Aromatherapy History

French perfumer and chemist, Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, created the term “aromatherapie” in 1937 with his publication of a book by that name.

His book “Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy” includes very early clinical findings for making use of Essential Oils for a variety of physical disorders. It is important to consider exactly what Gattefosse’s intent for creating the word was, as he clearly wanted to distinguish the medicinal application of essential oils from their perfumery applications.

We can conclude that his coining of the word “Aromatherapie” was to suggest the therapeutic application or the medical use of fragrant compounds (essential oils) for alternative wellness. As the technique of aromatherapy has advanced, throughout the years, it has embraced a more alternative approach incorporating the entire mind, body and spirit.

“Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on treatment which seeks to generate leisure, to enhance power, to decrease the effects of tension and also to restore lost balance to mind, the body as well as the heart.”  – Robert Tisserand

“Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to preserve and also advertise physical, psychological, as well as spiritual well-being.” –  Gabriel Mojay

At Energy-Balance we consider Aromatherapy to be a science of utilising fragrant essences from plants to balance, harmonise and ensure the wellness of body, mind and spirit.

The benefits of using Aromatherapy are to reduce the effects of stress or anxiety for yourself or a loved ones, to provide immune enhancement, inflammation and pain reduction and to achieve homeostasis.

As a holistic method, Aromatherapy is both a preventative method, and an energetic technique to use as both a preventive to dis-ease, a mood enhancer, and as stress relief during chronic stages of disease or ‘dis’-simplicity.

It is an organic, non-invasive technique made to influence the entire individual, not just the sign or illness and to assist the body’s all-natural ability to equilibrium, regulate, heal and also keep itself by the appropriate usage of essential oils.”  – Jade Shutes

Aromatherapy is … the experienced and also regulated usage of essential oils for physical as well as psychological health and wellness and well-being.   – Valerie Cooksley