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The History of Essential Oils

By on March 17, 2017 in Spirituality

The History of Essential Oils

By: Karen Blessing

According to the translation of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chines manuscripts, priests and physicians were using extracted oils from plants for healing, thousands of years before Christ. These essential oils are the earliest known medicines, pre-dating the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by some 6,000 years or more.

Highly revered, the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt routinely exchanged Blue Lotus oil with the kings of India for slaves, gold and other precious goods. This was a time in history that essential oils were considered more valuable than gold.

the history of essential oils

When King Tut’s tomb was opened in 1922, 350 liters of essential oils were discovered in alabaster jars. Plant waxes had solidified in a thickened residue around the inside of the container opening, leaving the liquefied oil in excellent condition.

In 1817 the Ebers Papyrus was discovered, which was over 870 feet long and was referred to as a medicinal scroll. It dated back to 1500 B.C. and mentioned over 800 different formulations of herbal prescriptions and remedies. Other scrolls indicated that the Egyptians had a very high success rate in treating over 80 different diseases. Many mixtures contained myrrh and honey. Myrrh is recognized today for its agility to help with infections of the skin and throat and to regenerate skin tissue. Myrrh was also used for embalming because of its effectiveness in preventing bacterial growth.

The Egyptians were the first to discover the potential of fragrance. They created various fragrances used for the individual’s personal benefit as well as in rituals and ceremonies performed in temples and pyramids. According to records dating back to 4500 B.C., they were also using balsamic substances with aromatic properties in religious rituals and for medicines.

The Egyptian high priests understood the value of fragrances for opening the subconscious mind and elevating their ability to communicate with their spirit world.

The ancient Egyptians and Babylonians believed that in order to reach a realm of higher spirituality, they had to be clean and beautiful. They practiced fumigation as a means for disbursing oils to purify the air around them, which they believed would protect them from evil spirits. The Egyptians were a vain people, consumed with their looks and beauty. They discovered oils and the aromatic uses of oils for medicinal purposes long before the actual plant was studied and used in its herbal application and incorporated into the field of medicine.

The Romans also played an important role in the history of essential oils. They were very much into fumigating and diffusing oils in their temples and political buildings as well as bathing in hot tubs scented with oils followed by a fragrant massage with their favorite oils.

The Arab people began to study the chemistry of aromatic properties that resulted in a refined development of distillation. This was first implemented in the extraction of rose oil and rose water, which were very popular in the Middle East at the time. Various expeditions brought aromatic plants from one country to another. Kings would barter and buy land, gold, slaves and women with the oils that they had extracted even with their crude methods. Thus, oils were more valuable than gold.

Throughout the Old Testament and up to the time of Christ, there are numerous references to the value of oils. Perhaps during the Dark Ages and the burning of libraries in Alexandria and other places, much of this knowledge was lost; and only through the cosmetic and perfume industry did this valuable science start to resurface.

About the Author: My name is Karen Blessing. I have been learning about health and nutrition since 1999 so I could help my Mom. Only I began helping many people, which has turned out to be so meaningful and has given me a life purpose and the passion to do what I do. I have continued to learn and really enjoy sharing with others not only how to improve their health with nutrition, but also to share information on how to remove some of the toxins that our immune systems are fighting against.

I was introduced to Young Living Essential Oils and their line of nutrition, personal care, skin care and cleaning products in 2010. I love them so much that I started my Young Living business to help others. Since then, Young Living has added products for children and also for pets. Our health is our most important asset and we deserve to make the time and spend a little more on quality products to take care of ourselves.
Last year I lost my son to a tragic situation. I am especially grateful for the essential oils that help with emotional issues. I diffuse a variety of essential oils on a daily basis to help me, as I am still working on finding my way back to some sense of normalcy.
For more information on Young Living, please see my website www.youngliving.org/kblessing or contact me at Oils4UandPets2@gmail.comor send me a facebook personal message. Thank you!

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