Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils & aromatic plant compounds aimed at improving health, mood & well being. Aromatherapy is a widely used term for a range of traditional therapies utilizing essential oils including massage, topical application (skin absorption) or inhalation.
When inhaled essential oils stimulate the brains sense of smell, activating the limbic system that controls emotion & memory. When applied topically on the skin essential oils can activate thermal receptors & destroy microbes & fungi.
Clinical evidence shows aromatherapy as being able to increase healing, relaxation & calm by triggering chemicals in the brain that help promote these.