What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a branch of phytomedicine that uses pure essential oils as the principal therapeutic tools.  


Essential oils are obtained by steam distillation and have the characteristic odour of the plant or other source from which it is extracted. Herbal medicine has been practised all over the world for thousands of years and many countries have now documented the history of the use of aromatic plant in many forms in traditional healing.  

The term ‘Aromatherapy” was coined in 1930 by French bio Chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who used Lavandula angustifolia essential oil (Lavender) on a badly burnt hand which was not healing well at all.  He then developed aromatherapy, the use of essential oils to treat disease, via oral, rectal and vaginals routes and these are prescribed by qualified aromatic medicine physicians.


In New Zealand, the most common approach to using essential oils is holistic aromatherapy, treating the whole person via the skin or the olfactory system.  Essential oil therapy is not just about inhalation, or massage, it is a complementary medicine and a holistic healing process.  Touch has a profound psychological and physical impact and the effect of smell has a powerful influence on the nervous system.  Scents can influence mood, shifts emotions, alleviate stress and harmonise blood pressure.

Senteurs de vie uses the highest quality of essentials oils. It is important  in ensuring that we are practising safely.

Essential Oil Safety:

At Senteurs de vie, all aromatherapy products are blended by hand - they are made from 100% pure essential oils & plant based carrier oils.

The essential oil blends may provide relief & natural healing due to the properties stated in the information provided with each blend when used as directed.

100% pure essential oils  come from fruit plants, herbs, flowers, woods & resins, they are highly concentrated and must be used with respect. However the concentration of which we use them is not natural. So using "less is best”.

Essential oils must not be ingested or used neat on the skin & must be stored out of the reach of children.