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Aromatherapy History Egypt, Greece & Rome
Aromatherapy, as it is practiced today, began with the Egyptians, aromatherapy has been around for 6000 years or more. The Greeks, Romans, and ancient Egyptians all used aromatherapy oils who used the method of infusion to extract the oils from aromatic plants which were used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.
Aromatherapy History - China
At a similar time, ancient Chinese civilizations were also using some form of aromatics. Shen Nung's herbal book contains detailed information on over 300 plants and their uses. Similarly, the Chinese used aromatics in religious ceremonies, by burning woods and incense to show respect to their Gods - a tradition which is still practiced today. The use of aromatics in China was linked to other ancient therapies such as massage and acupressure.
Aromatherapy Histroy - India
Aromatherapy has also been used for many centuries in India. Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, uses dried and fresh herbs, as well as aromatic massage as important aspects of treatment.
The Romans learned from the Greeks and became well known for aromatic baths followed by massage with aromatic oils. The popularity of aromatics led to the establishment of trade routes to India and Arabia.
The modern era of aromatherapy is dawned in 1930 when the French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse coined the term aromatherapy for the therapeutic use of essential oils. He was fascinated by the benefits of the use of lavender oil in healing his burned hand without leaving any scars. He started investigating & studying the effects of other essential oils for healing and for their therapeutic benefits.
French army surgeon Dr. Jean used essential oils as antiseptics. Later, Madame Marguerite Maury elevated aromatherapy as a holistic therapy. She started prescribing essential oils as remedy for her patients. She is also credited with the modern use of essential oils in massage. It is at this point that aromatherapy became an intriguing, semi-medical modality which allowed the lay person to attempt self- therapy for many common ailments.
Aromatherapy works the best when it works on the mind and body.
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