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essential oils

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition. The information provided is based on personal feeling, experience, and gathered insight from non-medical plant enthusiasts and healers. Please proceed responsibly and listen to your own body, your own experience, your own beliefs to determine your truth.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TEA TREE

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Melaleuca Alternifolia

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant, decongestant, diaphoretic, expectorant, fungicidal, stimulant (immune).​

Because the water-resistant paperbark is so easy to peel off the tree, it was used extensively by the aboriginal peoples of Australia to make small canoes, knife sheaths, and thatching for shelters. The pungent leaves were soaked in hot water and taken as a cure for cold coughs, and headaches or they were simply picked from the tree and chewed. In World War ll cutters and producers of tea tree were exempt from military service until enough essential oil had been accumulated. It was issued to each soldier and sailor for them to treat tropical infections and other problems of warfare, including wounds.

GRAPEFRUIT

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Citrus paradisi

Apart from being an exceptionally refreshing purifier, Grapefruit Oil is renowned for its broad spectrum of uplifting effects on the body and mind. Grapefruit Essential Oil is useful when looking to support minor pain and inflammation relief, to help build up the immune system, as a lymphatic stimulant, and as a tonic for promoting healthy skin. Like other astringent citrus oils, Grapefruit Oil is believed to restore smoothness and suppleness and to beautify the skin.
Emotionally and energetically, Grapefruit Essential Oil is uplifting and cleansing. This essential oil promotes positive energy and is a welcome comfort when dealing with tension and situational depression. A mild euphoric, Grapefruit Essential Oil can soothe and uplift the emotions and spirit and help balance a tired and overstimulated nervous system.

ROSEMARY

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Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary derives its name from the Latin ros marinus, or dew of the sea, which refers to the fact that it grows near coasts. It was sacred to the ancient Greeks and Romans who used it as a symbol of regeneration and employed it for many purposes such as to drive away evil spirits and repel moths in clothes chests, to fumigate sick rooms, to flavor ale and wine, and to reduce the spreading of fevers.

Rosemary Oil is helpful in relieving minor pain and inflammation, especially relating to unwanted muscle tension and is also a fantastic choice when looking to promote healthy respiratory function, especially relating to congestion caused by a cold or the flu. 
Emotionally and energetically, Rosemary Oil encourages mental clarity as well as energizes and uplifts the mind. It can also help clear negativity, inspire a more positive general outlook, and strengthen the mind. In aromatherapy, Rosemary Oil is often used for improving sleep quality and reducing anxiety levels.

SPEARMINT

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Mentha spicata

Along with helping to support a healthy digestive system, Spearmint Essential Oil is an excellent choice when wanting to ease unwanted muscle spasms and help manage minor pain and inflammation. Spearmint Oil can help boost the immune system and reduce the presence of unwelcome bacterial, fungal, or viral activity.
Emotionally and energetically, the sweet, invigorating scent of Spearmint Oil has a balancing and uplifting effect. It is a handy addition to daily wellness regimens focused upon stress management. This essential oil can help manage situational anxiety and depression and is a welcome comfort in working to encourage a restful night's sleep. Spearmint Oil also helps provide mental clarity and encourage greater self-confidence, especially during times of transition or uncertainty.

LEMONGRASS

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Cymbopogon flexuosus

In addition to helping reduce unwanted bacteria, microbes, or fungus, Lemongrass Essential Oil is also known to help manage minor pain and inflammation, work to ease situational depression, and help support healthy digestion. Within skin care applications, Lemongrass Essential Oil is used for its astringent properties. Its Limonene content can help to dissolve excess oil. Because of its high Citral and Geraniol content, East Indian Lemongrass Oil is known to repel bugs such as mosquitoes and ants.
Emotionally and energetically, Lemongrass Essential Oil can encourage motivation during times of anxiety, stress and depression. The stimulating and refreshing aroma also uplifts and relaxes, assisting in both reducing fatigue, energizing the mind, and supporting concentration.

THYME

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Thymus vulgaris

Thyme Essential Oil is an uplifting oil that stimulates the senses, clears respiratory pathways and revives fatigued skin. Along with being a powerful support in working to eliminate unwanted bacterial, fungal, or viral activity, Thyme Oil can help with reducing minor pain and inflammation and assist in quieting unwanted muscle spasms. Thyme Essential Oil also helps boost the immune system and supports long-term, overall health.
Emotionally and energetically, Thyme Essential Oil is centering and strengthening to the mind, body, and spirit. This essential oil promotes greater self-assurance and helps to dispel any negative thought-loops one might be experiencing.

