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What is Aromatherapy?


You may have noticed that this is not my normal Friday blog, bringing you exciting news about our products and packaging. Instead, once a month, I would like to share information about my other passion here at Mountain Rose Herbs - aromatherapy and essential oils!

Natural aromatic plant materials, such as essential oils, have been used for thousands of years to support the wellbeing of the mind and body. Over time the distillation and extraction of these oils has been perfected, and the therapeutic qualities have been researched and studied. Today the use of essential oils and other aromatic plant materials is known as aromatherapy or aromatology.

Did you know that the term aromatherapy was coined by accident? In 1928 the French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé suffered from an extreme burn on his forearm. His first reaction was to plunge his arm into lavender essential oil. From this moment of intuition, he discovered that the lavender oil was able to promote healing of burns and to prevent scarring. This accident initiated his curiosity and research in the therapeutic possibilities of essential oils.

Today aromatherapy is both an art and a science. It incorporates natural aromatics into the maintenance and restoration of the mind, body, and spirit. There are a variety of ways to utilize essential oils and aromatherapy. Many of which are easy to add to your daily routine. You may already be tapping into the benefits of aromatherapy without even knowing it! From daily moisturizers and soaps to scented candles and room sprays, there is always more behind the aroma.

Want to learn more? We offer a wide variety of books on Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. From the beginner to the advanced, you will find the perfect addition to your library.

Coming next month: What is an essential oil?

Topics: Aromatherapy Education


Written by Christine on May 11, 2012

Christine, Products Manager and Certified Aromatherapist, is super knowledgeable about all our products after having spent more than a decade at Mountain Rose Herbs. When she isn’t overseeing our line of thousands of sustainable offerings, she can be found gardening, running around with her energetic daughter, canning and preserving food, homebrewing, and spending time outdoors.