Essential oils have been used for medical purposes and in healing rituals for thousands of years. The people in the ancient cultures who used them did not have access to painkillers and over the counter remedies as we have today, so they turned to using what mother earth gave them. And they were really onto something. If you could get a medication that treated depression, stress, bacteria, viruses, colds, urinary infections, arthritis and much more, it would be considered a wonder drug, right? What makes oils an even more attractive proposition is that they are completely natural products, so we aren’t loading our systems with toxins when they need to be brought back into balance. We have probably all encountered essential oils at some point, whether in a bath or body product, when getting a massage or as a food ingredient, but how much do you really know about them?