Therapeutic Essential Oil Pioneers
Therapeutic Essential Oil Pioneers
Therapeutic essential oil pioneers prove aromatherapy’s history. Scientific research also confirms what many people already believe. That said, more is yet to be discovered about essential oils. Review the history of why essential oils carry the potential supporting good health.
D. Gary Young: Maverick, Shokunin, Pioneer (1950-1918)
Young Living Founder D. Gary Young had dedicated his life and countless personal sacrifices. Specifically, he created essential oil blends that beat every quality standard.
He believed that pure essential oils have the power to touch and change lives. Gary Young was a True Craftsman and Pioneer. For instance, he dedicated his life to the art of creating high-quality essential oils. Gary designed and built a state of the art equipment for essential oil distillation. He had reviews from Marcel Espieu (former president of the Lavender Growers Association) and Jean-Noel Landel.
“Shokunin” or “Craftsman”
A traditional Japanese title, “Shokunin” (or “Craftsman”) could well describe all the best of Gary Young. Shokunin are individuals who care deeply about their craft. However, even this description does not fully express the full meaning of the word. Shokunin cares passionately, even spiritually, about their work, to the point of utmost personal sacrifice. They don’t care about money. Shokunin care only to improve the world through the perfection of their craft. In this way, the world is better because of them.
Shokunin sees what they do as an art form that must be perfected every day, faithfully. They never rest and are rarely tired. Simply because they are doing what they were meant to do. They live their purpose through their work. Gary was comparable to none. He excelled at his craft for decades. He did it because it was as natural to him as flying is to an eagle or swimming is to a fish. It is what he was meant to do. We are grateful for the pioneering vision and tireless dedication of our founder. He leaves us with many wonderful memories.
Kurt Schnaubelt is a chemist and pioneer of the science of aromatherapy. He provides a scientific basis for the efficacy of essential oils. This is clearly explained logically in his book: Advanced Aromatherapy: Science of Essential Oil. For example, this book draws on broad-based research. Specifically to demonstrate how essential oils interact with the different systems of the body. For example, how they affect emotional states as well as physical ones. Students of aromatherapy wishing to take their practice to the next level will find that much of the guesswork used in developing formula is no longer necessary. Professional aromatherapists will find that this book turns the art of healing with essential oils into good medicine for the next century.
René-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950)
René-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950) is regarded as the Father of Aromatherapy. He was a trained chemical engineer. Very early on, he was attracted to the therapeutic properties of essences and the growing of lavender. In 1928 he was the first to use the word “aromatherapy” in a scientific publication. With the publication of his book L’Aromatherapie in 1937, the word came into regular use. This is what helped distinguish the therapeutic use of essential oils from perfume applications. But René-Maurice Gattefossé didn’t limit his research efforts to the discovery of large numbers of essential oils and their qualities. He was aware of the harsh living conditions of small lavender farmers in Haute Provence [S. of France] and spent many years providing help in developing sound cultivation and distillation methods.
The First Lavender Growers’ Cooperative
He also created the first lavender growers’ cooperative and the birth of a producers’ association. And, he created Europe’s first perfumery magazine in 1908 called La Parfumerie Modern. It dealt with research. Also various productions of essential oils around the world. It was published until the sixties.
He purchased a farmhouse in St. Remy de Provence. This region was dear to his heart since he first started campaigning for lavender farmers in 1910. This eight-hectare (20-acre) property was to be the home of aromatic plant production and distillation. It also provided the company with a steady supply of raw materials.
Dr. Jean Valnet (1920-1995)
Dr. Valnet was a physician and an Army surgeon. He was another notable aromatherapist and helped lay the foundation for modern practice using aromatherapy to treat soldiers during WWII. He had a passion for treating conditions with plants. Dr. Valnet is also known for his book (originally published in French), L’Aromatherapie.
It was in this book, Valnet quotes the archives of the Parliament of Toulouse. He claims the original (Thieves Oil) recipe was revealed by corpse robbers who were caught red-handed in the area around Toulouse in 1628-1631. But D. Gary Young, founder of Young Living, is probably most responsible for the story reaching the legendary status it enjoys today.
Madame Marguerite Maury (1895-1968)
She was an Austrian biochemist that brought aromatherapy into the world of cosmetics. Instrumental in developing a method of applying essential oils to the skin with massage techniques, her technique is still used by Aromatherapy Associates today.
She discovered and documented the connection between the physical AND emotional effects of essential oils when applied to treat the individual (not just the disease or sickness). She opened clinics focusing on aromatherapy in England, France, and Switzerland.
Robert B. Tisserand, (1948-present)
An English Aromatherapist recognized for bringing aromatherapy to English speaking populations. Tisserand is one of the world’s leading experts in aromatherapy. To illustrate, he wrote the first comprehensive book on aromatherapy in English in 1977. The Art of Aromatherapy is published in 12 languages. He founded The Tisserand Institute. This is where he set new standards for aromatherapy education. In 1988, he launched “The International Journal of Aromatherapy”. In the 1990s, Robert created three international AROMA conferences at British Universities. Each event attracted over 300 attendees. Robert collaborates with doctors, herbalists, and pharmacologists. Each integrating scientific data with traditional medicine and holistic principles
Hippocrates – 460-377 B.C.E.
Hippocrates was an ancient Greek physician of the Age of Pericles. He was one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. His quote: “A perfumed bath and a scented massage every day is the way to good health.” He is called “the father of medicine”. This is due to the contributions he left to the medical field. Ancient Egyptians used aromatic botanicals for massage, embalming, medicine, and cosmetics. Hippocrates himself may have been the first aromatherapy spokesman 2,000 years ago. He touted the benefits of aromatic massage for physical and emotional well-being.
around the world who study the essential oils for a variety of reasons. To
treat the physical body medicinally. Also, promote well-being. Cosmetically
to create healthier skin, and for natural perfumery, and to balance the emotions.
Whatever brings you into this wonderfully fragrant world, we hope you enjoy it.
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