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Aromatherapy Posts

Aromatherapy Education: Cedarwood

This week we’re taking a look at Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica). It is steam distilled from the wood originating in Morocco. When you get a whiff, it may bring a vision of cedarwood chests. This is that very scent. It’s a slightly sweet woodsy smell, so even if you aren’t a fan of the more earthy aromas, try it out.

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Aromatherapy Education: Lavender

Lavandula or Lavender is steam distilled from the flowers. There are many types of lavender but the most common are French Lavender and Bulgarian Lavender. You will find it in tons of bath products, relaxant products, salves, and much more. Unfortunately, many of these products have synthetic lavender.

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Aromatherapy Education: Sandalwood

This week’s essential oil profile is Sandalwood (Santalum Album). It is distilled from the bark of the trees in Australia, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, New Caledonia, or Vanuatu. Sandalwood, if properly stored, can actually age beautifully over time. It’s used in many spiritual settings, as a base note in many perfumes and colognes,  and also as an aphrodisiac. ¹

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Aromatherapy Education: Valerian

Valerian (Valeriana wallachi) comes from the roots of a flowering plant originating in India. It is not favored for it’s aroma, but is an extremely powerful healer. It’s benefits include:

  • excellent sleep support
  • anti-spasmodic agent for muscles

Mixes well for a nice sleepy time blend with Roman Chamomile and Sweet Marjoram.