The use of aromatic compounds to induce relaxation or to positively alter a person’s mood.

Aromatherapy can be relaxing, and massage parlors frequently incorporate aromatherapy into their services. Specialized aromatherapy candles or incense sticks can contain essential oils and plant materials, which are said to have a beneficial effect on the user. Different ingredients are used to achieve different results; for example, peppermint oil can provide a refreshing, energizing effect.

Current research suggests that aromatherapy cannot directly cure any medical conditions, although the practice may support a healthier immune system by relieving stress.