Just over 100 years ago, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist, burned his hand during an experiment. He immediately plunged his injured extremity into the nearest liquid he could find, a small bowl of Lavender oil. Over the next few days and weeks, he was shocked out how quickly his hand healed. Based on this finding, Gattefosse spent the rest of his life learning and writing about essential oils, coining the phrase “Aromatherapy.”
This discovery was actually not a discovery at all; it was a re-discovery. Aromatherapy has been in use since man has been around to use it, but the oil that sparked the modern interest in the healing effects of essential oils is Lavender. Probably the best known essential oil in existence, Lavender is a calming wonder. Perfect for relaxation, we use lavender in our Lavender Rosemary candle, as well as, our calm/sleep roll-on. Additionally, Lavender is great for headaches, anti-bacterial purposes and PMS issues.
So next time you are tempted to underestimate this most popular of essential oils, don’t forget Gattefosse and how he discovered the healing properties of this magnificent little plant extract.