1.1 Definition and scope of study
Aromatherapy consists in using essential oils for medicinal purposes. This market thus operates at the intersection of essential oils and phytotherapy, a discipline that consists in practising medicine based on natural plant active ingredients.
Some essential oils are used for lack of sleep, digestive problems or respiratory problems.
Undoubtedly in fashion, the global aromatherapy market is growing and is expected to remain so until 2026, with an estimated average annual growth rate of 10.4%.
Since 2012, the French market has experienced a significant increase in sales of essential oils mainly distributed in pharmacies, parapharmacies and speciality stores making France a European leader.
Herbal treatments are gradually being introduced to professionals and patients and the market is dynamic, driven by the development of the online sale and the expansion of major players in the sector such as Puressential.
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