|Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years.
The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and medicines.
René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, discovered the healing property of lavender oil, in the early 1900’s when he applied it to a burn on his hand caused by an explosion in his laboratory.
He then started to analyse the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Gattefossé founded the science of aromatherapy.
By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers began using aromatherapy.