LAVENDER

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Lavandula angustifolia

The cooling, relaxing and mood-enhancing effects of Lavender Oil have been cherished throughout the world for thousands of years. It is used extensively in aromatherapy and works as a natural sleep aid. Lavender Essential Oil with its powerful antiseptic properties is useful to help purify, support pain and inflammation relief, and encourage skin healing. 

Lavender Oil is also known to have insect repellent properties. Its soothing effects can even help with bug bites, stings and burns. Emotionally and energetically, Lavender Oil has cooling and drying energy to evoke calmness and composure. Lavender Oil can help during various phases of a woman's reproductive health especially during menopause and boasts the rare ability to soothe the stressed nerves and emotions provoked by the hormonal cycle. It relieves melancholy, helps with memory, fatigue, toothache, rheumatism and neuralgia.

PEPPERMINT

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Mentha piperita

Peppermint has been noted in Chinese medical literature since 659 A.D., and the American Indians used it for digestive cleansing, fevers and colds. Peppermint oil opens the lungs, relieves headaches, and even helps with spasms and convulsions in infants. It is a catalyst for other herbs, oxygenates the blood stream, and is especially useful in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint has a sweet, spicy and cooling aroma that helps to clear congestion from the sinuses and chest.

Peppermint Essential Oil is a refreshing and stimulating oil that is both soothing and enlightening. Peppermint's cool and clearing nature makes it ideal for stimulating mental agility and improving concentration for the tasks at hand. Peppermint Essential Oil awakens and refreshes the senses, often helping to promote self-confidence and stimulate new ideas and creativity.

SAGE

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Salvia officinalis

The drying nature of the Sage Oil makes it an ideal choice for stimulating and balancing the nerves, alleviating dampness in over-exercised muscles, opening airways, and for skin issues resulting from excess perspiration.
Sage Essential Oil is also excellent in aiding memory function and general cognition enhancement, for these reasons sage is considered to be a promoter of wisdom. Sage Oil can also be massaged in the lower abdomen to help relieve painful menstruation.

Native to the southern European and Mediterranean regions, Sage was highly valued in both the ancient Greek and Roman societies, which considered it to be sacred. For centuries, it has been believed that Sage had the ability to grant a longer life, and in China, it was traditionally used as a remedy for addressing infertility and symptoms of menopause.

In the Middle Ages, Sage earned the nickname “Sage the Savior” for its countless valuable properties, while the community of Lakota Indians nicknamed it “master herb” for its cleansing and nerve tonic properties.

JUNIPER

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Such a medicinal powerhouse - juniper berries have a long historical use as a diuretic, and in ancient Europe were believed to ward off the plague by way of their scent. The Native Americans used Juniper to treat various wounds, cure illnesses, relieve arthritis and prevent infection. Due to Junipers antiseptic qualities, is very helpful for conditions such as cystitis. Juniper berries improve digestion and strengthen weak stomachs, dissolves kidney stones and prostate sediment, helps to relieve water retention, cleanses the blood, works to heal insulin deficiency, strengthens the immune system, and promotes flow and detoxification.

Emotionally and energetically, Juniper is grounding, stimulating and builds resilience. It has been used traditionally as a protective presence to provide security for people in fragile conditions - physically or mentally. 

CLARY SAGE

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Along with helping to ease muscle spasms, Clary Sage Oil is called “The Woman’s Oil” due to its benefits for women’s health, especially in relation to menstruation and menopause. This essential oil may help minimize the presence of unwelcome bacterial activity and work to boost a compromised immune system. Clary Sage Oil is also a lovely support for healthy lung function and can help open the airways during a minor asthma attack.

Emotionally and energetically, Clary Sage Oil is uplifting and nourishing. It has sedative abilities that induce feelings of relaxation, clarity, and calmness while alleviating dizziness, anxiety, and irritability. Clary Sage Essential Oil allows creative inspiration to flow freely, often helping in times of indecision or emotional confusion. It is also considered to be a potent aphrodisiac in many cultures, and it may be helpful in sexual wellness applications as it is also known to stimulate libido in both men and women.

LEMON VERBENA

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The plant has a gentle sedative action and a reputation for soothing abdominal discomfort. It has a mildly tonic effect upon the nervous system and helps to lift the spirits and counter lethargy or depression. It is used in the treatment of nervous and digestive problems, and also for acne, boils and cysts.

