He was later amazed at how quickly his burn healed and with very little scarring. This started a fascination with essential oils and inspired him to experiment with them during the First World War on soldiers in the military hospitals. The above version appears, word-for-word, on several websites, and the same basic tale on many. The story is basically correct, apart from the instinctual plunging of the hand into the nearest available liquid, which is total fiction. Anyway, who leaves large containers of lavender oil lying around unlidded?
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Foveau de Courmelles -- Foreword -- 1. Human, animal and plant smells -- 2. The classification of essential oils -- 3. Essences in ancient pharmacopoeias -- 4. More recent works on essential oils -- 5.
Aromatherapy -- 6. This led him into a lifetime of research into Essential Oils. His remarkable book was first published in and has been out of print for many years. Now translated, it has been edited by Robert Tisserand, author of three books on aromatherapy including the best-seller, The Art of Aromatherapy , editorial adviser of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and editor of The International Journal of Aromatherapy. The book is a fascinating blend of ancient and modern knowledge and aromatherapists will find it an essential tool of reference.
Extensive notes are provided by Robert Tisserand at the back of the book. Chapters include those on human smells and animal smells, toxicity, the properties of essential oils and their constituents, the treatment of many diseases, and over fifty case studies from doctors.
Gattefosse – The Founding of Aromatherapy
Yet most accounts seldom explore the matter further. As his older brothers joined the family business, he was soon to follow, attending the University of Lyon and obtaining his degree in chemical engineering. An older brother, Robert, who had studied mechanical engineering, was deeply involved in the research of essential oils, devoting special study to the aromatic plants of southern France and the island of Corsica, where he had completed a term of military service. He was asked to launch a series of conferences and begin calculating the value of lavender cultivation and begin organizing plantations and distilleries. It was quite popular and translated into several languages. The company also expanded its trade to Indonesia, China, and Japan.
The Real Story of René-Maurice Gattefossé – Essential Oils During the Past Century Part II
Immediately he noticed surprising pain relief, and instead of requiring the extended healing process he had experienced during recovery from previous burns--which caused redness, heat, inflammation, blisters, and scarring--this burn healed remarkably quickly, with minimal discomfort and no scarring. Yes, he burned his hand in his laboratory he was a chemist and yes, he treated it with lavender oil, but the notion that this was a eureka-like, lucky-chance moment is somewhat exaggerated. And there was no "vat" of lavender. In my personal experience, after a laboratory explosion covered me with burning substances which I extinguished by rolling on a grassy lawn, both my hands were covered with a rapidly developing gas gangrene.