History of Essential Oils
Mother nature’s source for wellbeing, vitality, and longevity
Since the beginning of recorded history, the plant kingdom has offered rare and powerful extracts and essences that have been treasured by the people from ancient times for its beauty, medicinal, spiritual, aromatic and therapeutic value.
Aromatic plants, essences, and oils have been used for ages in religious observances to beauty care, to perfumes and incense to food preparation and preservation. It has also been the basis for herbal and botanical medicine and remedies for thousands of years.
In China, the first use of essential oils was recorded during the reign of Huang Ti, the Yellow Emperor around 2697 to 2597BC.
Though it’s common for the Egyptians to be given all recognition as the first culture to use aromatic extracts for beauty care, culinary uses, and for spiritual and physical wellbeing. But it is understood that essential oil-type-of-extracts was being used in India and China at nearly the same time.
It will differ from person to person on who is citing historical evidence, you can also find references to Ayurvedic uses of essential oils in India much earlier.
However, we want to look at it, the history of the following cultures has deepened our curiosity and appreciation for essential oils and the aromatherapy world.