Lavender, Lavendula officinalis, extracted from flowering tops of the lavender plant, has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-septic properties. Lavender is believed to stimulate the immune system to promote healing and ease inflammation. Lavender tones the skin and is useful for acne, oily skin, burns, sunburn, wounds, eczema, psoriasis and insect bites. In hair car, lavender helps balance oily or dry hair and scalp, soothes irritated scalp and stimulates the hair follicles to help foster hair growth. Lavender is often paired with rosemary in hair care formulas. Their synergistic properties are great for hair care. Aromatherapy Properties: relieves tension with its soothing, calming and harmonizing effect on the nerves. It is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia. Its floral and woody fragrance is great for stress relief and general relaxation. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be applied "neat," meaning directly to the skin without diluting. Many aromatherapists suggest a spritz of Lavender water on bed linens or a dab of Lavender essential oil on the wrist for a relaxing and soothing sleep. Scott Cunningham, in his book Magical Aromatherapy, suggests a lavender-scented bath at least once a week as a "health-maintaining ritual." Lavender essential oil aromatherapy should not be used in early pregnancy.
Lemongrass, Cymbopogon flexuosus, has a wonderful, uplifting lemony scent that is steam distilled from a grass harvested in Guatemala. Lemongrass has long been used in Eastern medicine to treat muscular pain and stiffness. Its astringent properties make it useful in the treatment of acne, blemishes, and other skin inflammations. Lemongrass essential oil is particularly high in anti-bacterial, antiseptic, healing and soothing properties. Skin soothing properties help cleanse your skin without the drying that overexcites the oil glands. In hair care, lemongrass oil increases fullness and body and adds luster to dull hair. It may also be an effective treatment to combat hair loss and oily hair and scalp conditions. Some herbalists believe that lemongrass oil can strengthen the hair follicles, another benefit for those suffering from thinning or weak hair. Aromatherapy Properties: There has been recent research in India which shows that lemongrass acts as sedative on the central nervous system. The scent of Lemongrass is soothing, stimulating and refreshing. Aromatherapists value lemongrass for its ability to both calm and revitalize, to relieve tension, invigorate and inspire.
Cypress, Cupressus sempervirens, has a smoky woody fragrance that refreshes, restores and tones. A good natural deodorant, cypress is an astringent useful for oily and blemished skin as well as an antiperspirant for sweaty feet. In hair care, cypress oil is used to reduce oiliness in the scalp and is good for dandruff. Often included in regimens for treating hair loss since it helps increase circulation to the follicles. Aromatherapy Properties: soothing for PMS, menstrual cramps, and helpful for menopausal symptoms--like hot flashes
Patchouli, Pogostemon cablin, has the exotic, woodsy, earthy scent that will take the children of the 1960's on a trip down memory lane. The bushy herb has large fragrant furry leaves. An effective anti-inflammatory agent, patchouli helps relieve acne, dermatitis and eczema. Don’t let its powerful scent fool you, it is gentle oil that tones and tightens the skin, is used in many anti-wrinkle products and may be helpful with mature skin. In hair care, patchouli balances oil production making it a great treatment for oily scalp and dandruff as well as for dry hair and scalp. Aromatherapy Properties:the scent of love, patchouli is believed to be a very effective aphrodisiac that promotes increased feelings of desire. The warmth and depth of its aroma make it comforting and relaxing, creating an amorous atmosphere. Patchouli is known for its sensual, uplifting and stimulating properties.
Tea Tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, a natural antiseptic, germicide, antibacterial, fungicide and deodorant, refreshes, stimulates and deep cleans the skin and scalp. Australian Aborigines discovered that the oil from the leaves of the tea tree provided a natural cure for a wide variety of ailments and it is often referred to by Australians as a "first aid kit in a bottle." The oil is extracted from the tree leaves by distillation. A valuable medicinal oil, tea tree helps heal infections and skin disorders and fights acne without causing dryness or other side effects of modern day acne treatments. The scent is medicinal and penetrating, but many describe it as clean and refreshing. Next to thyme, it is the most antiseptic of all oils. It is safer to use, and unlike thyme, can be used "neat" or undiluted. Its antiseptic and healing properties make it a wonderful natural treatment for rosacea caused by dermodex mites. In hair care tea tree oil is used as a treatment for dry scalp, oily hair, dandruff and itchiness. Tea tree oil removes build-up on the scalp and helps rejuvenate dull lifeless hair, leaving hair soft, clean and manageable.
Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, oil has a strong, minty, herbaceous scent. The name is derived from the Latin word Rosmarinus, which means “dew of the sea." The plant, considered sacred by the Romans, was used as a decoration for statues and paintings of the gods. In ancient Greece statues were decorated with rosemary wreaths and students wore rosemary in their hair while studying--they believed it strengthened their memory. Rosemary essential oil balances oily or problem skin, and helps in the treatment of comedones (pimples, whiteheads, blackheads) and acne. It is good for eczema and relieves muscle aches. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties. In hair care, rosemary is a good tonic for thinning hair and dandruff. Rosemary encourages the growth of strong healthy hair by improving blood flow to the scalp, increases manageability and brings out the highlights of dark hair. Aromatherapy Properties: the invigorating fragrance wakes up the brain, stimulates mental activity, restores vitality, increases creativity and improves memory. From ancient times rosemary has been regarded as a token of remembrance. Rosemary essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.
Peppermint, Mentha piperata, is minty, strong and fresh oil with cooling, refreshing and deodorant properties. Peppermint's cooling power comes from the high percentage of menthol in its leaves. Menthol has antibacterial properties and is used externally in liniments to stimulate nerve endings and increase local blood flow. Peppermint leaves have been found in Egyptian pyramids dating as far back as 1000 BC. It is a good treatment eczema, dermatitis, inflammation, muscle aches and dandruff. In hair care products, peppermint refreshes and stimulates the scalp promoting blood circulation which stimulates growth. Aromatherapy Properties: the uplifting, invigorating and stimulating scent helps promote concentration and memory, and relieve mental fatigue, apathy, headaches, and depression. Keep peppermint essential oil or a sliver of peppermint soap in your car when traveling, the scent of peppermint is excellent for stuffy heads, motion sickness, headaches, and nausea. Peppermint essential oil aromatherapy should not be used in early pregnancy.
Frankincense, Botanical Name: Boswellia Serrata Plant Part: Resin Extraction Method: Steam Distilled Origin: India Color: Colorless to pale yellow clear liquid. Common Uses: The therapeutic properties of Frankincense Essential Oil include use as an antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, sedative, tonic and expectorant. Frankincense is said to help rejuvenate the aging skin, and is effective with bacterial and fungal infections. The anti-inflammatory property of this oil is reputed to be an effective treatment for joint pain and arthritis. Frankincense can also be used as an insect repellent and is also widely used in cosmetics and soap manufacturing. Aromatherapy Properties: It has a grounding aroma, and often used in meditation. Consistency: Medium Note: Base Strength of Aroma: Medium Aromatic Scent: Frankincense Essential Oil has a rich woody, earthy scent with a deeply mysterious nuance. Cautions: Frankincense Essential Oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Jasmine, Botanical Name: Jasminum grandiflorum Plant Part: Flowers Extraction Method: Solvent Extraction Common Uses: Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute is well respected for its aphrodisiac properties. It is a sensual, soothing, calming oil that promotes love and peace. Aromatherapy Properties: Consistency: Thick Note: Middle Strength of Aroma: Strong Aromatic Scent: Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute has a smooth, extremely intense floral smell that is both sweet and lingering. Cautions: It is important to note that all absolutes are extremely concentrated by nature. They should not be evaluated in this state unless you are accustomed to the undiluted fragrance. For those trying Absolutes for the first time, we strongly recommend they be evaluated in dilution. Otherwise, the complexity of the fragrance - particularly the rare and exotic notes - becomes lost.
Sweet Orange, Citrus Oils like Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Tangerine, and Sweet Orange have anti-bacterial and astringent properties. Great skin tonics, citrus oils, stimulate the microcirculation, balance skin oil production, and support tissue regeneration. They are wonderful for dull skin. In hair care citrus oil helps balance the production of sebum. They refresh, invigorate, and cleanse the scalp. Aromatherapy Properties: Citrus oil brightens and warms your mood, calms, encourages, clears the head, increases mental alertness, improves memory, and reduces stress and headaches. Their scents are fresh and stimulating. Citrus oils in general are believed to stimulate positive energy and thus cause feelings of joy and happiness.
Aruba Coconut & Vanilla, A tropical island blend of creamy coconut, pineapple with a vanilla white musk base
Tuscan Blood Orange, A zesty citrus blend of rich blood orange, tangy grapefruit and juicy mandarin infused with melon, ripe peach and delicate jasmine while subtle notes of white musk and precious woods emerge from the base.
Lemon Verbena, A clean, refreshing fragrance with top notes of lime and sweet orange. The fragrant scent of lily of the valley is at the heart of the fragrance and blends into woody, amber base.
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