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

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 \-​ˌther-​ə-​ˈpyü-​tik \ adjective
aromatherapist \-​ˈther-​ə-​pist \ noun

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The spa is also top-notch, with a sauna, hammam, caldarium, ice fountain, and aromatherapy showers to round it out. 2. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in Europe: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Another introduced a $150 bedside lamp, the Aromarest, that releases melatonin and aromatherapy. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 Green juice, healing crystals, aromatherapy, and alternative medicine abounds. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 Smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe in the natural aromatherapy of phytoncides. Qing Li, Time, "‘Forest Bathing’ Is Great for Your Health. Here’s How to Do It," 1 May 2018 At this time, fragrance was meant to be used more as aromatherapy than as, say, perfume, and was believed to ward off plague. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Home Fragrances: A Brief History, From Ancient Egypt To Today," 5 Aug. 2016 The Body Shop uses tea tree oil in their Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash (8.4 fl oz, $14), and Plantlife uses a variety of essential oils in their line of aromatherapy soaps. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Essential oil guide: What oils to use, how to use them and safety tips," 25 Apr. 2018 This bath also features an optional steam shower with a rain-shower head, body nozzles, Bluetooth music connectivity and aromatherapy. James Alexander,, "Property of the Week: Beckley Farms, Berlin," 1 Sep. 2017 Some examples include depositing a check on your banking app, putting spare shoes by the door away, and filling up and flipping on that new aromatherapy diffuser. Southern Living, "The 60-Second Trick to Acing Your To-Do List," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of aromatherapy

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aromatherapy

French aromathérapie, from Latin aroma + French thérapie therapy

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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


aro·​ma·​ther·​a·​py | \ə-ˌrō-mə-ˈther-ə-pē \
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 \ adjective
aromatherapeutic oils
aromatherapist \-​ˈther-​ə-​pəst \ noun

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