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Aromatherapy is the art of healing through the use of natural plant extracts and essential oils. The supposed purpose of aromatherapy is to heal a person as a whole subject as opposed to treating a remote area or part of the body. If the entire body is healthy then it will heal problematic areas itself.
Aromatherapists practice using different methods: aerial diffusion through the burning of candles and scented oils; direct application of oils and lotions to the skin’s surface by massaging; the application of compressions; preparation of baths; and inhalation of vapours.
Aromatherapists work in private alternative health clinics, in practices and by travelling around to visit patients in their homes. Some specialise exclusively in aromatherapy whereas others might be trained in a range of alternative treatments.
Typically, an aromatherapist will discuss health issues, medical history and the reasons the patient has for choosing therapy through a consultation before devising the best treatment strategy. They will sometimes give body examinations to patients depending on their specific symptoms.
As is the case for all healthcare professionals, keeping patients relaxed and comfortable should be a top priority, along with maintaining extremely high standards of cleanliness throughout the clinic.