The Ancient Origins Of Aromatherapy

Get a FREE psychic reading right now at PsychicAccess.comAromatherapy, oil magic and healing through essential oils has its origins in the civilization of Ancient Egypt. Some of the first documentations of herbal distillations and remedies were found in the medical papyrus and on the walls of the temples of Hathor and Horus.

These temples were where the priest and priestesses were trained in the healing arts. Recipes of oil infusions are carved on the wall in both temples and even a faint shadow of scent can still be detected in the distillery  rooms even to this day. Egypt was the perfume capitol of the ancient world. They had perfected a method of distillation that is still being used.

The ancient Egyptians believed that one must go forth whole in this life and the afterlife. To do that one must be perfumed or ‘smelling good’ to the gods. Each oil that was derived from a plant had a medicinal, as well as an esoteric meaning. Oils were used to anoint in religious ritual, for adornment and for healing.

Welcome, remedy, welcome that which destroyest the trouble of this my heart and in these my limbs…the magic of Horus is victorious in the remedy ~ Incantation from the Ebers Papyrus

The ways that the essential oils were used in healing were the first examples of Aromatherapy. The oils were applied to the body, inhaled and burned so that the essence of the herb was carried into the body through the olfactory system. When that happens the scent of the healing herb would go straight to the brain – the center in which the ancient Egyptians believed disease was born. If the mind became whole so did the body, was their philosophy. A belief, that is now once again gaining popularity through holistic and new age healing practices.

Oils were applied front and back along the spinal chakras, or spinal energy centers, to heal ailments that were associated to that center. Oils were applied to the stomach of a pregnant woman, to help ease the birthing of her child. However, as in all healing practices, a diagnosis was first given and that was usually done by a priest or priestess trained in the arts of healing.

Egyptians were the greatest and most sought after healers of the ancient world. Their process of mummification had given them extensive knowledge of the human body. Their land was abundant, with varied resources of herbs, flowers and resins. These they painstakingly distilled and tested until they had a complete pharmacopeia of medicinal oils.

In actuality, the oils exert much of their therapeutic effect through their pharmacological properties and their small molecular size, making them one of the few therapeutic agents to easily penetrate the bodily tissues ~ Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt

Recipes for these oils, and the plants they were derived from, can be found carved on the walls of Dendera and Edfu, the temples of Hathor and Horus respectively. Some of the formulas cannot be reconstructed, because some plants and herbs, like the Blue Lotus, has been extinct for hundreds of years.

The practice of Aromatherapy has made a comeback in the last twenty years. Even now in the 21st century we read about a new use of Basil or Oregano – common herbs which we have using as food seasoning, but that have been known to the ancients thousands of years ago to cure illnesses.

About The Author: Brenda is a 3rd Generation Clairvoyant, Medium, teacher and lecturer who has appeared on Jay Leno, as well as other popular TV and radio shows. Known for her accurate timelines of when and where events will precisely occur, her reputation continues to spread both nationally and on the international scene. She is also a published author of several books, including The Wings of Isis series, released in 2010. If you’d like a private look at your past, present and future, you can find Brenda at

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