Aromatherapy is actually a generic term that refers to many different
types of traditions that make use of plant matter and essential oils to
create a more positive atmosphere in conjunction with benefiting
someone's quality of life. All current treatments throughout the
Western civilized world that use essential oils and plant matter are
considered aromatherapy, rather than “actual” medical treatments.
In general, aromatherapy is a form of therapy that is meant to help
someone relax or to reduce stress. Aromatherapy is practiced using
essential oils and volatile plant oils to create psychological and physical
sensations. It usually requires scented compounds created through
volatile plant materials, essential oils, or similar herbal products and it
is used as a form of alternative medicine for positively affecting a
person's health or mood.
All of these many uses have made aromatherapy a very popular
treatment method among alternative medicines. Many people who do
not like the sometimes-unpleasant side effects of prescribed
medication, particularly for depression, stress, or other similar
disorders, have opted to use aromatherapy to help reach the desired
state of being. You might think of some of these people as oddballs for
choosing to use aromatherapy instead of other synthetic medications,
but it has proven to be effective in certain circumstances when used
appropriately or with the permission of a physician.