aromatherapy

noun aro·ma·ther·a·py \ ə-ˌrō-mə-ˈther-ə-pē \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of aromatherapy

:inhalation or bodily application (as by massage) of fragrant essential oils (as from flowers and fruits) for therapeutic purposes; 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


AROMATHERAPY Defined for English Language Learners

aromatherapy

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

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

medical Definition of aromatherapy

plural aromatherapies
: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. BrodyThe New York Times26 Dec. 2000
; broadly :the use of aroma to enhance a feeling of well-being

aromatherapeutic

play \-ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik\ adjective
    • aromatherapeutic oils

aromatherapist

play \-ˈther-ə-pəst\ noun

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