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Miss Essay

  • Submitted by: mchiro
  • on March 1, 2014
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 1,139 words

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A) The Egyptians invented a rudimentary distillation machine that allowed for the crude extraction of cedar oil. The “Alembic still” is a simple apparatus used for distilling. It has been used for many hundreds of years, very often related to the study of alchemy. The Egyptians were the first people to construct stills, and images of them adorn the ancient temple of Memphis, but it is from Arabic that we get the word 'alembic' (alambic) and alcohol (al cohol). The first means the distillation vessel, and the second, while it was used to describe a very hard lead or antimony based powder, expresses the idea of delicacy and subtlety, as in distillation vapour. The still was developed in 800 AD by the Arab alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan. The word ‘alembic’ is derived from the metaphoric meaning of ‘that which refines; which transmutes’, through distillation. Probably the oldest method for extracting essential oils involves the ability of fats or fatty oils to absorb and hold fast the fragrant oils of plant petals was known as “Enfleurage”   believed to be developed by the Greeks around 500 BC. The Romans also used aromatic oils to promote health and personal hygiene. Influenced by the Greeks and Romans, as well as Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic use of aromatic herbs, the Persians began to refine distillation methods for extracting essential oils from aromatic plants. Essential oil extracts were used throughout the dark ages in Europe for their fragrant properties. In modern times, the powerful properties of essential oils were rediscovered in 1937 by a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. A French contemporary, Dr. Jean Valnet, used essential oils during World War II. Dr. Valnet went on to become a world leader in the development of aromatherapy practices. The modern use of essential oils has continued to grow rapidly as health scientists and health practitioners continue to research and validate the numerous health and wellness benefits of essential oils    

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