"Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul." -- Robert Tisserand
The term "aromatherapy" has been around for a little under 100 years, yet essential oils have been used for centuries. While essential oils are prized for their aromatic character, they are appreciated even more for their healing benefits. In the past, essential oils and aromatherapy focused on using individual essential oils (or "blends" of one or more oils) to treat specific ailments.
Today, aromatherapy focuses more so on bringing "balance" to the bodies (physical-mental-emotional-spiritual) than on "curing" specific maladies. A progressive aromatherapist recognizes the negative effects that imbalances have on the body and seeks to remedy those imbalances with the appropriate essential oil(s).
So, while essential oils may be pleasing to diffuse or to enjoy in other products, you'll get the most benefit from them when using specific oils matched to your exact needs. The oils you need -- and the oils that you are drawn to -- will change over time as your needs shift. A certified aromatherapist can help you navigate the many essential oils and blend possibilities to ensure that you have the best results possible.
Once referred to as "Complementary and Alternative Medicine" (CAM), integrative health modalities are intended to work hand-in-hand with allopathic or osteopathic medicine. The emphasis is not replacing one symphony with the other, but rather utilizing both to harmonize one's health.
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