Aromatherapy simply put, is “the art and science of using pure essential oils for health, healing and well being". Pure essential oils are aromatic substances derived from; herbs, roots, flowers, bark, seeds and fruit.
Only pure therapeutic grade essential oils can invoke healing properties and cause physiological responses in the human body. Aromatic oils affect the part of the brain called the limbic system, which is responsible for our basic instincts, memories and emotions.
Simply smelling a pleasant odor does not mean that you will obtain any health benefit from it. This is the main difference between true Aromatherapy and fragrance. A perfume or fragrance oil is not going to stop pain, relieve headaches, soothe the skin or help you relax. In fact, many artificial fragrances are responsible for allergic reactions, chemical sensitivities and asthma attacks.