Essential oils of cedar, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and myrrh were used by the Egyptians to embalm the dead. When they opened some tombs in the early 20th century, traces of the herbs used were discovered with intact parts of the body. The scent of the essential oils used was, albeit weak, is still noticeable.
The ancient Egyptians used the oils for spiritual, medicinal and cosmetic purposes.
It is believed that the Egyptians the term perfume, derived from the Latin per fumum invented.
Egyptian men of that time used fragrance as well as the women.
The ancient Greeks learned from the Egyptians much and developed, but they recognized an increasing number of medical and aromatic effects of plants. Hippocrates, known as the “father of medicine”, was a proponent of essential oils for medicinal benefits.
The ancient Romans eventually built on the knowledge of the Egyptians and Greeks, wrote Disco Rides for example, in his book Materia Medica of the properties of about 500 plants. It is also reported that Disco Rides should have investigated the distillation of plants.
An important period in the history of aromatherapy and essential oils is the 11th century, because at that time was invented in ancient Persia, a coil, with which one could distill the plant much more effective and better to gain the essential oils.
In the 12th century abbess Hildegard von Bingen lavender oil is said to have distilled and have used for their medicinal purposes.
In the 13th century it was introduced on a large scale ago essential oils.
During the 14th century the plague reached millions of people, many died of it, whole regions almost died out.
At that time people used herbal preparations in the fight against this terrible killer. There were used against it among other essential oils.
In the 15th century more different plants were always distilled to obtain essential oils including frankincense, juniper, rose, sage and rosemary.
Paracelsus, a famous alchemist, doctor and radical thinker that time, examined the effects of the oils and took her into his remedies with.
During the 16th and 17th century it became the oils as a raw material for perfume, then, the perfume industry has developed into an art form.
During the 20th century the knowledge to separate the individual components of essential oils for the production of artificial oils and drugs was used, so the man asked imitations of oils ago that these artificial oils were much cheaper.
Meanwhile, you go from the artificial oils but rather back away and nature turns again.