Did you know that essential oils were used throughout history by many cultures and date as far back as the Egyptians? Cleopatra, who was historically known for her beauty, was believed to use essential oils in her beauty rituals and in her seduction of Mark Anthony. Essential oils were considered a valuable commodity and were often traded for gold, they were used by King Tut and many bottles of essential oils were found in his tomb. The Greeks, Romans, Persians, Ayurvedic Indians and Chinese have used essential oils for health, beauty treatments, food preparation, massage, religious ceremonies and aromatherapy. During the era of the Bubonic plague it was noted that a band of thieves who were robbing the victims of the plague were not becoming ill. It was later learned that the thieves were perfumers and frequently applied aromatic compounds on themselves creating protection from illness! Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, practiced a holistic approach to healthcare utilizing herbs and essential oils to treat his patients. Clearly the benefits of essential oils were well known but with the introduction of modern medicine they started to be utilized less. The good news is that many people are becoming more health conscious and the use of essential oils is on the rise.
Essential oils are compounds found in plants which provide protection from disease. They also offer the plant a wonderful aroma. When you smell a rose or a peppermint leaf you are experiencing the aromatic quality of that plant. The interesting thing is that essential oils can provide therapeutic benefit to people and animals as well as plants. There are three ways we can effectively use oils: aromatically, topically and internally. Our sense of smell can trigger many reactions in the body. Some essential oils can be stimulating, calming and some can purify the air when diffused. When applied to the skin, essential oils absorb very quickly providing local benefit. They also circulate throughout the body providing internal benefit. Essential oils are antioxidants and some can be used internally to promote benefit.
A good quality essential oil such as doTerra will ensure the most therapeutic benefits.
Article contributed by Angela Gonzalez, Physician Assistant and doTERRA distributor. For questions regarding essential oils and the amazing benefits of Essential Oils contact firstname.lastname@example.org.