Essential Oils: Trend or Therapeutic?

Essential oils have been around since the beginning of time. Ancient cultures utilized essential oils for spiritual rituals, beauty and health. The Egyptians applied juniper, frankincense and myrrh oils during the mummification process.  History shows that the application of aromatics for healing was implemented in cultures found in India, Rome, Greece, Persia, China, and Europe. During the Bubonic Plague frankincense and pine was burned to ward off “evil spirits” for protection from disease. It was in Europe that after burning his hand in a laboratory French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse discovered that plunging his hand into a vat of Lavender oil decreased inflammation and shortened healing time (Essential Oils Academy, 2017).

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