Aromatherapy: Getting organized

Making the rounds this morning is a Newswire release from MD Anderson Cancer Center about Cherie Perez. She’s a research nurse who teaches aromatherapy to cancer patients during their treatment at the Cancer Center. You can read it here.

Since my background is based in traditional medicine, the involvement of this prestigious medical center sparks my interest to learn more about aromatherapy. I start by looking for structure.

It turns out, there are lots of ways to use oils.

Here, from Psychology Today are the five common types of aromatherapy.

  • Cosmetic Aromatherapy: Applied to hair and skin to beautify
  • Psycho-Aromatherapy: Inhaled to affect emotions and moods
  • Aromatherapy Massage: Used for relaxation
  • Medical Aromatherapy: Complements medical treatments
  • Olfactory Aromatherapy: Inhaled directly or after diffusion into the air

Illustration: New York Awareness Center

8/27/06 10:56 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.