Aromatherapy is part of phytotherapy which uses essential oils to preserve health, treat and prevent disease.
Father of aromatherapy, chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé had an accident during the explosion in a family factory that produced essential oils. He treated the wound that came out with essential lavender oil and thus completely fanned it. In the book
Aromathérapie – les huiles essentielles hormones végétales from 1937 René-Maurice Gattefossé mentions the word, or the term "aromatherapy" for the first time, creating discipline of the therapeutic application of essential oils.
Indeed, essential oils have a therapeutic benefit by acting sedatively, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, spasmolytic, antiallergic, immunostimulatory, antibacterial, but also neurotoxic (toxic to the nervous system) and irritating. The purpose of an educated aromatherapist is to make an appropriate combination of quality, chemotyped essential oils and cold pressed vegetable oils according to the difficulties or needs of the client either through massage, inhalation or dermal preparations. Access to clients in aromatherapy is individualian. In order for the aromatherapy blend of oils to be tailored to the needs of a client, a questionnaire should be filled out to prevent any unwanted consequences, rather than treat it.
I consider essential oils to be my right hand or I could say, my hands are tools of essential oils, depending on how you look at it. Of course, an aromatherapist is required to make and apply the appropriate oil mixture to make the essential oils synergistically (enhancing each other's effects), but essential oils are the ones that will ultimately help person relax, feel better, relieve or reduce pain.
Ana-Marija Busić, aromatherapist