Where Did Aromatherapy Come From?

Where Did Aromatherapy Come From?

Thank you Rene Maurice Gattefosse!
The aromatherapy you and I are familiar with was actually discovered by French Chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse in 1910, completely by accident. You know how most of us these days reach for antibiotic cream (or mom slathered on the butter in the good old days) after a burn? Well, this clever Chemist immersed his badly burned hand in a vat of Lavender (apparently that was the only thing close at hand) and was surprised to discover that his injury healed quickly with barely noticeable scarring left behind. This experience led to his curiosity about essential oils which he experimented with in military hospitals during WWI. Rene Maurice Gattefosse was also first to come up with the term “aromatherapy”.

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