Aroma Therapy Little is known about the history of aromatherapy or where it originated. The Egyptians are credited for developing the first distillation machine for extracting oils from plants. Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Some are antiviral, antimicrobial or anti-fungal. Others soothe inflammation, relax tense muscles or enhance breathing. Aromatherapy can enhance your health o all levels- physically, spiritually, and emotionally.