The Story of Essential Oils

The Story of Essential Oils

This world must have been aromatic heaven: women scented their hair with cedar-infused oil and the air was ripe with aromatic smoke from pine, spruce, juniper, and balsam incense, the rich balsam tones creating an aromatic terrain—the perfume of everyday life, rituals, ceremonies, and healing.

It’s no wonder then that the origin of the word “perfume” comes from the Latin per fumus, which means “through smoke.” Ancient priests and physicians believed that incense’s essential-oil-laced smoke ascended up to the gods and gave them the power to call upon healing spirits during religious practices and medical treatments. 

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