Aroma Therapy

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Aroma therapy has been used as a healing treatment for over 5,000 years. While the ancient Egyptians are credited with pioneering aromatherapy, societies as disparate as the Greeks, Romans, Indians, and Chinese have all taken advantage of its healthful and soothing properties. Today aroma therapy is practiced not just in spas and salons, but in the homes of millions of Americans.

Holistic medicine emphasizes the importance of mind-body-spirit harmony. Deficits or ailments in any one of these three areas can have debilitating effects on an individual's overall health. Aromatherapy is designed to treat all three with a relaxing blend of aromatic scents that help release the mind from its daily burden and soothe the body from the toll taken by work and stress.

Aroma Therapy Is Popping Up Everywhere

It seems you can't go to any major retail store these days without encountering at least a few aromatherapy products. Whether it's essential oils, extracts, or bathing solutions, aromatherapy is on the shelves of not only herbal remedy stores, but drug stores and even some food stores as well. As more and more people open their minds to the power of alternative therapies, they are opting to try aromatherapy in their own homes.

And that is arguably the best part about aroma therapy. You don't need to join an expensive gym or salon to try the treatment for yourself. Choose instead to add your favorite essences to a vaporizor or diffuser, or even the molten wax from a candle. You can also buy your favorite scents in spray bottles to help freshen the air and still receive the same general benefits.

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