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History of Essential Oils

Egyptian Gold essential oilsEssential Oils are literally humanity’s first medicine kit:

  • An oil distiller over 6,500 years old was found in Pakistan.
  • As early as 4500 BC, written records show substances with aromatic properties were used for medicinal and religious purposes.
  • The Egyptian architect, Imhotep, around 2700 BC, was credited with using herbs, oils and aromatic plants for medicinal purposes.

A sacred room in the Temple of Isis portrayed a ritual called, “Cleansing the Flesh and Blood of Evil Deities.”
The Egyptians believed a soul could not move on to its afterlife if it held emotional baggage.
King Tut’s tomb contained alabaster jars enough to hold 350 liters of oil. Robbers chose to steal the oils first over all the other gold treasures.

There are over 180 references to aromatics, oils and ointments in the Bible. Moses used hyssop branches and lamb’s blood to ward off the plague. Traditionally, Hyssop is known for its antiseptic and anti-infectious properties. The three wise men presented the Christ child with gifts of Frankincense and Myrrh.

During the Middle Ages, a group of spice merchants robbed dead corpses. The “thieves” used a blend of Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Eucalyptus and other oils to protect them from the Black Plague.

Modern day usage of Essential Oils began when a French physician used them in hospitals during World War I for their antibacterial and wound-healing properties. Dr René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French cosmetic chemist, is considered the father of Aromatherapy. In 1910, he was burned in a laboratory explosion. Dr Gattefossé said that, “both my hands were covered with rapidly developing gas gangrene.” He further stated, “just one rinse with Lavender essence stopped the gasification of the tissue.”

Another French doctor, Dr Valnet, used therapeutic grade Essential Oils in China during World War II to counteract infections. Two of Dr Valnet’s students expanded his work in the early 1960s by clinically investigating the anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties in therapeutic grade Essential Oils.

It was only in 1989 that scientist discovered the amygdala gland plays a major role in storing and releasing emotional trauma. Studies at New York Medical University proved this gland does not respond to sight, sound or touch but does respond through the sense of smell. Through our scents we now have a way to release stored emotional trauma.

Essential oils are truly yesterday’s wisdom developing into tomorrow’s healthcare destiny.

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Optimum Choices offers only therapeutic Grade A essential oils. For more information or to purchase these oils online, contact our essential oils expert and business partner, J.R. Roessl:

  • For more educational information, sign up for her free e-mail blasts at: JoyfulEssence.com.

  • If you have a specific essential oil question, e-mail her at J.R. Roessl.

  • For personal essential oils questions and to order, call 917-861-5247, and tell her Optimum Choices sent you.

 

 

 

            
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