The History of Aromatherapy

November 2nd, 2013

Nefertiti offers essential oils to Isis

This month, 21 Drops is celebrating the history of aromatherapy and essential oils, including the way they have impacted the creation of the 21 Drops Lifestyle. This all begins by embracing the word “aromatherapy” and what it means. Technically, it is using essential oils that are concentrated extracts that have been derived from the leaves, roots, blossoms, or seeds of various plants for medicinal purposes. These essential oils can be inhaled or massaged into the skin to receive the desired effects. But what more does aromatherapy mean, and where did it come from?

Much of the answer lies in the longevity of its use by human kind. Essential oils have been used for nearly 6,000 years by ancient cultures around the globe for their therapeutic properties. These oils have also been used by ancient Chinese, Indian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman societies in perfumes, cosmetics, and as medicine. Essential oils were used regularly in other aspects of ancient life, such as therapy, spiritual guidance, hygiene, and in certain rites and rituals.

Aromatherapist, René-Maurice Gattefossé

Though aromatherapy and essential oils have shown their potent effects for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that they became a focal point for scientific study. For example, a French chemist by the name of René-Maurice Gattefossé realized that lavender had the ability to heal burns after applying it to his hand after an explosion in is lab. After analyzing the properties of the plant, he saw that there were many other uses for the essential oils produced from lavender that could treat a variety of wounds and damage to the skin. Gattefossé began what he called the science of aromatherapy.

The widely known benefits of aromatherapy and even the science and study of essential oils were not widely accepted in the United States until roughly the 1980s. It was at that point that many aromatherapy products became popular on the market including candles and lotions. Unfortunately, although labeled as aromatherapy, there were seldom any essential oils in the ingredients and they contained many artificial fragranced which have no therapeutic effect.

Cary Caster, 21 Drops Founder

Today, a growing number of true aromatherapy products are being marketed to the public, and more people understand the importance of living a less chemically dependent life. 21 Drops is proud to be advancing the scientific modernization of essential oil use and assisting customers in exploring which aromatherapy products are right for them and their concerns.

Cary Caster, Founder of 21 Drops, is dedicated to not only being a provider of essential oil knowledge to the public, but also educate people on how to live a more healthy lifestyle in all aspects. By finding balance in our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, we can come closer to becoming whole. These are the guiding principles the 21 Drops Lifestyle advocates: regular exercise, healthy eating, wholesome parenting, and natural healing. We encourage you to begin your journey with us as we share inspiration and guidance on living your life in order to Feel Better. Be Better.

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