Young Living Essential Oils-Some History
It seems most people today are unaware of the extensive documentation of the use of essential oils and their ancient history of healing and anointing. Many references about essential oils can be found in Judeo-Christian religious texts, and records show that at one time they were used to treat virtually every ailment known to man. Frankincense, myrrh, lotus, cedarwood, and sandalwood oils are some of the oils that were widely used in ancient Egyptian purification and embalming rituals. Oils like cinnamon, clove, and lemon were highly valued as antiseptics hundreds of years before the development of today’s laboratory-developed medicines.
Many researchers and health care professionals have come to discover that there is therapeutic action in the healing potential of essential oils. As history is continuing to show that in their pure state essential oils are some of the most concentrated natural extracts known, exhibiting significant and immediate antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti depressive, antibacterial, and hormone-balancing effects, as well as having calming, sedating, uplifting, and positive emotion-stimulating properties.
It’s been found that in clinical practice, essential oils have been shown to have a profound effect on the central nervous system, helping to reduce or eliminate pain and release muscle tension.
Even when pure essential oils were available, little was know about their therapeutic effects. The perfume industry was the greatest purchaser of pure oils and, unfortunately, adulterated them for the perfections and consistency of the aroma. Now it’s cheaper and easier to produce chemical components diluting pure essential oils thus adding millions of dollars to their bottom line.
Today we find synthetic essential oil ingredients in soaps, cleaning agents, cosmetics, skin care, food, and flavorings, as well as, sadly, in the industry of health and wellness. When the oils are extended and adulterated for commercial use, their therapeutic biochemical structure is destroyed, making them useful only as perfume for scenting all types of products and as flavoring compounds.