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Aromatherapy for Healing

Translations of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts describe how priests and physicians used essential oils thousands of years before the time of Christ. The precious essential oils of frankincense, myrrh, galbanum, rosemary, hyssop, cassia, cinnamon, and spikenard were used extensively for annointing and healing the sick. There are over a hundred references to aromatics in the Bible. Biblical prophets appear to have recognized that essential oils protected their bodies from disease. Why did the Wise men bring the precious substances of frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child? Frankincense was well known during the time of Christ for its anointing and healing powers and is now being researched and used therapeutically in European and American hospitals.

In 1817 the 870-foot-long Ebers Papyrus was discovered. Dating back to 1500 B.C., it was called a medicinal scroll. It mentioned over 800 herbal prescriptions and rememdies. Other scrolls indicate that the Egyptians had a high success rate in treating as many as 81 different diseases. Many mixtures they used contained myrrh oil and honey. Myrrh was used for embalming because of its effectiveness in preventing bacterial growth.

When King Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in 1922, some 50 alabaster jars designed to hold 350 liters of oil were discovered. While tomb robbers had stolen nearly all of the precious oils, some of the jars still contained remains of their original contents. The large cache of plundered oil jars documents how valuable fragrant oils were in this ancient civilization.

Egyptians and Babylonians believed that in order to reach a higher spirituality, they had to be clean and beautiful. They practiced fumigation to disperse oils, purify the air, and provide protection from evil spirits. They used the oils for medicinal purposes long before the individual herbs were studied for medical use.

Essential oils are the oldest and some of the most powerful therapeutic agents known and some say they are longevity in a bottle! Young Living Essential Oils are therapeutic, Grade A passing the highest standards of AFNOR and ISO standards. Some say essential oils were first used in China or India, but D. Gary Young's research indicates that the Egyptians were first to discover the therapeutic potential of essential oils ? alternative health has always existed. The Egyptians created fragrances for personal use as well as for ritualistic and ceremonial use in temples and pyramids. According to the earliest historical records available, they used balsamic substances with aromatic properties for medicines. Egyptian high priests used fragrances for opening the subconscious mind and increasing their ability to communicate with the spirit world.


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The Egyptians were masters in using essential oils and other aromatics for emotional release and clearing negative energy. Historical records describe how one of the founders of the "pharaonic" medicine was the architect, Imhotep, who was the Grand Vizier of King Djoser (2780-2720 B.C.) and is associated with the use of oils, herbs, and aromatic plants for medicinal purposes. Hieroglyphs on the walls of the Egyptian temples depict the blending of oils and describe hundreds of oil recipes. In 1922, when King Tut's tomb was opened, 350 liters of oils were discovered in alabaster jars. Plant waxes had solidified into a thickened residue around the inside of the container openings, leaving the liquefied oil in excellent condition. According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, priests and alchemists were using essential oils thousands of years ago to heal the sick and in many spiritual rituals. They believed that the sense of smell and the ability to detect odors was the most important of the sensory abilities because smelling essential oils can increase one's frequency thereby leading to transformation of negative energy.


The physical eye is where we perceive light and information, but to the Egyptians, it is the symbol for spiritual energy and abilities. The Eye of Ra symbolizes the sun and solar energies which are integrated into one's body through the various senses. The word utchat, sometimes spelled udjat, refers to Egypt's sacred eye symbol. The right eye is called the Eye of Ra, symbolizing the sun. The left is called the Eye of Thoth, symbolizing the moon. Both eyes together are the Two Eyes Of Horus, The Elder. The eye is the part of the body able to perceive light, and is therefore the symbol for spiritual ability. In the Ancient Egyptian measurement system, the Eye Of Horus represented a fractional quantification system to measure parts of a whole. The entire eye measured 1 heqat. And each of the parts of the eye measured fractions of the heqat. The senses are ordered according to their ability to assimilate the energy for spiritual growth.

The parts of the sacred eye are assigned fractional values, totalling 1 = 64/64 heqat ? total spiritual growth:


1/64 heqat = Eneh (a stalk planted in the ground supporting the eye at the center)

1/32 heqat = Energy of Taste (wheat grain from which the stalk comes forth)

1/16 heqat g (the left part of the eye which points to the ear which receives vibration)

1/8 heqat = Energy of t (the eyebrow which expresses and reacts to thought)

1/4 heqat = (the pupil of the eye which receives light and crystalized thoughtforms)

1/2 heqat = Energy of Smell (the right part of the eye which points to the nose) which is where the most energy is absorbed and which contributes to greater spiritual growth and transformation.

This totals 63/64 with the missing 1/64th being the mystical energy supplied by Thoth.


The Romans fumigated and diffused oils in their temples and political buildings and scented their baths with oils followed by a fragrant oil massage.


The ancient Arabian people began to study the chemical properties of essential oils. They developed and refined the distillation process. They extracted rose oil and rose water, which were very popular in the Middle East at that time. Kings would barter and buy land, gold and slaves with their crudely extracted oils. The oils were more valuable than gold.


Europeans did not produce essential oils until the 12th centure. During the Medieval plague of the 15the century, four thieves in Marsilles, France, were able to rob the dead and dying without becoming infected. When finally captured, the men reportedly admitted to creating a concoction that contained 50 cloves and the herb rosemary, along with other aromatics. They rubbed this potion on their hands, ears, and temples. The secret of the thieves was made public and the formula was posted in the city.


During the Dark Ages and with the burning of libraries in Alexandria and other places, much of this knowledge of essential oils and their uses was lost. Only through the cosmetic and pefume industry did the valualbe science of aromatherapy begin to resurface.


One cannot practice therapeutic aromatherapy with healing results unless properly produced and packaged oils are used. Most oils easily available from retail outlets are food or flavor grade oils and do not have the chemical components and healing properties that Young Living oils possess.

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