Health & Wellness
“Success is living your deep, burning purpose.”
- Gary Young, founder of Young Living Essential Oils
Essential oils are highly concentrated versions of the natural oils found in plants. These oils are extracted from the plants by the process of distillation, which is done by water or steam from the bark, flowers, stems, leaves, and roots of the plant.
Following distillation, the product is a highly concentrated extract of the plant—an essential oil—with the healing properties and fragrance of the plant it was extracted from. Essential oils have been used throughout many cultures in human history, often for their therapeutic and medicinal benefits.
Historical records of essential oil use date back to the ancient Chinese and Egyptians. While the specific year the Egyptians started using aromatic herbs and aromatherapy isn’t known, evidence traces it back to around 3500 BC. In fact, the temple of Isis located on the island of Philae even had a sacred room for a cleansing ritual involving essential oils.
The Bible has almost 200 references to essential oils, like spikenard, hyssop, rosemary, myrrh, and frankincense. The Book of Exodus has a recipe for a holy anointing oil, and in the New Testament, three wise men gifted the Christ child myrrh and frankincense.
Over three thousand years later, the ancient Greeks also took advantage of the benefits that essential oils offer. For instance, Hippocrates used them in the treatment of his patients.
More recently, essential oils became increasingly used in massage therapy in the 1950s and became a larger part of holistic treatment regimes beginning in the 1970s.
If you would like to learn more about essential oils and how to use them, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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