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Aromatherapy Posts

Aromatherapy Education: Rose (Damask)

Damask Rose (Rosa damascena) is also known as Rose Otto. There are many varieties of roses, but Damask Rose is the most popular in essential oil use and quite the beautiful aroma. The highest quality EO’s come from Turkey or Bulgaria. Some are either hydro-distilled from the petals or another way would be called an “absolute” which is distilled using solvents. Some benefits of this lovely Rose are:

  • balancing female hormones
  • used for depression or anxiety
  • use for eczema or mature skin
  • aphrodisiac

Rose blends well with many different florals, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Bergamot, and Rosewood.

Aromatherapy Education: Black Pepper

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) is one plant most people don’t think about as having benefits, however it does have some incredible “powers”! The essential oil originating in Sri Lanka is from Steam Distilled peppercorns. The aroma is actually quite pleasing, a mix of floral, spicy and woody. Benefits of Black Pepper are:

  • good for the circulatory system
  • Warming to stimulate muscles
  • grounding
  • great for concentration
  • soothes aching muscles
  • anti-bacterial, anti-viral
  • decongestant

Black Pepper blends well with Bergamot, Clove, Ginger, and other woodsy aromas.

Aromatherapy Education: Tea Tree

Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) originates in Australia, using it’s leaves in steam distillation. It’s aroma is medicinal and herbaceous. Tea Tree has many benefits:

  • anti fungal
  • anti viral
  • antibacterial
  • often used for acne
  • good for dandruff

Best blended with Cedarwood, citruses, Lavender, Rosemary, and other herbaceous oils.

Aromatherapy Education: Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) oil is distilled in Egypt. Besides it being a popular culinary herb, this sweet fresh green aroma has many benefits as well:

  • Helps in focus and concentration
  • Great for fatigue
  • supports a healthy inflammation response
  • promotes respiratory health

Blends well with citruses, woodsy aromas, Palma Rosa, Juniper, and Jasmine.

Aromatherapy Education: Spearmint

Spearmint (Mentha Spicata) is steam distilled originating from South Africa. You will find a perky sweetness along with the herby mint aroma in Spearmint. Benefits of Spearmint are:

  • Relaxes
  • analgesic
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-fungal
  • has been said to be an appetite stimulant

Blends well with peppermint and citruses.

Aromatherapy Education: Allspice

Allspice Pimenta Dioica (pimenta officianalis) is a sweet and spicy aroma that is a bit of a cross between clove and cinnamon. The powder is traditionally seen in Pumpkin Pie recipes (I’ve even used it in tea blends when getting a cold), but the essential oil has a few benefits as well:

  • anti-viral and anti-bacterial (great for spraying around the house in a mix)
  • eases pain and arthritis (can be an irritant, so it needs dilution)
  • Warms and stimulates circulation

It blends wonderfully with Sweet Orange, ginger, patchouli, vanilla, and cedar as well as a few florals.

Aromatherapy Education: Arnica

Arnica oil from arnica montana is extracted from the blossoms and is in the Sunflower family. It’s aroma is closer to a herbal or pine smell than a flower. Arnica is a powerful healer and has great benefits:

  • eases muscle and rheumatic pain
  • good for bruises
  • calms inflammation
  • reduces swelling
  • helps heal wounds

Arnica is usually combined with Lavender or Helichrysum and must always be diluted with a carrier oil.

Aromatherapy Education: Vetiver

Starting new year resolutions with de-stressing, I’ve decided to bring in Vetiver (Vetivera zizanoides) this week. Vetiver is used more in male perfumes, but is a favorite of both genders. It has an aroma combination of grounding, earthy to sweet and sexy. It’s benefits are as follows:

  • anti-anxiety
  • de-stressor
  • mild sedative
  • balances sebum production
  • supportive in body image issues

Aromatherapy Education: Myrrh

To kick off the Yule season, I’m covering Myrrh for the first week of December. Myrrh(Commiphora myrrha) is an ancient aroma. It is a from the Myrrh tree found in Somalia and distilled from the resin in France. If you haven’t used it, you may have at least heard about it as one of the gifts the Three Wise Men brought to Jesus. Not only is it ancient, it even smells like something from long ago. It’s used in male fragrances, but also has many benefits:

  • Anti-Fungal
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Helps itching from eczema
  • Clears out mucous from respiratory system
  • Good for chapped or cracked skin

It is best blended with Frankincense, Bergamot, Clove, Lavender, and other earthy aromas.

Aromatherapy Education: Geranium

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is steam distilled from the leaves originating in Egypt. It has a slightly rosy, green aroma. It’s benefits include:

  • feminine hormone balancing
  • diuretic properties
  • good for stress and anger
  • menstruation support

Blends best with Clary Sage, Rose, Sandalwood, Lavender, Chamomile, and other florals.