Aromatherapy is a science where one understands the pharmacological properties of plant derived essential oils. Each plant species has a certain chemistry make up that enables therapeutic properties to resolve certain ailments. What is also interesting is that the fruit, flower, leaf, twigs, trunk and roots of the same plant also have very different therapeutic properties.
Therefore essential oils can have strong properties such as analgesic (painkillers), anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-viral, diuretic, sedating, wound healing, just to name a few.
Most of today's medicine is a synthetic version of the properties of plants, but with all 100% natural products the body will recognize its biochemical properties and can deal with them more effectively thus producing little or no side effects when administered in the right dosage.
Aromatherapy can, not only resolve physical problems, but can also resolve emotional ones. Actually this is where aromatherapy truly excels.
Aromatherapy has a rich history stemming back to Egypt where bodies were embalmed in oils such as myrrh, pine resin and oak moss. But it is the French that really embraced this form of healing to the point that doctors can administer essential oils for ingesting to resolve health problem even today.
I have been trained to use essential oils in a French massage where I can manipulate one's emotional state through the selection of three appropriate oils. I can also make natural hair care, skin and soap products - if people are sensitive to certain chemicals in commercial products or they need a skin problem resolved, aromatherapy is perfect.