The idea of using aromatic plants is hundreds of years old. In the past these scented materials were used for healing, cooking and as medicines. Aromatic plants were often buried with the dead. They were smoked and used as fumigation in ritual offerings to the gods. Today, we have come a long way in the use of aromatic materials. Although we still use the leaves and flowers for cooking, crafts and healing, we have access to essential oils, which makes the process of aromatherapy easier and more accurate.
So, what is the purpose of aromatherapy and how does it work? Aromatherapy is the art of using essential oils to enhance our moods, sharpen our minds and awaken our physical selves. By breathing in fragrances suspended in the air around you, the leaves, bark, root and flower scents that are in the essential oils begin to soothe the soul and awaken the mind in addition to arousing the sensual self, thus making aromatherapy the art of creation.
Each essential oil has its own unique effect. Not to mention that each unique blend of essential oils creates a range of experiences, depending on how they are blended together. For example, peppermint oil by itself is invigorating, refreshing and stimulating, while rosemary oil alone is rejuvenating, strengthening and uplifting, but if you combine the two and add some lavender, which by itself is balancing, refreshing and soothing, you will have a refreshing footbath.
Essential oils add to the enjoyment of life. A good aromatherapy book would be well worth the investment. Most of them contain numerous recipes as well as other vital information.