7 powerful men totally saved by aromatherapy
Genhgis Khan — the 12th century bad-ass knew a thing or two about life, dominating central Asia, northern China and the trade routes the whole way to Europe. Yes, he could be a bit…techy, but things would have been a lot worse without the Geranium oil he used for its balancing/calming qualities. Also reputed to have just loved warm milk and cookies at bed time, although the only available milk was camel and the cookies were high in THC and CBD. But that Geranium, hey? Very fond of scented candles
Or take Joseph Stalin — one of the 20th centuries top ‘Leaders with Lethality’ Joe was considered very suspicious of intellectuals but recent evidence shows his problem was with essential oils non-believers, especially about the purging effects of Jojoba — and wow, did that man purge — universities, districts, whole cities on some occasions. Getting the Jojoba became a problem as he always had to have the courier shot (for security purposes) and supplies tailed off. Slept on a rosemary pillow
5th centaury rocker Attila the Hun is one unfairly treated murderous marauder! His name was really Attila the Honey — seriously, he was just as fond of honey as Winnie the Pooh and just as huggable. Anyhow, he loved honey and he just had to be surrounded by fresh flowers every day — think Elton John but with extra horses and invading. To keep the flowers fresh he needed Melaleuca essential oil, so now you understand his repeated attempts to invade Constantinople. So misjudged! Fake news! Lame Stream Media! Always had to have his bed on an east-west axis
Mao Zedong — a great guy with a dodgy rep. Give this man a cup of decent Arabica bean coffee and he’d be happy all morning — he said it would be a ‘great leap forward’ if the Robusta bean planations in south east China got ripped up and he was keen on a ‘coffee cultural revolution’ but the message got garbled and 3,000 years of history got wiped…oops! Mao spent a lot of time worrying about his retreating hairline and was concerned that this would damage his hard-won babe-magnet schtick, so he used a whole lot of ginger essential oil to keep his mane leonine: So much so, indeed, that deputy Zhou Enlai and Mao were known to the Central Committee as the ‘Fred and Ginger at the only Party that mattered’… Note, he bathed only in ewe milk
Adolf Hitler was so much more than just a criminally insane murderous tyrant and I don’t mean just because he made the trains run on time. Famously a vegetarian and a big lover of German Shepherds (that’s a breed of dog, I’m not starting a rumour here) old Adolf suffered a lot with anxiety. He had had a lifelong concern that people wouldn’t like him and he was quite shy around new people — sad! But Ylang Ylang got Fuher A through 12 really tough years and could do the same for you! Boost mood, reduce depression, alleviate anxiety, lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate and totally eliminate guilt about annexing the Sudetenland and declaring Anschluss over Austria: What a great outcome! Little know factoid here, AH had to start his day with lox and a bagel — who would have known?
Picture Saddam Hussein you probably think of that cheerful, smiley guy with the big grand-daddy moustache and the smartly pressed khaki, right? Patting a child’s head with one hand whilst cheerfully waving an AK47 with the other, hey, big guy! But you will be astonished to know how much time he spent cultivating fields of lavender, so determined was he that all of his countrymen should have access to wonderful, warming lavender essential oil. Saddam knew — really knew — that his neighbours suffered cramps, anxiety, insomnia, depression — pretty much every time he walked into a room there was someone being sick — he just knew these conditions were endemic: And he cared. Deeply. And he planted lavender. He cleared territory in the north west and tried invading east, ‘relocated’ marsh dwellers to the south: Did everything he could to get enough space. When he couldn’t grow enough for all the people, he made sure what there was went around by eliminating the excess people — genius. SH put his long life down to probiotic drinks (and having someone else taste his food before he ate any).
First centaury Roman Emperor Caligula was hip. I mean sure, people talk about his cruelty, sexual perversions, excessive spending, sadism and so on: There may have been a tiny bit of putting horses’ heads in other people beds, but all bad? No, no, no! OK, 300 people were crucified on the Via Appia but they were all on cedarwood crosses and the smell was, apparently, glorious (well, for the first 12 hours, anyhow). Caligula did get a bit…blood thirsty, with 378 virgins being slaughtered in a reconstructed sea battle in the colosseum (virgins representing the Greek Islands, his navy invaded them) but did you know that he used 5 barrels of pricy Frankincense oil in the water, promoting healing? Not one of the sailors suffered any after effect, other than a little sunburn (I mean the virgins were dead, but hey — sacrifices have to be made, am I right?). And the sunburn? Tea Tree oil. This was a man who put the ‘doting and solicitous’ into despot. Caligula was very keen on Roman ‘feng shui’ and things had to be arranged just so. He got really annoyed if his throw rugs were not harmoniously arranged and he had erroneous servants nailed to his houses (but on the outside, so they didn’t spoil the aesthetic).
So, take a lesson from life! Use essential oils and you can conquer the world one drop at a time.