Aromatherapy History




The history of aromatherapy can be traced back to 5000 to 6000 years ago. Aromatherapy is defined as treatment with fragrance."Aroma" means fragrance & "therapy" means treatment. This term is created during 20th century. Aromatherapy was widely used among the Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Romans and the Chinese for religious rituals, medication, cosmetics and perfumery.

One of the oldest medical book in China written by Shen Nung around 2,700BC contains cures involving over 300 different aromatic herbs.

Hypocrites, also known as Father of Medicine (400 BC) was the first to study essential oils' effects. He believed that a daily aromatic bath and scented massage would promote good health.

Theophrastus, a physician, wrote of the healing properties of "aromatic" plants. For at least 1200 years, a book written by a Greek physician named Pedacius Dioscorides about herbal medicine was the Western world's standard medical reference. Many of the remedies he mentions are still used in Aromatherapy today.

The Romans built upon the knowledge of the Egyptians and Greeks and became well known for scented baths followed by aromatic oil massage.