Aromatherapy information is only intended as
educational.  Any self diagnosis and use of
aromatherapy is done so at your own risk.  
There are many considerations necessary
before starting an aromatherapy regiment and
it is recommended that anyone seeking
alternative methods of therapy should first
consult with their primary health care
provider and also a qualified CAM practitioner.
Aromatherapy is a term coined by French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé in the 1920's to
describe the practice of using essential oils taken from plants, flowers, roots, seeds, etc., in
healing.  The aromas of the oils are not necessarily what directly brings about a cure or
healing. It is the "essence" of the oil that gives it whatever therapeutic value the oil has. Vapors
are used in some, but not all, cases of aromatherapy. In most cases, the oil is rubbed onto the
skin or ingested in a tea or other liquid.

The healing power of essential oils is the main attraction in aromatherapy. Most of the support
for the healing power of such oils is anecdotal. Studies have revealed that essential oils are
similar to herbs in their healing powers.  That is, "one size fits all" is not at all the practice in
alternative medicine.  Aromatherapy, like the other alternative modalities, heals the patient from
within in a holistic manner.  This is why the individual should always seek out an expert in
alternative medicine.  In that way, the healing process is tailor fir to the individual.
Complementary and Alternative
Medicine of Williamsburg
Aromatherapy
Some additional references for continued research and education:

Aroma Remedies by Chrissy Wildwood,  Collins & Brown 2000

The Essential Aromatherapy Book by Carole McGilvery and Jimi Reed,  Lorenz Books 1995
Look for our article
"The Scents of Nature" in the
January 2007 issue of:
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Most commonly used essential oils

* Basil ( Ocimum basilicum )

* Benzoin ( Styrax tonkinensis )

* Bergamot ( Citrus bergamia )

* Cajuput ( Melaleuca leucodendron )

* Camphor ( Cinnamomum camphora )

* Caraway ( Carum carvi )

* Cedarwood ( Cedrus atlantica )

* Chamomile ( Chamaemelum nobile, chamomilla/recutita )

* Cinnamon ( Cinnamomum zelanicum )

* Clary Sage ( Salvia sclarea )

* Coriander ( Coriandrum sativum )

* Cypress ( Cupressus sempervirens )

* Eucalyptus ( Eucalyptus globulus )

* Fennel ( Foeniculum vulgare )

* Frankincense ( Boswellia carteri )

* Geranium ( Pelargonium odorantissium )

* Ginger ( Zingiber officinale )

* Hyssop ( Hyssopus officinalis )

* Jasmine Absolute ( Jasminum officinale )

* Juniper ( Juniperus communis )

* Lavender ( Lavandula officinalis )

* Lemon ( Citrus limonum )

* Lemongrass ( Cymbopogon citratus )

* Marjoram ( Orinanum majorana )

* Melissa ( Melissa officinalis )

* Myrrh ( Commiphora myrrha )

* Neroli ( Citrus aurantium )

* Niaouli ( Melaleuca viridiflora )

* Orange, Sweet ( Citrus aurantium )

* Patchouli ( Pogostemon patchouli )

* Pepper ( Piper nigrum )

* Peppermint ( Menta piperita )

* Petitgrain ( Citrus aurantium )

* Rose ( Rosa gallica, Rosa damascena, Rosa centifolia )

* Rosemary ( Rosmarinus officinalis )

* Sandalwood ( Santalum album )

* Tea Tree ( Melaleuca alternifolia )

* Thyme ( Thymus spp )

* Ylang - Ylang ( Cananga odorata )
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