Esthetic Aromatherapy: Clinical Considerations

Aromatherapy essential oils

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, advocated that the use of essential oils in aromatic baths, along with massage, nutrition and heliotherapy were important practices for achieving homeostasis in health. Throughout history, essential oils have been prized for their biological activities as analgesics, antiseptics, antimicrobials, stimulants, and anti-inflammatory aromatic therapeutics. As a result of the teachings and protocols of the early health practitioners, aromatherapy clinicians emerged supporting the use of essential oils and presented aromatherapy as a credible philosophy and practice. Today, aromatherapy and the essential oil market has cornered a huge sector of the wellness market. According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Americans spend more than $30.2 billion annually on aromatherapy and it is predicted that the global market will grow in spending to $5 trillion by 2050.1

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