Is the use of aromatic plant materials such as essential oils, or other aromatic compounds, for the purpose of improving health and wellbeing. The practice is used to achieve a wide variety of goals, and is said by many to be a valuable asset to have in conjunction with many conventional and traditional techniques. It is used most commonly with the intention to alter an individual’s state of mind, relieve tension and stress, and improve mental stability. It is also frequently used as an aid in the treatment process or road to recovery of many illnesses and conditions — being championed by advocates for its supposed aiding health benefits, and on the furthest side of the spectrum, as an outright cure.

Many of the materials, products, and items seen frequently in perfumery, are also many times utilized in great lengths throughout the aromatherapy industry. Many of the same extracts and derivatives from perfumery are put to use in aromatherapy, and often times these extracts come directly via perfumery environments. The most used products in aromatherapy are essential oils — not unlike perfumery — which are put to use through a variety of means, from massages, to soothing inhalation procedures.

Many of the promises made by certain aromatherapy advocates or practitioners are yet to find scientific or empirical support, although the benefits of relaxation and mental soothing need no evidence to support their validity. For eons the benefits on mood and and emotion via the use of pleasant and attractive aromas have been documented, and there’s little room for a full-fledged denial of this idea to be merited. If pleasant smelling aromas were incapable of inducing pleasure, then the existence of the pursuit to acquire these aromas would be non-existent.

A bi-product of the perfume industry dubbed “rose water”, is a mainstay feature in the aromatherapy world.