Ancient Tales: The History of Aromatherapy

India

As with Egypt and China, it is commonly thought that the Indian culture has always known about the healing power of aromatics. There was a container found in the foothills of the Himalayas dating as far back as 3,000 BC. Evidence suggests that it was used for the distillation of aromatic oils.

The holistic tradition of Ayurvedic medicine in India is three thousand years old. It often combines the use of scented oils, spices and massage. Although it is not called aromatherapy, it is clear its practitioners are aware of the therapeutic value of certain plants and spices.

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