The advent of aromatheroy for ritual or pleasure dates back to 4,000 BC. It’s practice is more widely used today though predominately for marketing purposes. In my practice, I add aromatherapy to help facilitate other healing modalities, the smells of lavender, neroli or sandalwood help patients to relax by calming the hypothalamus, olfactory cortex and amygdala.
The quality of the essential oils greatly impacts their efficacy. For that reason, I search for ultra premium oils made in small batches where each step of the process is guided by hand. Insuring that the oils are distilled at a low pressure & temperature as to not harm any of the therapeutic properties of the plant. Even though aromatherapy may be ubiquitous at this point, scent effects how we experience the world.