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Aromatherapy is
the use of essential
oils from plants (flowers, herbs,
or trees) as therapy to
improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Patients with cancer use
aromatherapy mainly to improve their quality
of life, such as reducingstress and anxiety.

Essential oils like Roman
chamomile, geranium, lavender,
and cedarwood are
the basic materials of aromatherapy.

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  1. 1. EducationHealth TopicsAromatherapy
  2. 2. 1OverviewAromatherapy isthe use of essentialoils from plants (flowers, herbs,or trees) as therapy to
  3. 3. 2Overviewimprove physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.Patients with cancer usearomatherapy mainly to improve their qualityof life, such as reducingstress and anxiety.Essential oils like Roman
  4. 4. 3Overviewchamomile, geranium, lavender,and cedarwood arethe basic materials of aromatherapy.
  5. 5. 4Aromatherapy and CancerFragrant plants have been used in healingpractices for thousands of years across manycultures, including ancient China,India, and Egypt. Ways to extract essential oilsfrom plants were first
  6. 6. 5Aromatherapy and Cancerdiscovered during the Middle Ages.The history ofmodern aromatherapy began in the early 20thcentury, when French chemist ReneGattefosse coined the term "aromatherapy" andstudied the effects of
  7. 7. 6Aromatherapy and Canceressential oils on many kinds of diseases. In the1980s and 1990s, aromatherapywas rediscovered in Western countries as interestin complementaryand alternative medicine (CAM) began to grow.
  8. 8. 7Treatment of CancerAromatherapy is rarely suggested as atreatment for cancer, but rather as a form ofsupportive care to manage symptoms ofcancer or side
  9. 9. 8Treatment of Cancereffects of cancer treatment. There are differenttheories about howaromatherapy and essential oils work. A leadingtheory is that smell receptorsin the nose may respond to the smells of essentialoils by sending chemicalmessages along nerve pathways
  10. 10. 9Treatment of Cancerto the brains limbicsystem, which affects moods andemotions. Imagingstudies in humans help show the effects of smellson the limbic system and itsemotional pathways.