Aromatherapy had been around for 6000 years or more. The
Greeks, Romans, and ancient Egyptians all used aromatherapy oils. The Egyptian physician
Imhotep recommended fragrant oils for bathing, massage, and for embalming their dead
nearly 6000 years ago. Imhotep is the Egyptian god of medicine and healing. Hippocrates,
the father of modern medicine, used aromatherapy baths and scented massage. He used
aromatic fumigations to rid Athens of the plague.
The modern era of aromatherapy is dawned in 1930 when the
French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse coined the term aromatherapy for the therapeutic
use of essential oils. He was fascinated by the benefits of lavender oil in healing his
burned hand without leaving any scars. He started investigating the effect of other
essential oils for healing and for their psychotherapeutic benefits.
During world war II, the French army surgeon Dr. Jean
Valnet used essential oils as antiseptics. Later, Madame Marguerite Maury elevated
aromatherapy as a holistic therapy. She started prescribing essential oils as remedy for
her patients. She is also credited with the modern use of essential oils in massage.
Aromatherapy works the best when it works on the mind and
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