Let’s define, aromatherapy
Aromatherapy: Noun – The use of fragrances to affect or alter a person’s mood or behavior. Treatment of facial skin by the application of fragrant floral and herbal substances. The use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in massage or baths.
The term aromatherapy really didn’t become mainstream until the late 1900’s yet the fundamentals have been around for thousands of years. If you agree that incense and burning herbs for health and well being would count as aromatherapy, then it’s clear that aromatherapy has been around since the beginning of civilization, and probably before. That means that aromatherapy has been around for more than five thousand years. Stop and think about that, thousands. We have used incense, essential oils, herbs for health and wellness for thousands of years.
Either we are still using an outdated, archaic, hokus pocus, or most of the world has lost connection with some of the most amazing health tools known to mankind.
So when did aromatherapy begin
A stunning story of a Siberian noblewoman shares findings of an incense burner which was found in her burial site and dated back to 4500 BC. The woman is of the ancient Okunev culture; people seen as the Siberian ethnic grouping from the the early bronze age (between the 25th and 18th centuries BC) and are most closely related to Native Americans. The incense burner will be exhibited at the world famous Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. read more https://siberiantimes.com
Think back to our favorite Christmas bible story which sets the stage for gift giving. They came from the east, the Magi, Kings of the Orient, three or more wise men bringing gifts of gold frankincense and myrrh. Both Frankincense and Myrrh are commonly used throughout history in incense and perfumes.
Documents reveal that the land of Punt was trading with Egypt spices, sacks of aromatic gum, and incense, as early as 2200BC. Notably, the famous expedition of Queen Hatshepsut’s in 1493 BCE brought back frankincense and myrrh trees, “the first time in recorded history that fauna (plants and trees) was successfully transplanted in another country.” https://www.ancient.eu/punt/
In addition to Egypt, China has been a major contributor to herbal health for which detailed records thousands of years old exist., listing hundreds of plants and their medical uses. You may enjoy reading the article The history of aromatherapy .
As mankind focus on new technologies, a fractal of us are still keeping touch with the ancient practices, finding a balance with new discoveries while staying true to the ways of our ancestors. I believe more of us are embracing to the ways of old, and connecting with the energy of life – the essence of Evolving Eden.