The history of Essential Oils
Frankincense and myrrh essential oils were brought as gifts to the Baby Jesus
In fact, frankincense and myrrh were worth as much as gold was during those days. And the reason is they were the most effective forms of plant-based medicine.
Frankincense, for instance, was used during that time to reduce bruising. It’s also great with the nerve system, so it would have been rubbed on a child after birth to support its growth and development and protect its immune system. Myrrh essential oil is a natural antiseptic. So, it would have been rubbed around the umbilical cord to keep that area from getting infected after birth.
Essential oils were also used in Chinese and Egyptian medicine
In fact, they found several hundred liters of partly empty alabaster jars of essential oils in King Tut’s tomb. It’s actually been documented that Cleopatra opened the first beauty spa and she used essential oils in her treatments.
Hipprocrates, the father of modern medicine, famous for saying, “Let food be thy medicine,” prescribed essential oils for healing over 2,000 years ago. So, why were essential oils used so widely throughout the Bible and throughout Egyptian and Chinese medicine?
Well, one reason essential oils were used so much throughout history is because they are easy to extract from plants… and your body naturally knows how to work with plants and oil-based compounds.
How To Use Essential Oils
Research on odour reveals that we respond emotionally more to smell than to any of our other senses. Because of this, aromatherapy enables us to benefit from the special properties of pure therapeutic grade essential oils that are derived from parts of plants.
There are various ways to use essential oils, whether for their therapeutic properties, to enhance well-being or purely for pleasure.
Most medicines today were originally inspired from a plant, then synthetically recreated–which can be toxic to the body.
Essential oils, on the other hand, are natural and gentle on the body. Your body naturally knows how to work with plants and oil-based compounds.
When you smell a rose or a peppermint leaf, what you’re actually smelling is the essential oil. There’s nothing added. Nothing synthetic. True essential oils are created by simply extracting the therapeutic, aromatic compounds from the plant.
Most oils are concentrated between 10 to 70 times what you’d find in the normal plant. So, you’re getting very, very high levels of the therapeutic healing compounds when you use essential oils.
Because the compounds are so small they can actually pass into the cell wall, which allows them to help destroy viruses, pathogenic bacteria, parasites and other diseases that get into your body. This is one reason why essential oils are so effective.
Essential oils work because they contain high amounts of therapeutic compounds.
A bottle (which is about the size of your thumb) of lavender essential oil takes about 150 pounds of lavender flowers.
Simply put–essential oils are gentle on the body and they’re the most effective form of plant-based medicine.
Bathing with pure essential oils is one of the easiest and most enjoyable forms of therapy. Just before getting into a full bath, add a few drops of essential oil, or blend of oils, then agitate the water to disperse. While you relax in the bath, the skin absorbs a small amount of oil and the heat of the water slowly evaporates the rest.
Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and many can be safely applied topically. They can also be used in conjunction with a carrier oil.
This means that essential oils are able to penetrate the skin and pass into the blood stream and into different areas of the body for internal therapeutic benefits.
There is nothing quite like a massage to make you feel soothed or energised
There is great evidence that essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream when inhaled. The large amount of blood vessels in the lungs absorb the oils and then circulate them throughout the body.
Using a diffuser can help you experience the benefits of essential oils. You can diffuse lavender to reduce stress, melaleuca to cleanse the air, wild orange to improve mood, frankincense for spiritual enlightenment and peppermint to improve focus and energy. You can use the oils to create the ambience of your choice. Just perfect for home, car or workplace.
Essential oils can be used as a powerful form of medicine but it should be remembered that again, essential oils are powerful. Most essential oils are safe for internal use but a little bit goes a long way. Usually 1-3 drops is plenty mixed with water.
Essential Oil Safety Information
• As essential oils are highly concentrated, it is important not to exceed the number of recommended drops.
• With all essential oils, even when diluted, contact with sensitive areas such as the eyes should be avoided. If however oil does get into the eyes, wash them immediately with plenty of water and seek medical attention.
• Bergamot and certain citrus essential oils should not be used before exposure to the sun or a sunbed.
• Essential oils, even when diluted, should be used with caution on children under two years old.
• All pure essential oils should be kept out of reach of children. If a child accidentally swallows any essential oil, seek urgent medical attention.
Essential Oil Contra-indications
Because essential oils can act as a powerful form of natural medicine, there are a few instances where they are not recommended for usage:
Basil, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, cypress, fennel, jasmine, juniper, marjoram, myrrh, rose, rosemary, sage and thyme.
In most cases, these oils are completely healthy but because they can effect hormones they are not recommended at this stage.
Heart medications (blood thinners)
Clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, ginger, rosemary, sage and thyme.
Overall, aromatherapy is a great and inexpensive way to help promote healing, relaxation, and well-being without adverse side effects.
If you have a skin condition, are pregnant, have epilepsy or asthma, are on a course of treatment with prescribed medication, or are in any doubt about any condition you may have, it is important that you seek the advice of a doctor or suitable practitioner before using pure essential oils.