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Career Information: Aromatherapy

Specialty Aromatherapy
Official Resource The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA (http://www.naha.org/)

Short Definition
Aromatherapy is the inhalation and application of volatile essential oils from aromatic plants to restore or enhance health, beauty and well-being.

Expanded Information
The basic intention of Aromatherapy is to bring together the scientific achievements of man with his intuitive understanding for the treatment of illnesses with the most effective and useful natural essential oils. Conforming with the laws of nature, the principle of Aromatherapy is to strengthen the self-healing processes by preventative methods and indirect stimulation of the immune system. Their field of activity is quite wide, ranging from deep and penetrating therapeutic actions to the extreme subtlety of unique fragrance. Simply put, essential oils can be used to enhance health as well as the quality of life. Aromatherapy is an ancient yet timely and stunningly modern approach to total well-being that is in tune with nature.

The term "aromatherapy" was coined by French chemist Rene Gattefosse's to describe the physical and mental benefits experienced when people are exposed to pure essential oils derived from aromatic plants. These powerful oils affect mood and emotion to create a sense of well being but are not indicated as an appropriate treatment for any specific disorder.