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Petitgrain Bigarade Oil, Some Uses

This is a great oil.  It comes from the same tree as Neroli. Petitgrain Bigarade (Citrus aurantium var amara) is extracted from the leaves, Neroli from the blossom. Very productive tree! Originally this oil came from the unripened fruit of the tree, hence the name “Petit Grain” which means “Little Fruit.” It has a mild, slightly citrus scent that makes you feel ... Read More »

Rosewood Oil, Some Uses

Rosewood oil (Aniba roseodora) is a lovely oil that is becoming harder to get due to the devastation of the rain forests in Brazil. It has a sweet, slightly rosy, yet woody scent to it. Also called Bois de Rose. Aromatic influences: Peace, gentleness, calming and relaxing the nerves. Helps to relieve anxiety, stress, and balance the emotions. Soft, supportive, ... Read More »

Vetiver Oil, Some Uses

Known in Sri Lanka and India as the Oil of Tranquility,” Vetiver oil (Vetivera zizanioides) has a deeply calming effect on the soul. It adds a deep, rich aromatic note to any combination. Aromatic influences: Calming, Earthy and warming. Grounds to earth and stimulates to more vitality, cleans aura, strengthens auric shield. Combines well with: Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, ... Read More »

Lavender Oil, Some Uses

Ah Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). This oil is good for nearly everything and mixes well with nearly every oil. It has a long running popularity as a folk remedy and the scent is familiar to everyone. It is one of the most versatile of essential oils. This is part of our series on Lavender oil. For more information, you can also refer ... Read More »

Myrrh Oil, Some Uses

Like Frankincense, Myrrh oil (Commiphora myrrha) is extracted from resin that oozes from very tough bark. It has a sharp, strong, woody scent. Ancient Greek soldiers used to carry Myrrh oil into battle for psychic protection, as well as first aid. Now we all tend to link it with Frankincense and stables and newborn babies. Aromatic influences: Spiritual awareness, uplifting, releases stuck ... Read More »

Neroli Oil, Some Uses

Named after the princess of Nerola in Italy, who wore it as a perfume, Neroli oil (Citrus aurantium) comes from the flower of the bitter orange tree. The same tree that produces Petitgrain Bigrade oil. Neroli oil has a light, floral scent that has a slight tone of citrus. It’s quite lovely. Aromatic influences: Gentle, nurturing, comforting. Helps lessen deep-seated insecurities. ... Read More »

Patchouli Oil, Some Uses

The exotic nature of Patchouli oil (Pogostemon cablin) makes you think of beautiful faraway lands like India, the Philippines and Indonesia. Long used for perfume, often to mask unpleasant aromas, it has been a common staple oil in the east. In fact, many people would refuse to buy clothing that was not scented with Patchouli. Aromatic influences: Diminish depression and eases anxiety.  Assist ... Read More »

Jasmine Oil, Some Uses

Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum, absolute) is a powerful oil. It is rich, floral and sweet, and very heady. It has a lot of strength and should be used in extremely small amounts. Because of the amount of work it takes to make the oil, it is also very expensive. However, there are options available. You can buy Blend of Jasmine from Rocky Mountain Oils, ... Read More »

Celery Seed Oil, Some Uses

Celery Seed oil (Apium graveolens)  is interesting. It smells like warm celery. It’s fun to use in aromatherapy as well as in your food. Aromatic influences: Calming, productive, efficient, arbitrating, self-empowering. Combines well with: Lavender, Pine, Tea Tree, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Ginger Root,  Fennel Seed, Rosemary, Carrot Seed, Thyme, Angelica Root, Palmarosa, Orange, Basil, Cajeput, Lemon, Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile Ways ... Read More »

Geranium and Rose Geranium Oils, Some Uses

Geranium oil (Pelargonium Graveolens) is an incredible oil that excels in three areas: skin and hair care, as an emotional balancer and helps regulate hormones. It has a lovely, soft, floral scent to it that makes you feel a little less stressed and a little more happy every time you smell it. Geranium oil and Rose Geranium oil (Pelargonium Roseum) are very similar. ... Read More »