Used by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, they recognized the beneficial effects of scented baths, candles and spreads. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, recommended spraying Athens to control the plague in the city. In 1930, Dr. Rene-Maurice Gattefos established the basic principles of aromatherapy. After hand burning, lavender oil was used and the hand was completely healed. This led them to believe that these scents and oils could find other uses.


Jean Valnette, a French doctor, found the oil to be effective in disinfection and healing when applied to the skin. He wrote a book on aromatherapy in 1964 to teach people about this new science. Professor Paolo Rovesti tested different oils under different conditions. For frustration, he tried jasmine, sandalwood and lemon oil. Out of fear he used cypress, orange leaf, lime and rose.


Those who mix their oils find scents that help them please and relax. The olfactory nerve picks up odors and causes rest. The smell of lemon is usually as important as the smell of sour.


Aromatherapy can be used by inhalation, spraying in the air, massaging the skin, putting in bath water, or using hot and cold compresses. People suffering from asthma need to be aware of the scent, as this can cause attacks. For people with allergies, sage and rosemary can shut them down and cause breathing problems.


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