The word ‘aromatherapy’ was first used in the 1920’s by French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefossé, following a lucky accident in his laboratory.
Gattefossé set his arm on fire during one of his experiments and in a panic, dipped the burn in to the nearest available cool liquid – in this case, lavender essential oil. He immediately noticed the cooling and soothing properties of the oil, striking a long-term interest in essential oils in medicinal treatments.
Lavender today is used in a multitude of natural health products and cosmetics and is one of the most popular essential oils in the practice of aromatherapy.
The soothing properties of Lavender essential oil will help calm anxiety, improve relaxation and help to promote a good night’s sleep. Used on the skin, Lavender is effective for soothing minor cuts and grazes and can also provide nourishment to dry or sun-chapped skin.