AROMATHERAPY - Chapter III by Deborah Dolen
History of Aromatherapy
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Aromatherapy has 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 dated in 1920 when the French
chemist, René Maurice Gattefossé coined the term aromatherapy for the
therapeutic use of essential oils. Rene started investigating the
effect of other essential oils for healing and for their
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 a remedy for her patients. She is also credited with the
modern use of essential oils in massage.
Aromatherapy works best when used on the mind and body simultaneously.
How Does Aromatherapy Work?
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