In this “stress” oriented generation, there are many medical conditions that arise from every day stress. For these reasons, many are revisiting the word “health” and have redirected their lifestyle with Aroma Therapy.
The origin of Aroma Therapy, France, uses serums extracted from plants to treat many different symptoms. In France, this type of therapy has been used in homes, as well as in health care facilities. Aroma therapy is not just something to enjoy the scent of plants as a relaxing element, but to use the serums on a daily basis to better the body from inside and out. At our institution, our Founder, Chiyoko Kusakabe will use this French style Aroma Therapy and provided educational courses that can help create future Aroma Therapists.
Later, Jean Valnet (known as the “Father of Aroma Therapy”), who was once a military doctor, used natural oils to treat burns on soldiers. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Valnet treated his patients using aroma therapy. Although the hospital staff saw this type of treatment as nonsense, Dr. Valnet continued his belief in the effects of serums, and in turn won the hearts of every patient he treated.
Using his clinical experience, Dr. Valnet published a book in 1964 for those who were disappointed with the chemical drug therapy as well as those who were suffering from the side effects of this type of treatment. He wanted to educate, everyone involved in medicine, the correct usage of phytotherapy and aroma therapy. He also wanted to spread the use of natural oils extracted from plants as a new form of “treatment” for many different diseases. Dr. Valnet is the pioneer of acknowledging the use of natural oils and serums for medicinal purposes, and in turn having these types of treatments covered under insurance.
In France, serums are used in many different ways, including the use for medical aroma therapy. Serums have been seen as the same type of treatments as anti-biotics. Serums are also being used for external treatments as well.