Aromatherapy is the use of naturally extracted aromatic essence from plants for psychological and physical wellbeing. Our ancestors have used aromatherapy in their day to day lives in many different forms such as for medicinal, ritual and religious use. It is said that Romans use essential oils on their bedding, clothes while also using them for massages and bath.
It was the French perfumer and chemist, Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, who coined the term “aromatherapie” in 1937 while investigating the antiseptic properties of essential oils.
It is known that aromatherapy creates a pleasant and soothing therapy which has an effect on our mental and emotional wellbeing. We often respond to smell emotionally as the olfactory nerves pass directly from the nose to the limbic system, which is the emotional centre of the brain.