History

Many ancient cultures recognized the physical and psychological benefits of scented oils including the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. In fact, Hippocrates, known as the father of modern medicine, stated 2,500 years ago the benefits of an aromatic bath and scented massage. Aromatic oils were also used in India and China at the same time as they were in use in ancient Egypt. Distillation of essential oils is credited to the Persians in the 10th century. Printed books were readily available in the 16th century. In 1928, a French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé coined the term aromatherapy, supporting the use of essential oils. There is a growing resurgence today of the use of essential oils for their health promoting benefits.