Aromatherapy: New Age Fad Or Ancient Wisdom?

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses essential oils to promote physical and emotional well-being. 

The use of essential oils dates back thousands of years to ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece, and China. It is believed that these oils were used not only for their scent, but also for their therapeutic properties.In recent years, aromatherapy has experienced a surge in popularity, leading many to question whether it is just a passing trend or if it has roots in ancient wisdom.

In this blog post, we will explore the history of aromatherapy, its benefits, and whether it is a new age fad or ancient wisdom.

The History of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has a rich history that spans thousands of years. It is believed that the ancient Egyptians were the first to use essential oils for therapeutic purposes. They used oils such as frankincense, myrrh, and cinnamon in their religious ceremonies, as well as for skin care and healing. The Greeks also used essential oils in their daily lives, with Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, recommending the use of essential oils for various health conditions.

In the 20th century, French chemist René Gattefossé was one of the first to study the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. He discovered that lavender oil could help with burn wounds and began to explore other essential oils and their benefits. This led to the development of aromatherapy as a form of alternative medicine.

The Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is believed to offer a range of physical and emotional benefits. Essential oils are believed to work by interacting with the olfactory system, the part of the brain that is responsible for the sense of smell. When we smell an essential oil, the scent travels to the brain and affects our emotions, hormones, and other bodily functions.

Physical Benefits:

  • Relieve pain: Essential oils such as lavender and peppermint are believed to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Improve sleep: Essential oils such as lavender and chamomile are believed to help improve sleep quality and promote relaxation.
  • Boost immune system: Essential oils such as eucalyptus and tea tree are believed to have antibacterial and antiviral properties and can help boost the immune system.
  • Ease headaches: Essential oils such as peppermint and lavender are believed to help relieve headaches and migraines.

Emotional Benefits:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety: Essential oils such as lavender and bergamot are believed to help reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Improve mood: Essential oils such as lemon and peppermint are believed to help improve mood and increase energy.
  • Promote relaxation: Essential oils such as lavender and chamomile are believed to promote relaxation and reduce feelings of tension.

New Age Fad or Ancient Wisdom?

While the popularity of aromatherapy has increased in recent years, the use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes dates back thousands of years. This suggests that aromatherapy is not just a new age fad, but is rooted in ancient wisdom.

However, it is important to note that there is limited scientific evidence to support the claims of the benefits of aromatherapy. Many of the benefits are based on anecdotal evidence and traditional use. While some essential oils have been shown to have therapeutic properties, more research is needed to fully understand their effects.


In conclusion, aromatherapy has been used for centuries and its popularity has only increased in recent years. Its roots can be traced back to ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece, and China where essential oils were used for their therapeutic properties and scent. While some of the benefits of aromatherapy have been backed by anecdotal evidence and traditional use, further scientific research is needed to fully understand its effects. Nevertheless, the history of aromatherapy suggests that it is not just a passing trend, but a form of alternative medicine that is rooted in ancient wisdom.

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