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Bay Leaf Oil, Some Uses

Bay Leaf oil (Laurus nobilis), AKA “Laurel Leaf” oil, comes from the Laurel tree which was also used to fashion the laurel wreath of ancient Greece, a symbol of highest status. It is also a popular culinary herb. Bay leaf oil has a pungent, young, fresh aroma. Definite spicy undertones but it grows sweeter as it evaporates. Aromatic influences: Promotes the fire of creativity and ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Clary Sage Oil, Some Uses

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) makes you feel like spring. You feel like your energy has been reawakened, your eyes are brighter, you see the beauty of the world, and you’re ready to take on new challenges. Aromatic influences: Very calming; may enhance the dream state and bring about a feeling of euphoria. Mood enhancing, supportive, and regulating. Combines well with: Juniper Berry, ... Read More »

Juniper Berry Oil, Some Uses

Juniper Berry oil (Juniperus communis) is expressed from the berries of the common juniper tree. It has a long history with aromatherapy and health care.  The scent makes you think of clean floors and fresh rooms. Aromatic influences: Health, love, and peace. Clears negative energy from the room (good before meditation) and from others, brings love energy in. Purifying, invigorating, and cleansing. Combines well ... Read More »

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 »

Citronella Oil, Some Uses

This is a great oil. Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus) has a lemony ginger scent to it. The oil is made from the leaves of the lemongrass plant that is often used in Asian cooking. It makes you look forward to warm summer nights out on the patio. Aromatic influences: Light, soft, clarifying. Lightens heavy emotional burdens and encourages hopefulness. Combines well with: Geranium, Lemon, ... Read More »