It is notable, that even the ancient Egyptians used essential oils in their daily lives; to preserve and restore their health, and in the practice of maintaining their youthful appearance and beauty.
Slave-dancers would attach incense balls to their hair, which gradually melted, filling the surrounding air with lively, and fragrant aromas.
The inhabitants of ancient Egypt prepared powders, candles, pills, medical preparations, and also ointments and pastes for external use from essential oils derived from plant material and animal substances. Even the ashes of the burnt plants were used. The tradition of using anise, onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, grapes, and watermelons came to us from ancient Egypt.
And did you know, that as far back as 1,600 years B.C. the Babylonian merchants supplied incense in orange, alabaster, and porcelain jars to the Roman and Greek markets? And about 500 years B.C. there was a factory of incense in Corinth; harvesting and producing essential oils for the purpose of producing incense products?
Ointments, resins, powders, perfumes, and pastes made from certain plant roots, and other plant matter were symbols of wealth and prosperity, and were considered one of the more precious and valuable gifts to be given and shared with loved ones and people of respect and esteem.
In our time, there is a growing interest in the use of natural aroma oils, and this is very valued.
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