The Origin of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.
Since the earliest of times, man has used essential oils for various
purposes. The origin of Aromatherapy is usually attributed to
the ancient Egyptians, back to the Kingdom of Sheba. From
Sheba came the three wise men bearing gifts of gold,
frankincense, and myrrh. Over the decades the use of essential
oils grew so popular that trade routes were established just to
However, essential oils became rather neglected until the early
1900’s, when a french chemist name Rene-Maurice Gattefosse’
began studying them. After burning his hand in an explosion in
his lab, Gattefosse ran and plunged his hand into a vat of
lavender oil which was nearby. It is reported that the pain went
away immediately, and he recovered so quickly that he decided to
study the essential oils. Gattefosse later called the practice of
using essential oils, “Aromatherapy”.