Aromatherapy is an ancient practice of concocting essences from flowers, leaves, stems, fruits, seeds and roots. Though the concoction may not be oily in nature, it is nevertheless called essential oils. The favorable results are varied and desirable. The oils could be inhaled or applied to the skin which can restore physical well-being, mental and physical balance and the feeling of well-being.
Modern aromatherapy came into full use when rediscovered in 1920 by a French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. He studied the therapeutic effect of essential oils, more in particular lavender oil the treatment of burns.
With the increasing interest in natural healing and living, aromatherapy has been increasingly in use for the treatment and not only for relief of certain conditions. Trained aromatherapists may combine certain oil for certain desired results. Sensual blends for example are made from Ylang-Ylang, Lavender and Sandalwood. Premenstrual tension can be eased with a blend of Clary, Sage and Geranium.
Essential oils can be delivered quickly to the bloodstream through inhalation. Other oils have antifungal and antimicrobial properties too.