In 2008, the Gattefossé group created a non-profit oriented corporate foundation. This foundation pays tribute to one of the company’s founders, René-Maurice Gattefossé, who pioneered modern scientific aromatherapy using essential oils for medical applications in the early 20th century. This man discovered the antiseptic properties of lavender essential oil and convinced hospital doctors to use his formulas to fight certain infections. He is the author of numerous publications and is behind the neologism “Aromatherapy”, which became a common word after the publication of his book of the same name in 1937.
Today, Sophie Gattefossé-Moyrand, her grand-daughter and President of the Gattefossé Foundation, is pursuing his philanthropic vision by encouraging the use of aromatherapy as a complementary therapeutic approach to conventional allopathic medicine.
At the heart of integrative medicine, the Gattefossé Foundation is committed, in France and abroad, to developing clinical aromatherapy to improve patient care.
The Foundation aims at encouraging clinical research, supporting its practice in hospitals in France and promoting aromatherapy practitioners and their clinical experience.
It partners with the integrative health ecosystem and international networks of professional clinical aromatherapy associations.