“The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day.” Hippocrates 400BC
The term aromatherapy as we know it today was first coined in 1937 by the French chemist and perfumer Rene Maurice Gattefosse who burnt his hand very badly whilst working in his laboratory in 1910. He plunged his burnt hand into a vat of pure undiluted lavender oil, which not only immediately eased the pain, but helped heal the hand without any infection or scarring. Gattefosse subsequently became very interested in the properties that essential oils inihibited. During his experiments he discovered that minute amounts of essential oils are absorbed by the body and interact with the body chemistry.
Dr. Jean Valet used essential oils to treat injured soldiers with great success during the second world war.
In the 1950’s Marguerite Maury started diluting essential oils in a vegetable carrier oil and massaging it onto the skin using a Tibetan technique which is applied along the nerve endings of the spinal column. She was also the first person to start the use of “individually prescribed” combinations of essential oils to suit the need of the person being massaged.
Today, the use of essential oils and aromatherapy has become a major part of alternative and holistic health systems.
The benefits of Aromatherapy
A blend created for an individual will aim to treat the whole person physically, emotionally and psychologically and has many benefits.
- Eliminates toxins by stimulating the blood and lymphatic systems
- Improves general health and well-being
- Eases tension and anxiety
- Conditions the skin
- Has an uplifting effect on the mood
- Reduces and relieves the symptoms of stress and tension
- Soothes or stimulates the nervous system
- Can give relief to many conditions including migraine, IBS, depression, arthritis and rheumatism, sinusitis, poor fertility, nervous tension and nausea.