by KG Stiles, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist
The use of plants and herbs is the oldest form of healing disease and pain, and the medicinal properties of plants have been recorded in the oldest writings in history, in myth, and folklore. According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians were using essential oils thousands of years before Christ to heal the sick. In ancient times they were considered more valuable than gold. There are numerous references to oils in the Bible, yet only now is science beginning to investigate the incredible healing substances found in essential oils. Virtually everything used today in modern drugs can be traced back to a botanical extract. Hippocrates said that there is a remedy for everything to be found in Nature.