Aromatherapy History

 
 
 
 

Essential Oils are...

Highly concentrated volatile fragrant liquid essences, not oils at all in fact, extracted from various parts of a variety of plants.

including flowers, leaves, bark, roots - most often by the steam distillation process. 

Citrus fruit being cold pressed and delicate blossoms obtained by solvent extraction aren't strictly speaking essential oils.  

Each essential oil contains a unique, complex composition of approximately 300 to 500 different chemical constituents, giving them their particular therapeutic value.

Often referred to as the "life force" of plants, essential oils are the main active ingredient in all of our formulas.

Aromatherapie is...

The name given by French chemist, Rene Maurice Gattefosse in the 1920's. 

He discovered the healing benefit of lavender when he applied it to his burnt hand - It healed rapidly and without scarring.

Researching other essential oils he determined they were more effective in their whole state rather than an isolated component or active ingredient of the plant or of any synthetic replication of it.

 
 
 

Robert Tisserand, a fellow Brightonian and aromatherapist translated Gattefosse's book into English in 1993.


Dr. Jean Valnet a medical doctor and surgeon during WWII was successful in healing both physical and emotional conditions with essential oils.


Madame Margurite Maury an Austrian biochemist opened the first aromatherapy clinics in France, Britain and Switzerland.

 
 

These days aromatherapy is more commonly associated with mood and emotion and offered along with spa and beauty treatments.