A Peak at Anatomy and Essential Oils

by Rehne Burge, C.A.

Have you ever wondered where it all started? How did we discover the circulatory system and how it functions? And what does that have to do with essential oils? Let's take a sneak peek.

Anatomy has been recorded as the oldest known of medical science. And through the history of anatomy, there have been many theories, a great deal mostly inaccurate or simply wrong, explaining anatomy and physiology. These theories, some dreamed up, were by physicians, surgeons, quacks, witch doctors, alchemists, faith-healers, astrologers, and charlatans. These professionals in their day were for the most part highly paid and respected “professionals”.

Hippocrates, also noted as the Father of Medicine, was the most famous and well known of them all. His knowledge of internal medicine was remarkable, although limited due to the lack of dissections. Based on his history, Hippocrates could be said to be the father of holistic medicine.

There have been brilliant discoveries and true clear thinking that has brought us to what we now know as modern medicine.

Moving forward, it was an English doctor named William Harvey that showed that blood circulated around the body and further proposed that the heart pumped the blood through the arteries and understood the significance of the valves of the heart. Although many thought this to be outlandish, his findings were confirmed by the invention of the microscope in the late 17th century. This allowed scientists for the first time in history to be able to observe so much more than what the naked eye could reveal.

By the 19th century, practices and procedures were able to be performed with anesthetics. In 1896 the first x ray machine was invented. Soon after, the first MRI came about. Prior to these inventions, many dissections and crude methods were used.

Now we can study and learn the human body more freely. By understanding it, we can better understand and learn how the body and specifically the circulatory system and aromatherapy work hand in hand. And how it can benefit the body.

The lymphatic system, a part of the circulatory system, has its own important function of draining access fluid from the tissues of the body and filtering out bad bacteria as well as producing lymphocytes to fight off infection. The lymphatic system runs up the body. However, the circulatory