Aromatherapy from the Forest
is the use of your sense of smell to treat mild medical problems
like dry skin, headaches and arthritis. Although not all doctors
agree on the effectiveness of aromatherapy, many people find that
they help to ease symptoms.
make aromatherapy work, essential oils are distilled from aromatic
plants and herbs. This means that using steam, pressure, or other
methods, the oils that give plants and herbs their smells are
taken out of their flowers, roots, bark, and leaves.
These oils are inhaled using a vaporizer or lamp, or they can
be combined with a vegetable or nut oil and massaged into the
Although aromatherapy has
only recently become popular in the U.S., people have sought relief
using the scents of plants and herbs for years. Lavender is commonly
used for relaxation, while camomile is used for help in sleeping
and for increasing appetites.
The Ojbiwe people, Native
Americans who live in the Upper Great Lakes area, also incorporate
aromatic plants into their traditions. They use tobacco for prayer,
cedar for cleansing, sage for purification, and sweet grass for
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