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Aromatherapy Posts

Aromatherapy Education: Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea canadensis) is associated with winter time and the holidays, but it can also be a refreshing aroma for any time of the year! Some benefits:

  • grounding
  • great for aching muscles

The essential oil is distilled from the needles. It’s great diluted and used topically for achy muscles and joints. Diffused it is said to help tight coughs and congestion as well as calming and grounding.

Herbalism Education: Lavender

Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: antiseptic, nervine, stomachic, anti-inflammatory, calming, mild sedatitive.  Fresh or dried Lavender can be used in teas, tinctures, liniments and infused oils.  The essential oil can be used in lotions, salves, oils, bath soaks, sprays or diffusers and sometimes neat (please use caution and test before using it undiluted)

Quick Tip: Make a sleep sachet by filling a muslin bag with dry or fresh lavender to hang by your bed. Rub the flowers to release any essential oils again.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones.

Aromatherapy Education: Anise

Anise Seed (Pimpinella anisum) is steam-distilled from the seeds, usually originating in Egypt. It has a sweet licorice aroma similar to Fennel. Benefits include:

  • stomach soother (do not consume Anise essential oil)
  • good for respiratory health
  • pro-estrogen (some say good for milk secretion, do not use when pregnant)

Blends well with Lavender, Orange, Wood aromas, Clove and Cinnamon

Aromatherapy Education: Clove

Clove (Eugenia carophyllata) oil is steam distilled from the Clove flower bud usually originating in Madagascar. It is still used by dentists to numb areas but can be sensitizing to skin*. Here are some other benefits:

  • good for blends used for arthritis
  • stimulates memory (in diffusers)
  • uplifting and awakening (diffusers)
  • Eugenol in clove has antiseptic properties

Clove blends best with Cinnamon, Ginger, Orange, Lavender, and other wood aromas.
*Please use caution when using Clove oil. This oil needs to be highly diluted. Ask a trained aromatherapist for advice when dealing with Clove oil.

Aromatherapy Education: Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) is sometimes distilled in fractions from the blossoms commonly originating in Madagascar. It is called the “flowers of flowers” and carries a sweet, slightly exotic aroma that is used in many perfumes. Benefits may include:

  • uplifting for the blues
  • relaxant
  • calms and releases tension
  • balances skin sebum production
  • hypertension

Ylang Ylang blends best with other florals as well as citruses and woodsy aromas.

Aromatherapy Education: Sweet Fennel

Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare dulce) is steam distilled from the Fennel seed. Used in Italian cooking, it has a licorice candy aroma. There are a few benefits as well:

  • eases upset stomach or ingestion
  • Energizes but can also ease stress
  • supports healthy fluid retention

Best blended with Basil, Lemon, Lavender, Sandalwood, and other florals.

Aromatherapy Education: Palma Rosa

Palma Rosa (Cymbopogon martinii) is a grass usually native to India and steam-distilled. It has a floral aroma of roses and geranium. Benefits of Palma Rosa:

  • insect repellant
  • anti-fungal
  • sebum balancer
  • stress relief when inhaled

It is best blended with Rose, Geranium, Lavender, and citruses and woody aromas.

Aromatherapy Education: Sweet Orange

Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) is cold pressed by the peel and mostly originating in the USA. The Sweet Orange is the same orange most people find themselves eating and squeezing into their daily meals. It has a sweet, citrusy uplifting aroma and even a few benefits:

  • Freshens stale air and uplifts emotions
  • low immune system
  • helpful in respiratory health
  • brightens dull skin

Sweet Orange blends best with Geranium, Lavender, other citruses, wood and spice aromas.

Aromatherapy Education: Patchouli

Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli or Pogostemon cablin) are grasses that are steam distilled  mostly originating in Sumatra or India. Besides its aroma use in the 60’s, it has a few health benefits as well:

  • soothes inflamed skin or eczema
  • tones skin
  • known to be a sedative when blended with other sedatives
  • known to also be a stimulant when using large quantities
  • aphrodisiac

Blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Lavender, Myrrh, Rose

Aromatherapy Education: Juniper

Juniper (Juniperus communis) is steam distilled from the branches and berries of the Juniper. It has a crisp, woody, almost fruity aroma. The benefits are as follows:

  • diuretic properties
  • helps in aiding respiratory system
  • helpful in aches and pains
  • centering and balancing for emotions

It is best blended with Cypress, Fennel, Rosemary, and Lemon.