History of Essential Oils
Throughout recorded history, essential oils have been used in scores of wellness, spiritual, and ritual applications.
A quick Google search reveals that the Egyptians were some of the first people to use aromatic essential oils extensively in wellness, beauty treatments, food preparation, mummification, and religious ceremonies. The evidence for this goes back 5,000 years.
Ancient Native Americans were no strangers to the use of herbal and essential oil remedies and rituals. Many of them you would easily recognize today. Juniper, wintergreen, citronella, and cedar wood are some common examples.
The Christian Bible
There are over 200 references to aromatics, incense, and ointments throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible. In fact, 36 of the 39 books of the Old Testament and 10 of the 27 books of the New Testament mention essential oils or the plants that produce them, including frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, rosemary, and hyssop.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine has used herbs and their essential oils in practice for at least 2,000 years. Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, dating to circa 300 BCE, is a well-known treatise claiming that essential oils represent the essence of the plant, or what they call “jing.” TCM attributes the use of essential oils to bring about mental, physical, and spiritual benefits.
The bottom line is that essential oils and the powerful natural constituents and compounds found within them have been revered for thousands of years, offering a variety of benefits from cosmetic and dietary purposes to spiritual and religious uses.
Simply put, they are natural and remarkably versatile…
- Some can support wellness all over the body.
- Some can support emotional well-being and spirituality.
- Others help clean and purify your home.
- Many can be added to food and drinks (purity matters!)
- Then many more are used in skin, hair, and body products.
I hope you learned something today! The next time you hear from me, I will be telling you how it is that Young Living’s essential oils are the purest and THE MOST authentic oils you will find. In the meantime, if you want to explore more, please visit my website.