An essential oil is a concentrated, volatile, aromatic liquid that is obtained from the fruits, seeds, flowers, bark, stems, roots, leaves or other parts of a plant. There are estimated to be 10,000 aromatic plants (ie that contain essential oils) on Earth, and about 500 of these are processed commercially for essential oil extraction. These oils have been used for centuries for both their healing and aromatic benefits.
Organic Basil Linalool Oil is more gentle than other forms of Basil essential oils, and the high Linalool content amplifies the oil's incredible calming effects. It is excellent for reducing head and neck tension and can help ease the transition into bedtime. This oil is also very uplifting, making it a wonderful addition to spiritual meditation practices or simply a time of positive reflection.
Chamomile Roman essential oil is one of the finest essential oils used to assist relaxation before bedtime. Mothers love the gentleness of this oil to help their wee ones relax and drift off to a refreshing sleep. Chamomile Roman can also be used to ease occasional over-exertion during exercise and to help soothe the normal wear and tear associated with aging joints.
Spicy and heartwarming, Clove Bud essential oil is a powerful cleaner for the home, especially during seasonal illness. When diffused, it can be an added tool to support a healthy immune system. When highly diluted with your favorite carrier oil, it can be massaged on the outer jaw of adults to help with the occasional toothache; similarly, it can be massaged over aching joints which come with normal wear and tear or aging.
Eucalyptus Globulus is one of the world’s most familiar essential oils and is widely known to help with respiratory problems. Eucalyptus Globulus is also effective as a support to aching muscles and joints from occasional overuse such a strenuous gym workout or with normal joint changes associated with the aging process. Eucalyptus can stimulate healthy circulation, bringing a feeling of warmth to the body. It can also be effective in stimulating mental focus.
Traditionally used for its warming action, Ginger essential oil aids digestion, stimulates blood flow and helps relieve a queasy stomach and menstrual discomfort. When added to a carrier oil or lotion, it helps joint and muscle aches associated with the wear and tear of normal aging. Add 2 drops Ginger essential oil and 2 drops Coriander to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and 1⁄2 cup Epsom salts; run into a warm bath to help stimulate circulation and give a mental “boost”.
Lemon is one of the most easily recognized oils because of its refreshing, energizing and uplifting scent. It can help support a healthy immune system and is also frequently added to spray cleaners. Diffuse equal amounts of Lemon and Peppermint in the morning or whenever you need an extra boost. To use for cleaning, add a few drops to your favorite cleaner to help refresh and sanitize. It is especially good added to some baking soda to make your bathroom or kitchen appliances sparkle!
Because of its sweet, fresh scent, Green Mandarin is uplifting and can help soothe nervous tension and sadness when diffused. It is a main ingredient of one of our most popular children's blends, Calming the Child. For relaxation, dilute 3 drops Mandarin in 2 teaspoons of lotion or carrier oil and use after your child's bath or when settling them in bed at night.
Oregano is a very powerful essential oil and its use should be approached with care. Oregano essential oil can be used in cleaning products when seasonal illness is present. When very well diluted, it can also be used for the achy joints associated with aging. This powerhouse essential oil is best reserved for tough issues and is helpful in supporting healthy respiration.
Peppermint is a fresh, stimulating oil, and when diffused can help enhance alertness and improve energy levels. Peppermint can be diluted in carrier oil and applied to the temples and back of the neck when having head and neck tension. Add, well-diluted, to a carrier oil for an uplifting massage. It is also helpful to sniff when having a queasy stomach. Also useful at the end of a long day as a foot-soak, add a few drops to ½ cup of Epsom salt dissolved in warm water.
Rosemary is stimulating, warming and refreshing and can be used to help boost memory retention and staying alert. It has many skin care applications, including adding to a shampoo to aid in maintaining a healthy scalp and lustrous hair. When diffused, Rosemary can also be helpful as a respiratory support oil. Rosemary is helpful in aiding occasional digestive upset. Rosemary is also beneficial in massage blends, increasing circulation and warmth to the skin and underlying muscles.
Tea Tree is one of the best known and loved essential oils around the world. Tea Tree oil is wonderful added to a house cleaning spray, especially in steamy, musty areas like the bathroom or a sickroom. During times of seasonal illness, Tea Tree oil in the diffuser can help clean the air in the home and is a wonderful immune system support. Tea Tree oil is also useful in clearing teenage skin blemishes.
Organic Bergamot is a favorite for its aroma and therapeutic properties. Its ability to help boost the mind and ease your worries, especially during times of sadness and grief. Bergamot is gentle for skin care and can help tackle teenage skin problems and oily skin. It is also a favorite to add to massage blends to help reduce muscle tension and give relief from tightness caused by overexertion or achy muscles. Our Organic Bergamot is bergaptine free, which means it is safe for use in the sun.
Clary Sage essential oil is the perfect balancing oil to help ease symptoms caused by women’s issues. It can be used for problems associated with the normal menstrual cycle, including helping ease sadness, supporting a more tranquil mood, calming a restless sleep, and body puffiness. Clary sage is also a helpful balancing agent during the time of menopause.
