What is Aromatherapy?

Simply put, aromatherapy is the medical use of naturally extracted essential oils to improve one’s health of body, mind and spirit (energy). 

Plant based therapy and the use of essential oil has been practiced by people around the world for thousands of years. However, the actual word “aromatherapy” was coined in 1928 by a French chemist when he popularized the use of lavender essential oil to heal burns and reduce scarring. Aromatherapy has progressed over the years to holistic approach of healing process. This branch of medicine is well established in Europe, and is gaining recognition all over America since last 10-15 years. Aromatherapy is practiced by professional Aroma Therapists. 

"Aromatherapy is... the skilled and controlled use of essential oils for physical and emotional health and well being."  - Valerie Cooksley

"Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.  It is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual realm of the individual's response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual's innate healing process.  As a holistic practice, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active method to employ during acute and chronic stages of illness or 'dis'-ease.

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." - Jade Shutes

What are Essential oils?

Essential oils are one of nature’s best kept secrets. Essential oils are highly concentrated oils from raw plant material, including seeds, bark, leaves, wood, roots, fruit and peel.  Many of them are highly volatile and must be handled with utmost care. 

The composition of essential oils is very complex. They may effectively enclose up to several hundred different molecules, each having special biochemical properties and fragrances. These molecules act in synergy, which explains the effectiveness and versatility of essential oils. A highly scientific skill is required to blend various oils for their respective use. 

Benefits of Aromatherapy

Your sensory organ for smelling something is the most powerful. Aroma can incite your sensory organs.  A single whiff of an aroma can evoke feelings and memories long forgotten. When you inhale a fragrance, the smell bypasses your "thinking brain" and goes directly to the limbic system, the part of the brain that controls certain impulses. For instance, smelling lavender increases alpha wave frequency in the back of the head which helps with relaxation. 

These essential oils in the Aromatherapy are used generally either by inhaling process or massaging method. Essential oils can be used to help with many common ailments and reduce the need of taking pain killers and other over the counter medicines. 

In general, aromatherapy oil based blends are useful for:

  • Reducing stress
  • Mood enhancement
  • Headaches/migraines 
  • Increasing focus 
  • Soothing muscles
  • Purifying body
  • Emotional balance 
  • Support immune system
  • Enhance wound healing
  • Soften and soothe the skin
  • Scar reduction and improve appearance
  • Reduce pain and stiffness

Our Natural health Expert panelist, Dr. S.S. Aggarwal has been researching, developing and making many aroma blends which have proved beneficial to hundreds of people so far. “Knee Cure Aroma Blend “  is one of the blends Dr. S. S. Aggarwal has developed. Knee ailment is highly prevalent these days especially in India (approximately 15 to 20% Indians suffer from knee pain). Many people have found “Knee Cure Aroma Blend” beneficial in reducing or curing the knee pain.


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Seema Dixit

Dr. S.S. Aggarwal

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