Aromatherapy can be defined as the therapeutic use of plant essential oils. Aromatherapy has a variety of applications, yet it is unique amongst complementary modalities in that it uses aromas to engage the sense of smell in a healing dynamic. British surveys found it to be the fifth most popular complementary therapy after osteopathy, chiropractic, homoeopathy and acupuncture. This chapter represents an introduction to aromatherapy in which essential oils and their properties, methods of application, precautions, research and case studies are discussed.
- essential oils
- absorption, metabolism and excretion
- some therapeutic properties of essential oils and examples
- methods of application.