What is Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile oils, called essential oils, to support psychological and physical wellness.

What is an Essential Oil

Plants contain complex and powerful substances known as essential oils. These are aromatic volatile liquids derived from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, grasses and seeds.

These distinctive components defend the plants and trees from insects, harsh environmental conditions, and disease. The essential oil is also vital for a plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings. Referred to as the essence of the plant, pure essential oils not only protect the plant, but also determine its aroma.

Each essential oil have their own unique character, aroma and therapeutic properties; they are highly concentrated, which means a very little goes a long way.

Humankind has used these valuable plants for as long as humans have existed on the planet.

The essential oil of a plant consists of tiny aromatic natural chemicals that aid humans in a variety of wellness, beauty and hygiene conditions.

We benefit from these beneficial properties in the ways we use essential oils: massage, diffusing, bathing, inhalation, to name just a handful.

Essential oils are extracted mainly by steam or water distillation. All pure, genuine essential oils have their own unique character, aroma and therapeutic properties.

Young Living essential oils are highly concentrated, thus… a little goes a very long way.

We use these oils by the drop — not the handful!

Undiscovered, or Newly Valued – You Decide

Essential oils have been used throughout time dating back to at least 4500 BC. From perfumes and aroma-therapy, to cooking and medicinal purposes, essential oils have been used in everyday life for centuries. When we consider that most of us probably would not even be alive today if it were not for our ancestors learning how to use these plants it challenges us to wonder why we lost the wisdom to utilize them more regularly.

Pharaoh Zoser’s chief architect, Imtohep, built the oldest pyramid – known as the Step Pyramid of Djoser which is the only of Imhotep’s achievements that can still be seen and appreciated today. Imtohep was also a physician, priest, and founder of a cult of healing—was deified 1,400 years after his lifetime. The protection of the king and his endowment of burial gifts—about 36,000 vessels of alabaster, dolomite, aragonite, and other precious materials—such as the precious plant oils.Djoser_Step_Pyramid

Imtohep advanced medical knowledge in those days, he infused oils and the aromatic soft ointments that were often used in Egyptian medicine. We could perhaps say, Imtohep was probably the grandfather of aromatherapy.

As a god of medicine, Imhotep was beloved as a mediator of everyday problems who could “provide remedies for all diseases,” and “give sons to the childless.”

Members of the cult of Imhotep in the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Dynasties would pay tribute to the God at his temple just outside Memphis, which also contained halls devoted to the teaching of clinical methods, and to the preservation of the materia medica, papyri detailing the entirety of Egyptian medical knowledge which may actually have originated with Imhotep. Unfortunately, the papyri of the materia medica have not been recovered, but other medical documents such as the Ebers refer to them as a rich source of scientific knowledge.

Alabaster-Vessel-King-Tut-TombOne of the earliest and most celebrated aromatic formulas was a mixture of sixteen aromatics, known as kyphi. We cannot be sure of the exact essential oils, but most experts agree that it contained myrrh, juniper, cinnamon, spikenard, frankincense, saffron and cassia, amongst others.

This blend of plant extracts must have been very popular. As well as being used in temples, kyphi was  also employed as a medicine, burned in the house to make it smell sweet and used as a perfume for the body and clothes (it was later used as a liquid perfume by both Greeks and Romans).

When one of the sealed flasks discovered when the tomb of Tutankhamum was opened in 1922, it contained an unguent that, after 3300 years, still had a perceptible odor. Analysis revealed the presence of frankincense and spikenard. This might very well be the only surviving bottle of the world’s first perfume.

In modern days, some research has shown that pure, genuine essential oils can provide similar benefits to humans and animals, as well as, that which they provide to the plants.

Importance of a Quality Essential Oil

During ancient times people certainly were not concerned, like we are today, with adulterated products for the sake of profits. We can only imagine how pure their essential oil products were compared to what line store shelves and fill our cabinets at home.

Essential oils back then were not a trend, nor were they considered snake oils. Essential oils were a part of daily living and wellness.

Many essential oils today are adulterated. Being derived with harsh chemicals, diluted with cheap quality carrier oils, or copied and produced in a lab. Cheap copies bring cheap results and have the potential to be unhealthy to use not to mention ineffective in their results. Therefore, it is imperative to take great care in choosing high-quality essential oils.

Young Living offers pure, beyond organic, unadulterated essential oils, essential oil blends, and essential oil-enhanced products. There are over 400 essential oil products to choose from, everything from essential oil singles and blends, to shampoo’s and the exquisite ART skin care line, to a delicious ancient Einkorn grain pancake & waffle mix and spaghetti, to essential oil enhanced supplements and a pet care line.

At Young Living, in-house and independent laboratory testing shows that our essential oils meet high industry standards that qualify them as being superior quality (unadulterated). This means that health and wellness professionals also choose them for promoting health and wellness.

Young Living is dedicated to producing essential oils from the highest-quality plants from its farms around the world. Healthy plants and proper distillation produce superior essential oils with powerful benefits. Every oil is put through a series of rigorous tests before it is deemed qualified to bear the Young Living label. Our essential oils are then bottled in dark, thick, glass containers to protect the integrity of the oils. Under the lid is a fixed orifice that helps to measure dosages and to ensure safety, particularly for young children.

Further reading…

How to use essential oils

The Young Living Farms

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