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Imagine being diagnosed with lung cancer As the cancer invades your body you have extensive lung congestion decreased appetite loss of sleep and overall discomfort The physicians cannot provide much assistance to you because you are in the advanced stages All you hope for is relief of side effects and to be more conformable You search for a complementary and alternative medicine to ease your discomfort In your research you find aromatherapy It suggests you rub oils on your body to improve your physical and mental wellness You find that if you rub a light vegetal massage oil on your chest before bed it would help you sleep through the night This same oil also helps you breathe easier As you feel more comfortable your appetite returns as well Your overall wellbeing is improved despite your terminal illness Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to soothe the human body and soul It is the art and science of using essential oils from plant sources to improve a persons health and wellbeing History of Aromatherapy As far back as the Greek Roman and Egyptian civilizations aromatic plant materials have been used in religious rituals to promote physical and mental wellness Though aromatic oils have been used for a long time the term aromatherapy was not coined until the 1930s Keville Green 1995 As far back as 2700 BC there is documentation of people who lived in Africa coating there skin with fragrant oils to protect themselves from the hot sun This practice was also carried out in the Mediterranean where athletes used oils before competing to help their performance Keville Green 1995 The term aromatherapy came from the French Chemist Rene Maurice Gattefoss Gattefoss accidentally came upon the uses of oils by accident There was an explosion in a laboratory of his familys perfumery business Gattefoss hand was severely burned and he put it in a container of lavender
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