You might encounter them at your weekly spa sessions, or in your body care products, but essential oils do so much more than make you smell good. Less commonly known as aromatic oils, the history of essential oils date back to thousands of years ago, with their uses varying between healing the sick and for religious purposes.
In Egypt, recorded history has shown that they were used as early as 4,500 B.C.E, where priests were the only authorities deemed worthy enough to use aromatic oils in order to be at one with the gods. Sail across the Arabian Sea, and you’ll find that aromatics are equally treasured in India thanks to Ayurveda, an ancient form of traditional Indian medicine that incorporates them into healing potions.
Today, the demand for organic wellness has drawn the spotlight back to essential oils as a way of life. Like ancient times, they remain one of the most important aspects of aromatherapy, treating skin conditions and even soothing muscle inflammation. The tiny vials of potent oils are primarily extracted through steam distillation, but cold press has revolutionised the game by ensuring only the purest oils are extracted.
If you think your wellness journey begins and ends by simply sniffing out of the bottle, you’re wrong. The world of essential oils is immense, intriguing, and can be confusing. Here’s a guide on how to make the most out of these soul-soothing extracts.