Hillary Nguyen, Staff Writer

Aromatherapy is the process of using plants and essential oils (plant based products) to improve emotional, physical and mentally.  

After inhaling the essential oils, the oils stimulates the olfactory system, a part of the brain that is connected to smell. The airborne molecules will almost immediately interact with the olfactory system. The molecules can also be carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system. Kim Aguirre, an expert on aromatherapy and a doTERRA Wellness Advocate explains the positive influence aromatherapy can also have with sports injuries.

The term aromatherapy originated in 1937 when a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse created the name after a burn incident. He then began to research about the healing powers of essential oils.

Many people do not have the knowledge of aromatherapy or where it originated from. Some people believe the credit should go to the Egyptians as they were the first to develop a distillation machine that extracts oils.  

Others believe aromatherapy is thought to have roots in China which is where the practice of using essential oils as a mood enhancer began.

The Greeks also played a role in the history of aromatherapy. Megallus, a Greek perfumer, created a perfume which had supposed healing properties, this began aromatherapy in Greece.

There are many different aromas ranging from lemon to peppermint that can help with a variety of injuries. Essential oils can also be used in different ways; diffusing or inhaling, internal uses such as dietary supplements and can also be applied before or after massaging.

Aguirre has used multiple oils and would recommend each for athletes of all ages. There are a variety of aromas and essential oils, and multiple can help benefit you.