Essential oils have been used for medical and cosmetic purposes since Ancient Egypt in 3,500 BC. The Egyptians cultivated their plants and herbs to mix them with oils for health and beauty purposes. Back then the oil came from animal fat. With the years and advances in technology, the oil extraction on almonds, nuts, and plants has allowed a more ethical alternative to animal fat.
The success of the Egyptians’ medicinal practices traveled to Ancient Greece in which the famous holistic physician: Hippocrates, firmly believed in essential oils’ healing powers. Later, the Roman Empire adopted a similar aromatic experience through spa-like activities, such as relaxing baths that soothe the skin and promote hygiene.
These are some of the most important and accessible essential oils with a brief explanation of their healing and cosmetic properties:
We all know the beautiful fields of lavender. But did you know that it promotes consciousness, health, love, peace and wellbeing? As well as having anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antidepressant and antifungal properties? One of the top healing essential oils. It has so many uses you can’t live without it.
1. Anti-stress & Improved Sleep: Diffuse in air to reduce stress and anxiety and or/ at night to improve sleep quality.
2. Scarring: place two drops on a healed wound for it to scar faster and smoother.
3. Ticks: use lavender on a tick wound, aplpy 1 drop every 5 minutes for 30 minutes
This is just a short list of the many essential oils we can find in nature and some of their healing powers, keep in mind this journey is about intuition and research. Go ahead and try to introspect what you want to heal in your life, and see which herb can help you embark on a natural path.