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Best Essential Oils for Peace & Healing

Aromatherapy Pioneers Share Their Favorite Scents

Rose and lavender oils


The art of aromatherapy dates back thousands of years, has been embraced by many different cultures, and has been shaped by passionate pioneers like the French chemist Rene Gattefosse. In 1910, Gattefosse was working in the family cosmetic business in Grasse, France, when an explosion burned his hand. He doused the hand with the nearest liquid he could find—and thus discovered the healing powers of the essential oil of lavender. Gattefosse used his discovery to treat soldiers during World War I, and then shared his knowledge with others. Here are snapshots of three of today’s pioneers.Nick James, founder, Body Bliss“My grandfather was a keen amateur botanist,” says Nick James. “By following him in search of rare plants, I absorbed his knowledge and passion like a little sponge.” James first used his love and knowledge to earn an MA in Botany at Oxford. Then, about 20 years ago, he befriended a healer and body worker from Brazil: “We shared a long-standing interest in meditation and alternative healing modalities, and she inspired me to join in the creation of Body Bliss.“I am a passionate advocate for t …

Melinda Taschetta-Millane was editor in chief of Skin Inc. magazine and now works as a freelance contributor to the spa industry.

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