Essential Oils are ... Essential for Healing
Essential Oils are Much More than Most People Think
Linked to Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well being
Plants not only play a vital role in the ecological balance of our planet, but they have also been intimately linked to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well being of mankind since the beginning of time. From ancient writings and traditions, it seems that aromatics were used for religious rituals, the treatment of illness, and other physical and spiritual needs. These writings tell of scented barks, resins, spices, and aromatic vinegars, wines and beers that were used in rituals, temples, astrology, embalming, and medicine. The evidence certainly suggests that the people of ancient times had a greater understanding of essential oils than we have today.
From Medicinal to Aromatic ... So Valuable in a Variety of Ways
The Egyptians were masters in using essential oils and other aromatics in the embalming process and are given credit for ushering in the use of oils, herbs, and aromatic plants for medicinal purposes and may have been the first to discover the potential of fragrance. They created various aromatic blends for both personal use and for religious ceremonies and many hieroglyphics on the walls of Egyptian temples depict the blending of oils and describe numerous oil recipes. Similar medicinal formulas and perfume recipes were used by alchemists and high priests to blend aromatic substances for rituals. Well before the time of Christ, the ancient Egyptians collected essential oils and placed them in alabaster vessels which were specially carved and shaped for housing scented oils. In 1922 , when Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened, some 50 alabaster jars designed to hold 350 liters of oils were discovered. Tomb robbers had stolen nearly all of the precious oils, leaving the heavy jars behind that still contained traces of oil. The robbers literally chose oils over a king’s wealth in gold, showing how valuable the essential oils were to them.
Many Prescription Drugs Try to Replicate the Benefits of Naturally Occurring Plant Compounds
The plant kingdom continues to be the subject of an enormous amount of research and discovery. A high percentage of prescription drugs are based on naturally occurring compounds from plants. Each year millions of dollars are allocated to private laboratories and universities that are searching for new therapeutic compounds that lie undiscovered in the bark, roots, flowers, seeds, and foliage of jungle canopies; river bottoms; forests; hillsides; and vast wilderness regions throughout the world.
Essential oils and plant extracts have been woven into history since the beginning of time and are considered by many to be the missing link in modern medicine. They have been used medicinally to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses and to combat insect, bug, and snake bites in addition to treating all kinds of mysterious maladies. Essential oils also provide exquisite fragrances to balance mood, lift spirits, dispel negative emotions, and create a romantic atmosphere. Most do not realize that plant medicine has a much longer history than our modern pharmaceutical drugs which have been in existence for only 150 years. Most are not aware that plant medicine is still the most widely used form of medicine by those in non-industrialized societies and that over 50% of all pharmaceutical drugs produced are consumed by the United States population.
Essential Oils Protect and Defend
A vast body of anecdotal evidence suggests that those who use essential oils are less likely to contract infectious diseases. Moreover, oil users who do contract an infectious illness tend to recover faster than those using antibiotics.
Living 'Naturally' Without Pain and Disease...
Our modern world has only begun the discovery of the power of God’s healing oils – something that the ancient world knew well. Their time was one without laboratories, manufacturing facilities, high technology and equipment, or chemicals. The earth and its healing gifts were the ancient world’s medicine – something our modern world should take note of and embrace. Modern medicine is certainly not without its miracles. Millions of lives have been saved in crisis and malfunctions of the body. But the way to live with strength and vitality and without pain and disease lies in what God has created, not in what man has altered.