Hippocrates used aromatherapy baths and scented massages. To end the plague of Athens, the father of modern medicine fumigated the city with aromatic substances.
Aromatherapy was an accidental discovery. René-Maurice Gattefossé, a chemist in 1920s France, accidentally set his arm on fire in his laboratory. The nearest cold liquid he could locate was lavender oil, probably because it was a perfume laboratory. He noticed that the burn healed quickly and left no scarring. From that point on he researched essential oils and how they heal.
Aromatherapy uses herbs to improve your well-being. oils are used to address physical and psychological issues.
Aromatherapy as a practice is thousands of years old. Ancient Egyptians employed the use of essential oils and other plant substances for massages, bathing and healing. One of the major uses of aromatherapy in the US is for stress management.