Vanilla or Vanilla planifolia is an extremely popular aroma. It is distilled as a bourbon and originates in Madagascar. Of course used in the culinary world and perfumes it also has a few therapeutic benefits.
- Emotionally eases frustration, anger and destresses
- Used as an aphrodisiac
- Helps in menstruation and comforts uncomfortable symptoms of
Vanilla blends well with citruses and woodsy aromas.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulous) leaves are steam distilled originating in Australia. This plant known to be a staple in Koala Bear’s diets is a popular medicinal one as well.
Benefits of Eucalyptus
- Respiratory aid
- Clears congestion
- Mentally stimulating
- May help with cold sores and shingles
Eucalyptus is best blended with Frankincense, Bergamot, Ravensara, Peppermint and other citruses.
Rosemary or Rosemarinus officinalis, var Camphor is steam distilled originating in Spain. It has a camphorous and herbaceous aroma. Besides being an awakening aroma, here are more benefits:
- antispasmodic properties, helping rheumatism and cramps
- Awakening and focusing for the mind
- stimulates circulation
- great for dandruff or oily hair
- stimulates hair growth
Blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Orange, and Peppermint amongst many other aromas.
If I had known this was for a formal article, I’d have gone into more detail on my tip of mixing essential oils with epsom salts!
When mixing with your epsom salts for a bath, first add a tablespoon of dendritic salts or a carrier oil and then a few drops of essential oils of choice. Mix well and then pour under running water for a relaxing bath.
This week is Lemon (Citrus Limon). The cheery and useful aroma is cold pressed from it’s peel originating in Argentina. Some health benefits include:
- Astringent and germicide properties
- fever reducing
- aiding in colds and flus
- toning properties for skin
- Uplifting emotionally
Lemon blends well with other citruses and spices as well as cedarwood, eucalyptus and peppermint.
Cupressus sempervirens or Cypress is steam distilled from young tips and needles with it’s source mainly from France. It has a slightly spicy, but fresh evergreen aroma. It’s health benefits are:
- Astringent for skin
- Nerve calming
- Good for aching muscles and arthritis pain
- Stimulates Respiratory and circulatory system
- Spiritually supportive for grief
- Focusing oil
Blends well with Lavender, Fennel, Juniper, citrus oils, and other wood aromas.
Zingiber officinale Ginger Root is the aroma of the week. It’s aroma is warm, woody, and slightly spicy. It is steam distilled from Madagascar roots. There are many benefits to using Ginger:
- Warms aching muscles and joints
- Good for chest congestion
- Soothes upset stomach or heartburn
Blends well with Sweet Orange, Lemon, Cinnamon Leaf or Bark, woods and resins.
After receiving a massage, I become quite the big baby! “No! It’s over!” So what do I do to make sure I’m getting the most out of bodywork at home? Here’s a few things you can do to let that massage sit with you for a few days.
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Agathophyllum aromatica ,or Ravensara, is a lesser-known essential oil. It has a camphorous, but slightly floral/fruity aroma. It grows wild in Madagascar and the leaves are steam distilled.
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