Essential oils have been around for a long time and as a result many of them have interesting stories and histories. Understanding the history of our oils makes them even more fun to incorporate into our lives but also helps us appreciate how much we have always understood about controlling our own health with what nature has provided.
Here are 5 oils with some ties to historically famous people:
It is rumored that Cleopatra would not allow anyone else to wear or use jasmine. It was a favored scent by the ruler who enchanted the hearts of Julius Ceasar and Marc Antony.
She was a worthy water woman who led her own battle ships in battle. She was known to have jasmine applied to the masts of boats so people would know she was coming.
Captain James Cook first mentioned tea tree oil in 1772 during his voyage to Botany Bay, Australia. He and his crew made a tea from the leaves to prevent scurvy.
Tea tree oil’s healing properties are abundant. Not only is it a natural immune booster, but it also fights all three kinds of infection. It works to heal skin conditions, burns and cuts, and also works as an insecticide. In addition, it helps to soothe and treat cold sores, respiratory conditions, muscle aches, the flu, Athlete’s foot and dandruff. Its uses are vast and its healing power is quick.
Black Pepper was used as a currency in medieval Europe where it traded ounce for ounce for gold.
Attila the Hun, leader of the Hunnic Empire, asked for 3,000 pounds of pepper as part of his ransom for the city of Rome.
Tea flavored with bergamot, which was used to imitate the more expensive types of Chinese tea, has been known in England since at least the 1820s. It was crafted to suit the liking of Lord Grey to overcome the lime taste in his home’s water.
Bergamot continues to be used in Earl Grey tea that we enjoy today.
Patchouli was used to protect rugs, silks and expensive materials against mold, moths and bugs when these items were being shipped from India to Europe in the 1700s.
Patchouli gained popularity in Europe as a perfume soon after by those in high society because of its exotic aroma. It is said Queen Elizabeth I was known to have preferred patchouli.