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More than 5000 years ago, the Egyptians initiated the art of extracting valuable essences from plants. During this time, burning oils as incense was the method used to extract the healing properties of various herbs and spices.

More than 5000 years ago, the Egyptians initiated the art of extracting valuable essences from plants. During this time, burning oils as incense was the method used to extract the healing properties of various herbs and spices.

Impressive, you know your essential oil history!
Learn more about who discovered them.

Read on to be inspired by aromatherapies long standing history.

Around the same time, the Chinese were also practicing medicine using plants. The book “Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine” documents their knowledge of over 300 different plants and their medicinal value. The text is still referenced today, thousands of years after it was written!

Around the same time, the Chinese were also practicing medicine using plants. The book “Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine” documents their knowledge of over 300 different plants and their medicinal value. The text is still referenced today, thousands of years after it was written!

By 400 BC, the Ancient Greeks had realised the benefits of essential oils and invented the distillation process. Hippocrates argued that the body should be treated as whole. From this thought process, aromatherapy derives its holistic approach.

Fast forward to 1910, French perfumer and chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse discovers that the body is able to absorb small amounts of essential oils. By the 1950s, massage therapists were routinely using essential oils around the world. Since then, essential oils have become key to holistic wellness and healing.

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Fast forward to 1910 and you’ll find French perfumer and chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse discovering that the body is able to absorb small amounts of essential oils, interacting with the body’s chemistry.

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