Aromatherapy : How Real Is It?

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Aromatherapy: How real is it? Many of us have read about Aromatherapy. Some of us have experienced it. Aromatherapy has found its place within the spa environment, especially in a massage room. If you are reading this article, chances are that you know what aromatherapy is because of its undoubtedly popularity. Yet, the question continues to rise: Does it work? There are still doubts of its effectiveness among the western medical population stating that research continue to insist that there is no substantial evidence of its claims. Meanwhile, Herbalists and professionals under the umbrella of natural medicine continue to embrace this modality and demonstrate its value. What is Aromatherapy? It is important to first fully understand what aromatherapy is and how it works before one can review the various scientific studies found about this popular modality. Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic oils on the body predominantly by inhalation or massage. These oils are extracted from plants (called essential oils). Dr. Jane Buckle, a critical care nurse trained in Clinical Aromatherapy and well known as an educator in the subject, indicates that essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for over 5,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Egyptians applied them after bathing and for embalming mummies. The Ancient Chinese compiled an encyclopedia of information on the uses of plants,

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