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

Other Words from aromatherapy

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

Examples of aromatherapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Attendees will learn about virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities, including serving as a patient companion, providing caregiver respite, performing aromatherapy, sewing Cuddle Bears and officiating at veteran-pinning ceremonies. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2021 With more than 4,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, the Levoit Cool Mist Air Vaporizer combines the congestion-clearing benefits of a humidifier with the soothing effects of an aromatherapy diffuser. Chloe Irving, Health.com, 11 Oct. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an alert for doctors to be on the lookout for a rare tropical disease linked to an aromatherapy spray sold at Walmart. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 5 Nov. 2021 One of six scents of aromatherapy room spray recalled by Walmart. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 28 Oct. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the link between an aromatherapy spray sold at Walmart with a bacteria blamed for two deaths. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 28 Oct. 2021 Walmart has issued a recall of an aromatherapy room spray that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has linked to two deaths from a rare bacterial illness called melioidosis. Korin Miller, Health.com, 27 Oct. 2021 The mysterious deaths of two people from a rare bacterial infection are potentially linked to a home aromatherapy spray sold at Walmart, federal officials say. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 25 Oct. 2021 The mystery of an exotic infectious disease has been traced to an aromatherapy room spray. Faith Karimi, CNN, 24 Oct. 2021

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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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“Aromatherapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aromatherapy. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for aromatherapy

aromatherapy

noun

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

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