History of essential oils and aromatherapy

Essential oils are an essential part of everyday life. These oils are used for a variety of purposes. Some of them are good for hairs, some for pains, some have the excellent ability to make a person feel relax. Whatever the reason may be, the fact is that these oils are being used and are an important part of our everyday life. These oils have a rich history. Aromatherapy is a process of making use of essential oils in cosmetics and for healing. Aromatherapy is basically the use of these oils or we can how to get maximum advantage from these oils. Let me tell you the brief history of essential oils and aromatherapy. I will try to cover different areas and will tell you about the history according to them.

History Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy with the Egyptians:

Egyptians pyramids essential oils

Let’s start with the Egyptians. It is believed that Egyptians were the very first nation that started using the essential oils. It is said that they used essentials oils in everyday life for different purposes specifically for hygienic purposes. The religion of the Egyptians also encourages them to make full use of the essential oils and aromatherapy.  Egyptians used the essential oils and made many extraordinary things from it. Egyptians also introduced the term perfume which they derived from fumum. It was once thought that essential oils are produced by the extraction method. Later it was revealed that the Egyptians have access to the many other methods including the distillation method that they have been using as before as 3500 BC.

History Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy With The China & India:

Great Wall China Essential oils
Taj Mahal Essential Oils

During the same period, Indians and Chinese also started making herbs and other cosmetic products from the aromatic plants. They started using it at an extensive level. It is also said that aromatherapy became so effective for them that they started using it in their medicinal system.

History Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy With The Greeks:



Greek Parthenon Essential Oils

Greeks learned a lot of things from the Egyptians. It is said that whatever they learned about the basics of these oils was the gift of Egyptians. The Greeks used their knowledge and skills and discovered many new things and benefits of essential oils. Hippocrates, the famous physician of that time, also known as the father of medicine, strongly believed in aromatherapy and they used to treat their patients with this massage. As I already mentioned, the Greeks learned many new things.

History Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy With The Romans:

Roman colosseum essential oils
Arabians sheikh Essential Oils

After the Romans, it was the Arabians who showed their knowledge. They learned many of the things from the Romans and the Greeks. Moreover, they also learned a variety of things from China and India. The perfect knowledge gained by the Arabians made them do many of the wonders. Avicenna, the Persian Physician, is the one whose struggle and hard work introduced the world with the process that perfects the distillation of essential oils.

History Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy In The Dark Ages:

The Dark Ages Essential Oils

In the 14th century, Millions of people suffered death as the Black Death hit. The only way to fight with this was the usage of herbal medicines. Many of the aromatics were used in order to save the people and they had the antibacterial properties.

History Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy In The 15th Century:

15th-century Essential Oils

In the 15th century, many new essential oils were created by distilling more and more plants. The essential oils started getting popularity as the number of books containing this information also increased in order to guide the people. An alchemist, Paracelsus, introduced the term essence and started searching on the plants. He believed that plants are the best medicines. It is also said that he challenged alchemy by doing so.

History Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy In The 16th Century:

16th Century Essential Oils

As time changed, a lot of advancement in the field of essential oils was seen. In the 16th century, the essential oils were easily available at the apothecary. It was very easy for people to buy essential oils from there. That is not it. Many of the essential oils were also discovered and introduced in this era. During the same period and in the 17th century, the term perfume gained huge importance and it can be said that the term changed into a field. It was totally a separate field now as many people and researchers were taking interest in it. It was just the beginning. In the 19th century, perfume was established as a major industry. The century is also of huge importance as many of the essential oils were introduced during this era.

History Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy In The 20th Century:

20th-century Essential Oils Hong Kong

In the 20th century, the field expanded, and essentials oils witnessed their usage in drugs and other chemicals. People also learned how to separate the constituents of the oils. It was a great step ahead and it became beneficial and economical as well. It paved the way for many of the latest and modern inventions. As a result of this advancement, the use of oils for aromatic and medicinal advantage reduced a lot.

René-Maurice Gattefossé Essential Oils

In the early 20th century, René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, is one of the named that played an important role in aromatherapy and essential oils. He was very much confident that the essentials oils can be used for a variety of medical purposes. It was not his belief at the beginning. At the start, he believed in the aromatic use of them. There are many other chemists and researches that played an important role in aromatherapy. All that is today is because of the experience of the previous people. The modern techniques and methods tell us that the essential oils are truly very beneficial. They have many advantages and benefits in medicines, drugs, and chemicals. A lot has been discovered but it is not the end. There are so many things and researches that are currently in progress. Up till now, it is confirmed that the essential oils are very much important and helpful for a healthy life.