Aromatherapy uses extracts from cultivated or wild species of plants for
various therapies (classic herbal medicine or beauty). Aromatherapy plant
contain specific compounds that produce various effects on the body.
may be prescribed by physicians for internal use
or are more frequently
administered with massage, steam inhalation,
salves and ointments or bathing.
A variety of illnesses have been treated with
aromatherapy: acne, anxiety,
circulatory problems, depression, obesity,
ruptured capillaries, rheumatism,
and stress. It is advisable to use
aromatherapy extracts only under the advice
of an aromatherapist,
since many of the extracted oils can be poisonous in
Ancient Egyptians used aromatic plants as a way of life,
but the term "aromatherapy" was not coined until 1928 by French chemist Rene
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