Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Yarrow

Yarrow

Yarrow – a very useful herb (Evelyn Simak) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Yarrow essential oil is extracted using the distillation method. The familiar bushes with pink or yellow flowers are commonly found in North America as well as in many European countries.

It has an interesting history as it was believed to have been used by Archilles in the Trojan wars, hence its latin name Achillea millefolium.

The Yarrow plant was used by the Druids and Ancient Chinese for divination purposes and was popular for warding off evil spirits!

For a wonderfully uplifting blend to use in an aromatherapy diffuser, mix Yarrow with Juniper and Verbena essential oils. This blend can help banish depression.

The essential oil of Yarrow has many useful properties, click here for the full profile for Yarrow Essential Oil.

You can purchase Yarrow essential oil online here.

The Health Benefits of Geranium Oil

Geranium oil has a beautiful fragrant scent making it a great addition to your essential oil collection. It is a very versatile essential oil and is one of the best essential oils to have around your home.

Aside from its fragrance, it also has a lot of health benefits, such as improving your skin’s condition and helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is also good for treating depression as well as balancing your hormones.

The oil is extracted from the leaves of the geranium or pelargonium flower. The plant is popularly known to treat clean cuts. It has a very light floral scent which tends to linger making it very useful as an uplifting air freshener.

Geranium OilHere are a couple of ideas on how to use Geranium oil:

To Improve Skin Conditions

To help improve your skin condition, mix a few drops of geranium essential oil with 3 tablespoons of jojoba oil. Massage this blend into your skin to treat dry, oily or combination skins. This blend will also help to treat burns, frostbite as well as acne. This is due to its antiseptic properties, and not only does it help heal, but it also helps in preventing infection.

Balances Hormones

Geranium essential oil is very helpful for females who suffer from hormonal imbalances. It can be used to treat PMS symptoms, menstrual cramps as well as menopause symptoms. You can add a few drops of Geranium to a diffuser or a vaporizer or pour a couple of drops onto a cotton ball and gently inhale. For those suffering from menstrual cramps, try massaging a few drops of Geranium oil blended in a tablespoon of carrier oil to the affected areas. If massage is too painful, add some drops of the oil to a warm compress and then cover the abdomen in order to ease any pain.

Jasmine Oil and Its Health Benefits

Jasmine oil is extracted from a plant that has a scientific name of Jasminum grandiflorum and is also commonly known as the royal jasmine. The plant is said to have originated from China and the northern part of India. Currently, countries like France, Italy, Egypt, China and Turkey are the main producers of Jasmine. The name Jasmine came from a Persian word ‘yasmin’.

The pure and authentic jasmine oil is extracted from a small white star-shaped flower that grows from an evergreen shrub. The flowers need to be picked at night, because this is the time that its aroma is at its intense level. A solvent is usually used for its extraction.

Jasmine OilThis essential oil has a very sweet, exotic, and rich floral fragrance that is so sensual and asserting. This wonderful oil is very relaxing and is highly beneficial to our emotions. And because of this, the oil is highly valuable, helping people to boost their self-confidence or self-esteem. Jasmine is also excellent for the skin and can also be used to balance hot, dry and very sensitive skin types.

Jasmine essential oil is known to treat severe depression, because of its soothing effect on our nerves, while generating confidence and optimism as well as revitalizing and restoring our energy. It even helps facilitates childbirth, providing relief of the pain during delivery. It is also very effective in treating post-natal depression and promotes regular flow of breast milk. Because the oil is deeply soothing and calming nature, it also helps those that have sexual problems, like impotence and premature ejaculation. Furthermore, it has a beneficial effect on one’s respiratory system, by soothing coughs, hoarseness on the throat and even laryngitis.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Cardamom

A popular ingredient for cooking, Cardamom is also a wonderful essential oil which warms the emotions and helps deal with many digestive disorders. For a warming winter blend for your aromatherapy diffuser, mix together 3 drops of Cardamom essential oil, 3 drops of Orange essential oil and 2 drops of Coriander essential oil.

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For the month of November my recommended supplier, Mountain Rose Herbs, has 20% off Cardamon and 25% off Orange essential oils if you don’t already have these.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Manuka

This wonderful essential oil, originating from New Zealand, is very similar to Australia’s Tea Tree oil. Click here for the full profile for Manuka Essential Oil.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Aniseed

New essential oil profile – Aniseed.

Aniseed has a liquorice aroma and can be quite sharp, yet warming. Cold temperatures tend to solidify the oil so it may need to be warmed before use.

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Aniseed

Essential Oils Profile – Guaiacwood

Guaiacwood originally comes from South America and is also found in The Bahamas and Florida. Being a resin, the consistency of Guaiacwood is solid at room temperature and will need to be heated before use. Guaiacwood is a useful fixative often used in perfume making and is also a popular ingredient for soaps.

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Essential Oils Profile – Nutmeg

Nutmeg was used for embalming in Egyptian times. It has been used in dental products, for flavoring foods and in many perfumes and hair products.

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Essential Oils Profile – Caraway

Caraway is is a very old spice which dates back to Roman times where they used the seeds in their bread making. It was also used in Egyptian times and most recently is very popular in the Western European countries of Germany and Austria where the herb is added to sausages, sauerkraut and bread. Caraway is also used in making the liqueur Kümmel.

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Essential Oil Profiles – Bay

Used in ancient Egypt and in Roman times, Bay was a symbol of wisdom and peace. ‘Laudis’, where it’s Latin name is derived from, means ‘to praise’ which is why Laurel wreaths were presented to Olympians. Click here for more information.