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K is for Kohl, Kos, and Kyphi
Aromatherapy has a very long history. As early as 3000 to 2000 BC, (the golden age of ancient Egypt during the 12th dynasty), cosmetics were highly developed, involving the use of kohl as mascara for the eyes, various ointments and unguents to beautify the skin, and henna to colour the hair and nails. Many of the preparations during this period contained fragrances.
One of the famed perfumes of the Egyptians, Kyphi, is said to have contained the following essential oils: Calamus, Cassia, Cinnamon, Citronella, Juniper, Myrrh, and Peppermint.
If you wish to mimic this ancient perfume try the following recipe:
Add the following Essential Oils to 1/4 ounce of your chosen Carrier Oil:
2 drops Calamus
2 drops Cassia
2 drops Cinnamon
2 drops Citronella
2 drops Juniper
3 drops Myrrh
2 drops Peppermint
Swirl gently until all oils are thoroughly mixed. Wear as a Body Perfume.
The Greek physician, Hippocrates from the island of Kos, who lived from 460 to 377 BC, is regarded as the ‘Father of Medicine’. Among his writings, several essential oils are mentioned, including: Aniseed, Caraway, Coriander, Cumin, Fennel, and Thyme.
Aniseed Essential Oil contains the following healing properties: Antispasmodic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Stimulant, and Tonic.
Cumin Essential Oil contains the following healing properties: Antispasmodic, Aperitif, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Digestive Stimulant, Emmenagogic, and Tonic.
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