Essential Oil Information
In this section, I will provide information on each Essential Oil that I use in my products, including their common uses and benefits of aromatherapy. I have really enjoyed putting this together and appreciate the time that you have taken. If there is anything special that you would like, don't hesitate to e-mail me with your request.
Basil
Warm, fiery scent.  Blends especially well with Lavender.  Good for tired, overworked muscles, as a mouthwash for mouth sores and infected gums, for chest infections and digestive  problems.  Blends well with Bergamot, Lavender, Neroli, and Verbena.

Bergamot
Uplifting, spicy, sweet scent; like oranges and lemons with floral overtones.  Inhaled, it relaxes the nervous system and acts as a digestive aid.  Also known as an expectorant, antidepressant and antiseptic.  Blends well with Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli, and Geranium.  Bergamot is  photo-sensitizing (increases the skin reaction to sunlight and makes it more likely to burn) and the photosensitizing effect can last for several days.

Carrot Seed
Slightly sweet and dry aroma.  Used to treat jaundice and other liver disorders.  Recommended for mature skin and/or wrinkled skin.  Blends well with Bergamot, Lemon, Orange, and Rosemary.

Cedarwood, Atlas
Sweet woody aroma which improves as the oil ages; it is a dark, amber viscous liquid.  Some of its properties are antiseptic, astringent, and aids in the removal of body fat.  Used externally for cellulite.  Blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Oakmoss, and Rosemary.

Chamomile
The oil is distilled from the flowers grown in the USA. It has a sweet and fruity aroma. Chamomile was a sacred herb of the Saxons. Some traditional uses: to relieve muscular pain, as a sedative, ease anxiety and nervous tension, to help with sleeplessness. Emotional profile: to relieve anger, hysteria, fear, spirit disconnection, grief, worry.  SAFETY:  Roman Chamomile should be avoided during early pregnancy.

Citronella
Slightly sweet and lemony aroma.  Used as an insecticide and antidepressant.  Its most useful quality seems to be as an insect repelant.  May also help pets get rid of fleas.  Also known to clear the mind so may be useful against headaches and migraines.  Blends well with citrus oils, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus.

Clary Sage
Heavy, herbal, nutty fragrance.  A relaxing, warming oil, eases nervous tension.  Hormone balancer, may regulate scanty periods.  Also soothes digestive problems.  Blends well with Bergamot, Lavender, Lime. and Geranium.

Cypress
Has a woody and slightly spicy aroma.  Its effect on varicose veins is well known.  Regulates menstrual cycle.  Soothes anger.  Blends well with Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon, Pine, and Sandalwood.

Eucalyptus
Camphorous, woody undertones.  Some of their properties are decongestant, insecticide, analgesic, anti-rheumatic and antiseptic.  Inhibits proliferation of the cold virus.  Deters mosquitoes.  Cools emotions, aids concentration.  Effective in all types of fever, lowers the temperature.  Helps with cystitis.  Clears up sinus congestion.  Dr Jean Valnet demonstrated the bacterial properties of Eucalyptus essential oil.  A 2% dilution in spray form killed 70% of the airborne staphylococal bacteria.  Blends well with Vetiver, Peppermint, and Clary Sage.

Frankincense
Frankincense oil is steam distilled from oleo-gum-resin of the tree and is imported from Africa. It has a spicy, balsamic aroma. Frankincense was known as one of the most precious substances to ancient man and is associated with religious practice. Some traditional uses: to calm, enhance meditation, elevate mind and spirit, help breathing, for psychic cleansing; for care of mature skin and scars. Emotional profile: for healing fears, grief, repressed feelings, self-destruction and dissociation/disconnection.

Geranium
Sweet, heavy aroma, somewhat like rose.  It is analgesic, anti-coagulant, anti-depressant, antiseptic, and insecticide.  Calms anxiety, lifts the spirit, assists with depression.  Useful with premenstrual tension.  May assist with menopausal problems such as vaginal dryness and heavy periods.  Assists with breast inflammation.  Helps clear the body of toxins which may be helpful with addictions.  Stimulates the lymphatic system which keeps infection at bay.  Eases neuralgia.  Blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Carrot Seed, Jasmine, Lavender, and Rose.

