What are Essential Oils?

What are Essential Oils ?

Essential oils come from nature. From the lemon tree you have seen and smelled I’m sure and from the leaves of trees which surround you. The oils have been been there all along. Essential Oils are nothing new to the human kind. In fact they have been used in every way possible – since a few hundred years.

What are Essential Oils made off?

They are made of small glands that can sit in completely different parts of a plant:

  • on the leaves ( such as with Eucalyptus , Lemonbalm or Lemongrass )
  • in the flowers (like Jasmine, Rose , Chamomile)
  • on the peel ( all citrus fruit )
  • in wood ( for example Cedar- or Sandalwood )
  • in the roots ( as with Ginger, Orris root and other )
  • in the bark ( Cinnamon )
  • in resin ( Myrrh or Frankincense )

The word ” ätherisch (german) and ethereal (english) ” was derived from the Greek ” aither ” , which means something like   “delicate, exquisite, dainty, elegant, graceful, beautiful, lovely” or “heaven scent ” . The substances are indeed volatile but you receive an incredible concentrate of each plant.

Thus , they are also sometimes referred to as “fragrant souls of plants” .

A little history from the ESSENTIAL OIL brand I’m using which is doTERRA (watch a small video about doTERRA).

Essential Oils, History, Egyptians, Greeks
The History of Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used throughout recorded history for a wide variety of wellness applications. The Egyptians were some of the first people to use aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, food preparation, and in religious ceremony. Frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh and cinnamon were considered very valuable cargo along caravan trade routes and were sometimes exchanged for gold.

Borrowing from the Egyptians, the Greeks used essential oils in their practices of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy. The Romans also used aromatic oils to promote health and personal hygiene. Influenced by the Greeks and Romans, as well as Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic use of aromatic herbs, the Persians began to refine distillation methods for extracting essential oils from aromatic plants. Essential oil extracts were used throughout the dark ages in Europe for their anti-bacterial and fragrant properties.

In modern times, the powerful healing properties of essential oils were rediscovered in 1937 by a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who healed a badly burnt hand with pure lavender oil. A French contemporary, Dr. Jean Valnet, used therapeutic-grade essential oils to successfully treat injured soldiers during World War II. Dr. Valnet went on to become a world leader in the development of aromatherapy practices. The modern use of essential oils has continued to grow rapidly as health scientists and medical practitioners continue to research and validate the numerous health and wellness benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils

Source: History of Essential Oils – doTERRA link

Feel free to contact me (contact me – click here) if you would like to learn more about our Essential Oils or if you would like to order these state of the art oils!

I’m here to help you discover a new way of taking charge of your own health and your family’s one! Hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you for reading!

Katrin

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