Aromatherapy - Definition

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Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic essences or essential oils of plants for medicinal purposes. It is similar to herbal medicine which uses the whole plant for medicinal purposes. Essential oils can be used in the form of ointments, infusions, or lotions applied externally. Internally, they can be ingested, mixed with food, or in capsule form. The effects of essential oils cover a wide spectrum: anti-infection, anti-inflammatory, analgesics, antitoxins, and even aphrodesiacs. However, it is best to be careful when using essential oils without knowing their side-effects because, even if they are natural, certain oils can be allergenic or even toxic.