aromatherapy

   One of the most popular alternative therapies in Britain, aromatherapy is based on the use of essential oils, that is, those forming the odorous principles of plants. These are extracted and used to promote health and relaxation, to combat infection and to treat a range of ailments. Massage is one of several ways in which the oils can be effectively applied. Practitioners undergo a certified training course which includes the study of anatomy and physiology. Aromatherapy has its roots in ancient Egypt, but the twentieth-century promoter of its use was a French chemist, René Gattefosse, whose research into perfumery lead to the discovery of the therapeutic value of essential oils.
   See also: holistic medicine; homeopathy
   JAN EVANS

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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