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[uh-roh-muh-ther-uh-pee] /əˌroʊ məˈθɛr ə pi/
the use of fragrances to affect or alter a person's mood or behavior.
treatment of facial skin by the application of fragrant floral and herbal substances.
Origin of aromatherapy
1945-50 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aromatherapy
  • 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.
  • Whitewashed guest rooms are serviced by roaming carts offering herbal teas and aromatherapy footbaths.
  • The spa also offers waxing services, manicures and pedicures, body treatments and aromatherapy.
  • Standard rooms are appointed with hand-woven rugs, deluxe bathroom products and nightly aromatherapy service.
  • All rooms have gas fireplaces, microfiber robes and aromatherapy amenities.
  • Each of the rooms also offer a spa bar, filled with aromatherapy spa products.
  • aromatherapy treatments offer relaxation techniques by trained therapists.
  • Candles and aromatherapy fragrances are provided to enhance in-room relaxation.
  • They have a unique spa bar in each room stocked with aromatherapy products.
British Dictionary definitions for aromatherapy


the use of fragrant essential oils extracted from plants as a treatment in complementary medicine to relieve tension and cure certain minor ailments
Derived Forms
aromatherapist, noun
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Word Origin and History for aromatherapy

by 1992, from French aromathérapie, attested from 1930s; see aroma + therapy.

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aromatherapy in Medicine

aromatherapy a·ro·ma·ther·a·py (ə-rō'mə-thěr'ə-pē)
The use of selected fragrant substances in lotions and inhalants in an effort to affect mood and promote health.

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