History

Essential Oils have been known of and used for over 7000 years.
This earthenware still, found in Pakistan and dating from around 5000 B.C., is proof of this.
The Egyptians (circa 1500 B.C.) made use of these precious substances too. They were used in medicine, but also for many sacred rituals such as embalming.

Closer to us, the Romans and Greeks used them extensively. Many written works testify to the frequent use of these substances as therapeutic agents.

The use of plants and their extracts has been explained at length in the writing of apothecaries of the past few centuries.

The term “Aromatherapy” was formulated in 1928 by Gattefossé, a pioneer of scientific research into Essential Oils. While speaking of the history of Essential Oils, it is interesting to recall an anecdote whereby Gattefossé, having seriously burned himself in his laboratory, plunged his arm into a recipient full of lavender and was stupefied to see that no lesion appeared. The history of modern aromatherapy had begun...

After the Second World War, the discovery of antibiotics and the booming pharmaceutical industry meant that aromatherapy was forgotten until the 1970s.

At this time, Dr. Jean Valnet popularised aromatherapy and made it accessible to the general public with his book Aromathérapie.

However, this fledgling therapy still lacked the scientific foundations enabling it to become fully established.

This was not to last. At the dawn of the 1990s, many therapists and scientists in Europe set to work and provided this fabulous therapy with scientific foundations.
Among these, Yvan Pariat (Doctor of Chemistry – Switzerland), to whom we owe the detailed analysis of over 250 Essential Oils, and Christian Veyre (Heilpraktiker – Switzerland), who established the therapeutic logic of modern aromatherapy cannot be passed over in silence.
We must also mention Pierre Franchomme (France) and Daniel Pénoël (France), who co-wrote the book L’Aromathérapie exactement.

For the first time, a term defining the new direction taken by the researchers was formulated: Aromatic Medicine.