Eucalyptus Radiata | Australia | Steam Distilled | Wildcrafted
It is well known that Lavender is the "mother of all oils", and is the go-to for many aromatherapists, both beginners and professionals. Its benefits are quite strong and diverse, but the oil itself is one of the most gentle to use.
What is less known though, is that true Lavender essential oil has several countries of origin, and the scent of this essential oil will vary depending on the country your oil comes from. This Bulgarian Lavender has a sweet, semi-floral scent with a honey-like note throughout.
This essential oil is one of the more common ingredients found in just about everything, especially skincare. It is often used to address concerns such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, bruises, burns, dandruff, scars, minor cuts, lice, insect bites & stings, and is even used as an insect repellant. However, it's healing benefits also branch out into issues such as cough, cold & flu, asthmatic complaints, bronchitis, sinusitis, muscle spasms, sprains, cramps, muscular aches & pains, headaches & migraines, chronic rheumatism, flatulence, nausea, travel/motion sickness, painful menstruation, PMS, and many, many other uses.
Lavender has a powerful effect on the mind as well. It is a well-known antidepressant (particularly for general, manic, and post-natal depression), is excellent in combating insomnia, and potent stress-buster. Additionally, it may be used to combat shock, vertigo, nervous tension, exhaustion, 'burnout', mood swings, irritability, and may aid concentration.
Lastly, on the energetic/spiritual level, Lavender knows no rival. It is an excellent choice for balancing all energies within, and is useful in call energy healing techniques. It may be used to cleanse & clear a room, and is said to increase our awareness and sensitivity of our hands when used prior to energy healing techniques. Lavender is often used to promote compassion, spiritual growth, health, love, and peace. It helps to diminish feelings of suspicion, bitterness, malice, and jealousy and can calm, comfort, and stabilize emotions of the heart.
Contraindications: While there are no listed contraindications, it is important to note the following:
- Lavender is an adaptogen (sedative in small doses, stimulant in large doses), and in uncommon cases serves strictly as a mental stimulant for some individuals
- Overuse of any essential oil (even a mild one like Lavender) can lead to sensitization
Lemon | Citrus Limonum | Italy | Cold Pressed | Organic
The scent of Sweet Orange is more or less what you would expect it to smell like. It's light, fresh, with a bit of zest, much like cutting into a fresh orange.
Sweet Orange is ideal for skincare where oily, dull skin is a concern, as well as puffy, wrinkled, chapped or fissured skin, or where the epidermis needs strengthening. As for other applications, this essential oil may be used for bronchitis, constipation, simple water retention, mouth ulcers, promoting weight loss, and assisting the digestive process.
Psychologically, Sweet Orange has a sedating effect which is useful for combating nervousness, tension, hysteria, excessive worrying, and stress related problems. It is suggested that it revives interest, and helps to harmonize the physical and mental aspects of our lives.
Sweet Orange is useful in dispelling negative energy from ones aura, as well as from thought patterns. It is said to nourish an individual's soul with joy, while moving stagnate energy. It brings positive energy to our lives, and is used to promote self-confidence, courage, creativity, joy in sexuality and love, as well as bring about good fortune and luck. Often found in purification blends, Sweet Orange may assist us in conquering obsessions, or fears of letting go.
Contraindications: Considered phototoxic. Oxidizes rapidly, but may be used regularly (with proper dilution, or diffusion). Not recommended for sensitive or damaged skin.
Patchouli is a deep, earthy oil that draws you in. Common among those who meditate, it is often described as 'damp soil', and has the most subtle hints of spice to it.
Patchouli is highly beneficial to the skin due to its powerful cell regenerative properties, and is (unsurprisingly) found in many natural skincare & body products. It is most commonly used for dermatitis, psoriasis, athlete's foot, acne, scars, dry & cracking skin, wrinkles, impetigo, varicose veins, dandruff, and oily hair/scalp conditions. It is also noted for being effecting in addressing wounds, abscesses, bed sores, hemorrhoids (external), impotence, fidgety, and menopausal sweats.
Because it slows rapid breathing, this oil is often used to assist in inducing deep meditative states, combat anxiety, mild insomnia, and general stress issues & concerns. Though sedating in low dosages, it is stimulating in higher amounts, and may be used to sharpen and clear one's mind.
