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Thursday, January 3, 2013

[AlternativeAnswers] The role of Aromatherapy in Medicine.


Aromatherapy is the use of volatile oils, obtained from aromatic plants
for preventing and treating certain diseases. The French School settles
a difference between phytotherapy and aromatherapy, which is based on
the abundance of volatile oils from the Mediteraneean area. The volatile
oils are obtained from aromatic plants such as: mint (Mentha piperita),
thyme (Thymus vulgaris), oregan (Oreganum vulgare), pine (Pinum
sylvestris), fir (Abies alba), dill (Anethum graveolens), basil (Ocimum
basilicum), rose (Rosa damascena), lemon, orange, sandal (Santalum sp.),
ylang-ylang, tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), aso. These volatile
oils are obtained from aromatic plants through: pressure (pericarp oil,
lemon and orange oil), distillation with water steam, extraction with
organic dissolvers, extract with liquid carbon dioxide, etc. The
volatile oils have different applications in therapeutics and cosmetics,
that is why there have been very precious since the Antiquity and till
nowadays. Paracelsus , the great physician and alchemist of the Middle
Ages called them "quinta essential" and used them in his
treatments. They have very different therapeutic effects, such as:
antibacterial (thyme volatile oil), antimycotic (lavender volatile oil),
emollient (rose volatile oil), antiemetic (mint volatile oil),
antirheumatic (fir volatile oil), relief of the nasal mucosa (pine
volatile oil), aso. Volatile oils are rarely used alone (lavender oil in
burns), they are mainly dissolved in fat oils (olive oil, sunflower oil,
almond oil, peach oil, etc.) or included in ointments or creams.

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