This HND piece traces the long history of these oils, as they have been used for medicinal, as well as flavoring/perfuming purposes since ancient times. They are also part of seafaring materials known as "naval stores."
Therapeutic applications of these oils have been described in thousands of scientific papers, and many of the oils are even mentioned in the bible. Of late, essential oils have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, with the public being cautioned to study all product labels, checking especially for purity.
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