- the use of fragrances to affect or alter a person's mood or behavior.
- treatment of facial skin by the application of fragrant floral and herbal substances.
Origin of aromatherapy
First recorded in 1945–50
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- the use of fragrant essential oils extracted from plants as a treatment in complementary medicine to relieve tension and cure certain minor ailments
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Word Origin and History for aromatherapy
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- The use of selected fragrant substances in lotions and inhalants in an effort to affect mood and promote health.
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