Aromatherapy is a well-known complementary and alternative therapy around the world. It has always existed in different cultures with its own unique imprint. Aromatherapy, as the name itself suggests depends on the fragrance or aroma of essential oils extracted from the leaves or root of medicinal herbs. This was incorporated in humans for health benefits in various forms such as pulmonary inhalation, massage, at times, in powder or tablet form. Studies have shown the therapeutics potential of aromatherapy widely observed on human (clinical trials), and also on animal models to treat various physiological as well as psychological problems including mental health suggesting its potential. One of ancient vedic method, Yagya involved inhalation of herbal vapors similar to more recent aromatherapy. In India, the process of Yagya is an ancient technique used for personal and spiritual development. In Yagya various medicinal herbs are used in mixtures that have therapeutic potential to treat psychological problems. In this review we have covered all the therapeutic benefits of medicinal herbs used in Aromatherapy and in Yagya along with herbal components used in Yagya to shed light on the Yagya in fortifying mental health.
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