[ uh-roh-muh-ther-uh-pee ]
/ əˌroʊ məˈθɛr ə pi /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for aromatherapy

/ (əˌrəʊməˈθɛrəpɪ) /


the use of fragrant essential oils extracted from plants as a treatment in complementary medicine to relieve tension and cure certain minor ailments

Derived forms of aromatherapy

aromatherapist, noun
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Medical definitions for aromatherapy

[ ə-rō′mə-thĕrə-pē ]


The use of selected fragrant substances in lotions and inhalants in an effort to affect mood and promote health.
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