Lemon verbena contains a concentration of powerful antioxidant compounds, including verbascoside, nerol, geraniol, and citral. The most common use of lemon verbena outside of herbal pill supplementation is as an herbal tea or infusion. The leaves can be dried and then steeped for a powerful boost to many of the organs and metabolic processes.

SWEET ORANGE

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Well-known for its uplifting and worry-reducing properties, Sweet Orange Oil brings cheerfulness and positivity to those struggling with situational depression or anxiety, making it ideal as an overall mood enhancer and relaxant. Its broad aromatic appeal, and its warming and joyful qualities renders it a powerful ally in countering melancholy, boredom, resistance, or apathy.

Physically, Orange has always been appreciated for its ability to support the immune system against seasonal colds and flus. Medicinally, Orange Essential Oil reduces the incidence of painful and reflexive muscle contractions. It is traditionally used in massages to relieve stress, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion or improper digestion, and congestion of the nose.

LIME

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As with most other citrus essential oils, Lime oil is typically extracted from the skin of the fruit (otherwise known as zest). Due to its purifying properties, it is often used to promote a youthful appearance - assisting in diminishing the appearance of fine lines, patchy pigmentation and loss of elasticity. Lime has a tightening effect, making it perfect to use to help rejuvenate your skin. Lime Oil in hair care helps boost shine, by allowing the outer layer of the hair strand, the cuticle, lay flat and reflect more light.

Lime Essential Oil can assist with enhancing mental clarity and alertness and can also promote feelings of positivity, calm and harmony. It is often used in blends with other cleansing and uplifting oils for more freshening power and a boost in emotional balance and well-being. Lime Essential Oil also works effectively against mosquitoes and insects.

YLANG YLANG

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In the Philippines, where the flowers grow naturally, healers have used this oil in ointments to treat cuts, burns, and insect and snake bites. In Indonesia, the flowers are spread on the bed of newlywed couples as they are considered to be an aphrodisiac.

 At the beginning of the twentieth-century, French chemists discovered many medicinal purposes for the oil. It became an effective treatment for a number of diseases including malaria, typhus, and intestinal infections. In both eastern and western medicine, the oil was also used for its relaxing properties, helping to calm premenstrual syndrome (PMS), insomnia, high blood pressure, and rapid heartbeat. Its soothing and relaxing properties also make it effective for treating stress-related disorders such as depression, anxiety, and nervous tension. It is also still widely used as an aphrodisiac and sexual stimulant, helping to treat issues like impotence while also generally promoting and supporting sexual and relationship health.

WINTERGREEN

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long with helping to relieve pain and inflammation, Wintergreen Essential Oil is an incredible support when looking to ease unwanted muscle spasms. This essential oil is the ally of professional athletes, active seniors and anyone seeking to support the body after exertion. Gaultheria Essential Oil is also excellent for supporting healthy lung activity, especially if one is congested from a cold or the flu. This essential oil can help reduce unwanted water retention and has astringent properties, as well.

Wintergreen Essential Oil is both uplifting and stimulating, helping to clear mental confusion and clarify thought processes. Gaultheria Oil oil can boost confidence and help with mental clarity and focus. This oil is warming, and invites positive thinking.

EUCALYPTUS

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First used by the Aboriginal people of Australia, who referred to is as “kino” and used it to heal most wounds, Eucalyptus leaves were made into infusions and used to treat body pains, colds, sinus congestions, and fevers, hence the nickname Fever Tree.

Eucalyptus Essential Oils support the respiratory system and soothe physical discomforts. The healing benefits of Eucalyptus Oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, and antiseptic qualities, among other valuable properties.

Eucalyptus Oil reduces patterns of negative thinking and can bring clarity and increased vitality, especially during particularly challenging times. It can also be effective in stimulating mental focus and helps soothe exhaustion.

GERMAN CHAMOMILE

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The German 'Blue' Chamomile Essential Oil enhances a healthy inflammatory response and radiates outwards over a wide range of applications including supporting healthy joint function, promoting relaxation and deep, restful sleep. German Chamomile Essential Oil is a beautiful choice when looking to support overall skin health and assist in helping with wound management and support for healing scars. This essential oil is helpful in minimizing the presence of unwelcome bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Its anti-inflammatory and cooling action is also highly effective for relieving pain and heat, such as with burns, rashes, and insect bites.

