Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils. Before I give a definition of essential oils, let me just clarify, that definition of aromatherapy means that all the products on the market that say "aromatherapy", that don't have a single drop of essential oil, are not really aromatherapy products. They might smell good, and there is some scientific proof that things that smell good and trigger certain memories can have a positive effect on us, but they don't have the THERAPEUTIC benefit that using essential oils does. The last point about that is, if you are using a product that says aromatherapy but it doesn't have any essential oils, much less 100% pure essential oils, chances are it's going to have what I call carcinogenic-chemicals-that-smell-good. So instead of a therapeutic, good for you, benefit, you are getting the opposite effect, even if it smells good.
What the heck are essential oils? Essential oils are the life force of the plant, obtained thru distillation. They are the liquid manifestation of the power of nature. Think of it in terms of the things we do so we feel healthy. Air, water, sunshine, nutrients, these are the things we know will make us feel better, all natural, part of nature. Adding essential oils to that list adds a wonderful new dimension to a healthy lifestyle. Under a microscope, essential oils look very much like blood cells. And like blood, they fight infection, contain hormone-like compounds and initiate regeneration. I believe this is why they are absorbed so quickly into the body. Within 5 minutes of application the essential oil is in every cell in the body.
I'm sitting here looking thru all my essential oil notes and other reference materials, trying to figure out what to write, succinctly. There is too much for one post.
I'm just going to finish this post by saying "Just try them". See for yourself what the oils can do for you and your health. They are like the bridge that will take you from where you are physically and emotionally to where you want to be. I would suggest beginning a one year program of combining essential oils with balanced whole food nutrition. You can virtually become a whole new person in a year. Make a commitment to your health and your life. And see what you can become.