Yet most accounts seldom explore the matter further. As his older brothers joined the family business, he was soon to follow, attending the University of Lyon and obtaining his degree in chemical engineering. An older brother, Robert, who had studied mechanical engineering, was deeply involved in the research of essential oils, devoting special study to the aromatic plants of southern France and the island of Corsica, where he had completed a term of military service. He was asked to launch a series of conferences and begin calculating the value of lavender cultivation and begin organizing plantations and distilleries.
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Yet most accounts seldom explore the matter further. As his older brothers joined the family business, he was soon to follow, attending the University of Lyon and obtaining his degree in chemical engineering. An older brother, Robert, who had studied mechanical engineering, was deeply involved in the research of essential oils, devoting special study to the aromatic plants of southern France and the island of Corsica, where he had completed a term of military service.
He was asked to launch a series of conferences and begin calculating the value of lavender cultivation and begin organizing plantations and distilleries. It was quite popular and translated into several languages. The company also expanded its trade to Indonesia, China, and Japan. This treatment was followed by profuse sweating and healing began the next day. Gas gangrene is a potentially life threatening medical emergency which may cause death within 48 hours.
The onset of infection occurs quite suddenly and generally spreads so rapidly that drastic changes may be observed in the skin within just a few minutes. He had to rejoin his command in the Eastern Marshes. He was the first of the brothers to be wounded in at the front in Artois and was sent home to support the war effort as a chemical engineer. He was also able to resume is post as editor in chief of La Perfumerie Moderne. Abel was killed in action in Robert after a year and a half of service in most unhealthy districts, developed swamp fever and a serious liver condition.
He spent almost two years in various hospitals being treated, continuing to work on his writing and authoring an important work, Perfumery Throughout the Centuries. Robert did not recover, however, and died from his war caused illnesses in , leaving his younger brothers to carry on his research as well as their own. His son Henri-Marcel, joined the company in , having also studied chemical engineering. He wrote a second edition of this work in , but it was never published as antibiotics had gained prominence by that time.
In the late s he purchased some property near St. His last book, Formulary of Perfumery and Cosmetology was first published in , not long before his death.
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He was later amazed at how quickly his burn healed and with very little scarring. This started a fascination with essential oils and inspired him to experiment with them during the First World War on soldiers in the military hospitals. The above version appears, word-for-word, on several websites, and the same basic tale on many. The story is basically correct, apart from the instinctual plunging of the hand into the nearest available liquid, which is total fiction.
The Real Story of René-Maurice Gattefossé – Essential Oils During the Past Century Part II
Immediately he noticed surprising pain relief, and instead of requiring the extended healing process he had experienced during recovery from previous burns--which caused redness, heat, inflammation, blisters, and scarring--this burn healed remarkably quickly, with minimal discomfort and no scarring. Yes, he burned his hand in his laboratory he was a chemist and yes, he treated it with lavender oil, but the notion that this was a eureka-like, lucky-chance moment is somewhat exaggerated. And there was no "vat" of lavender. In my personal experience, after a laboratory explosion covered me with burning substances which I extinguished by rolling on a grassy lawn, both my hands were covered with a rapidly developing gas gangrene. Just one rinse with lavender essence stopped "the gasification of the tissue". This treatment was followed by profuse sweating, and healing began the next day July Gas gangrene is a potentially fatal condition, and was the cause of many amputations and deaths in the First World War.