Essential Oils : Lavender Aromatherapy

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Essential Oils: Lavender Aromatherapy Patti Raspolich Plants and Civilization 12/7/16 Professor Hughes APA Essential oils have been used for countless different practices for thousands of years. Different plant species provide extracts that are used to create the endless variations of essential oils available today. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when essential oils were first used, but experts suggest that they have been used since the days of Mesopotamia, as early as 4500 BC. Egyptians, some of the earliest users, used cedar wood oil for embalming and hygiene purposes. More importantly, essential oils are full of fragrance. They have been known to be used for perfumes, incense, religious ceremonies, medicinal care, beauty care, food preparation and preservation, and many more uses in cultures all over the world. “Essential oils are complex mixtures of fragrance and flavor substance originating in plants.” (Bauer and Garbe 1985). Common examples include: lavender, peppermint, frankincense, lemon, and eucalyptus. Produced in a variety of ways, all essential oils are used for distinct treatments. The chemical composition of the plants is used to create the choices of essential oils that are on the market today and have been used throughout history. “The fragrance and flavor complexes are nearly always isolated by physical methods from, … blossoms, seeds, fruits, fruit peels, leaves, stems, bark wood or roots.” (Bauer and Garbe 1985).
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