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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.

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.

A Peek into the Chakra System

The Chakra system, originating in Hindu and Buddhist traditions, have thousands of texts and information written. However, since this is just a little peek, I’ll spare you the pages of information and just give a bit about the system.

The Chakra System are energy centers located along the body. Each chakra corresponds to different physical, emotional, and metaphysical properties. When our chakras are “balanced” we are “well”.

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