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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 »

Lemongrass Oil, Some Uses

Lemongrass oil (Cymbopogon citratus) comes from a fast growing grass. It looks like the same plant that Citronella comes from, which is not surprising since they come from the same genus. Lemongrass grows to be about 3 feet tall and the stalk is used to produce the oil. It has a deep, intense, sweet, lemony scent without the tart overtones of ... Read More »

Cypress Oil, Some Uses

Cypress oil (Cupressus sempervirens) has been used for centuries in medicine as well as sacred incense. In the folklore of many countries, the Cypress tree is seen as the gateway to the afterlife, which is why it is often seen in churchyards. The aroma of the oil is deep and earthy, has a fresh tone that sharpens as it evaporates. Aromatic ... 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 »

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 »

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: 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: Oily Skin

We all love how essential oils make us feel. And using them on our skin, particularly our face, makes us feel so much better than when we use commercial products. There are a variety of ways to use essential oils in skin care and this article is part of our series on Aromatherapy Skin Care. We have also published articles on ... 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 »