Aromatherapy is an art of using essential oils extracted from aromatic plants in treatment. It has the roots in the most ancient healing practices of humankind (Particularly in Greece, India & China) for thousands of years before the technique of distilling oils was discovered.
We own the term Aromatherapy itself to Professor René Maurice Gatte Fossé, a French chemist who burnt his hand badly in a laboratory explosion, and used lavender oil to help heal the burn. He was later amazed at how quickly his burn healed and with very little scarring. Therefrom, he started to do a great deal of research about the medicinal use of essential oils.
Other French doctors, scientists, chemists have continued this work, most notably Dr. Jean Valnet, who used essential oils to treat severe burn and battle injuries. (“Aromatherapy An A-Z”, Patricia Davis)
Nowadays, thanks to in-depth studies of Pierre Franchomme (Aromatologist researcher) and Doctor Penoël, this discipline could be recognized by all as an exacte science.