Brief History of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
Lately, almost anyone you talk to has used and/or heard of essential oils. Whether they use them in aromatherapy, as health supplements, household cleaners, or personal products.
The use of plants as medicine has been carbon dated as far back as 20,000 years ago, thanks to some cave paintings that were discovered in the Dordogne region of France depicting the use of plants in medicine.
Aromatherapy has been used as far back as 3500 BCE, and thought to have initially been used in the practice of healing by burning various barks, woods, and herbs.
Next up in the evolutionary chain of medicinal plants is essential oils, which have been around and in use for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used oils in their mummification process as far back as 2650 BCE, using oils of Frankincense, myrrh, and cedarwood, to name just a few. Egyptians were also well-known for their perfumes, though funnily enough, they didn't distill their own oils, but imported them. China, India, and Greece also used oils for healing, cosmetics, and perfume.
It's only in the last few decades that aromatherapy and essential oils, have made a resurgence in everyday life.
Since ancient times, jewelry has been worn as adornment, as amulets to protect against evil and illness, and as status symbols. Recently, aromatherapy jewelry has exploded onto the scene in the form of lockets, pendants, and bracelets. Some using fabric, clay, or lava beads.
Aromatherapy jewelry allows us to bring our essential oils along in the form of an aerial diffuser. As people live lives that are more hectic and stressful, the more we search for relief. Lavender essential oil is known for it's properties to promote calm and relaxation, while, peppermint is great for promoting energy.
I currently have three styles of aromatherapy jewelry to choose from, using lava beads.
The History of Aromatherapy - https://www.quinessence.com/history-of-aromatherapy
History of Essential Oils - https://healingscents.net/blogs/learn/18685859-history-of-essential-oils