The history of aromatherapy
The history of aromatherapy dates back thousands of years, to when it was part of the medicinal practices of the people of early India. The Indians believed in using the power of natural elements in healing one's mind, body and soul. The people of Egypt also discovered the use of essential oils for making medicines, perfumes and cosmetics. Greeks also anointed themselves with oil before heading off to fight in a battle, carrying essential oils with them for healing wounds, and relieving fatigue. The modern era of aromatherapy dawned in 1930 when the French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse coined the term aromatherapy for the therapeutic use of essential oils. He was fascinated by the benefits of lavender oil in healing his burned hand without leaving any scars. He started investigating the effects of other essential oils for healing and for their psychotherapeutic benefits.
Due to the effects of the deep relaxation that can be achieved through aromatherapy/Swedish massage, it may give rise to the following benefits: