Definition of aromatherapy
: 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
Recent Examples of aromatherapy from the Web
Aromatherapy can serve to transport a patient from the sterility of an ICU room into another space entirely.
Members of our group offer chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, aromatherapy, and whatever else they’re trained in.
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Origin and Etymology of aromatherapy
French aromathérapie, from Latin aroma + French thérapie therapy
First Known Use: 1949See Words from the same year
AROMATHERAPY Defined for English Language Learners
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 Definition of aromatherapy
: 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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