Our fourth award goes to René-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950), a notorious french chemist and scholar doctor who is regarded as the father of Aromatherapy.

Do you believe that aromatherapy was born with a burn? It’s true! After a laboratory explosion, both his hands were covered with a rapidly developing gas gangrene. Then, Gattefossé decided to treat himself with lavender essential oil. The results could not be better! Lavender essential oil saved his life because gas gangrene was the cause of many amputations and deaths in that time!

Check out other essential oils used by the father of aromatherapy:

  1. Thyme;
  2. Lemon;
  3. Clove.
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In 1937, he published Aromathérapie: Les Huiles Essentielles Hormones Végétales, the very first book about essential oils which included clinical observations by several doctors.

Random facts:

Did you know that he was the third child born to Louis Gattefossé, who founded Gattefossé company? And that it is still in business today with a presence in more than 60 countries around the world? Check it out here!

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