Aromatherapy: The use and blending of undiluted, pure essential oils extracted from specific aromatic plants in order to promote healing.
The use of aromatherapy has been around for at least 6,000 years and been practiced by the Greeks, Romans, and ancient Egyptians. The Egyptian god of medicine, Imhotep, recommended fragrant oils for bathing, massage, and for embalming their dead. Supposably, Imhotep used aromatic fumigations to rid Athens of the plague. More recently, in World War II, doctors on the battlefield would use aromatherapy and herbal remedies as antiseptics on wounds.