Essential oils are a form of medical and ceremonial tradition that've been around for millennia; in Biblical times Jesus of Nazareth was anointed with frankincense and myrrh to celebrate his birth. Oils play important roles in a host of ancient cultures, including European, Indian, Egyptian, and Chinese examples.
As a part of ancient Egyptian funerary rites, essential oils were a fixture of the ceremonial embalming process. Modern archeologists have found oil residues from 2,000 years ago in Egyptian tombs. In more recent times, essential oils came to the attention of modern medicine thanks to groundbreaking pioneers like doctor Jean Valnet; this French surgeon used essential oils to fill in the gaps in his medical supplies during the second World War and experienced remarkable success with them.
Essential oils are completely natural; they come from plants' flowers, leaves, roots, and bark. Essential oils can be used to treat a whole range of different conditions, including anxiety, and the most effective versions are typically pure essential oils, i.e. those which have not been mixed with chemicals or other additives.
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