Although the use of essential oils for therapeutic properties is a very old practice, the term aromatherapy wasn’t coined until the 1930’s by a French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. The scientific study of these amazing oils had progressed some it wasn’t until recently as analysis techniques improved that a new understanding of these oils was obtained. GC/MS and other analytical techniques lead the way in the field to identify adulterated or poor quality oils. With this baseline understanding of what the individual oils are composed of, new innovations can be had. Our lab is seeking out new understandings of essential oils by investing in new research and publications to help to continue to grow this exciting field of study.