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Do You Know The History Behind Aromatherapy Oils?

Mar 26, 2008
Did you know that aromatherapy is a relatively new term when compared to how long the actual practice of using aromatherapy oils has been around? It is true. The word "aromatherapy" was not coined until the 1920's. It has long been thought that aromatherapy essential oils could be used to heal the body and spirit.

Ancient cultures across the globe have all used massage techniques and aromatic flowers or herbs to help people. Tinctures and teas made from certain plants and herbs were considered invaluable medicines in their time. It is funny how the word came about from sheer coincidence.

During the 1920's, a French chemist by the name of Rene Maurice Gattefosse was researching essential oils. He was trying to discover the properties of these oils and their use in healing. Quite by accident, Gattefosse burned his arm by catching it aflame. He quickly submerged his hand in a nearby vat of liquid, which just so happened to be lavender oil.

What did he discover? He discovered that the burn was soothed quickly and later realized that the healing time of the burn had been dramatically decreased. He began labeling this essential oil with the term "aromatherapy" due to its therapeutic qualities. As well, he wrote several books on the topic.

Aromatherapy oils have long been known to the world. Using them may not have been called "aromatherapy," but they have been used for their medicinal properties for quite some time. Take for example Jasmine. Jasmine is a popular tea that is supposed to have calming effects on the mind and body.

It is still put into tea as well as being used for massage aromatherapy. Lavender, as illustrated above with Gattefosse discovering its healing properties, is used heavily in it for its soothing qualities. Vanilla is another soothing type of essential oil used quite frequently, and as you may know, it is used quite a lot in baking.

Aromatherapy oils can be used in a few different ways. You can inhale them through aerial diffusion or direct inhalation. You can have them placed on your skin or you can ingest the essential oil through an oral application, such as tea.

If one method does not seem to work for you, then try another method or combine a few to get the desired results. You should look into using essential oils for aromatherapy in your life. You may be surprised at how great you can feel when there is no stress building up in your neck and shoulder muscles.
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