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Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well being. The aroma stimulates the brain to trigger a reaction. The essential oil (a liquid, not actually an oil), is drawn into the bloodstream by either inhalation or absorption stimulating a physical effect.

Aromatherapy has been practiced for approx.. 6000 years. It is believed to have originated in Egypt, traveling to Greece, Rome, the far East, and beyond. It wasn’t until 1937 that the term "aromatherapy" was coined. Today, aromatherapy has grown in popularity along with many other ancient methods of alternative healing.

Common effects of just a few (anti-stress) essential oils:

Eucalyptus ~ anti-bacterial, anti-viral, eases aching joints.

Geranium ~ reduces stress and tension, eases pain, relieves fatigue and nervous exhaustion, lifts melancholy.

Lavender ~ balances emotions, relieves stress, tension, headaches, promotes restful sleep, lowers high blood pressure.

Neroli ~ emotional harmony, relieves anxiety, melancholy, nervous tension.

Peppermint ~ energy, brighter mood, reduces pain, helps breathing, improves mental clarity & memory.

Rosemary ~ relieves stress, balance central nervous system, eases jet lag, creates a calm for meditation, stimulates immune system.

Spearmint ~ relieves bronchitis & sinusitis, eases nausea & headaches, relieves cold and flu symptoms, relieves fatigue..

Tea Tree ~ stimulates immune system, anti bacterial, anti viral, anti fungal, relieves inflamation, disinfectant.