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Mountain Savory Oil, Some Uses

The plant has been used as a culinary herb for centuries, most often as a digestive remedy. Mountain Savory (Satureja montana) oil has a clear, yellow look to it and the scent is a bit like a mixture chrysanthemums and juniper trees. It has a slight medicinal aroma to it and makes you think of a good bar of old-fashioned soap. Aromatic ... Read More »

Vitex Berry Oil, Some Uses

Vitex Berry  (Vitex Agnes castus)is also known as Agnus Castus, which means “chaste lamb,” in reference to the ancient use of the herb to encourage sexual abstinence in monks leading a religious life.  This is THE oil to use to balance progesterone-estrogen hormones in women. “Unlike any other oil, it actually improves progesterone levels, or more correctly it creates proper ... Read More »

Yarrow Oil, Some Uses

I looked forward to researching this article because I’ve always liked the Yarrow plant, and not just because it’s a good bee and butterfly plant. To many it’s a weed but to me, it is quite lovely and I have quite a few plants in my flower and herb beds; ones with white, purple, and pink flowers. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) used to ... Read More »

Spikenard Oil, Some Uses

Spikenard oil (Nardostachys jatamansi) has a long history of use as a perfume as well as for its healing properties. In the Bible, Mary Magdalene anointed the feet of Christ with Spikenard and its fragrance filled the house. And because I keep playing around with it so I can describe it for you, the scent has now permeated throughout my house. ... Read More »

Myrtle Oil, Some Uses

In ancient times, Greeks and Romans honored poets with leaves of Myrtle, to suggest their fame would never die. (9)  Myrtle oil (Myrtus communis) was also the main ingredient in a 16th century skin-care remedy called “Angel’s Water.” In our day and age, it is still used in perfume. The scent is light and refreshing. It has Lemony, Eucalyptus-like overtones that ... Read More »

Spruce Oil, Some Uses

Spruce oil (Tsuga canadensis) comes from trees native to Canada and has a long history of use for respiratory issues. Native American Indians also used to smear the resin on their bodies as an insect repellant. The oil is distilled from the needles. The scent has sparkly top notes and makes you think of Christmas trees and rainy forests. Aromatic influences: ... Read More »

Marjoram Oil, Some Uses

Marjoram (Origanum marjorana L.), also called Sweet marjoram, is a traditional culinary herb. It is thought that a species of marjoram is the biblical herb “hyssop.” The oil has a spicy, woody scent to it and when you breathe it in deeply, you feel your face relax just a little bit. Aromatic influences: Peace and sleep. May calm emotions, provide comfort during ... 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 »

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 »