Aromatherapy is based on the principle natural fragrances or essential oils from certain plants or flowers can affect moods and consequently how we think at any given time.
The use of essential oils dates back to ancient Egyptian times. Cleopatra is said to have used essential oils in her rooms and on her clothes to seduce Mark Anthony. The Greek physical Hippocrates used essential oils to offer protection against contagious diseases and for the therapeutic values.
In the 1920's Rene Maurice Gattefasse, a French Chemist, burnt his arm while making a fragrance and immediately plunged it into a jug of lavender oil. Through his amazement the pain was less than expected and the blistering was greatly reduced.
The healing process was faster and he was left with little scarring. He was so impressed that he devoted the rest of his life to researching the healing properties of essential oils and he christened it "Aromatherapy" including through the lungs via exhalation.
Some of the health benefits or aromatherapy include it's ability to reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels, speed up the healing process eliminates headaches, boost cognitive performance, induce sleep, strengthen the immune system, help self esteem and confidence, reduce pain, improve digestion and increase circulation.
Today we continue to use and enjoy the healing benefits of nature's oils with modern day insight and scientific understanding of their therapeutic benefits.
Scientific research has validated what our ancestors carried out intuitively. The results is that in the 21st century oils are used in every day of our lives.
Pure essential oils are used in the workplace to increase productivity, hospitals to promote healing and the home to create ambience and address minor ailments.