This month's essential oil specials include:
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| Balsam Peru
| Botanical name Myroxylon balsamum var. pereirae, Cultivation Method: Harvested from Wild Growing Plants
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Extracted From: Crude balsam, Color: Pale amber/brown, Perfumery
Note: Base, Aroma: Rich, sweet, balsamic, vanilla-like scent.
Consistency: Viscous liquid.
Aromatherapy Properties: Warming, opening, comforting, soothing.
Suggested Use: Add to a diffuser for a long-lasting, warm aroma climate. Please note that the balsams are most commonly used in the"background"of an Aromatherapy blend.
Blends Well With: Spices, floral and oriental bases, petitgrain, ylang ylang, patchouli, rose etc. Great fixative, that binds other more volatile aromas and makes them last longer. Very nice for scenting soaps, detergents and body care.
Specific Safety Information: No known toxicity with the Essential Oil of Balsam Peru. The balsam itself, however, can cause contact allergies.
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Basil Sweet Linalol
| Botanical name Ocimum basillicum /OR/Egypt|
A top note in aromatherapy Basil is light, fresh, sweet and spicy with balsamic undertones. The rich, penetrating smell of Basil is helpful in combating mental fatigue while increasing concentration and improving memory. Basil promotes a feeling of renewed vitality and decisiveness. It encourages us to take action rather than react to challenges.
Basil is unique as it sharpens the mind while steadying the emotions. It helps to calm while elevating the spirits. I find it useful during periods of stress or sadness. For those of you with insomnia due to anxiety with persistent unwanted thoughts, Basil combined with Lavender will help to clear the mind encouraging restful sleep. Useful in massage in LOW doses to strengthen and tone the muscles while invigorating the mind
Blends well with Bergamot, Geranium and Lavender.
Caution: Avoid in Pregnancy
| Botanical name: Ocimum basilicum var.citriodorum |
Species Ocimum citriodorum Part Leaf Method Steam Distillation Class Aldehyde Country USA
A very rare oil and somewhat hard to find
I just love this Lemon Basil. It has a sweet lemon kissed aroma with the characteristic basil herbal notes but the body notes linger with a complex lemon-clean scent. .In addition to its culinary use, basil has a long history as a medicinal herb. The Greek physician Dioscorides prescribed basil for headache. Pliny thought it was an aphrodisiac; his contemporaries fed it to horses during the breeding season. In modern aromatherapy, basil is used to cheer the heart and mind. The sweet, energizing aroma seems to help relieve sorrow and melancholy. Great to use in your aroma lamp while working or reading, helps you concentrate and uplifts your mood. It is restorative, stimulant, and a nerve tonic. The various basils have such different scents because the herb has a number of different essential oils which come together in different proportions for various breeds.. The citrus scent of lemon basil and is due to the higher portion of citral which causes this effect in several plants, including lemon mint, and limonene, which gives actual lemon peel its scent. Avoid during pregnancy. Can irritate sensitive skin. Do not use for a prolonged period or in concentrations greater than 2%
| Basil Holy
| Botanical name Ocimum sanctum (ocimum gratissimum-Eugenol type) Wildcrafted, India, Flowers and leaves.
The sweet, herbaceous, light scent of Basil is distilled from the flowering tops and leaves of the herb native to tropical Asia. This basil is quite different, not as pungent as the other two, but rather sweet, spicy and round, with notes that are even reminiscent of Clove/Cocoa.
Basil has been used as a sacred herb in India and Europe for many centuries. It was said to strengthen faith, compassion and mental clarity.It is planted around doorways to keep evil spirits away. It is also commonly planted around temples. The botanical name “Ocimum” may come from the Greek “to smell”.
More recent clinical experience shows that Basil increases blood flow to the brain, relieving mental fatigue, enhancing clear thinking and improving memory. Basil also connects the thought process with speech, enhancing self-expression.
How to use it: Apply a few drops to a tissue and inhale or add to a diffuser. This is great to wake up and get your brain cells going.
Basil clears the sinuses, promotes digestion and stimulates circulation, especially in the respiratory system.
Precautions - because it can stimulate bleeding, it should not be used for massage or bath during pregnancy. Basil can be a skin irritant.
tic, antineuralgic,a general stimulant.
Avoid during pregnancy.
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| Bay Laurel
|| Botanical name Laurus nobilis/Wild/Steam distilled/Crete
Spicy, sweet, fresh, balsamic scent.Bay Laurel is an ancient oil dating back to the Greeks and Romans. It is said to be an herb of protection against lightning, evil and disease.Gentle but strengthening. It also has the ability to uplift the mind.Like Rosemary, it may be used for poor concentration and lack of memory. It is also said to help with self esteem, stimulating confidence, inspiration and creativity.