Ginger
Ginger oil is distilled from the root of the plant and is imported from China. It has a warm, spicy- woodsy odor. Ginger has been used as a healing remedy for thousands of years. Some traditional uses: reducing muscular aches and pains, increasing circulation, relieving bronchitis and whooping cough, nervous exhaustion, in healing colds flu and fever and to stimulate appetite. Emotional profile: for sexual anxieties, lack of direction, confusion, loneliness.

Grapefruit
Has a sweet, sharp, citrus aroma.  It is antidepressant, antiseptic, diuretic and disinfectant.  Invaluable in times of stress, uplifts and revives the spirit.  May have an effect on obesity and fluid retention.  Could help with cellulite.  It is a tonic to the liver.  Relieves migraine and premenstrual tension and jet lag.  Blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, and Lavender.

Hyssop
Distilled from the leaves and flowering tops and imported from France, Hungary, and Croatia. It has an sweet, warm, and spicy- herbaceous aroma. It has a long medicinal and religious history. Some traditional uses: to heal bruises, for healing respiratory complaints and bronchitis, low or high blood pressure, indigestion, stress and tension. Emotional profile: to increase creativity, to lessen anger, greed, jealousy, despair, desire, stress and tension, and mental and verbal aggressiveness.  SAFETY:  Avoid during pregnancy, with epilepsy, or fever.

Jasmine
Sweet, flowery, exotic aroma.  Called the "King of Flower Oils" has always had a reputation as an aphrodisiac.  It is antidepressant, antiseptic, emmolient and sedative.  Tremendous remedy for severe depression.  Calms the nerves.  Effective in postpartum depression.  Promotes flow of breast milk.  Relieves spasm of the bronchi, calms irritating coughs.  Blends well with Bergamot, Frankincense, Rose, Orange, and Sandalwood.

Juniper
Juniper Berry oil is distilled from the berries and is imported from Italy. It has a fresh, pine-needle aroma. Some traditional uses: to energize and relieve exhaustion, ease inflammation and spasms, for improving mental clarity and memory, purifying the body, to lessen fluid retention, for disinfect- ing.  Emotional profile: for guilt, unworthiness, discontentment, abusive experiences, empathy, defensive behavior.  SAFETY:  Avoid during pregnancy or if you have kidney disease.

Lavender
It would take many pages to outline all the benefits and properties of lavender.  It is analgesic, antidepressant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, antiviral, bactericide, cicatrizant, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, fungicide, sedative.  Soothes the spirit, relieves anger, valuable in manic-depressive cases.  Has a sedative action on the heart, assists in bringing down high blood pressure, relieves insomnia, relieves muscular spasms and rheumatic pains.  Useful with menstrual problems.  Clears the spleen and the liver.  May be useful in nausea, vomiting and colic.  Keeps insects at bay.  Purifies the air.  Promotes growth of new skin cells, great healing effect on burns and sunburn, acne, psoriasis, boils, fungal growths, and scarring.  Blends well with Bergamot, Chamomile, Citronella, Lemon, and Pine.

Lemon
Fresh sharp citrus aroma.  It is antacid, anti-neuralgic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericide, diuretic, emollient, insecticide and laxative.  Helps to clear thoughts.  Tonic to the circulatory system, liquefies the blood and aids flow, thereby easing pressure on varicose veins.  Used to bring down high blood pressure.  Helpful in nosebleeds.  Eases painful cold sores and herpes.  May be helpful with constipation and cellulite.  Relieves headaches and migraines.  Soothes insect bites and stings.  Blends well with Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Rose.

Mandarin
Mandarin is cold expressed from the rind and comes from Italy, Brazil, Spain, Argentina and China.  Sweet orange-like aroma.  Antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, sedative, tonic.  Physical benefits:  Acne, oily skin, skin toner, obesity, excess fluid, scars, stretch marks, muscle spasms, hiccups, cellulite, PMS, Liver problems, Digestive weakness, and Anxiety (tonic and tranquilizer).  Psycho-Emotional benefits:  Stress, insomnia, irritability, mental fatigue, favored by children, over-activity, nervous tension, restlessness.  Safety:  Phototoxic; do not use prior to or just after exposure to sun or tanning lights.  Shorter shelf life.

