Essential Oils – New Fad or Ancient Wellness Practice?
Do people keep recommending essential oils to you? Are you thinking to yourself – what is this new fad? Essential Oils are not new or a fad! Also, they are not medicine or a substitute for medicine. Essential oils, plant extracts and herbal preparations have a rich history that goes back thousands of years by ancient cultures.
Essential Oils in the Bible
The Bible referenced aromatics and incense over 200 times. Frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, cassia, rosemary, hyssop and spikenard were used for anointing and healing the sick. Gold, frankincense and myrrh were presented to the baby Jesus by the wise men. Napoleon was reported to have liked neroli and other ingredients so much that he ordered 162 bottles of it. After conquering Jerusalem, one of the things the Crusaders brought back to Europe was solidified essence of roses. In the 12th century, Hildegard von Bingen, used herbs and oils extensively in healing.
Essential Oils in Ancient Cultures
Egyptians used oils such as cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh and cedar in preparing bodies for mummification.
Roman used oils such as bay laurel, pine, fir and juniper in their bath houses. The extracted oils were used in massage and therapeutic practices.
In China, the use of essential oils are recorded between 2697-2597 B.C.E. during the reign of the Yellow Emperor, Huang Ti. The Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine is the oldest surviving medical text.
In India, traditional Indian medicine called “Ayur Veda” has 3000 year history of incorporating essential oils. Vedic literature lists over 700 herbs and aromatics including cinnamon, ginger, myrrh and sandalwood.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years and have a long rich history. Many cultures have long understood and took advantage of their therapeutic effects. Unfortunately, what you see on store shelves may not actually be 100% essential oils and therefore may actually be harmful or at least not have the desire effect.
Essential Oils Today
If you think that you haven’t used essential oils, you are probably wrong. Essential oils are used today for aromatherapy but can also be found in flavorings for candy desserts and chocolates. Household products and beauty products may also contain oils for their fragrance. However, don’t be fooled by labels claiming to contain lavender or other fragrances. They are most likely synthetic and produced in a lab. A reputable essential oils company will oversee the entire process. They must ensure that no pesticides, no additives or chemicals make it into your bottle of essential oils. Young Living’s seed to seal guarantee does just that and is the brand I personally recommend. However, I encourage you to do your own research. The more you know, the better you can guard your health.