It seems like everywhere you look people are talking about essential oils. Why the sudden rise in attention? We live in a world of advanced medical technology and yet despite that we still live in fear of the tiny things we cannot see: viruses and bacteria.
In a world of overuse of antibiotics and drugs handed out as a band-aid rather than a means to help the body heal itself, people are looking for an alternative to treat dis-ease of the body. Isn’t it interesting that in the face of advancement we are turning back to the basics, to what was once the first and only means of medical treatment? So why essential oils? Oils were mankind’s first medicine and from hieroglyphics to ancient manuscripts, we see documented how they were used in early history. Records dating back to 4500 BC describe the use of oils for religious rituals and medical applications. The evidence we have certainly suggests that the people of ancient times had a greater understating of essential oils than what we have today. The Bible has over 200 references to oils, incense and ointments and essential oils for perfume and through the 12th century there is documentation of oils and herbs used for healing. Essential oils were reintroduced into modern medicine in the late 1800’s, early 1900’s. During WWI, essential oils were used for their antibacterial and wound healing properties in France. Rene-Marurice Gattefosee, known at he father of aromatherapy, began studying essential oils in 1907 and in his 1937 book, Aromatherapy, Dr Gattefosse told the real story of his now-famous use of lavender essential oil that was used to heal a serious burn (thought to be gangrenous). (EOPR, 6th ed pgs 4-8) His studies had great influence on future research and helped save lives of soldiers in Europe during WWII. In this new century, scientists are turning again towards the plants and more and more research is being conducted of essential oils as awareness of their power is becoming more evident. We are looking for an answer to the dreaded diseases that still have no known cure and essential oils may assume an increasingly important role in combating new mutations of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Essential oils are no longer the missing link in modern medicine as more and more heath practitioners, doctors, scientists and users venture into this world of ancient knowledge. (EOPR, 6th ed, pg11).
We personally love essential oils because they have helped our families head off illness before it becomes severe, treat every day issues in a natural way, and work to strenghthen the body preventatively.
Does this mean we have written off modern medicine entirely?
We use common sense and take great precautions to not be flippant with our health.
There is a time and place for everything but arming yourself with as much information possible will help you make wise choices.
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