Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for bathing and healing. What is aromatherapy anyway? “I hear people talking about it, but I don’t know what it is” is something I hear all the time as a skincare professional.
When you peel an orange, you instantly smell the aromatics from the orange peel. The same thing happens when you rub a sprigs of lavender together, the aromatics are activated. Technically, what you are smelling is the essential oils that have been released into the air causing this pleasant aroma. The aroma itself is calming, soothing, stress reducing, and of course really pleasant.
Essential oils can actually come from seeds, plants, roots, flowers, peels, and numerous other sources producing numerous types of essential oils. I say numerous types because different essential oils are used for different purposes yielding different results.