What Are Essential Oils?
Even though essential oils have been around for thousands of years, we can enjoy the direct benefits of using essential oils today. Not only do essential oils offer healing properties naturally through the extracted plant substance, but they also carry the actual essence or fragrance of the plants. Some extraction is from the whole plants, but most are extracted from specific sections like roots, seeds, leaves, wood, flowers, or fruit.
Essential oils have been recorded throughout history to be used to enhance spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental health. The Egyptians were referenced as using cinnamon, myrrh, sandalwood and frankincense as early as 4500 BC. Scholars in India developed the science of Ayurveda around 3000 BC, which relied on essential oils in potions using some of today's favorites, such as ginger and cinnamon.
The use of essential oils for remedies of ailments was recorded by Chinese scholars between 2067 and 2597 BC. But probably the most common place we read about essential oils is in the Bible. Essential oils are mentioned over two hundred times in the New Testament and Old Testament of the Bible. Some of these Biblical oils are frankincense, myrrh, fir, spikenard, cedarwood, and cinnamon.