The History of Essential Oils

Essential Oils have been used for their healing properties for centuries. In fact, essential oils are at least 5,000 years old! With uses in many ancient cultures such as Egypt, India, China, Greece and Rome to name a few, it’s no secret that essential oils have helped millions with their amazing health and wellness properties.

In Egypt, for example, each Pharaoh had a special fragrance created for them to help with issues such as love, meditation and war. In India, cinnamon, ginger, myrrh and sandalwood were used for their healing properties. According to “The Greek physician Hypocrites (460-377 B.C.E.), known to us as the “Father of Medicine” documented the effects of some 300 plants including thyme, saffron, marjoram, cumin and peppermint.” Even the bible makes 9 references to the use of essential oils including the most well-known mention of frankincense and myrrh that were given as gifts at the birth of Jesus. In the early 1930’s, French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse brought essential oils back into the 20th century when he burned his hand and used lavender oil to help it heal. This led the use of essential oils in treating injured soldiers in World War II.

In recent times, essential oils have enjoyed a spike in popularity. More and more people are discovering essential oils thanks to the rapid growth of the health and wellness market as well as the increased research of therapeutic-grade essential oils. Doctor Aromas uses only the finest cosmetic grade perfumes and pure essential oils in our aromatherapy products. Experience the wellness benefits of essential oils with one of our cutting edge products here:

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