Essential Oils have been used by humans as medicines, food preservatives, health tonics, and beauty regimens for millennia. But with the advent of industrialization, much of our knowledge of the use and benefits of essential oils for health, wellness, and vitality was lost. The dominant culture became enamored with a one-size-fits all, industrialized, quick-fix approach to wellness; and for a time we lost much of our ability to harness nature to help us heal. The power of plant oils was forgotten.
Then in the late 1980’s Gary Young set out to restore knowledge of these powerful oils, improving their quality and distilling methods, and creating oil blends for all aspects of physical and emotional wellness. Young Living has been the premier producer of essential oils in the world ever since.
The team at Oil Revival is on a mission to revive the use of natural plant oils in our households and day-to-day life. We want to help folks regain the knowledge of oils for wellness, and rediscover their many properties and benefits. Each of us has seen amazing benefits in our own families, and increased our well-being with the use of oils. Join us, and we’ll help you re-learn the value of this toolkit of fragrant plant oils that Nature and its Creator offer us a for our health and blessing.
Long Live Essential Oils! And Long Live your family!
-Fran and the Oil Revival team
Source: Video: “Gold of the Ages: Amazing History of Essential Oils”
A Timeline of Essential Oil History
Egypt 5000 BC:
Egyptians develop a primitive method using animal fats and heat from the sun to distill essential oils.
Pakistan 4000 BC:
Oil distillation methods are refined, producing more oils in less time.
China 3000 BC:
The oldest surviving medical book, containing information about over 300 herbs and plants and their medicinal uses, is compiled.
Egypt 1555 BC:
A famous medical scroll, the Ebers Papyrus, describing medicinal uses of plants and essential oils is written.
Egypt 1475 BC:
Queen Hatshepsut has her army bring a grove of myrrh trees to distill oils for her use.
Egypt 1330 BC:
King Tut is put to rest in a pyramid alongside a wealth of jars full of essential oils.
Arabia 1000 BC:
A trade route known as the Frankincense Trail moves an estimated 3000 tons of Frankincense annually
Greece 400 BC:
Hippocrates saves the city of Athens from a plague by fumigating the city with aromatic plants.
Macedonia 325 BC:
Alexander the Great adopts the use of essential oils.
Israel 0-2 AD:
Kings from the Orient bring gifts of Frankincense and Myrrh to the Christ Child.
Rome 100 AD:
Pliny writes his book “Natural History” that describes the use of herbs and essential oils.
Iran 1000 AD:
Avincenna, an Arab physician, develops a form of steam distillation, improving the quality and quantity of essential oils produced.
Germany 1100 AD:
St. Hildegard pens “Causes and Cures” which describes the uses of various plants and medicinal oils.
France 1400 AD:
Plague strikes, but four thieves rob the dead without becoming ill. They reveal their protective mixture of aromatics to authorities. Thieves oil is born.
Laboratories 1800 – 1900 AD:
The shift to allopathic medicine begins.
France 1930 AD:
French Dr. Gatefosse burns himself in his laboratory, and covers the wound with lavender oil. He’s amazed at the pain relief and healing benefits, and devotes himself to studying essential plant oils.
Vietnam 1940 AD:
French Dr. Jean Valnet uses Gatefosse’s research to apply essential oils to wounded WWII soldiers. The soldiers wounds heal faster, and infection is reduced.
France 1980 AD:
French Dr. Jean Lepraz discovers that some essential oils kill microbes, asserting their value as antiseptics.
Gary Young travels to Europe to learn about essential oils, and returns determined to restore forgotten knowledge of essential oils.
Gary Young founds Young Living, experimenting on a small farm in Washington state.