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The use of plant oils can be traced back over 6000 years. The Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all recognised the therapeutic properties of essential oils and plant extracts.
Aromatherapy today can be seen as a direct development of the work of two Frenchmen: Rene-Maurice Gatefosse and Dr Jean Valnet. Gatefosse researched the healing powers of plant oils following an accidental discovery that Lavender oil quickly healed his badly burnt hand. Valnet took the research further during the Second World War whilst working as a field surgeon. Where medical supplies were in short supply he used essential oils as an alternative and found they had very powerful regenerative, antiseptic and healing properties which were effective in treating the soldiers wounds.

Aromatherapy in the Workplace

Aromatherapy can be utilised in the workplace as an effective business tool.
The properties of certain oils can have a direct effect on the health and general well being of the workforce.
Specific oils can stimulate the immune system , reducing the likelyhood of minor ailments such as colds and flu.
Application of the oils also have an immediate effect on muscle tension and can help in avoiding work related disorders such as repetitive strain injuries and back problems.
Treatment times vary from between 30 to 90 minutes.

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