With aromatherapy, essential oils are distilled or cold pressed from plants and used to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions, such as anxiety, insomnia, nausea, pain, and some skin conditions. Specific healing properties are attributed to each essential oil.

Most practitioners recommend administration of only a few drops at a time, as a bath infusion, during massage, or via diffuser. Always dilute an essential oil before applying to the skin. Contact the American Aromatherapy Association at Essential oils are not intended for internal use.

Patients with skin allergies or asthma may want to avoid aromatherapy oils altogether. An essential oil should contain a single pure essence. Perfumed candles and bath oils are enjoyable, but they may contain impurities that interfere with their aroma-therapeutic value.

Although there is no scientific evidence that aromatherapy is effective in preventing or treating cancer, it can be used to enhance quality of life.

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