How much do you really know about aromatherapy?

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What is aromatherapy?

What is the origin of aromatherapy?

What are some ways that aromatherapists use essential oils?

What is the efficacy of aromatherapy in treating medical conditions?

What are some risks associated with aromatherapy?

When did aromatherapy first appear in print?

How are aromatherapy products and essential oils regulated?

What is the conclusion about the worth of aromatherapy?

What is the potential danger of contaminated aromatherapy spray?


Overview of Aromatherapy

  • Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine practice that uses aromatic materials such as essential oils and aroma compounds, with claims for improving psychological and physical well-being.
  • Aromatherapists utilize blends of essential oils that can be used as topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion.
  • There is no good medical evidence that aromatherapy can prevent, treat or cure any disease.
  • The use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes goes back to ancient civilizations.
  • Aromatherapy as a treatment first appeared in print in 1937 in a French book by René-Maurice Gattefossé.
  • Aromatherapy products, and essential oils, may be regulated differently depending on their intended use.
  • Evidence for the efficacy of aromatherapy in treating medical conditions is poor, with a particular lack of studies employing rigorous methodology.
  • Aromatherapy carries a number of risks of adverse effects and with this in consideration, combined with the lack of evidence of its therapeutic benefit, makes the practice of questionable worth.
  • Essential oils can be extremely toxic when ingested or absorbed internally.
  • Oils both ingested and applied to the skin can potentially have negative interactions with conventional medicine.
  • Aromatherapy spray was recalled after it was found to be contaminated with Burkholderia pseudomallei, the bacteria that causes melioidosis, which led to four cases of the disease and two deaths.
  • There is no conclusive evidence on how aromatherapy works with pain management.


Test your knowledge on aromatherapy with our quiz! From the history of essential oils to their uses and potential risks, this quiz covers everything you need to know about aromatherapy. Challenge yourself and discover how much you really know about this popular alternative medicine practice. Keywords: Aromatherapy, essential oils, alternative medicine, therapeutic, psychological, physical well-being, risks, adverse effects, efficacy.

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