Little Known Aspects of Aromatherapy

It is more comprehensive than you might think…

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Aromatherapy was derived from herbal medicine. It has been used for millennia, and both herbal medicine and aromatherapy were the source of many modern medicines.

Holistic Aromatherapy

Holistic aromatherapy is a subdivision of aromatherapy, and considers the effect of aromatherapy on all aspects of the person (Buckle, 2003). In other words, it considers the effect of essential oils and other extracts on the patient’s mind, body, and spirit. The focus is on how aromatherapy supports the person, and not necessarily its medicinal properties. This subdivision does not consider the chemistry or pathology, and thus can be administered by a body worker.


Aromatology deals specifically with the use of essential oils and other extracts via internal application (Lis-Balchin, 2006). This means that it studies the effect of the chemicals in the essential oils or other plant extracts when it is ingested orally or applied in the anus, vagina, or other body opening.


Aromachology deals with the use of aromatherapy through inhalation. It considers the chemical components of essential oils, as does aromatology, but also includes behavior, as does holistic aromatherapy.


Maurice Girault developed the aromatogram in 1969 (Rhind, 2012). Girault used the work of earlier scientists, Schroeder and Messing, to develop a laboratory technique to study the antimicrobial activity of essential oils. His development was so effective that aromatograms are still used today.

Website Links

Alliance of International Aromatherapists


Buckle, J. (2003). Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils In Practice (2nd ed.). London, United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone.


Corey Terrill.

Writer, Wellness Aficionado, Registered Aromatherapist™, cross-cultural seeker of deep knowing. I’m writing a novel: Lonely Dove. My poetry book comes in 2021.

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