Cypress essential oil can be used to help support a healthy respiratory system. It can be used to ease swollen tissue in the legs and anal area. Emotionally, Cypress is a wonderful oil in helping deal with loss or grief; inhaling or diffusing cypress can help soothe the emotions. Like the tall, strong Cypress tree, the oil can support emotional strength.
Frankincense Frereana is especially prized for its skin rejuvenating properties. When added to a carrier oil, it smooths the appearance of wrinkles, scars, dry and damaged skin. It can help promote natural healing of a wound or cut. When diffused, Frankincense Frereana supports your immune system as well as calming and relaxing your body, thereby uplifting your mood. Add a drop or two of Frankincense Frereana in your favorite face cream to help promote smooth, glowing skin.
Lavender is perhaps the most well-known of the essential oils and for good reason. Lavender essential oil is renowned for its many beneficial properties, including promoting calm, relaxation, and being a nervous tension reliever. It can also be added to a carrier oil to help reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles and help soothe alterations in skin integrity, such as during sun exposure or a minor cooking burn.
Lemongrass is known as being a helpful addition to outdoor sprays. It is refreshing and deodorizing when diffused, as well as being uplifting to the spirit. It can also be added, well-diluted, to a carrier oil to boost circulation, bringing warmth to overused muscles and joints. Lemongrass contains citral, a powerful skin sensitizer, so it is very important to use lemongrass in proper dilution.
Myrrh is familiar to many as it is one of the traditional resinous gifts mentioned in the Bible. Its amber scent creates a warm, calming environment. Myrrh is often used during meditation to create a relaxing and uplifting atmosphere. When diffused, Myrrh can help relieve nervous tension and bring about feelings of strength. Myrrh is also wonderful for helping mature skin issues such as redness and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and scars when added to a carrier oil or lotion.
Patchouli became famous during the 1960s in the United States as a favorite scent of young counter-culture people, but it has been used as a scent in Asia for centuries. It is best known for its skin care applications. When added to a carrier oil, it can help with the appearance of skin wrinkles, scars, and skin blemishes, When diffused, Patchouli can help alleviate nervous tension and worry and is a soothing oil to diffuse during meditation.
Highly prized for its rich floral scent, Rose absolute is also known for its calming properties, helping to soothe emotions and bring calm in the midst of fresh grief. It can promote relaxation before sleep when diffused or applied topically diluted in a carrier. It is extremely useful in skin rejuvenation, as Rose oil counteracts the visible signs of aging, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and helping smooth skin.Use a 1% dilution on the skin of the face and neck.
Revered for centuries in India and other parts of the Far East, Sandalwood is a wonderfully calming oil which helps reduce nervous tension and agitated emotions. It is considered one of the premier oils for use in meditation by helping to quiet “mental chatter”. In skin applications, it may help reduce oiliness and blemishes. Sandalwood also can feel soothing and cooling to the skin when added to a carrier oil.
Valerian Root essential oil is useful in a diffuser blend to help promote deep relaxation before sleep. It can also help to focus scattered energy and quiet the “mind chatter” of a hectic lifestyle. Due to its pungent scent, it is best used as part of a blend. To quiet mind chatter or to inspire inner calm, add 1 drop Valerian Root, 3 drops Neroli or Petitgrain, and 4 drops Litsea (May Chang) to the wick of a personal inhaler.
The earthy, woodsy, slightly smoky scent of Vetiver oil is famous for its relaxing, balancing, and soothing properties. Just a little of this powerful oil goes a very long way; in fact, all you may need in a blend is to dip the end of a toothpick in the bottle and then swirl the toothpick into your blend! When diffused, or added to a carrier oil, Vetiver can help calm and promote relaxation before sleep. It helps support the immune system and is also useful in a blend for skin blemishes.
In our opinion, there is no better oil than the “sparkle” of Pink Grapefruit to lighten up mental fatigue and moodiness. Pink Grapefruit oil can be used in a 1% dilution as a purifier of congested, oily and blemish prone skin and is sometimes added to carrier oil or creams and lotions as a natural toner.
This powerful essential oil not only smells welcoming but can help keep your house clean during times of seasonal illness. In addition, Cinnamon Bark is stimulating when used during moments of worry or fatigue. Diffuse Cinnamon Bark with Orange and Vanilla for a pleasant fragrance that will remind you of cozy autumn days. Perfect in blends created for your favorite guy, mix cinnamon bark with Patchouli and Palmarosa for an exotic, spicy fragrance.
Cedarwood can be used as part of an insect blend along with Citronella, Lemon Eucalyptus, and Catnip essential oils. Cedarwood can help support healthy respiratory function; diffuse equal amounts of cedarwood and pine oils together to make a soothing aroma which can help with respiratory problems associated with pollen. It can also be mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed on the upper chest to help ease congested breathing.
It can help to support a healthy respiratory system and also aid in relaxation. Used topically, Citronella can make your time spent outdoors more pleasant. Combine equal parts of Citronella, Lemongrass and Cinnamon Leaf, add to water or witch hazel and spray around the perimeter to make your outdoor gathering more pleasant. To help promote a clean environment in your home during seasonal illness threats, diffuse equal parts of Citronella and Cinnamon Leaf into the air.