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
Rose blends well with many different florals, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Bergamot, and Rosewood.
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
- great for concentration
- soothes aching muscles
- anti-bacterial, anti-viral
Black Pepper blends well with Bergamot, Clove, Ginger, and other woodsy aromas.
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
- often used for acne
- good for dandruff
Best blended with Cedarwood, citruses, Lavender, Rosemary, and other herbaceous oils.
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.
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:
- has been said to be an appetite stimulant
Blends well with peppermint and citruses.
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.
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:
- mild sedative
- balances sebum production
- supportive in body image issues
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:
- 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.
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.