History Of Aromatherapy: The Egyptians
Egyptians were known to use aromatics some 3,000 years before Christ for medicinal and cosmetic reasons.
Herbs in those days were either burnt, administered as pills, suppositories, powders, etc...
It is strange to note that although Egyptians were very advanced in
the use of herbs, they do not appear to have discovered how to distill
Jars still bearing the unmistakable scent of Frankincense have been found in Egyptian pyramids.
documents discovered in the 19th century and dating back to 1500BC we
discovered that Egyptians knew the basics of contraception : a blend of
acacia, coloquinte, dates and honey would be inserted in the vagina
where it would ferment to form lactic acid (a very good spermicide).
also used essential oils in their cooking. Caraway, coriander and
aniseed was used whilst baking bread of milled and barley to make them
easier to digest.