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A growing contemporary interest in aromatherapy has meant that it has come to mean different things to different people. To many professional aromatherapy practitioners, aromatherapy is a gentle art that can have profound effects on body and mind. To botanists and biochemistry experts, essential oils are complex packages of molecules. To those with a scientific approach, aromatherapy is the subtle application of bio-active ingredients, and to a perfumer, essential oils are the building blocks of fragrances. Aromatherapy is all of these things – it reflects aspects of art and science, perfume and psychology, biochemistry and botany.
More simply, aromatherapy can be split into two words – “aroma” and “therapy”. “Aroma” clearly indicates a link to the sense of smell, which picks up and interprets chemical messages. “Therapy” implies that the fragrance is applied to someone to achieve a particular beneficial effect. Aromatherapy can have an impact on mood, feelings and emotions, as well as physical problems such as muscular aches and pains.