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aromatherapy

[uh-roh-muh-ther-uh-pee]
noun
  1. the use of fragrances to affect or alter a person's mood or behavior.
  2. treatment of facial skin by the application of fragrant floral and herbal substances.
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Origin of aromatherapy

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for aromatherapy

aromatherapy

noun
  1. 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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Derived Formsaromatherapist, noun
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Word Origin and History for aromatherapy

n.

by 1992, from French aromathérapie, attested from 1930s; see aroma + therapy.

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aromatherapy in Medicine

aromatherapy

(ə-rō′mə-thĕrə-pē)
n.
  1. The use of selected fragrant substances in lotions and inhalants in an effort to affect mood and promote health.
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