Historical Society event to explore aromatherapy and essential oils

West Bloomfield Beacon | Published September 26, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Smell the sweet scent of history when the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society dives into the history of essential oils and aromatherapy at an upcoming event.

The GWBHS will host a seminar on the history of essential oils and their use on Wednesday, Sept. 27. 

The event, to be held at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library, will start at 7 p.m. 

Kristin Douglass will talk about essential oils and aromatherapy. She said she hopes to debunk some common myths about them, like that people who are sensitive to smells can’t use them.

“If you can hold and squeeze a lemon in your hand, you’ll be fine,” she said. “There’s nothing synthetic about (essential oils). Because it’s from the plant itself, you get the therapeutic properties.”

Douglass said she is self-taught on all things aromatherapy. She volunteers with the GWBHS, so when GWBHS President Gina Gergory reached out, Douglass agreed.

“It seems to be a popular concept right now,” said Gregory. “We were interested in learning about the history behind it.”

Douglass said she hopes to help visitors understand essential oils, their history, what they are and how to use them.

Egyptians have been using essential oils in one form or another since 4500 B.C., Douglass said.

“You see them in their artwork with little bottles,” said Douglass. “They used it for the mummification process.” 

Since then, essential oils have come in and out of popularity, but they have recently gained a modern audience.

Essential oil users can make use of the oils in many different ways — bath salts, soaps, lotions and many other things. 

Douglass will have some essential oils available for guests to touch and smell at the event. 

For more information about the event, visit www.gwbhs.org.