This is by no means a complete essential oil history. This is a brief explanation for those who want a general understanding.
Many people are unaware that essential oils have been around for many millennia.
They are, in fact, known to be some of the oldest and most powerful substances on earth.
They have an extensive history of being used in anointing. Essential oils are mentioned numerous times in the religious texts of the Jewish and Christian faiths. Click to learn about Bible Essential Oils.
Throughout history essential oils have been well known to promote good health and to support the body.
The Egyptians used many different essential oils for rituals, including cleaning their bodies and embalming their dead.
Hippocrates (the Father of Medicine), the Romans, Napoleon, European Crusaders, the Arabians (developers of distillation), and many, many others all have essential oils, herbs, aromatics, spices, etc mentioned in their histories.
All of the research suggests that the people of ancient times understood essential oils better than we do now.
The historical writings describe spices, resins, herbs, and oils and how they were used. The Ebers Papyrus, found in 1817, is a medical scroll which dates back to 1500 BC. It contains over 800 remedies from herbs.
In short, essential oils were used for many different reasons, including:
Somehow, through wars... the dark ages...
this knowledge became lost... forgotten...
It wasn't until the early 20th century that people began to rediscover essential oils.
In France, during WWI, Dr. Moncière used essential oils on the soldiers.
In 1907 a French chemist, Dr. René-Maurice Gattefossé, PhD, who is often called the Father of Aromatherapy, began his study of essential oils. He wrote a book called "Aromatherapy" in 1937.
Dr. Jean Valnet, a doctor from Paris, used essential oils on patients during WWII. Two of his students Dr. Jean-Claude Lapraz and Dr. Paul Belaiche, examined essential oils and realized that they have amazing capabilities.
D. Gary Young founded Young Living Essential Oils in 1993, the world leader in the highest grade, pure, genuine Essential Oils.
Essential oil history is just that - History!
The present includes documentation and research.