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The word "Aromatherapie" was first used last century by a French chemist named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse (more about this gentleman later on).
The word Aromatherapy describes the use of essential oils extracted from plants as a form of treatment.
Traces of plants with known medicinal values have been found at sites where primitive men used to live.
These people through experimentation realized that when the twigs of
bushes or trees were burnt, their minds or bodies reacted in
different ways. Sometimes, they felt happy, sometimes drowsy, etc..
practice of burning herbs remained until early 20th century when
Rosemary and Thyme were burnt in hospitals. Research has since proved
how effective these two plants were at getting rid of bacteria.
In 1240BC, Moses was recorded as having been guided by God to chase the Jews out of Egypt by using a mixture of essential oils.