Aromatherapy – the aromas for health

Aromatherapy – the aromas for health
05/01/2015 Margarida Moreira

The basis of aromatherapy is the use of aromatic essential oils obtained from plants to promote the physical and psychological well-being.

Aromatherapy sometimes uses physical techniques such as therapeutic massage and techniques based on holistic medicine.


The benefits of aromatherapy are based on the medicinal properties of essential oil (peppermint, rosemary, lavender etc.) or combination of oils and application procedures.
The essential oils are used to treat various disorders of the digestive disorders, respiratory, skin, reproductive, pain and relieve stress. Exhibit pharmacological and medicinal actions including analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, antispasmodic, expectorant, diuretic and sedative.


Topical application of some essential oils can trigger cutaneous reactions (before making a topical application, your health professional should perform skin patches tests that contain small quantity of essential oil), especially if the concentration is not adequate or if the oil is not diluted. This procedure should be performed under the supervision of a health professional!
The essential oils of bitter almonds, mustard, rue and wormwood should not be used in aromatherapy and essential oils of sage and eucalyptus should not be ingested due to high toxicity.

People who take homeopathic remedies should avoid essential oils of black pepper, camphor and eucalyptus because they may act as an antidote.
Children, pregnant or lactating women and sick people with physical conditions (chronic or acute) must seek for medical advice before starting the treatment.
People with respiratory affections should avoid inhalation of vapor.
Essential oils are flammable and should be kept in cool and dry place.


KRAPP, K. [et al.]. Manual de medicinas complementares. Barcelona; Loures; Porto: Oceano: Crerital: Nova Variante, [2004]. [VIII], Original title: The gale encyclopedia of alternative medicine

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