Emotionally and energetically, German Chamomile Essential Oil is remarkably calming and perfect for helping to relieve stress. It can be a wonderful oil to use during difficult times, as it often helps dissipate feelings of anger and frustration.

MUGWORT

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Many people regard mugwort as a weed, and therefore easily cast it away as useless or as a hindrance. However, mugwort has numerous medicinal qualities, making it useful in treating such conditions as epilepsy, digestive disorders, and intestinal worms, to name a few. Mugwort essential oil has a warming effect on the body. As such, it can be used to counter the effects of cold temperatures.

Those who suffer from blocked menstruation may find relief with mugwort essential oil. This substance is what’s called an emmenagogue, which means it can make your periods regular, as well as address other period-related symptoms. For example, it can help with fatigue, headaches, abdominal pains, and nausea. Furthermore, mugwort oil can help avoid early menopause. 

ARMOISE

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Armoise, or white wormwood, has been used for centuries to rid the body of parasites. Historically it has also been used as a hair tonic, to control the swelling of wounds and menstrual flow, and as a medicine for colds and sore eyes. It counteracts fevers, treats anemia and arthritis, regulates the liver, is a useful antidote for various poison mushrooms, and when used as a liniment acts as a local anesthetic for local inflammation, lower back pain, sprains, bruises, neuralgia, and arthritic and rheumatic pains. It has even been used as a topical anesthetic and for the treatment of diabetes. 

It has become famous for its use in the production of Absinthe - and indeed taken in high doses orally, this plant can create altered states of consciousness. With use in aromatherapy, however, it is uplifting and mentally clearing, helping to reduce negative thoughts and feelings.

CAMPHORA

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Also known as Ravintsara (not to be confused with Ravensara) - Camphor Oil has a wide variety of topical uses due to it's antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Lotions and creams containing Camphor Oil can be used to relieve skin irritation and itchiness and may help to improve the overall appearance of skin. Camphor Oil increase circulation and is often blended into balms, massage oils and creams to soothe the bodies of athletes. 

Camphor Oil’s scent is known to offer relief to a congested respiratory system by clearing the lungs and addressing symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia. It also boosts immunity, convalescence, and relaxation. It reduces the intensity of physical pain, nervousness, anxiety, convulsions, and spasms. Its refreshing and relaxing scent is also known to stimulate and boost the libido.

BITTER ORANGE

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Bitter Orange Essential Oil offers a wide range of health benefits. It has potent anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antidepressant, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. The cleansing, stimulating and toning action of Bitter Orange Oil makes it ideal to add to other lymphatic stimulants for treating oedema, cellulite or as part of a detoxification program. It also includes flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that protect against free radical damage and promote healing ability for a reduced appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging.

In aromatherapy, Orange Bitter Essential Oil has strengthening, stimulating and enlivening properties. It is a very uplifting essential oil that may help with combating situational depression and anxiety.

Oranges are believed to symbolize good fortune and thus they continue to be a significant feature in the traditional East Asian medicinal practices.

SPIKENARD

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Spikenard Essential Oil has been used for religious purposes in both the old and new testament - Judaic priests would burn spikenard as a form of incense and use it as an offering. Biblically, it’s referenced when Mary of Bethany spent a year’s worth of wages to buy this oil and anoint Jesus’ feet before the Last Supper. Spikenard plant is also very famous on the Indian Subcontinent by the name of Jatamansi and is widely used in herbal medicines. 

Spikenard Oil improves the complexion of dull, dry or oily skin. It has rejuvenating properties that stimulate tissue regeneration, making it helpful in preventing premature skin-aging, fading stretch marks, and soothing red, irritated skin. 

Spikenard oil is used as herbal medicine to naturally treat insomnia, stress, digestive problems, weak immune system and infections. In Ayurvedic medicine, it’s used for a range of health conditions, from sleeping disorder and depression, to chronic fatigue syndrome.

VANILLA

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Vanilla is a member of the orchid family. The plant is native to South and Central America and the Caribbean. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world because its production is so labor-intensive. The yellowish-green flowers of vanilla grow as a clinging vine, reaching heights of up to 300 feet.

The Aztecs considered vanilla a sacred herb and used it in ritual offerings, as a perfume and for medicine. Vanilla is commonly found to be soothing, calming, and personal empowering. Vanilla oil is traditionally used to increase sexual desire, and to improve the powers of the mind.