Marjoram
Warm, penetrating and slightly spicy aroma.  It is analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, expectorant, sedative and laxative.  Calms the nervous system.  May give a feeling of comfort in cases of grief and loneliness.  Very effective in dealing with painful muscles, mostly in the lower back area.  Assists with swollen joints, good as an after sports rub.  Seems to lower high blood pressure.  Soothes digestion, may help with stomach cramps, constipation and flatulence.  May be effective against sea sickness.  Alleviates stuffed-up feeling during colds.  May be useful in relieving painful periods.  Blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Orange, and Rosewood.  Safety:  Avoid if history of very low blood pressure, if pregnant.  Do not use on young children or the elderly without advice from a health professional.

Orange
Zesty, refreshing citrus fragrance.  It is antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive and sedative.  Relieves gloomy thoughts and depression.  Dispels stress.  Revives one when bored.  Calms the stomach in nervous states, assists with diarrhea and constipation.  May encourage appetite, don't use if dieting.  Seems to have a good effect on colds and bronchitis.  Very good for painful and sore muscles.  May relieve insomnia brought on by anxiety.  Has a possibility of bringing down a high level of cholesterols in the blood.  Blends well with Cinnamon, Coriander, Clove, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender and Rose.  Safety:  Phototoxic; do not use prior to or just after exposure to sun or tanning lights.

Patchouli
A strong, earthy fragrance, sweet and spicy also.  It is antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, deodorant, fungicide and insecticide.  May cause loss of appetite.  Its odor may be a little too persistent for some people.  Due to its strong astringent and cicatrizant properties, may be helpful for loose skin, especially after dieting.  Seems to curb appetite also.  Excellent in cases of diarrhea.  Its diuretic properties are useful in cases of water retention and cellulite.  Well known to increase libido.  Relieves effects from insect bites.  It is known as a tissue regenerator which helps re-growth of the skin cells and the forming of scar tissue.  Heals rough cracked dry skin.  Blends well with Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender and Myrrh.

Peppermint
Sharp, menthol fragrance.  Analgesic, anesthetic, antispasmodic, astringent, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, insecticide and stimulant.  Should be kept away from eyes, likely to irritate skin and mucous membranes.  Said to relieve states of anger, hysteria and nervous trembling, excellent for mental fatigue and depression.  On the body, it has a dual action:  cooling when hot and warming when cold.  As a remedy for colds, it halts mucous and fevers and encourages perspiration.  Extremely important for it effect on the digestive system.  Has a slightly anesthetic effect on stomach muscles.  Good for travel sickness, vomiting, diarrhea, and dizziness.  It's cooling and pain relieving action seems to ease headaches, migraines and toothaches.  Scanty menstruation, painful periods and mastitis could well respond to this oil.  Not much liked by insects and vermin.  Blends well with Cedarwood, Cypress, Lavender, Niaouli, and Pine.  Safety:  Best avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers as it may discourage flow of milk.  May antidote homeopathic remedies.

Petitgrain
Has a fragrance that is alternately woody and floral.  It is antidepressant, antispasmodic and deodorant.  Calms anger and panic, refreshes the mind.  Eases breathing and relaxes muscle spasms.  Helpful with painful digestion by calming stomach muscles.  Could help in clearing up skin blemishes and pimples.  Blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Rosewood, and Sandalwood

Rosemary
A refreshing herbal fragrance.  It is analgesic, antidepressant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, anti- spasmodic, astringent, cicatrizant, digestive, diuretic, hypertensive and stomachic. Clears the head and aids memory.  Good for mental strain.  Revives the senses.  Clears headaches and migraines, especially when connected to gastric problems.  May assist with vertigo.  Helps to tone temporarily paralyzed limbs.  Helps ease gout and tired, over worked muscles.  Normalizes blood pressure.  Could ease colitis, flatulence and stomach pains.  Seems to relieve menstrual cramps and scanty periods.  Its diuretic properties may be useful with water retention during menstruation and may be effective with cellulite and obesity.  Blends well with Basil, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Ginger, Ggrapefruit, Orange, and Peppermint.  Safety:  Not suitable for  people with epilepsy or high blood pressure.  Avoid in pregnancy since it is an emmenagogue.  Might antidote homeopathic remedies.