Be sure to dilute for use on the skin. Anti-infectious, antiseptic, antineuralgic,a general stimulant. Anti-bacterial, helpful for cold and flu blends as in a chest rub massage blend. Avoid during pregnancy.
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| Botanical name Citrus aur. bergamia/natural source/Italy
A top note in aromatherapy this oil is cheerful and uplifting, often used in clinics in Europe to treat depression.Bergamot is second only to Lavender in it's ability to relax brain waves when sniffed.Cooling, refreshing, an anti-depresssant. Calming,helps insomnia, regulates the nervous system, helpful for anxiety and stress relief. Balancing, regulates mood swings. Helpful for nervous indigestion and loss of appetite due to emotional stress.
Caution:Photosensitive, Bergamot should not be used on the skin 12 hours prior to sun exposure.
| Botanical name Citrus aur. bergamia/Certified Organic/Italy
Bergamot Oil. We found that Bergamot Oil from Calabria, Italy, is far superior to that from the Ivory Coast. We therefore offers only Calabrian oil. A top note in aromatherapy this oil is cheerful and uplifting, often used in clinics in Europe to treat depression.Bergamot is second only to Lavender in it's ability to relax brain waves when sniffed.Cooling, refreshing, an anti-depresssant. Calming,helps insomnia, regulates the nervous system, helpful for anxiety and stress relief. Balancing, regulates mood swings. Helpful for nervous indigestion and loss of appetite due to emotional stress.
Safety Precautions: Caution:Photosensitive,
Like some other citrus fruits, Bergamot contains a chemical compound called furo-coumarinand as such is deeply relaxing
. As long as you can ensure that you or your client will not be exposed to sunlight for 12 hours after application,
the original Bergamot Oil, not the bergaptene-free, is the oil of choice.
However, if in doubt, stay with the bergaptene-free oil. The photo-sensitization can range from severe burns
to long-term darkening of the skin. Even UV and infrared treatment can do this after
Bergamot Oil is applied.The recommended ratio of dilution is no more than 0.5%.
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| Bergamot Mint
| Botanical name Mentha citrata/wild/USA
We love this unusual oil that is actually from the Mint family yet has citrus notes that remind one of Bergamaot. As this oil is similar to Bergamot it will help to uplift your spirits
It has high levels of linalol and linalyl acetate (like Lavender) and helps to soothe the nervous system. A calming oil it is not energizing like Peppermint.
We have found it helpful for musty areas of the home. Try using in any diffuser. Blends well with: Other Citrus oils
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|Sweet Birch (True) (Wild Harvest)
||Botanical name Betula alleghaniensis/Canada
Distilled totally from wild harvested Birch.
True Birch distilled totally from wild harvested birch.Believed to be the only authentic birch oil produced on the market today. Quite a bit more complex than the typical commercial "birch oil" on the market and has a nice light green color to it. The quality of this oil is quite amazing.
As most of you are aware their is relatively little genuine sweet birch essential oil being produced nowadays. It used to be a significant industry in the USA and parts of Europe but over time the industry has slowly died out . If any of you have access to Ernest Guenther's six volume classic-Essential Oils then you will find an indepth description of how Sweet Birch essential oil is distilled. The very techniques he describes therein are still employed by the distiller in New York who is preserving this tradition. The description of the sweet birch distillation is found in Volume 6-pages 11-15 of Essential Oil/Ernest Guenther. The main component of Yellow Sweet Birch oil is methyl salicyclate which comprises over 98% of the oil and since this chemical can produced synthetically for very little cost, it is why it has come to replace the sweet birch oil. It is the many trace components that contribute to the unique vibrant odor of true birch essential oil.
Used in massage oils for muscular aches and pains. Do not use undiluted on the skin!
Anelgisic, increases urine flow, eases simple water retention. Invigorating, refreshing.
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||Botanical name Betula Lenta/ USA/F
Used in massage oils for muscular aches and pains. Do not use undiluted on the skin! Anelgisic, increases urine flow, eases simple water retention. Invigorating, refreshing.
Avoid when pregnant, nursing and with babies and childre,Skin irritant and sensitizer,use highly diluted.
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|Botanical name/piper nigrum /Fair Trade Certified Organic/Sri Lanka
Black pepper is steam distilled from the black peppercorns. Probably best known for it's pain relieving qualities.
May reduce smoking withdrawal symptoms.
Black Pepper and Quitting Smoking
Black Pepper oil is produced by the steam distillation of the dried, crushed, not-quite-ripe fruits of the pepper plant. Pepper has been esteemed as a spice in India since time immemorial and is dispersed in trade throughout the world. In the Middle Ages in Europe, pepper was of great importance to season and preserve meat and to mask the odors of rancid foods.
Pepper is used in Ayurvedic medicine for its carminative, warming and eliminative properties.
