Naturopathy gives way to aromatherapy, which is in brief a branch of herbal medication or a therapeutic method. The idea proposed in aromatherapy is to cure some particular ailments with the help of volatile and aromatic plants and help relieve the pain concerned. This is done predominantly through essence oils.
Numerous researches on ancient literature and world keep a clear picture of the usage of plants for treating a good range of ailments. To throw a wild example, the renowned figure in the domain of medicine, Hippocrates recommended the usage of mint to calm passions.
‘Aromatherapy’ was used as a word for the first time in 1937 by Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. He used lavender essential oil on his skin when he was severely burned and was surprised with the positive result. This encouraged him to research more about the properties of plants.
Now that we are living in a modern world with all the technological and medicinal advancements, aromatherapy is considered to be an alternative, a complementary method and traditional. However, even some scientific studies has confirmed the positive effects and the essential oils are now being used in some hospitals.
Aromatherapy uses two types of oils essential oils and carrier/vegetable oils.
Carrier oil is extracted from seeds, nuts or fruits (rich in lipids) of a plant. Since essential oils are highly concentrated, carrier oils are used to dilute them. The rate of dilution under normal circumstances is about 10ml of essential oil to 100ml of vegetable oil.
An essential oil, sometimes called plant essence, is a liquid compound aromatic particles from flowers, leaves or fruits of a plant. Their prime use comprises of massaging of soles, wrists and temples, or spray into the air. The National Security Agency of Medicines and Health Products (MSNA) defines an essential oil such as "Product fragrant, usually complex composition obtained from a botanically defined plant raw material, or by vapor drive water, either by dry distillation, or by a suitable mechanical process without heating. The essential oil is usually separated from the aqueous phase by a physical method involving no significant change in its composition. Essential oils are extremely powerful and concentrated products.
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