Rosewood
Sweet, woody, floral and slightly spicy aroma.  It is analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, and insecticide.  It is said to stabilize the central nervous system and could therefore have an overall balancing effect.  Helpful when feeling low, overwhelmed with problems.  May give a helpful boost to a lowered immune system.  Its acclaimed aphrodisiac properties may work wonders in restoring libido and could have some effect on sexual problems such as impotence and frigidity.  Reputedly helpful for persons who have suffered sexual abuse.  May relieve headaches when accompanied by nausea and may also relieve jet lag.  Its deodorizing action helps the body cope with excess heat and moisture.  Also valuable as an insect repellent.  Blends well with Cedarwood, Coriander, Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood, and Vetiver.

Sandalwood
Woody, sweet and exotic aroma.  Antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, diuretic, expectorant and sedative.  Its lingering aroma often persists in clothing after washing.  Its aphrodisiac properties are well known and can relieve sexual problems such as frigidity and impotence.  Alleviates cystitis (massage in the kidney region where it has a purifying and anti-
inflammatory action).  Its antispasmodic action on the body should encourage relaxation.  May have a cleansing action on the sexual organs, once was used to alleviate sexually transmitted diseases.  Could be useful in promoting vaginal secretions.  Helpful with chest infections and sore throats.  Aids sleep during colds and flu.  Stimulates the immune system and keeps infection at bay.  May also treat heartburn and may be helpful with diarrhea.  Particularly good for dry eczema as well as aging and dehydrated skins.  Relieves itching and inflammation.  Emotional profile: to relieve possessiveness, lack of forgiveness, cynicism, insecurity, loneliness, nightmares, dwelling on the past.  Blends well with Basil, Black Pepper, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Rose, and Vetiver.  SAFETY:  Avoid in states of depression as it may lower the mood even further.

Spearmint
Very similar to peppermint, slightly sweeter.  Anti-spasmodic, emmenagogue, insecticide, parturient and stimulant.  Stimulates a tired mind.  Helpful with digestive problems such as vomiting, flatulence, constipation and diarrhea.  Seems to relax stomach muscles, relieves hiccups and nausea.  May help with seasickness.  Releases retention of urine and apparently dissolves kidney stones.  It controls overabundance of breast milk as well as hardening of the breasts.  By the same token, it could stem the flow of heavy period and leucorrhea.  It is said to promote easier labor during childbirth.  Good for headaches, bad breath and sore gums.  May help sores and scabs.  Blends well with Basil, Grapefruit, and Rosemary.  Safety:  Possibility of eye and sensitive skin irritation.  Avoid in pregnancy.  Could antidote homeopathic remedies.

Tea Tree
Fresh and sanitary, rather pungent aroma.  Like lavender, it would take five pages to list all the redeeming qualities of this oil.  It is antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, cicatrizant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide and sudorific.  May cause irritation of sensitive areas of the skin; however, along with Lavender, it is just about the only oil that is recommended to be used "neat" or straight from the bottle without dilution.  It has a refreshing, revitalizing effect on the mind, especially after shock.  Its most important usage is to help the immune system fight off infectious diseases.  Activates the white corpuscles to form a defense against invading organisms and helps to shorten the duration of illness.  Sweats toxins out of the body.  Indicated for influenza, cold sores, and gingivitis.  A series of massage with this oil before surgery will help to fortify the body.  Its strong antiviral and germicidal properties are useful in repeated infections.  Its fungicidal properties help clear vaginal thrush and is of value with genital infections generally.  Alleviates urinary tract  problems such as cystis.  Gives relief to genital and anal itching as well as general itching from chicken pox to rashes caused by insect bites.  Said to give some protection against x-ray therapy in breast cancer.  It will apparently reduce scarring when applied before treatment as the protective film will guard against very deep penetration of the x-rays.  Helps to ease otitis.  Reduces pus in infected wounds.  Clears ports and blemishes caused by chicken pox and shingles.  Useful with burns, sores, sunburn, ringworm, warts, tinea, herpes, and athletes foot.  Helpful with dry conditions of the scalp as well as dandruff.  Blends well with Cinnamon, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, and Thyme.

