aromatherapy

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

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

aromatherapeutic

play \-ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik\ adjective

aromatherapist

play \-ˈther-ə-pist\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of aromatherapy

French aromathérapie, from Latin aroma + French thérapie therapy


First Known Use: 1949


AROMATHERAPY Defined for English Language Learners

aromatherapy

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noun

Definition of aromatherapy for English Language Learners

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


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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