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Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to promote the health of body, mind, and spirit. It is a natural, non-invasive modality designed to affect the whole person - not just the symptom or disease - and to assist the body's natural ability to balance, regulate, heal, and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.

Essential oils are naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants, and are delivered via inhalation, vaporisation or diffusion, compresses, bath or shower, massage, body care products, and spritzer sprays.

As a holistic practice, aromatherapy is both a preventative approach and an active method to employ during acute and chronic stages of illness or disease.

An aromatherapist will compile a case history and at each consultation will review your current symptoms and formulate a blend of essential oils that is appropriate for you at that time. You may be given a cream or blend to use between visits to enhance the healing process.

French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé coined the term 'aromathérapie' in 1937, when he published a book by the same name on the therapeutic uses of aromatic extracts.

Sourced from: New Zealand Register of Holistic Aromatherapists
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

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