You don’t need to be an aromatherapist to use them. There are three main ways to get oils into your system: 1) topically, rub on the skin, 2)internally, ingest (water & tea) or cook with them, 3) aromatically– diffuse and inhale them.
How Do They Enter and How Long Do They Last?
Tests have shown oils reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in three seconds when inhaled; they were found in the bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically.
Some History on Essential Oils
They were first mentioned by name in the Bible, in the book of Genesis, chapter 37, when Joseph was sold to the slave traders. They carried spices, balm and Myrrh! Genesis ends with the burial of Joseph’s father anointed with Myrrh. Oils are mentioned 1100 times directly or indirectly in Bible.
Some of the oldest cultures on earth used essential oils. The Babylonians used Cedarwood, Myrrh, and Cyprus. The Egyptians used essential oils for beauty and embalming and they have the oldest recorded deodorant recipe made with essential oils. Pakistan and Rome used essential oils in communal bath houses.