Helpful for arthritis, rheumatism, muscle aches and pain, sprains, stiffness, poor circulation, and muscle tone.
| Blood Orange
|| Botanical name Citrus aurantium/OR/Italy
Blood Oranges with their deep red interior color, have a rich orange flavor with undertones of fresh berries.
This is one of the most exquisite scents that can melt away tension with a single whiff. Uplifting and refreshing with a delicious citrus bouquet.
A top note in aromatherapy, Blood Orange is cold pressed from the peel/rind of the fruit. It helps to reduce tension, anxiety and inspires open communication. It is said to balance the throat chakra and allows us to ask ourselves and others for what we want.
It may also benefit the heart chakra as it can help release pain and allow room for love to flow in and out. It may also be used to treat shock, depression and stress. Used in massage it is a effective detoxifier and purifier.
|Blue Tansy (also known as 'Moroccan Chamomile)
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|Botanical name Tanacetum annuum
Blue Tansy essential oil is a vivid deep blue color due to its azulene content.(also known as 'Moroccan Chamomile'), wild-grown in Morocco.
Steam distilled from the leaves and flowers.Blue Tansy essential oil
is an important aromatherapeutic for burned,
inflamed and damaged skin, sunburns and bruises
The aroma of Blue Tansy oil induces relaxation and can be used to ease nervous tension and stress.
It is said to be beneficial for allergies, and may also quite useful for asthma blend it with
some Ravensara for best results. For respiratory support, it is most effectively used as an inhalant in a diffuser,
or you can also put a couple of drops on a handkerchief and inhale.
Origin Indonesia Cananga essential oil is a pale yellow liquid displaying fresh sweet, balsamic, floral bouquet with a delicate, green, honeyed undertone of good tenacity. Many people refer to this oil as an inferior type of Ylang Ylang (as it belongs to the same genus as species) but we feel it should be appreciated on its own merits. Blends well with Bergamot, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Marjoram,
Sandalwood, and Vetiver essential oils
|Cananga Flower Essential Oil|
A very versatile oil., helpful for cramps, pms, induces menstruation, regulates cycle, menopausal symptoms Soothes stomach upsets, helps irritable bowel, Analgesic, eases migraines, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle pain, sprains, inflamed joints.
Antiseptic, antibacterial Wonderful for topical use for skin disorders, acne, boils, burns, psoriasis Stimulates production of white corpuscles, helpful for chronic infections.
Anti-spasmodic (calms the somatic nervous system). a sedative to the central nervous system, Anti-inflamnatory, eases puffiness, inflamed joints, sprains, broken veins,
Children: Helpful for teething pains, temper tantrums, crying, distress, hyperactivity, digestive problems, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, thrush, colic, earache, headache. insect bites, inflamed skin, eczema, sunburn, diaper rash. Dilute for use on the skin!
Blends well with: Bergamot, Rose, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang
Avoid in early months of pregnancy.
|Copaiba Essential Oil|
The Cypress was dedicated to Hades (the "unseen") the Greek god of death whose Roman equivalent is Plato.A symbol in astrology of psychological transformation - inner renewal, change, a new direction.
Blends well with:<> Bergamot, Lime, Lemon, Lavender,Orange, Juniper,Pine
Also known as Eucalyptus Australiana and Black or Narrow Leaved Peppermint Eucalyptus. This variety has a sweet, soft scent and is used for infections higher in the respiratory tract. It is highly effective when used with Ravansara aromatica, against colds, flu and sinusitis.A refreshing camphorus oil with a scent that is lighter than Eucalyptus Globulus. Patricia Davis says this is the most useful Eucalyptus as it has a pleasant smell and is easily assimilated. It has many of the same uses as Eucalyptus Globulus but it is milder in its chemical composition and gentler in action. Despite its mild chemical composition, it is highly anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Eucalyptus Radiata has been proven effective in laboratory tests against many viruses, including staphylococci. It is also a powerful decongestant: in chronic and acute bronchitis it reduces the swelling of mucus membranes, loosens phlegm and increases the oxygen supply to restricted cells.
This is the mildest of the eucalyptus, safe for children and the elderly. Eucalyptus Smithi is the only Eucalyptus essential oil that should be used on children. Eucalyptus Globulus which is the most common is usually rectified and is not suitable for children. A top note in aromatherapy, this oil is said to be helpful for chest infections, to facilitate breathing. Can be used as a preventative as it effects the entire respiratory system and immune system. It is also an effective analgesic and is one of the best oils for sore muscles and joints. Used in a diffuser, Eucalyptus Smithi makes a good room disinfectant.Note: Use Eucalyptus Smithi in the same way as the globulus. It is milder in its chemical composition.
Safety Precautions Eucalyptus Essential Oils have been found to be non-sensitizing to the skin; however, they are poisonous if ingested, and even small amounts can be fatal. Not appropriate for use with babies and small children.
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