Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person's mind, mood, cognitive function or health.
Many common essential oils have medicinal properties that have been applied in medicine since ancient times and are still widely used today. Many essential oils have antiseptic properties, others are used in skin care products for both fragrance and cleansing properties and others as a stimulant or to help reduce mental fatigue and aid in relaxation.
When essential oils are applied to the body during a massage, the essential oils enter the skin through the hair follicles where they are absorbed in to the blood stream and circulated around the body.
Essential Oils are used in compresses and massage, homeopathy or holistics and around the home using heat to vapourise the oil in special burners.