Complementary or “Voodoo” – Aromatherapy which is it?
Let’s visit a brief history of essential oils and the uses. Essential oils do not fall into the category of western, mainstream medicine. However, looking back to biblical times, oils were used to maintain health and wellness. Frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, and other oils provide antibiotic, antifungal and wound healing properties. Ancient Egyptians, Grecians, and Babylonians understood the importance of essential oils in hygiene, perfumery, as well as spiritual aspects. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, recognized the benefits of aromatherapy with aromatic baths. Early Europeans began using essential oils for massage and therapeutic purposes resembling aromatherapy today.
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