Aromatics in Magic and Ritual Part 3
Aromatherapy played an important role in the religious rites of ancient cultures and contributed to the development of many civilisations.
The epic Mesopotamian tale of Gilgamesh describes how the king of Ur would please the gods and goddesses by burning incenses of cedar wood and myrrh. These fragrances were said to carry happiness to the heavens. And, as in Egypt, aromatics were used as much for medicine, perfumes and cosmetics as they were for ritual.
The Ancient Sumerians and Assyrians enjoyed bathing in fragrant flower waters and made their skins silly with exotic oil blends. Archeologists have found cuneiform tablets that date back to the 12th-13th centuries BC and describe egg shaped vessels containing precious oils.
In the ancient world, herbs, oils and spices were more valuable than gold, which duly increased trade and communication between many cultures. Babylon was the centre of the perfume trade in the 5th century BC.
Pamper your skin as the women of Sumer and Assyria did, with flower-scented oils.