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Blog 18: Aromatherapy & Its historical background

Posted by Ananya Lahiri on

Archaeological discoveries of ancient texts, stone engravings & papyri has strongly established that aromatic plant materials had important use in treatment & overall wellbeing in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia & India. Most probably, from Egypt it was spread to Greece & Rome.  Clear mention of using the smell of herbs like Basil can be found in the Dioscorides’ herbal De Materia Medica, the oldest surviving Greek literature on herbs, dating back to the 1st Century AD.   Discovery of clay distillation unit from Takshashila (currently near Rawalpindi, Pakistan) stand as a proof that ancient people had the knowledge of extracting aromatic...

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