Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses essential oils to improve health of the body and mind. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy. People have used aromatherapy for thousands of years. Ancient cultures like China, India, Egypt have used plants in resins, balms, and oils as a complementary medicine, for at least 6,000 years.
Essential oils are extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant, through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. The aroma of the oils activate the smell receptors in your nose, which send directly to the part of your brain that controls your emotions, memory, learning and appetite. Inhaling essential oils stimulates different bodily responses, such as breathing patterns, blood pressure, and heart rate.