Essential Oils - Simple and yet so powerful

Do you ever stop to smell a beautiful flower just to enjoy its scent? If you do what you are experiencing is the natural occurring volatile aromatic compounds called essential oils. Since ancient times, and as near as we can tell, from the beginning of recorded history the plant kingdom has provided rare and powerful extracts and essences that have long been prized for their beauty enhancing, medicinal, spiritual, aromatic and therapeutic value.

The earliest essential oils usage evidence occurs in the period of 3000-2500 B.C. with the

ancient Chinese and Egyptian civilizations, it’s therefore considered one of the oldest medicine and cosmetic practices. By extracting essential oils from plants, the Egyptians manufactured ointments that were amazingly effective. Essential oils were also used for culinary, perfumes, spiritual and cosmetic purposes, and for embalming the dead.

Greeks, Romans, and later on the Arabs, also understood the amazing properties of aromatic plants and improved the knowledge acquired through the centuries. The distillation process for extracting from plants is attributed to the Arabian alchemist Avicena (980–1037) who is considered the pioneer in developing this methodology.