Aromatherapy embraces the therapeutic use of essential oils, a much underutilised medical tool to judge by statistics on prescribed tranquilliser addiction, and cosmetics. Aromatherapy may be unavailable to 0.1% of the population who are allergic to fragrances. A consultation with a professionally qualified aromatherapist is inexpensive and a good investment in your health and wellbeing.
Aromatherapy like homeopathy is often satirised because it promotes the use of non toxic materials to maintain health and well being and looks for causes, often emotional, rather than the treatment of symptoms. There is now a wealth of scientific research to support the value of non toxic materials and a holistic approach to healthcare stressing emotional, exercise, and nutritional factors in maintaining health.
Aroma, a pleasant smell, comes from the Greek 'to spice' and these pleasant smells are found in herbal extracts, herbal waters and essential oils. These are particularly useful in cosmetics and are used to aromatise cosmetics, food and drinks by aromatists. For example in cookery aromatists include chopped basil leaves to improve the flavour and promote the digestion of a meal.
In hygiene too aromatics find a use. They can be used in foamers to create popular and satisfying facial washes.