Aromatics - Myth or reality

The origin of aromatherapy can be traced back to pre historic period, in the countries of ancient Egypt, the Middle East, the Far East and China. The concept aims at the holistic treatment of the human body by making use of the immensely useful essential oils obtained from various herbs and plants.

The essential oils are normally obtained from the various parts of specific plants extracted by distillation and applied along with diluters such as oilve oil, coconut oil etc. The oil content in these plants is so low that it takes huge quantities of plant parts to yield smaller quantities of essential oil. For example, around 440 ponds of fresh lavender flowers are required to produce a meager 2.5 pounds of essential lavender oil. That makes this product very dear.

The use of these essential oils is a part of one's lifestyle and it takes care of the health and wellbeing of the entire family. These oils have since become very popular in various parts of the world . Though the aromatic plants used to produce these essential oils were known and put to use since time immemorial, the term ‘aromatherapy’ is of recent origin, to be precise from the early 90s only.

Essential oils can be used as a scent to alter one’s mood, the general atmosphere in one’s surroundings and to have a feeling of goodness. The fragrance of these nature-packed oils when used gives us a wonderful feeling.

There is a lot of skepticism when it comes to aromatherapy. Many think it a fairy tale like the claim of its power to cure cancer or depression. No certified or scientific study has been undertaken on these claims the plants are supposed to possess. This may be due to the fact that aromatherapy belongs to branches of conventional medicines or systems that are not subject to any serious study or research leading to any standardization or certification. This branch of herbal science is usually used in various applications such as in enhancing the beauty of skin and hair, and also on its influence on one’s moods and feelings known as aromacology. Essential oils possess medicinal properties said to cure or prevent ailments and is best used holistically for the benefit of the body, mind, soul and spirit.

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