Wellness Notes

Essential Oils and Herbs

Herbs have been valued by all ancient cultures. Egyptians put them in burial caches; Romans were crowned with laurel; India and China developed extensive medical systems based on herbs. Until the 17'h century, botany and medicine were inseparable. Then, awed by the advantages of the industrial revolution, we ignored and belittled wisdom gathered from centuries past. Today there is growing recognition of the superiority of natural ingredients to synthetic imitators. Herbs are chemically complex- several elements work synergistically. This leads to an innate balancing of intelligence and energy that synthetics cannot match.

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Indian Medicine is traditionally plant-based. The most ancient of Indian religious writings contain prescriptions and formulae, as well as invocations and prayers that address the healing plants themselves.

Traditional Chinese medicine is an ancient system of healing that has survived into the present. Herbal medicine is used in conjunction with acupuncture. The earliest known medicinal records in China are in the Yellow Emperor's Book of Internal Medicine, which dates from 2000 B.C.E. This great classic of Chinese herbal medicine lists over 8,000 formulae, most of them plant-based, a greater range of plants than has ever been used in any other system of medicine.

Essential oils have been used in Egypt since the time of the Pharaohs. There are records on clay tablets of cedarwood and cypress being imported into Egypt, and by 3500 B.C.E. the priestesses in Egyptian temples were burning gums and resins to clear the mind and as agents in the mummification process.

The ancient Greeks gained much of their knowledge of essential oils from the Egyptians, but they also acknowledged that the aroma of certain flowers could be either uplifting or relaxing. The Greek physician Hippocrates, who was revered as the father of medicine, refers to a vast number of medicinal plants in his writings.

By the 12th century the concept of aromatherapy had arrived in Europe. During the Crusades, European surgeons worked along Arab physicians, learning from them the importance of hygiene and the uses of oils. Knights returning from the Crusades brought the herbs and oils back to Europe, along with an understanding of the steam-distillation process. European perfumers, such as the famous French perfume house at Grasse, then began to experiment with local plants.

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