Ancient Use of Aroma
The use of aromatic plants, herbs and flowers is the oldest form of healing disease and pain.
Knowledge about the medicinal effects of flowers, plants and herbs have been recorded in the oldest writings in history, myth, and folklore.
Shamans from pre-historic days of humans on planet earth were probably the first aromatherapists and perfumers.
Records found in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts show that priests and physicians were using plant aromatics thousands of years before birth of Christ to heal the sick and infirm.
In ancient times certain plant balms and fragrances like Frankincense and Myrrh were considered more valuable than gold. There are numerous references to plant substances in the Bible. Finally now with the advent of modern scientific research we are beginning to investigate the incredible healing potential found in aromatic plants, flowers, herbs and essential oils.
In the early 1900's the French perfumer and cosmetic chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse who, convinced that the antimicrobial properties of many essential oils was greater than the chemical pharmaceuticals being used Gattéfosse, turned his attention to researching the medicinal properties of essential oils and their benefits for treating skin conditions.
During WWI Gattéfosse used essential oils with patients in military hospitals. He published his findings in his book Aromtherapie, and is credited with coining the term “Aromatherapy.”
Today aroma is frequently used in scent marketing. By using scent, brands are able to connect with consumers on a deeper, emotional level resulting in a more memorable experience of their product.
Read first blog in this series: Fragrant Differences Why Some People Hate the Scent of Lavender.
Read next blog in this series: Where Do Essential Oils Come From?