Types of Aromatherapy

There are many kinds of aromatherapy but its types are divided according to the application and purposes of the essential oils. These essential oils are taken from the different parts of the plants and then it is distilled or purified. These extracted oils have therapeutic benefits of the plants from which they are extracted. It is really important to use these oils under the guidance of some experienced Aroma-therapist. These oils are very strong and also contain concentrated natural chemical compounds.

There are different ways of application of these essential oils but all the ways come into or divided into few main types of Aromatherapy.

Cosmetic Aromatherapy

Cosmetic AromatherapyThis type of aromatherapy is used for beauty purpose. These oils are added in creams to improve the texture and complexion of the skin. Cosmetic aromatherapy can be done through facials and showers. Few essential oils are used to treat different beauty problems. True essential oils have good effect in toning, cleansing and moisturizing of the skin. Essential oils like lavender and rosemary are used to increase the hair growth. Sometimes fragrance oils are used in place of essential oils in skin care products in order to save high cost of essential oils. But fragrance oils only have aroma and they have no healing property like essential oils.


Massage Aromatherapy

Massage AromatherapyIn this therapy, different essential oils are blended and massage is done with them by the expert masseur. This type of therapy is used to get relief from aches and pains. Massage is done on the area of pain. It soothes and helps in healing the joints. Before having massage, get a patch test done if you are allergic to few things. This will prevent you from any kind of itching and awful sensation in your skin after massage. Eucalyptus and ginger essential oils are used for massage on the affected area.


Clinical Aromatherapy or Olfactory Aromatherapy

Clinical aromatherapy is also known as medical aromatherapy. Essential oils are usually mixed with a carrier oil or lotion like sweet almond or apricot kernel.

If you are going for clinical aromatherapy treatment, then choosing expert professional would be highly recommended. Clinical aromatherapy is closely related with massage aromatherapy as the essential oils may be massaged to the skin. It is the controlled use of essential oils to heal physical, mental and emotional health. Any kind of misuse of essential oils or massage technique, especially on the skin, can cause discomfort to a person.

Olfactory Aromatherapy

Use of essential oils in this therapy can also be seen in compresses, baths, and inhalation. It is sometimes called as olfactory aromatherapy. In this type of therapy, diffusers and vaporizers are used to evaporate the essential oil in the atmosphere of the certain area. The molecules in the air are quickly absorbed by the blood stream and then they start their work. An aromatherapy candle, room spray, or sprinkle of a few drops on a handkerchief can also be used as the means of therapy.

This kind of aromatherapy is helpful in healing the body, mind and spirit. It is a good treatment for the common cold or severe cough.



Practice of Aromatology is mainly seen in France. This therapy is highly controversial. Practitioner must be well-adept with the technique of this therapy. The practice of this therapy is known as aromatic medicine. In this method of aromatherapy, it does not require any kind of massage. Instead, oils are poured on topically. The main controversy related to this aromatherapy is that it can be used in the vagina or rectum.