A bit of history; How Did Aromatherapy Get Its Name?

During the earlier part of the 20th century, a French chemist by the name of René-Maurice Gattefossé became interested in essential oils for their medicinal properties. Previously, he focused on the aromatic use of essential oils in perfumery application, but his interest in their therapeutic use caused an accident heightened his curiosity. While working, he burned his arm rather badly. By reflex, he plunged his burned arm into the closest liquid, which happened to be a large container of lavender essential oil. The burn he suffered quickly damaged and left no scar. He attributed his remarkable healing to the Lavender Essential Oil, and that lead to his ongoing study of essential oils. It is Gattefossé that is credited with coining the term aromatherapy in 1928

The aroma of a natural essential oil stimulates the brain to trigger a reaction and when inhaled into the lungs, the natural component (naturally occurring chemicals) can supply the therapeutic benefits. For example, diffusing eucalyptus essential oil will help ease congestion. While physical and emotional well being is a major benefit of using essential oils, there are other common uses as well.

Essential oils can be used in household and laundry cleaners. Some oils act as a natural insect repellent and pesticide. In the summer, many people tend to use citronella candles to keep mosquitoes away. Citronella essential oil is the ingredient in the candles that is responsible for repelling the mosquitoes.

More and more people are turning to essential oils for room freshening or just household freshening in general. It's becoming very popular to use fragrance lamp oils and diffusers these days. Diffusion is the process of dispersing essential oils so that their aroma fills a room or an area with the natural fragrance. There are many different methods that exist for diffusing oils into a room. Three easy methods can be done with things you probably already have in your house. In addition, there are numerous diffusers and diffusing devices available for purchase from aromatherapy vendors and companies who provide diffusers, fragrance lights, fragrance lamp oils and other fragrance lamp accessories.

When shopping around for fragrance lamp oil , you will find not only essential oils but also oils that have sentimental scents. Certain scents can bring back a feeling or a memory and because of that, people love to smell that scent over and over again. That in itself can be a form of therapy!