Vanilla has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties which prevent and reverse skin damage caused by free radicals and is beneficial for the treatment of acne. It helps to slow down signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and age spots and contributes to restoring skin's brightness and softness.

ROMAN CHAMOMILE

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Anthemis nobilis

Chamomile was known by the Greeks as ground apple. The Cherokee Indians used it in the cases of colic, vomiting and bowel complaints. It helps one to relax and aids digestion and bowel problems. It is an effective easer of menstrual cramps, as well as helping one to sleep, and has even been recommended for people who experience nightmares (especially children). Chamomile is an especially good herb to use while pregnant because it helps one to sleep and relax.

Endowed with an overall calming effect for the stressed mind and tense body, Roman Chamomile Essential Oil is highly valued for its potential to ease muscle spasms and to reduce minor pain and inflammation. It is also used extensively in the skincare products, increasing the ability of the skin to regenerate and has been used successfully to treat upset, reddened skin. Roman chamomile promotes smooth, healthy skin and relieves irritations

LEMON

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Lemon Essential Oil is also known by the nickname “Liquid Sunshine,” and for good reason. It is known to be invigorating, cleansing, and purifying. Lemon Oil can boost energy and metabolism, enhance moods, and disinfect skin and surfaces. These healing benefits can be attributed to the oil’s anti-inflammatory, analgesic, stimulant, antiseptic, soothing, energizing, and balancing activities, among other valuable properties.

Its astringent properties rejuvenate dull complexions, making Lemon Oil effective for restoring the luster to tired or sagging skin. Lemon Oil’s high vitamin content boosts immunity by stimulating the body’s ability to combat harmful bacteria.

Lemon Oil possibly has reputation of being the most powerful anti-microbial essential oil. 

FRANKINCENSE

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Frankincense essential oil is obtained from the dried and distilled milky white resin of the sacred Olibanum tree, which is native to specific regions of Africa and the Middle East. The history of Frankincense usage has Medieval roots and is closely linked with being burned in sacred places and religious rituals, as it was valued for its powerful aroma and the white smoke it exuded when burned. Today, there are still daily uses for Frankincense in many cultures, namely Somali, Ethiopian, Arabian, and Indian cultures. It is believed that its fragrance will bring good health, cleanse the home, and purify clothing. In Ayurvedic medicine, Frankincense is referred to as “dhoop” and is used to heal wounds, relieve arthritis, balance hormones in females, and to purify the air. It is believed to reduce feelings of anxiety and to stimulate the immune system. Pinene is known to strengthen and invigorate the respiratory system and is reported to have diuretic properties based on empirical evidence.

ELEMI

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Elemi Resin Oil is deeply skin nourishing and restorative. Like other oils distilled from resins, this essential oil enhances circulation, encourages the growth of new skin and hair, contributes and maintains hydration, conditions, and prevents infections. In addition, this essential oil appears to have antihistamine effects that helps the body maintain healthy reactions to potential allergens. Due to its high antioxidant content, Elemi Oil has been shown to inhibit unwanted oxidation as sell as preventing the free radical damage from stress and environmental pollution. It's also helpful for people with excessive perspiration as it regulates the sweat glands. 

Elemi Essential Oil has strong calming and grounding properties, promoting emotional equilibrium. Elemi is a harmonising oil in as much that it works on bringing together mind, body, heart and spirit. It's a lovely essential oil to meditate with.

BASIL

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In aromatherapy, Sweet Basil Essential Oil is reputed to stimulate, clarify, calm, fortify, energize and uplift the mind. It is also said to repel insects, eliminate odor-causing bacteria, soothe headaches, and relieve respiratory as well as digestive discomforts. When used on the skin, Sweet Basil Essential Oil is reputed to nourish, repair, balance, calm, smooth, exfoliate, and brighten the complexion. When used in hair, Sweet Basil Essential Oil cleanses, refreshes, hydrates, softens, and strengthens the strands. When used medicinally, Sweet Basil Essential Oil is reputed to ease minor skin irritations, cramps, joint pain, muscular aches, spasms, gout, flatulence, and exhaustion. It is also said to enhance immune function, protect against infection, reduce water retention, and stabilize irregular menstruation.

Basil was long considered by the greeks to be 'the holy herb' or 'the royal plant'. Traditional stories advocate the use of Basil for increased strength during times of fasting and in the preparation of holy waters.