Some of the earliest writings about the use of aromatic or essential oils on the body have been found in China and date from around 2000 years BC. most evidence of widespread use of oils comes from ancient Egypt where oils were used in offerings to their gods. In India some 2000 years BC various writings mention 'perfumers' and 'incense sellers'. Evidence suggests oils were used mainly for their aroma. Around 400 years BC, Hippocrates, the 'father' of medicine, writes that 'the way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day'. Here we have a clear link between aroma and health.