Clinical Aromatherapy is the science and art of using highly concentrated essential oils, derived from various parts of plants for their chemical therapeutic properties; administration is through the skin, mucous membranes and/or respiratory tract. During a treatment the practitioner recommends an appropriate essential oil, or blend of oils, administered through massage and/or inhalation.
Clinical Aromatherapy is recognised as one of the “top ten supportive therapies” by the British Medical Association and the Foundation for Integrated Medicine.
The medicinal use of plants for their chemical therapeutic properties has been around for thousands of years e.g. embalming and mummification in Egypt; and many synthetically produced drugs in modern medicine originated from plant substances. Aromatherapy is generally viewed as “natural” and “safe”, but essential oils are not simply pleasantly smelling massage oils – each essential oil has its own chemical constituent which gives it a therapeutic ability, and this means it also has the potential to cause harm, and must be treated with the same respect as mainstream drugs. In clinical Aromatherapy an understanding of chemistry, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology and related pathology is required to ensure the safe use of essential Aromatherapy oils – several oils are completely contraindicated for use during pregnancy.
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