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Cajeput Oil, Some Uses

Cajeput (Melaleuca cajuputi) is related to Tea Tree but much harsher. It is often used for treating colds, headaches and infections.  The scent makes you think of pine and medicine, and you feel your lungs open up and breathe deeper. Aromatic influences: Pungent, warming, and strengthening. Builds strength, especially before an operation and during postoperative shock. Combines well with: Bergamot, Cypress, Juniper Berry, ... Read More »

Pamper Your Feet with Essential Oils

Feet are one of the best places to treat yourself with essential oils. The skin of your feet absorb essential oils particularly well and, because of the reflex points, you will also be affecting every organ in your body. By massaging your feet, you balance your energy flow and give yourself a sense of harmony throughout your body. And besides, ... Read More »

The Art of Romantic Aromas

Aromas are the best way to influence mood. You can make someone feel happy, calm, energetic, relaxed, focused, romantic, etc by your choice of aroma. When the aroma of essential oils is used, the effect on the mind and feelings is complex, powerful, and subtle. The oils have a physiological action on the body, because of their therapeutic properties. When ... Read More »

Basil Oil, Some Uses

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) takes its name from the Greek word for a king — basileum. That might be because it was one of the oils used to anoint kings. It has an herbal, slightly licorice,  Italian food scent to it that lifts your mood and makes the lines on your forehead relax for a little while. Aromatic influences: Excellent aromatic nerve tonic, ... Read More »

Palmarosa Oil, Some Uses

Formerly known as “Indian” or “Turkish” geranium, Palmarosa oil (Cymbopogon martini var. motia) has been used for centuries to dilute the more expensive Rose oil. It has a lovely, rosy scent with a touch of lemon, wintergreen and maple leaf. It makes you think of drinking a glass of lemonade during summer days in your back yard. Aromatic influences: Calming and uplifting. ... Read More »

Aromatherapy Skin Care: Chronic Skin Conditions

Chronic skin conditions are hard. Eczema, Rosacea, Psoriasis, etc just make life difficult. While I can’t say at all how to medically treat any of these — I am not a doctor — I have found some recipes you can try to help alleviate the symptoms. I will give some short descriptions of the conditions I am discussing, recommended essential ... Read More »

Aromatherapy Skin Care: All-Over Body Care

In previous articles on Aromatherapy Skin Care, I covered treatments for the face. We all focus on that the most because our faces get the most exposure the weather, environmental pollutants, central heating, and other harmful elements. Not to mention the fact that our face is the first thing others see of us. But since we know the skin is ... Read More »

Aromatherapy Skin Care: Acne and Other Breakouts

The bane of all existence, especially for teenagers! Acne often makes you feel self-conscious, especially when you have a large outbreak. As part of our Aromatherapy Skin Care series, let’s talk about acne. While pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts do occur in dry skin, they are much more common in oily and combination skin. In general, acne is caused by hormones. ... Read More »

Peppermint Oil, Some Uses

All of the mints are closely related. Which is why there are so many varieties of mint, as they combine easily. In fact, Peppermint is now classified as a hybrid. It is the child of Spearmint breeding with Watermint and benefits greatly from the combining of both. Peppermint oil (Mentha piperita) has a sharp, crisp, energetic, minty herbal scent to it ... Read More »

Spearmint Oil, Some Uses

Spearmint is the pastel that covers a Victorian wall, and Peppermint is its powerful child adorning the Industrial Revolution. Spearmint oil (Mentha spicata) has a lighter, brighter scent to it than Peppermint. It is gentler, but they can be interchanged. Because of the sweet minty flavor, it is most commonly used as a culinary herb. It makes you think of crisp, cool ... Read More »