Amazing Healing Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy and the extraction of essential oils from the parts of individual plants have been around for centuries. Shutterstock

21. Aromatherapy has been around for over 6,000 years. Experts pass their knowledge from one generation to the next. 

Humans have used aromatherapy for thousands of years. Many ancient cultures, such as those in China, Egypt, and India, have incorporated aromatic plants into resins, balms, and oils. The substances were used for religious and medical purposes and were known to have psychological and physical benefits. Essential oil distillation was traced back to the Persians in the 10th century. However, it is unclear if anyone used the practice before this period. A publication regarding essential oil distillation dates back to 16th century Germany. A little while later, in the 19th century, French physicians recognized the potential essential oils had in treating diseases. I the 19th century, doctors cared about using chemical drugs to treat illnesses.

However, French and German doctors still focused on natural botanicals in treating disease. In fact, people have used essential oils for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. People used them for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes. Before being used for medicinal purposes, you could find essential oils in cosmetics and perfumes. That French chemist who discovered the healing properties of lavender oil applied it to a burn on his hand. The burn came from an explosion in his laboratory. He then began to analyze the chemical properties of essential oils. Furthermore, how he could use them to treat health issues. Although aromatherapy has been around for an extremely long time, it did not become popular in the United States until the 1980s.