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Essential Oils Properties & Applications

Bergamot essential oil - Citrus bergamia
Properities: a lovely light, fresh, floral citrus scent that is uplifting, rejuvenating, and balancing. Known for scenting Earl Grey Tea. Bergamot helps to alleviate fatigue due to stress, restores appetite, combats colic, strengthens the immune system, reduces fever and is generally calming.
Applications: Bergamot essential oil is known to help relieve skin irritations, and is helpful in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, acne, wounds, ulcers and herpes. It helps to balance an oily complexion and helps repel insects. Use carefully in skin preparations as citrus oils are known photosensitizers. Do not use on skin within 4 hours of exposure to the sun
Blend with: neroli, cypress, juniper, geranium, rose, ylang ylang and other florals. It is a favorite of perfumers. ** We love bergamot essential oil as a home fragrance in our oil warmer.

bergamot essential oil

Cajeput essential oil - Melaleuca cajuputi
Properities: Cajeput essential oil, Melaleuca cajuputi, is a cousin of Tea Tree. It is a powerful stimulant and natural antimicrobial, antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, sedative and detoxifier.

Applications: Use directly on skin for insect bits and itching, to clean wounds, to relieve muscular aches and pains. It is a powerful antiseptic that is useful in the treatment of chronic pulmonary diseases, asthma, sinus trouble, gingivitis, earaches and cystitis. Cajeput essential oil is a good air purifier that reduces the spread of the common colds and other viruses.

**Cajeput is our Number 1 Go-To essential oil to relieve itch! Great for insect bites, especially fire ants.

cajeput essential oil

Properties: a pungent and woodsy scent,sometimes reminiscent of sandalwood. Cedarwood is famous for calming nervous tension and states of anxiety, helps relax tension, and promotes peaceful slumber. Helps combat acne, oily skin, greasy hair and dandruff. It has a very pretty yet rustic scent that makes it a popular oil for blending. Use cedarwood essential oil in hair blends, bath oils, soaps, and other skin care products. Cedarwood is also uplifting when used in room fragrance products.

Applications: Cedarwood has a very pretty yet rustic scent and can be blended into bath oils for a relaxing soak. Cedarwood is also uplifting when used in home fragrance products. Our favorite application is to deter moths and other insects from infiltrating your home. Just add drops to a small blocks of wood and place in your drawers and closets. (Take care not to let garments touch the oil directly). Or blend with water and spritz your pet's bed for a fresh clean scent.

cedarwood essential oil

Properities: a very warm, spicy and aromatic oil. It is most effective as an antiseptic and stimulant when diffused.
Applications: clove oil is a wonder for toothaches and abscesses when dabbed on the tooth very, very carefully. Clove essential oil is stimulating to the mind, enhances concentration, and can act as an aphrodisiac. It blends well with lavender, bergamot, orange, vanilla, vetiver, ylang ylang and other florals. It can help sweeten some medicinal smelling blends. Clove oil is wonderful in potpourris.

Warning: Clove essential oil is a hot spice oil, and can burn if used on the skin undiluted. Clove is irritating to the skin and mucous membranes, so extreme care should be taken when using on the skin. It must be diluted to less than .75%. Avoid during pregnancy and do not use on babies or young children.

clove essential oil

Properties: famed as an expectorant, decongestant, insecticide, analgesic, antirheumatic and antiseptic. Inhibits proliferation of the cold virus. Makes breathing easier. It is one of the most valuable oils for treating the respiratory system.
Application: According to research, the spraying of a 2% emulsion containing eucalyptus oil kills off 70% of local, airborne staphylococci. Or add drops to a steam bowl or bath and inhale! Always mix with Sweet Almond (or other 'carrier' oil) before using on skin to sooth tendonitis or joint pain.
** Favorite application? A few drops on a tissue for inhaling. Opens sinuses instantly when congested from a cold or allergies.

eucalyptus

Properties: aromatically sweeter than white grapefruit oil, is known for it's astringent properties. Pink grapefruit has a fresh, clean, uplifting aroma.
Application: Wonderfully uplifting and within aromatherapy work, pink grapefruit it is used to help treat mood swings, anger, depression and stress. It acts as a good for balancing oily skin and hair, and is a useful addition to facial toners. Pink grapefruit essential oil can be added to body wrap blends to aid in cellulite mobilization and elimination.
Photosensitizer. Do not use within 4 hours of exposure to the sun.

