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Oregano Oil

//historical uses of oregano//
In the middle ages oregano was commonly used for medicinal purposes. They would chew the oregano leaves as a cure for many ailments such as rheumatism, toothache, indigestion, and coughing fits.
During this time, Oregano also made the journey to China. It was also used for medicinal purposes in this region. The Chinese people believed it helped with fever, vomiting and upset stomach.

During the Elizabethan era, oregano was used for just about anything. It was used to encourage good luck and good health. It was used in spells for happiness, tranquility, luck, health, protection and letting go of a loved one. It was also worn during sleeping to give one psychic dreams.


//ancient uses of peppermint//
Peppermint leaves have been used as a remedy for indigestion since the Ancient Egyptians, and the ancient Greeks and Romans valued it as a stomach soother as well. During the eighteenth century, the herb became popular in Western Europe as a remedy for nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, respiratory infections, and menstrual disorders.

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//historical uses of Thyme//

Thyme has been widely acknowledged as one of the most used herbs since as far back as ancient Egypt. Throughout history, tinctures, salves, and solutions made from Thyme leaves have been used as a cure for poison, a pain reliever, and healing. Thyme was included in many Egyptian medicines.

The Romans thought that eating thyme before or during a meal would cure poisons, making it especially popular among Roman emperors. Thyme was also often given to Roman soldiers upon their leaving for battle, as a sign of courage.

When the Black Death hit, thyme was used in many medicinal recipes, and in the Victorian Era, nurses would often bandage wounds with a thyme solution.


Valor essential oil blend is one of our most popular products and a favorite of Founder and Chairman of the Board D. Gary Young. A truly unique blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Camphor Wood, Geranium, and Frankincense, Valor has a woodsy, grounding aroma that is great for massages and other topical and aromatic uses. Use it to greet each morning with a positive attitude or to refocus at the end of a challenging day.

Frankincense is probably one of the most well-known aromatic plants of the Bible! Most people are familiar with it being one of the gifts brought to the Christ Child at His birth. Did you know that Frankincense is mentioned many times in the Old Testament as well? In fact, any time it mentions incense burning in the temple, it is referring to the same aromatic plant from which we get Frankincense essential oil!

Egyptian tradition says that Frankincense is “good from head to toe” and was used to treat every conceivable ill known to man.

Frankincense is recorded as being an important medicinal plant in many ancient cultures. The Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Israelites all used Frankincense as part of their worship, because of it's grounding and stabilizing influence and it was often used for cleansing and purifying after a baby was born.

The use of geranium as an aromatic plant is known to have existed for thousands of years and goes all the way back to the early days of the Egyptians. The upper class typically used it to improve and beautify their skin and to help relieve anxiety by making serums and salves with the petals of the flower.

Ancient cultures would make a tea out of spruce shoots that the drank when fighting a fever, persistent cough, and other respiratory ailments. The Native American cultures used spruce for both medicinal and spiritual purposes. It was used to make a healing wound salve, added to baths to help with muscle and joint pain, and used to enhance meditation and worship rituals.

The ancient greeks were likely the first to cultivate tansy for medicinal purposes, who used it used to treat intestinal worms, rheumatism, digestive problems, fevers, and to soothe sores. According to A History of Herbal Plants by Richard LaStrange, by the middle ages Tansy was a favorite herb of women to help with conception and maintaining healthy pregnancies. By the early 19th century it was a highly sought-after herb because of it’s beautifying effects on the skin. Tansy is so versatile, it is still listed in the United States Pharmacopeia!

The fragrant camphor tree has been coveted since ancient times. Having a rich history of traditional use, it was particularly used as a fumigant during the era of the Black Death and considered as a valuable ingredient in both perfume and embalming fluid. Camphor has been widely used as a fragrance in cosmetics, as a food flavourant, as a common ingredient in household cleaners, as well as in topically applied salves and tinctures for the treatment of minor muscle aches and pains.

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//historical uses of wintergreen//
Wintergreen has long been used for its ability to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatism.4 Wintergreen leaves were used traditionally by the Native Americans and early American pioneers to make a tea used to treat “dysentery, fever, headaches, rheumatism, sore throats, and toothaches.” Both the Mohawk and Iroquois used wintergreen for its pain relieving qualities. Also, the berries of the wintergreen were eaten raw or cooked in pies by the Native Americans

Aroma Siez

A key Young Living blend, Aroma Siez™ combines the soothing and relaxing properties of Lavender, Basil, Marjoram,Cypress and Peppermint. We've already learned about Basil, Marjoram, and Cypress, and Peppermint is listed below, so we'll just take a look at the historical uses of Lavender.

The medicinal uses of lavender date back to 2500 BC. The ancient Egyptians used lavender as a preservative and fragrant perfume. The word Lavender is from the Latin word lavare - which means “to wash”. For centuries Lavender has been used for skin ailments. Infusions of lavender were historically used to soothe insect bites, sunburns, and cuts and burns. Queen Victoria was a vocal admirer of the disinfecting properties of lavender, and expected her royal residents to use lavender water and distilled oil because she favored it so highly.

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//historical uses of Basil//
Throughout history, basil was believed to have almost magical powers. It was used as an antidote for snake bites, and was believed to give strength during religious fasting.

It was found in mummies in Egypt because the ancient Egyptians used this herb for embalming. In Greece the herb was referred to as basileus phuton, meaning magnificent, royal or kingly herb.

In India, this herb was considered a powerful protector against illness.

In medieval times many believed that basil was good for “cheering the spirit” and “clearing the brain”.

Basil was introduced in Britain in the 16th century and later brought to North America. As a medicinal herb it is thought to be beneficial for poor digestion, headaches, the common cold, improved memory, anxiety, and the treatments of burns and cuts.


//historical uses of cypress//
The use of cypress as medicine dates back to the time of the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt, where it was was made into a tincture and applied for its astringent, tonifying, decongestant, and diuretic properties. It was commonly used for funerals and burial sites. Drawing from tits mythological symbolism and associations, the scent is suggested as being helpful during times of transition and grief. As an aromatic plant it is known for its respiratory, circulatory, and dermatological uses.


//historical uses of marjoram//
It is believed that marjoram originally came from the Mediterranean region and Anatoila (Asia Minor) and has been used since ancient times. The ancient Greeks used this herb as a natural treatment for many ailments. They believed it helped heal from poison, convulsions and edema. They called this herb "joy mountain" and crowned young couples with it during wedding ceremonies.

It was once believed that marjoram helped to nurture love. This herb was added to food to promote civility and love. Women carried this herb around in bags and it was placed around homes for the sweet fragrance. It was also used in “love spells.” A young woman would place marjoram under her pillow at night believing that the herb would help reveal her future husband while she was dreaming.


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