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Anise Seed Oil, Some Uses

Anise Seed oil (Pimpinella anisum) has a sweet, licorice scent to it. It is often used for flavoring candies because of the sweet taste. The scent reminds you of herb shops, with a hint of Christmas, and late spring. Aromatic influences: Calming, warming, and stimulating. Combines well with: Bay Leaf, Black Pepper, Ginger Root, Lavender, Orange, Pine, Rose Ways to use it ... Read More »

Thyme Oil, Some Uses

Thyme oil (Thymus vulgaris ct. thymol) comes from a lovely ground-cover plant that has pink or white flowers. It has a strong herbal aroma to it and when you mix it with Sage and Rosemary, you hear yourself start singing “Scarborough Fair.” Aromatic influences: Assist in supplying energy in times of physical weakness and stress, releases mental blocks, gives courage, uplifting, calms and ... 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 »

Tagetes Oil, Some Uses

Tagetes (Tagetes erecta) is an interesting oil. The scent is very strong and gets stronger when mixed with others. It comes from the African Marigold and the oil has many great benefits. It’s good for cuts, burns, bronchial issues, fungal infections, and even as a base for perfume. Aromatic influences: Clears thinking, relieves tension, aids emotional control, interesting almost intoxicating scent. Combines ... 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 »

Pine Needles Oil and Black Pine Oil, Some Uses

Once you get a whiff of pine oil, what’s the first thing you think of?  Time to clean. We all associate any pine oil with cleaning. However, there is so much more that you can do with the pine oils. This article is about Black Pine oil (Pinus nigra) and Pine Needles oil (Pinus sylvestris). Black Pine has a stronger ... Read More »

Ravintsara Oil, Some Uses

In China, statues of Buddha are carved from the wood of the Cinnamonum camphora (Ravintsara) tree to inspire devotion.  In Madagascar, Ravintsara oil is referred to as “the oil that heals.”  It is universal oil like Lavender. It has a mild, herby, slightly medicinal scent to it Aromatic influences: Aids with realizing one’s potential, increasing desire for changes, nervous fatigue and relieves ... Read More »

Cedarwood Oil, Some Uses

Cedarwood oil (Cedrus deodora) was used by all ancient civilizations in medicine, perfume, and cosmetics. The scent makes you think of clothes stored in gorgeously carved cedar chests. Aromatic influences: Reduces fear and helps you discover inner strength and courage. Fortifying, warming and protecting. Spirituality and self-control. Combines well with: Rosewood, Bergamot, Cypress, Cassia, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Neroli, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Rosemary, ... Read More »