A form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering mind, mood, cognitive function, or physical health. Aromatherapy does not cure conditions, but helps the body to find a natural way to cure itself and improve immune response.
Highly concentrated plant cell extracts or aromas; all have aromatic principles. They are essential because they are essential to the plants survival and function in its environment. They are extracted by various methods from a plant’s fruits, flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, or roots. Mixed with a carrier (such as water, oil, alcohol, or lotion), and then put on or applied to the skin, sprayed or diffused into the air, or inhaled from a tissue or cloth. Because they are highly concentrated, they must be used on the skin with caution to avoid over-exposure, toxicity, or sensitization and must be diluted in a carrier before application to the skin. Spraying or diffusing one or two drops into the air dilutes them into the air molecules so they do not need to be mixed with a carrier.
Not for internal use, EVER!!!
Mechanisms of Action:
Synergy: The interaction or cooperation of two or more substances combined that produce an effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. When combining certain essential oils their synergy can provide a more effective and well rounded therapy than a single oil.
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