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essential oils in history

They have been used for hundreds of uses throughout history.

They were first mentioned by name in the Biblical book of Genesis chapter 37, when Joseph was sold to the slave traders. They carried spices, balm and Myrrh and Genesis ends with the burial of Joseph's father anointed with Myrrh. Oils are mentioned 1100 times directly or indirectly in scripture!

Some of the oldest cultures on Earth used essential oils. The Babylonians placed orders for Cedarwood, Myrrh, and Cyprus. The Egyptians used essential oils for beauty and embalming, and they have the oldest recorded deodorant recipe made with essential oils. Pakistan and Rome used essential oils in the communal bath house and Roman soldiers used to cover themselves in oil before going into battle!

They were even used by Jesus! He was given Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Frankincense is sometimes referred to as 'The coconut of essential oils, because it has over 10,000 uses!

Essential oils were used by the Medieval Europeans, many of whom brought oils back during the Crusades.

It was only after World War 2 when essential oils were 'rediscovered', and the science of their uses grows every single year.

photo of frankincense oil and a tiny bible

 

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