Vetiver
Deep, smoky, earthy aroma.  It is antiseptic, aphrodisiac, sedative, nervine.  It is a calming oil, excellent for stress and tension.  Settles the nerves.  May be useful in helping people ease off tranquilizers.  Said to cleanse the aura (the energy field around the body) and to strengthen the auric shield which can be instrumental in keeping out disease.  Very helpful in cases of mental and physical exhaustion.  It assists with increasing blood flow, thereby being able to alleviate muscular aches and pains.  A tonic to the reproductive system and its relaxing quality seems to have some effect on tension underlying sexual problems.  Helpful in cases of insomnia.  May have a healing effect on acne.  Blends well with Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang.

Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang oil is distilled from the flowers of the plant and is imported from Indonesia. It has an exotic sweet floral scent. Ylang Ylang is heralded by many as an aphrodisiac. Some traditional uses: brightening mood, relieving anger and anxiety, relaxing tense muscles, to calm and promote restful sleep, lower high blood pressure, an aphrodisiac. Emotional profile: to release emotional guilt, resentment, jealousy, obstinance, frustration and irritability, impatience and self- absorption.



Carrier Oils

Apricot Kernel Oil
An extremely fine, light seed oil high in Vitamin A and B, which helps with healing and rejuvenating skin cells.  It is used frequently in facial preparations and for delicate, prematurely aging, inflamed, and sensitive skin.  Good for all skin types.

Carrot Seed Oil
Is in fact an Essential Oil of Daucus carota but it is most often used as part of a carrier.  It has an orange colour because it is rich in beta-carotene (antioxidant), vitamins, and minerals.  Use in a 10% dilution for its anti-aging and skin rejuvenating characteristic.  It is used for preventing scar formation before and after surgical procedures and trauma.  Do not use undiluted on the skin as this is an essential oil.

Grape Seed Oil
As its name suggests, is produced from the grape seed.  It has a very fine texture and quickly penetrates the skin.  It possesses no odor and is used in massage oil blends and facial oils. However, it is solvent-extracted, and if you are prone to acne or blackheads, some aestheticians recommend against its use on problem areas.

Jojoba Oil
Pressed and filtered from the jojoba plant's bean-like seeds of this desert shrub.  It is actually a liquid wax, not an oil.  It is very similar to the moisturizer our own body produces called sebum. Use it in other carrier oils in 10% dilution to prevent them from going rancid. Good for all skin types, but especially for regulating overly dry or oily skin types.

Rose Hip Seed
Expeller-pressed from the fruit of Rosa mosqueta (or Rosa rubiginosa).  It is high in vitamin C and is very rejuvenating and healing.  Useful in scar tissue repair, treating age lines and damaged tissue cells.  10% dilution recommended.

Sunflower Oil
Pressed from the sunflower seeds which are rich in lecithin and Vitamin E.  It is medium weight and has a slight detectable scent.  Good for all skin types.  Very common in massage, body lotions, and oils.

Sweet Almond Oil
Considered a nut oil of light to medium weight.  It is used frequently in massage oils for its protein- rich, lubricating, penetrating, and odorless qualities.  It is expeller-pressed and good for all skin types.  Commonly used in body oils and lotions.

Vegetable - Soy - Oil
Rich in lecithin and Vitamin E.  Good for all skin types.  Now increasingly popular among massage therapists as an alternative to sweet almond oil.

Vitamin E Oil
Produced by vacuum distillation of various vegetable oils.  100% pure Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) is very thick in consistency and is well-known as an antioxidant.  It is added to carrier oils to prevent them from oxidizing in 2% dilution.  Helps heal scar tissue, prevent aging by rejuvenating skin cellular activity.

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