aromatherapy

noun
aro·​ma·​ther·​a·​py | \ ə-ˌrō-mə-ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce aromatherapy (audio) \

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

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Other Words from aromatherapy

aromatherapeutic \ ə-​ˌrō-​mə-​ˌther-​ə-​ˈpyü-​tik How to pronounce aromatherapeutic (audio) \ adjective
aromatherapist \ ə-​ˌrō-​mə-​ˈther-​ə-​pist How to pronounce aromatherapist (audio) \ noun

Examples of aromatherapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After unwrapping it from foil, lightly wetting it and placing it in a soap dish or hanging somewhere away from the water flow in the shower, the bursts will activate with humidity in the shower, creating an aromatherapy escape. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Shop Local: 5 self-care gift ideas from Louisville shops to soothe your 2020 anxiety," 13 Nov. 2020 And now, my dedicated self-care time includes showers, too, thanks to a genius showerhead that infuses water with my favorite aromatherapy scents. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Aromatherapy Showerhead Turned My Bathroom into a Personal Spa," 1 Oct. 2020 Add an extra shot of tranquility to your nighttime routine with this aromatherapy diffuser. Popular Science, "The best products for a better night’s sleep," 30 Sep. 2020 Oil diffusers are not cure-alls, but aromatherapy is thought to help improve physical and emotional health. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "15 products that help with stress relief," 21 Oct. 2020 Take your daily shower up a notch with these on-sale aromatherapy shower heads from Moen. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "Amazon Prime Day: Your guide to all the best deals," 14 Oct. 2020 Patients are also offered things like meditation exercises and aromatherapy. Alison Bowen, Anchorage Daily News, "Survivors of COVID-19 wrestle with questions about God and purpose; one man shares his story.," 11 Oct. 2020 From a smart aromatherapy diffuser and anti-jet lag skincare to a fold-up backpack and packable workout gear, here are 30 of our favorite picks this holiday season—gift receipt not necessary. Jane Sung, Condé Nast Traveler, "30 Best Travel Gifts Under $50," 5 Oct. 2020 The aromatherapy showerhead comes with a four-pack of capsules containing one of each scent. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Aromatherapy Showerhead Turned My Bathroom into a Personal Spa," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of aromatherapy

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aromatherapy

borrowed from French aromathérapie, from aroma-, Latinized form of arome aroma + thérapie therapy

Note: The French word was promulgated and apparently coined by the chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950), in Aromathérapie—les huiles essentielles hormones végétales (Paris, 1937) and other publications.

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17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aromatherapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aromatherapy. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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aromatherapy

noun
How to pronounce aromatherapy (audio)

English Language Learners 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

aromatherapy

noun
aro·​ma·​ther·​a·​py | \ ə-ˌrō-mə-ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce aromatherapy (audio) \
plural aromatherapies

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

Other Words from aromatherapy

aromatherapeutic \ -​ˌther-​ə-​ˈpyü-​tik How to pronounce aromatherapeutic (audio) \ adjective
aromatherapeutic oils
aromatherapist \ -​ˈther-​ə-​pəst How to pronounce aromatherapist (audio) \ noun

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