The History of Essential Oil

Essential oil is one of the most popular natural ingredients that every household will mostly have. We also call it aromatic crude because of the aroma nature it gives. The different oils are available to the public to find it in your closest convenience store.

For centuries, people have been using it for altering the ailments. It is a myth when it comes to the origin, but the knowledge of Essential oil has been available for thousands of years worldwide.

Ancient Egypt

According to FGB Natural Products (Australia) - (

"Ancient Egypt was the true birthplace of essential oils, or 'aromatherapy' as we know it today. The Egyptians cultivated plants for their oils and used them extensively in their religion, cosmetics, and medicinal purposes. Aromatic essence and resins were also used in the embalming process. "


The most accurate finding is in Lascaux, located in the Dordogne region in France. The scientists agreed on cave paintings in the location shown the usage of medicinal plants in 18,000 B.C.E. The report showed how people were familiar with the properties of eight local plants and herbs. However, there have been debates about whether the ancestors were using the plants to extract the oils or not. (Essential Oils for Beginners: A Guide to What They Are & How to Use Them By Kac Young)


Moving to Egypt, the finding showed that the Egyptians used the oils in 4500 B.C.E. The aromatic oils are the original product of Egyptians. The most current data show that it started with "Kyphi" a mixture of 16 natural ingredients used for medicine, perfume, or incense. The Egyptians used the Essential oils from the plants daily. At that time, priests were the only group who could use aromatic oils for religious activities. Different oils were used for various purposes.


In China, the oldest data was in between 2690 to 2597 B.C.E. during the Huang Ti reign. He was also known as Yellow Emperor. At that time, the uses of surrounding plants were often available for both health and aesthetic experience. Yellow Emperor had explained this in his book entitled "The Yellow Emperor's Book of Internal Medicine." He showed that the practitioners used the aromatics for medicinal purposes.


Now we move to India. Both locals and international users have known about Ayurveda, one of the most popular Indian medicinal category. The oldest script was traced back to 1000 B.C.E., precisely 3000 years ago. The Essential oils were widespread for healing potions back then. Ayurveda experts claimed that there are around 700 substances available in the Ayur Vedic literature.


Greeks were also using Essential oils, thanks to the Egyptians. They learned from Egypt. The "Father of Medicine," Hypocrites, noted around thirty dozens plants for the oils, including saffron, peppermint, cumin, etc.


Although Rome is not the oldest pioneers of Essential oils usages, Romans were known to be the diehard users of the Essential oils. They often used the oils for bedding, clothes, their stuff, as well as their bodies. Romans loved to use oils for bathing and massaging. They earned the knowledge from the books written by Hippocrates and Galen.

When the Roman Empire called, the rest of the Romans passed the books on to their next generations. Then the books were translated into different languages.

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