Patchouli is common among energy workers, and can be found in blends promoting protection, prosperity, creativity, and centering. It is often used to ground ourselves while drawing energy from the earth, and is useful in relaxing one's over-active intellect. It is said to help us define ourselves, allowing us to express it to the world in a healthy manner. Patchouli may also assist individuals in appreciating the sacredness of life.
Contraindications: Use caution around those with allergies to spicy foods, or those with scent sensitivities. Though risk is minimal, overuse may result in insomnia and loss of appetite.
Rosemary | Rosmarinus Officinalis | Morocco | Steam Distilled | Wildcrafted
Rosemary's sharp, fresh, clean, and invigorating scent is one that is all too familiar to essential oil enthusiast. Many find the scent to be reminiscent close to that of Eucalyptus, or Camphor.
In skincare, Rosemary is known to be useful against acne, sagging and devitalized skin, congested skin, puffiness, eczema, varicose veins, and helps to promote hair growth and strength while reducing dandruff. Additionally, it will help to provide relief from muscular aches, pains, sprains and cramps, sciatica, arthritic pain, neuralgia, gout, tendinitis, rheumatism, congestion, colds & flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, some respiratory infections, dyspepsia, flatulence, painful periods, mild constipation, physical exhaustion, and upset stomach (that's quite the list!). It is also shown to help raise low blood pressure, and is considered a lung tonic.
Rosemary serves as a powerful stimulant for the mind. This makes it ideal for dealing with mental burnout, fatigue, lethargy, mental blocks, and nervous exhaustion. It's great for those sluggish mornings (especially for those trying to kick caffeine from their diets), and serves as an excellent study aid. It may also be used to combat feelings of panic, confusion, hysteria, and anger. It is known to boost confidence, overall concentration, speech, and is said to fortify listening skills.
For those who prefer work with subtle energies, Rosemary should most certainly be part of your collection. Despite the intensity of its scent, Rosemary is a gentle comfort for those suffering from a heartbreak. It may be used in any grieving blend, and is particularly useful to those seeking closure of to an expired relationship. It is believed to provide protection from negative influences, establish healthy relationships boundaries, inspire faith & loyalty, promote self-confidence, strengthen will power, and provide psychic protection. It is often found in love, joy, and spiritual healing blends.
Contraindications: Avoid using in cases of epilepsy, high blood pressure, and pregnancy. Highly stimulating, even in small doses, so do avoid several hours before sleeping. May antidote homeopathic remedies.
Tea Tree | Melaleuca alternifolia | Australia | Steam Distilled | Organic
Another of champion ranking in the "top ten", Tea Tree oil can be found in just about every home. It's scent is often described as "medicinal", though we prefer to describe it as clean, clearing and fresh with a slight smoky note.
It's antifungal, parasiticide, bactericidal and strong antiseptic properties make this essential oil ideal for (when used correctly) things such as acne, abscesses, athlete's foot, oily skin, warts, ringworm, infected wounds, cold sores, ear/nose/throat infections, staph/strep infections, shingles, and many viral/fungal infections. Topically (and properly diluted), it may assist with rashes, spots, sweaty feet, stings and dandruff as well.
Tea Tree is considered one of the top immune system stimulants as well. It is commonly reached for when addressing bronchitis, emphysema, cough, sinusitis, TB, tonsillitis, whooping cough, and general cold, flu, and fever complaints.
This essential oil is useful when treating shock, general or nervous exhaustion, nervous depression, and is stimulating to the mind. Energetically, it is said to expand all chakras, aligning them with the crown, which allows for the establishment of new beliefs. It brings about a sense of connection to pure life energy, and can be used to promote protection and confidence.
Contraindications: May irritate sensitive skin. May induce sweating in high dosages. Sensitization may occur with regular undiluted use, dilution recommended for frequent application. Considered toxic to most pets.
Geranium | Pelagonium roseum | Madagascar | Steam Distilled | Organic
This oil possesses a beautifully bold, thick, sweet and floral scent, with hints of Rose flowing throughout it. However, its enveloping fragrance is just one of the many perks this essential oils contains.
|Latin Name:||Mentha piperita|