The history of perfume

Fragrances, perfumes and scents have a long and ancient history; many have been used for thousands of year. Biblical references refer to the purity of fragrances like frankincense and cinnamon which were commonly used in temples and churches.

Those in the ancient worlds, however, used fragrances for more than just aromatics. Healing salves, purifying incense and oils are all mentioned in the Bible in some form. Oils and other scents were used in traditional ceremonies and rituals as well as for hygiene, oil lamps and simple pleasure.

Some oils were strictly reserved for religious use and there are references in the Bible that God would not allow certain oils for personal use and people that did may suffer some punishment. Some types of incense were used to help the process of prayer as people sought to have their thoughts heard by God.

Fragrances and scents are big business today involving highly evolved research and testing. Oils are examined at the microscopic level to determine their nature and how best to use it to aid human beings from a scientific viewpoint.

Fruit and vegetables are examined in a similar way. For example garlic is well known for its therapeutic properties, and its nature of being anti-bacterial and anti-biotic behavior is well regarded. Other common organics include tea tree, clove and cinnamon oil which are sold in many pharmacies as remedies to various ailments.

Aromatherapy and the herbal sciences are well respected disciplines and treated very seriously. Not only are oils and fragrances beneficial, but they can be potentially damaging if applied incorrectly with various unpleasant side effects. Some oils can be either absorbed through the skin or taken directly as a drink, and it’s extremely important to have advice or knowledge as to their appropriate use.