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Aromatherapy, as one of its subfields, belongs to herbal medicine (phytotherapy),

applied are a variety of plant oils, also known as essential oils,

which are obtained mainly by distillation.

These plant oils affect our sense of smell, triggering both emotional reactions and memories in the brain. Pleasant scents relax and brighten our mood.

Healing processes of a physical and/or psychological nature can be set in motion in this way and are positively supported.

Aromatherapy belongs to the ancient therapeutic methods:

Very early in history, people used fragrances to prevent diseases, to alleviate them and to affect the soul. This art was already understood by the Egyptians and healers in ancient Greece. In ancient times, the whole plant was used. Today we use essential oils without exception.

The father of aromatherapy is considered to be the chemist Rene Maurice Gatteforce. He discovered lavender oil as a healing essence for burns. The rapid and scar-free healing success was surprising.

Modern aromatherapy is based on empirical findings. Studies prove

the relaxing and calming effect of essential oils.

Treatment is carried out with steam inhalation, baths, massage oils, aroma patches and fragrance lamps.

Oral application in the form of drops is also possible, e.g. for colds.

All medical professions with additional training are allowed to use aromatherapy: Doctors, alternative practitioners, nurses and psychotherapists.

What are essential oils?

Plants of various shapes, colors, sizes cover our earth.

Many of these plants contain in their roots, flowers, stems, seeds or barks volatile aromatic compounds that give the particular plant its specific aroma:

the essential oils.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and effective.

They protect the plant from insects and environmental conditions unfavorable to it.

Even in the pollination of the plant essential oils play a role.

Volatile aromatic compounds move quickly through the air,

"Scent" can be perceived when our sensors in the brain interact with the volatile

aromatic compounds interact.

To date, 3,000 types of these volatile aromatic compounds have been discovered.

They each shape the benefit, aroma and type of each essential oil.

Thus, each essential oil has a unique composition, which also varies from species to species and plant to plant.

Aroma oils can be very well integrated into psychotherapy and also used in hypnosis and self-hypnosis techniques.

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