If you have ever cut into a fresh sweet orange and suddenly felt a bit happier and more energetic, or smelled a bouquet of lavender and noticed you were a bit calmer and more relaxed, then you have already experienced the curative power of essential oils.
These oils are made up of tiny, fragrant and highly-concentrated molecules that are distilled from the leaves, fruits, woods, seeds, flowers and other parts of various plants. Not only are these natural compounds incredibly fragrant, but they actually have therapeutic properties that promote physical and mental well-being.
Essential oil therapy is the actual use of essential oils to help heal our minds and bodies. In the US, we have been behind the curve in understanding the value of natural alternatives. As a matter of fact, essential oil therapy has been practiced around the world for thousands of years and is currently used as a medical treatment throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.
Dating back to ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese, infused oils and created herbal preparations for medicinal, fragrance and cosmetic use. Scriptures tell us that the ancient Egyptians soaked the bandages of their Pharaohs with Cedarwood essential oil to aid in the mummification process. Hippocrates mixed powder from the bark and leaves of willow trees to cure headaches, pain and fever. Frankincense and Myrrh were gifted by the Wise Men because of their healing and fortifying properties, while Cleopatra seduced Marc Antony by surrounding her bed with rose petals.
Fast forward to the 20th Century, when a French Chemist named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse stumbled across the medicinal properties of Lavender essential oil when treating his burned arm. He noticed that this oil helped his burn heal quickly and left no scarring. This discovery gave rise to our current, modern-day use of essential oil therapy.
At 21 Drops, we've taken what people have known for thousands of years about the healing properties of plants and combined it with modern knowledge to create natural, effective solutions for a healthier mind and body.
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