Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils (extracts or essences) from flowers, herbs, and trees to support and balance the mind, body, and spirit. Patients with cancer use aromatherapy mainly to improve their quality of life. Essential oils like Roman chamomile, geranium, lavender, and cedarwood are the basic materials of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy may work by sending chemical messages to the part of the brain that affects moods and emotions. Essential oils are most often used by inhaling them or by applying them to the skin. Certain essential oils have antibacterial, calming, or energizing effects.
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