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THE ANCIENT ART OF AROMATHERAPY

Several years ago, it was reported in the news that a scientific study hadshown that people exposed to the smells of lavender and pumpkin found thatthey acted as an aphrodesiac. There were mentions everywhere and because itwas reported by the Foundation of Smell and Research, it was given greatcredence. And maybe a few more pumpkin pies were baked that week. One thingwe know is that it captured the attention and minds of many people whopreviously may not have heard of this thing called Aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy, as a term, is a relatively new one, coined in the 1930's by agentleman named Rene Maurice Gatefosse. Now aromatherapy is becoming ahousehold name. Gatefosse discovered in a laboratory accident that lavenderoil helped to heal his burnt hand and soon after that the uses of these oilsobtained from plants, herbs, flowers, started being studied for theireffects beyond the medicinal. The concept of aromatherapy and how we use ittoday -- meaning in simplest terms that what you smell can bring up acorrelating response which affects your emotions and well-being -- has beenaround for a great while. Cleopatra was wowing the ancient Egyptians with alitany of scents.

Imagine having a wonderfully magnificent and accomodating garden outside yourdoor... you would walk outside each morning and say... today... I'mstressed... and walk over to the lavender section. In the place of that,aromatherapy offers what we call essential oils. Essential oils are thepowerful oils that through various processes are derived from flowers,plants, herbs, fruits, etc. Essential oil names you may be familiar withinclude lavender, myrhh, frankincense, lemon, orange, peppermint, althoughthere are too many to actually name.

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Written by Cathryn Swan


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