For centuries people have been aware that plants and flowers can be used in a healing capacity. Herbalism and homeopathy, for example, are just two fields of therapy which use the inherent properties of plants and flowers to benefit health. Aromatherapy is another holistic therapy which seeks to reduce stress, illness, and disease using the power of oils obtained from plants and flowers. The use of the power of flowers in healing is nothing new: the ancient Greeks used specific fragrances as healers, such as white violet for curing stomach upsets. Before the benefits of aromatherapy became widely known as an aid to relieving stress, scented bath cubes or various colognes or rosewaters were added to bathwater, not only to make the skin smell nice but also to help with the relaxation process.
Excerpt from book: Healing Plants
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