oils may be combined into specific blends and may be applied in more concentrated amounts and in smaller areas to achieve specific therapeutic purposes.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils to benefit physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Aromatherapy is used to achieve different goals, primarily to affect general mood (e.g. relax, calm, stimulate), to create the atmosphere for the treatment space, or to achieve specific therapeutic purposes.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.