grapefruit essential oil

Lavender essential oil - Lavendula angustifolia
Properities: a natural antimicrobial, antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, sedative and detoxifier.
Applications: Known as a Wonder Oil... this uplifting, flowery aroma alleviates stress, anxiety and depression. It has been used for insomnia, headaches and migraines. It is known to relieve symptoms of colds, flu, and sinusitis if used in inhalations or vaporizers. It soothes burns, acne, eczema, sunburn, and relieves insect bites. Since lavender promotes cell growth, it is very effective for stretch marks and helping to minimize scarring. Use in a compress, massage or bath to ease muscle aches, pains and sprains.
** The "Go-To" oil for burns. Use undiluted on skin to eliminate heat and reduce scarring.

lavender essential oil

Peppermint essential oil - Mentha piperita
Properties: Strongly refreshing, cooling, analgesic, antispasmodic, anesthetic, decongestant, expectorant, insecticide and stimulant. Clears the head and refreshes the spirits. Famed for promoting concentration, reducing fatigue, anger and relieving depression.
Applications: On the body (directly or mix with carrier oil), it has a dual action: cooling when hot and warming when cold. As a remedy for colds, it halts mucous and fevers and encourages perspiration. Wonderful for relieving nausea. Its cooling and pain-relieving action is renowned for easing headaches, migraines, muscle and joint pain. Can be used to relieve any kind of skin irritation or itching but should be used in a dilution of 1% or less.
** A must for migraine or any headache. Rub directly onto neck and shoulders to relax muscles and relieve nausea.

peppermint essential oil

Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis
Properties: herbaceous, sweet, and slightly camphorous in aroma. Rosemary essential oil is a stimulant, and it should be used with caution.
Applications: Rosemary essential oil can help increase circulation and relieve pain in the joints. Rosemary essential oil can help control dandruff, oily scalp and skin, acne, and is said to encourage hair growth. However it should be avoided during pregnancy or if you suffer from high blood pressure or seizures. Rosemary blends well with any kind of mint and makes an excellent insect repellent. Spray or use in a fragrance warmer to keep bugs away.

rosemary essential oil

Spearmint - mentha spicata
Properties: With a slightly milder, sweeter aroma than peppermint, spearmint essential oil is a wonderfully invigorating oil.

Applications: Spearmint essential oil increases alertness, opens up the respiratory system, and lifts the spirit. Like lavender, however, spearmint essential oil can also be used sparingly at bedtime to bring about a sense of calm and relaxation. Spearmint essential oil can be used in facial toners. It is better suited for children than peppermint essential oil, and is good for stomach tummies, nausea and fever. Spearmint blends well with lavender, jasmine, bergamot, orange and sandalwood.

spearmint essential oil

Sweet Orange essential oil - Citrus sinensis
Properties: has a sweet citrus fragrance and is orange in color.
Applications: A wonderful, natural air freshener, mix a few drops in a spritzer bottle with water and experience it's antidepressant and calming effects. It refreshes the air and dissipates cooking odors. As a natural cleaner, mix with water or vinegar, then ppritz on countertops to cut grease or gooey residues! Always test a small area as its color may discolor certain finishes and do not use on skin as there is a chance of photo toxicity on skin exposed to the sun.

sweet orange essential oil

Tea Tree essential oil - Melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil
Properties: Australian Aborigines have been using this indigenous tree in their medications for centuries. Today tea tree is the subject of international research. Its impressive antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties make is useful in a wide range of conditions.
Applications: Apply directly to cuts and scrapes or on acne breakouts. Use in inhalations, vaporizers or compresses to help fight colds. It's also effective against rashes and sunburn and promotes healing while guarding from infection. The aroma is an excellent insect repellent. Relieves fungal infections such as nail bed infections and athelete's foot.

tea tree essential oil

Methods for the safe and effective use of essential oils.
Essential oils can be enjoyed in any of the following ways:

DIFFUSION - The easiest way to gain benefits from aromatherapy is to breathe the fragrance of essential oils through diffusion. Diffusion disperses the aromatic components of an essential oil into the atmosphere through the use of accessories, such as Electric Diffusers, Aromalamps, Scentballs or Lamp Rings. A diffuser in your home or office will keep you vivid and alert. One next to your bed will help loosen tight muscles and bring deeper relaxation.

