Aromatherapy is the art of healing using the aromatic oils of the plants.This art was known to the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. Skilled men and women used these oils to cure a number of ailments and also in the day to day beauty treatments.
Romans smeared sweet smelling oils lavishly on their body before an elaborate bath.
Greeks believed that the oil of each plant gave them the virtue of the God associated with that plant. Poppy gave them courage in a war while the violet had a calming effect on the mind.
Aromatherapists believe that mind plays a major role in many of the body ailments. So with the powerful fragrance, we can alter the emotional state of the mind–thus opening the way for a beneficial cure.
Aromatherapy is said to be very effective in the stress- related ailments such as asthma, head-aches and depression. Patients with skin ailments, respiratory diseases ,digestive problems and even back-aches respond well to aromatherapy.
The oil extracted from the plants are administered in carefully measured quantities. They are either inhaled or gently rubbed into the skin.
The Medical Fraternity has not endorsed aromatherapy. But common folks are practicing the Aromatherapy. We take a bouquet of fragrant flowers to cheer up a person who is ill.