For thousands of years, parents have used essential oils (EOs) to help rascals feel better. As parents ourselves, we’ve tried and tested a range of EOs, and want to share about some of our favourites with you.
Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils can be dated back more than 6,000 years. A number of ancient civilizations — including the Chinese, Indian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman — worked with them for vast purposes: therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritual.
The Romans, for example, used them in cosmetics, perfumes and drugs. Essential oils were also part of their religious and spiritual rituals.
Compared to such a long and global use of EOs, the word ‘aromatherapy’ is new. It was established in the 20th century and derived from Latin, aroma meaning ‘fragrance’, and therapy meaning ‘treatment’.