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aromatherapy

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noun aro·ma·ther·a·py \ə-ˌrō-mə-ˈther-ə-pē\

Simple Definition of aromatherapy

  • : the use of natural oils that have a pleasant smell to make a person feel better especially by rubbing the oils into the skin

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of aromatherapy

  1. :  massage of the body and especially of the face with a preparation of fragrant essential oils extracted from herbs, flowers, and fruits; broadly :  the use of aroma to enhance a feeling of well-being

aromatherapeuticplay \-ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik\ adjective
aromatherapistplay \-ˈther-ə-pist\ noun

Origin of aromatherapy

French aromathérapie, from Latin aroma + French thérapie therapy


First Known Use: 1949


Medical Dictionary

aromatherapy

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noun aro·ma·ther·a·py \ə-ˌrō-mə-ˈther-ə-pē\

Medical Definition of aromatherapy

plural aromatherapies

  1. :  inhalation or bodily application (as by massage) of fragrant essential oils (as from flowers and fruits) for therapeutic purposes <Aromatherapy relies on very concentrated “essential” oils from the flowers, leaves, bark, branches, rind or roots of plants with purported healing properties.—Jane E. Brody, The New York Times, 26 Dec. 2000>; broadly :  the use of aroma to enhance a feeling of well-being

aromatherapeutic \-ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik\ play adjective <aromatherapeutic oils>
aromatherapist \-ˈther-ə-pəst\ play noun



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