Aromatherapy is said to have been discovered near the end of the nineteenth century by a Professor Rene Gattefosse. One day when the good Professor Gettefosse stuck his hand in a bowl of Lavender Oil after getting a nasty burn on it, he discovered the Lavender Oil had a healing effect. Not only did the burn on his hand heal faster, but it healed with no blisters or scarring!
The Professor was onto something it seemed, and this was the beginning of aromatherapy as we now know it. Professor Gettefosse began many years of research into essential oils and their natural healing properties. He continued to learn more when he treated wounded soldiers during the 1914 – 1918 war. In the 1920′s the Professor gave his treatment the name “Aromatherapie”. He lived until 1950 when he died while visiting his brother in Casablanca, Moroco.
His work was continued by Dr. Jean Valnet, a French physician, who used many essential oils to treat such ailments as cancers, tuberculosis, diabetes and other many other serious illnesses.
Marguerite Maury, a French biochemist and beautician further developed massage techniques and several skin-care treatments using essential oils. She continued to work in aromatherapy healing until she died in 1968 at the age of 73.
Interest in aromatherapy has continued to grow and today it has a massive following.