EO in History

The History of Essential Oils

Essential oils have enjoyed a rich history of use over millennia by numerous cultures for a wide array of health and wellness applications. The Egyptians were among the first to use aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatments, food preparation, and religious ceremonies. For centuries, frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh and cinnamon were very valuable commodities along Asian and African caravan trade routes and were sometimes exchanged for gold.

Building on the Egyptians’ knowledge, the Greeks utilized 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 practitioners of aromatherapy, 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 antibacterial and fragrant properties.

Use of essential oils has surged in modern times. In 1937, the healing properties of essential oils were “rediscovered” by a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who healed a badly burned 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 continues to grow rapidly as scientists, medical practitioners and health experts continue to research and validate the numerous wellness benefits provided by therapeutic-grade essential oils.

And doTERRA is at the front line of this movement, as its industry-leading 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils provide the maximum benefits for your health and wellness.

Did You Know?

The French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who “rediscovered” the healing properties of essential oils in modern times, is also the person who coined the term “aromatherapy.”

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