When aromatherapy began its resurgence back into our modern world in the early 1920’s, we had not been using essential oils for almost a thousand years. We could speculate that literature about their use had been burned in the great libraries of Alexandria, and the healing art of using aromatherapy faded from view, but I believe that there was something much more profound at play.
The use of essential oils and plant medicine dates as far back as 18,000 years ago, and aromatherapy, or the use of essential oils, has always been the most concentrated form of the plant species. Essential oils, or the volatile liquid compounds found in trees, grasses, plants, flowers, roots and stems, are the life blood of every plant, the very soul of the plant if you will, and as such, contains every bit of information the plant needs in order to survive. The essential oil tells the plant when to produce flowers, when to go to seed, when to die, and delivers hormones for growth, natural insect repellent to deter pests and everything needed to stay fit and thrive.