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

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This can be achieved with music, aromatherapy using essential oils or playing a game. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, "How to keep panicky pets calm and safe when the fireworks go off," 2 July 2019 We are surrounded by people who profess their love of science and we are surrounded by things that are mostly made up and deep-dipped in pseudoscience: chiropractic, homeopathy, yoga, aromatherapy, reiki, the terror of GMOs and vaccines, etc. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "There’s No Such Thing as ‘Brainwashing’," 16 June 2019 One of the easiest (and most pleasant) ways to achieve these benefits is through aromatherapy. Maria Cassano, Allure, "11 of the Best Essential Oil Diffusers to Make Your Home Smell Amazing," 5 Apr. 2018 Its health benefits range from aromatherapy to sanitizing cuts. Dean Fosdick, The Seattle Times, "Lavender: The ‘Swiss Army knife’ of fragrant herbs," 26 Mar. 2019 This includes aromatherapy and essential oils, self-care books, stationary, coffee and tea, crystals, bath and body products, vitamins, supplements, and more online and in cute little sections in the brick and mortar stores. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Help, I'm Obsessed with Anthropologie's New Wellness Shop," 20 July 2018 Dispersers work particularly well for oils used in aromatherapy, like lavender, rosemary, or rose. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "7 Mistakes You're Making With Essential Oils," 19 July 2016 Currently available online are Lovability's signature Babe with the Power condoms, their Hallelubeyah lube, and Bae Spray, an aromatherapy body mist that claims to enhance your natural pheromones. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Urban Outfitters Now Sells Condoms and Lube From Brand Lovability," 10 Mar. 2018 Along with silk eye masks, white-noise machines, and aromatherapy diffusers, there are plenty of mindfulness apps (Inscape, Headspace) to dial things down. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep—And Why It Should Be Your Top Priority (Really)," 1 Nov. 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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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 aromatherapeutic (audio) \ adjective
aromatherapeutic oils
aromatherapist \ -​ˈther-​ə-​pəst How to pronounce aromatherapist (audio) \ noun

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