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Discover Essential Oils in Aromatherapy

The key factor that sets aromatherapy apart from other holistic treatments is the use of essential oils, oils that have been used for thousands of years, as long ago as 2,600 BC in China. They are the essence of a plant processed into a concentrated oil form.

Most of the credit for the way we use essential oils today goes to Rene-Maurice Gattefosse (1881-1950). He was the first person to use the word aromatherapy for massage with essential oils diluted in carrier oil. He used essential oils on the wounds of soldiers during WW1, and discovered the wonderful healing power of lavender in treating burns. He was also the first person to realise that essential oils are absorbed into the blood stream through massaging them into the skin. Dr Jean Valnet picked up where Gattefosse left off, treating soldiers with terrible injuries in WW2. Thereafter he used essential oils as a doctor, to help treat patients. He used basil to help regulate the menstrual cycle, and cypress for coughs and bronchitis. In France cough sweets were once made from crushed cypress cones.

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The person who brought aromatherapy to Britain was Madame Marguerite Maury (1895-1968). She was a biochemist born in Austria, who married a French doctor and homeopath. She became fascinated by the use of essential oils for both medical and cosmetic purposes, and was a pioneer of aromatherapy in France. In the late 1950s Mme Maury came to England to give a series of lectures on massage techniques. She then opened a clinic in London and taught aromatherapy to other therapists.

If you're in the Peterborough, Stamford, Oundle, Uppingham or Corby areas why not give yourself an Aromatherapy massage treatment at our Practice.

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