Aromatherapy is making a positive impact in the world today, and as it becomes popular more and more people are starting to believe in the power of aroma and smell to heal illness and disease. So by using liquid plant extract (essential oils), we can change a persons mental or physical health in a very positive way. The different plant extracts can be blended together to help many types of illness, including stress.

The three basic styles of aromatherapy:

  1. Home aromatherapy.
  2. Clinical.
  3. Aromachology

We will discuss each of these 3 types of aromatherapy in this article and this will hopefully serve as an overview of this topic.

Clinical aromatherapy:

A knowledge of plant extracts and their synergistic effects on the body is required for making decisions in the clinical use of aromatherapy.  It is very important to know the correct dosage and duration of the oil in terms of which essential oils to use for a treatment.

However, aromatherapy it is regarded as an "alternative or complementary treatment" to the main stream medical practices, and is not seen as valid healing science by many doctors. It is also very unlikely that aromatherapy will be used as a treatment in any major clinical facilities,  It is more likely you will find it in use at some of the more holistic healing centers in your area. At this time it would probably be better to only use aromatherapy as a complement to excepted medical treatments, until the medical proof is established to enable it to be used as a comprehensive treatment.

Using aromatherapy in the home:

The statement “home aromatherapy” is used to describe the use of the essential oils and other materials in a very basic way. This is often the technique used when a person is stressed and is in need of relaxation,  aromatherapy massage will most definitely help here. Some of the oils used in home aromatherapy include essential oils such as lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, grapefruit oil and also absolutes. Absolutes are oils extracted from aromatic butter’s, one that is very well-liked and successful is rose absolute. Rosewater is another popular essence used in aromatherapy at home. This is known as a hydrosol because it is the by product in aqueous form from a distillation process.


This is described as the study of how a variety of plant extracts used in aromatherapy actually affects the brain and the physiological makeup of the human body. Simply put, it is about how we act and react to individual fragrances and how our body and brain reacts when we experience them.

Therefore, by studying the effects that smell and aroma has on human  behavior, aromachology can confirm what benefits will be offered to modern medicine in the future. The medical field already know that some plants act as stimulants while other create a relaxing affect.


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