The history of essential oils dates back to biblical times! In fact there are over 200 references in the bible including frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, rosemary, among others.
Other historical references include frankincense being offered on the great altar of Belin Babylon, Diodorus of Sicily spoke of frankincense in Arabic, Napoleon used neroli as a cologne and the Crusaders brought back essence of roses (just to name a few).
The rediscovery of essential oils began in the 19th and 20th centuries during World War I. Civilian and military hospitals used aromatic essences. Then, a French chemist began studying essential oils in 1907. Then, during World War II, essential oils were used on battlefield injuries. Doctors at this time believed essential oils were saving lives!
In 1990, a French doctor and a French biochemist created the first reference book containing over 270 essential oils and their uses.
Since the 1980’s, Dr. Gary Young has been studying essential oils and partnering with people all over the world. In 1993, he founded the world’s largest and oldest essential oil company, Young Living.
Young Living owns their own organic farms all over the world! They offer a “seed to seal” guarantee and uphold the highest of standards for purity and potency of the oils.
Young Living sells an essential oil collection called 12 Oils Of Ancient Scripture (as pictured above). The kit contains the twelve most significant oils found in the Bible. Young Living’s wish in bringing them to you is that you will savor and enjoy the beautiful fragrances and intriguing histories of these precious pure essential oils.
2. Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
3. Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
4. Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
5. Frankincense (Olibanum — Boswellia carteri)
6. Galbanum (Ferula gummosa)
7. Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
8. Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
9. Myrtle (Myrtus communis)
10. Onycha (pronounced oh-nigh-kah, a very thick oil, remove the plastic orifice and warm the bottle in your hand so that the oil will flow — Styrax benzoin)
11. Rose of Sharon/cistus (Labdanum — Cistus ladanifer)
12. Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
Essential oils are not new, although they may be new to many people! I suggest you take a look at my post Essential Oils 101 to learn more about what essential oils are and how they are used. Also read about Young Living Essential Oils and why they are the only essential oils I use.