aromatherapy

[uh-roh-muh-ther-uh-pee]
noun
1.
the use of fragrances to affect or alter a person's mood or behavior.
2.
treatment of facial skin by the application of fragrant floral and herbal substances.

Origin:
1945–50

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aromatherapy (əˌrəʊməˈθɛrəpɪ)
 
n
the use of fragrant essential oils extracted from plants as a treatment in complementary medicine to relieve tension and cure certain minor ailments
 
aroma'therapist
 
n

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aromatherapy
by 1992, from Fr. aromathérapie, attested from 1930s (see aroma, therapy).
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aromatherapy a·ro·ma·ther·a·py (ə-rō'mə-thěr'ə-pē)
n.
The use of selected fragrant substances in lotions and inhalants in an effort to affect mood and promote health.

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Example sentences
Lavender oil is generally nonpoisonous when breathed in during aromatherapy or swallowed.
The claims run the gamut, but aromatherapy is sweet-smelling, not scientifically proven.
The spa also offers waxing services, manicures and pedicures, body treatments and aromatherapy.
Whitewashed guest rooms are serviced by roaming carts offering herbal teas and
  aromatherapy footbaths.
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