The Egyptians used perfumes as offerings to their gods

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The Egyptians used perfumes as offerings to their gods whose status were covered in odoriferous oils. Different essence were dedicated to different divinities such as styrax to Saturn, costus to Mars and marjoram to Osiris.

Embalmers were knowledgeable about the antibiotic properties of aromatic plants.

Among these was a perfume of universal fame called kephi which which was made up of sixteen different ingredients including honey, raisin, myrrh, cinnamon, henna, turpentine citronella, juniper, cardamom, cypress and wine. This perfume had a strong pungent odor which induced in the inhaler in the inhaler a dream -like state of happiness, even while his brain remained alert and responsive. Kephi also acted as an antiseptic, a balsam and a tranquilizer when taken internally.
The Egyptians believed in reincarnation and therefore wanted to keep the body in good condition and therefore wanted to keep the body in good condition after death for its journey to the new life. Embalmers were knowledgeable about the antibiotic properties of aromatic plants.
Here is an account of the procedure of embalming according to Democrats and Herodotus who visited Egypt during the fourth century BC.

The body was ready to be incarcerated in layer upon layer of caskets made of cedar wood

First the brain was drawn out through the nostrils before an aromatic solution was injected into the cavity. Then the embalmer would open the stomach remove all the viscera which was washed with palm wine. The abdomen was then filled with galbanum clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and myrrh, before being stitched up, The body was then soaked in sodium carbonate solution for seventy days, then washed and wrapped in bandages that had been soaked in aromatic resins. This whole process would take as long as six months before the body was ready to be incarcerated in layer upon layer of caskets made of cedar wood before being finally put in the sarcophagus.

Rich ointments, scented oils, creams and perfumes enhanced the fame and wealth of Egyp

The power of essential oils was so great that in spite of the heat and the passing of time, mummies were found centuries later in a perfect state of conservation.
The Egyptians also excelled in the art of massage, skin care, rejuvenation and cosmetics. Their products were renowned the world over and trading in rich ointments, scented oils, creams and perfumes enhanced the fame and wealth of Egypt.

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