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The Birth of Essential Oils

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Essential oils have been used globally for centuries and are considered to be some of the first medicines ever used. They have been used in religious rituals, with treatment for various illnesses, and to overcome many physical, spiritual, and emotional issues.

Research dates the use of essential oils back to 4500 BC. Ancient Egyptians were the first to discover the potential of fragrance, and records demonstrate that oils and aromatics were used for treating illness and performing rituals and religious ceremonies in temples and pyramids. In fact, three oils that are still commonly used today—cedarwood, myrrh, and frankincense—were used in the embalming process.[1]

According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians used oils thousand of years before the time of Christ. There are more than 188 references to oils in the Bible, and some precious oils like frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, cassia, and cinnamon were used for the anointing and healing of the sick. Additionally, biblical prophets recognized the use of essential oils as protection against disease.[2]

Recent reintroduction of essential oils into modern medicine first began during the late 1900’s.  Traditional uses of essential oils have been to kill harmful germs, bacteria, and viruses as well as to emotionally and spiritually balance moods, uplift spirits, and dispel negative emotions.

[1] Young, D. Gary. “Ancient Aromas.” Aromatherapy the Essential Beginning 1996: 7.
[2] Young, D. Gary. “Aromatherapy: An Ancient Science Returns to the Modern World.” Aromatherapy the Essential Beginning 1996: 1.