HISTORY OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential Oils have been around for many years, it is recorded as far back to the Egyptian civilization. According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and alchemists were using essential oils thousands of years ago to heal the sick. They are the oldest form of medicine and cosmetic known to man and were considered more valuable than gold to the ancients.The ancient Egyptians believed that the sense of smell and ability to detect odors was the most important of our sensory abilities.
Essential oils are the subtle, aromatic and volatile liquids extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots of herbs, bushes, shrubs and trees through distillation.
Essential Oils were also used in the Great Plague of London, those that would go out to treat those with the dreaded plague would wear masks filled with the flowers and herbs to protect them from the plague, there are many uses throughout history where essential oils were used during WWI and earlier wars, the medical staff would use the oil from a plant called Everlasting on open wounds of the soldier’s this has been recorded as helping the healing process of the wounds until they were taken from the front line to an army hospital for further treatment, Everlasting also known as Helichrysum or Immortelle is known for its anti-inflammatory properties it is also known for its ability purify the blood, there are many story’s that have documented throughout history.
The link below may offer further insight into the history if you wish to search a little further for more information
Most oils are safe to use but there are many that must be used with extreme caution or not at if you are unsure of the application of a certain oil please check with a professional as to the appropriate use of the essential oil, you can refer to Robert Tisserand’s Book – Tisserand’s Safety Essential Oil Safety Manual, I have attached a link to an external website that gives you a brief list of some the most hazardous essential oils.
Essential Oils can be used for massage, vaporizing and also in many other modalities for instance Kinesiology, known as Aromatic Kinesiology if we refer to Robbi Zeck Blossoming Heart you can read further on uses of Essential Oils in Aromatic Kinesiology.
Essential Oils can play an important part in many healing processes from physical to emotional, the sense of scent is very powerful and help one to recall child hood memories taking them back to a time of happiness, on a physical the benefits of using essential in massage can be very rewarding and help one to heal on a physical level. Essential Oils can also be used in a counselling situation especially Holistic Counselling where we treat the whole person from mental, physical, spiritual , many levels of healing can be achieved through the use of essential oils.