The history of aromatic plants being used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes goes back to 3000 B.C. In the 10th century, Avicenna, an Arabic physician, left us valuable written documents describing 800 plants and their effects on the human body. He is also credited with the development of the distillation process for essential oils. Today it seems more probable that he did not discover the process of distillation, but rather perfected it, for archaeologists have found primitive distillation equipment that dates from before his lifetime. In the 12th century, the "Fragrances of Arabia" - in other words, essential oils - became famous in Europe. India and China have known and used these medicinal plants for thousands of years before they were discovered by the West.
Essential oils are defined as fragrant, volatile products that are created from plants of a certain species by means of physical processes. Frequently they are described as the part of the plant that embodies its soul and concentrated power. They are also known as "essences" or "herbal essences", for they are indeed the essence of the plant itself. Natsy by Design is proud to offer a collection of more than 60 essential and carrier oils. You’ll find several rare essential oils in our collection.