MASSAGE - Massage combines the properties of essential oils with the therapeutic power of touch. Create your own massage oil by adding up to 12 to 25 drops of an essential oil per ounce of carrier oil (such as Jojoba, Grapeseed or Sweet Almond Oil) or to a lotion base. Use half the amount for sensitive skin. For children, use 6 drops of an essential oil per ounce. Use for a full body massage or spot massage at pressure points.

BATHS - Bathing combines the benefits of essential oils with hydrotherapy. Add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil to the bathtub and gently stir to fully disperse the oil. Soak 15 minutes while you inhale the vapour. Make a bath oil by adding 12 to 15 drops of an essential oil per ounce of carrier oil (such as Jojoba, Grapeseed or Sweet Almond Oil). Bath Oils can also be applied to moist skin after your morning shower.

STEAM INHALATION - Specifically for respiritory ailments, fill a pot with 2-3 quarts of very hot water. Add 5 to 8 drops of essential oil. Position your face 10 - 12 inches above the water, draping a towel over your head and around the sides of the basin. Breathe in the steam for several minutes. You can also add 4 to 8 drops of your favorite essential oil to the water of your humidifier.

INHALATION - fast and simple - start with 2 to 3 drops of essential oil applied to a handkerchief, tissue or pillow case. Hold under your nose and breathe.

COMPRESSES - Add 8 to 10 drops of an essential oil to 8 ozs. of hot or cold water. Submerse a cloth in the water, wring it out and place it on the area needing healing. Hot compresses for muscular pain and cramp relief: Cold compresses for swelling or headache.

TOPICAL APPLICATIONS - Lavender or Tea Tree can be applied neat to a small area of skin for a cut, bruise, or blister, etc. Compresses or massage treatments can also be given (see above). Essential oils can also be added to lotions, alcohol or vodka for a brisk rub.

AIR FRESHENERS - effective and all-natural. Add 25-30 drops of an essential oil to 2 ounces of distilled water in an atomizer spray bottle. Shake well before each use, spraying into the air to mask unpleasant odors and introduce pleasant, enjoyable and healthy aromas.

POTPOURRI - Add 10 to 20 drops of an essential oil to a potpourri that has lost its scent. Or simply add a few drops of oil to your potpourri pot.

HOUSEHOLD USES - Add 2 to 3 drops of an essential oil to your rinse water the next time you do laundry. Add a few drops to your vacuum bag or to some baking soda to sprinkle on your carpets or to put in a closet. Add a few drops of Grapefruit or Tea Tree to your garbage cans before putting in a new liner. Put a few drops of Cedarwood on a wood block to scent your drawers or closets.

Essential Oil Basics:

Essential oils and absolutes are the concentrated essences of various flowers, herbs, fruits and plants. They have been used since ancient times in food & cosmetics and for aromatherapy, spiritual or medicinal purposes. There are many ways to use essential oils for either their fragrance or therapeutic properties. All of our pure essential oils are therapeutic grade and free of chemicals and are stored and shipped in glass amber bottles.

Safe application of essential oils: Safety precautions must always be considered before using essential oils. Most essential oils may cause skin irritations if not diluted in a carrier oil. Some oils may be toxic if taken internally or used in excessive quantities. We do not advocate taking essential oils internally. Do not use essential oils if any of the following conditions exist: pregnancy, breastfeeding, high blood pressure, epilepsy, open wounds, diabetes, rashes, neurological disorders, or if taking prescription medications or homeopathic remedies. Keep out of reach of children and pets!

Because of their high concentration, a little bit goes a long way! One drop of essential oil is often equal to one ounce or more of the actual plant. The recommended dilution is 1 percent - equaling 9 drops per 1 oz. of base. Base can be a carrier oil (olive, jojoba or almond for example). We highly recommend reading an aromatherapy book to determine the uses, differences and ratios of the different oils.

Important Notice: The FDA has not evaluated the information provided for each of our essential oils. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is for educational purposes only.
  • Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified medical practitioner.
  • Do not apply undiluted to the skin unless a prior skin patch test shows no irritation.
  • If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified medical practitioner.
  • Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low concentrations.
  • A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using oil that you've never used before.