Essential oils are the odorant chemicals extracted from plants. Aromatic plants grow in great numbers but not all of them yield enough essential oil to make it worthwhile to go through the extraction process. Some of them also have a very toxic effect and therefore cannot be used for therapeutic purposes in the practice of aromatherapy. When one asks what is an essential oil, it is useful to think about… Continue Reading
Aromatherapy Essential Oils
Birch Essential Oil
Birch essential oil has a powerful and penetrating aroma with many useful properties including being an antiseptic, analgesic, diuretic and sudorific. It blends well with Chamomile, Ginger, Lavender and Thyme essential oils among others and was often used in the perfume industry. To find out more of Birch Essential Oil and its uses visit the full profile here.
Elemi Essential Oil
Elemi essential oil is distilled from the tree bark of the elemi tree originating from the Philippines. It is a useful expectorant to help ease lung problems such as coughs and excess mucous in the lungs. It has a grounding and calming effect on the mind. To find out more of Elemi Essential Oil’s properties and uses see the full profile here.
Lavandin Essential Oil
Lavandin is a hybrid plant produced from true lavender and spike lavender. It produces a much higher yield, making it a less expensive essential oil than the other two. It can be very effective for healing skin conditions such as dermatitis and can help with scarring. Great for stuffy noses and coughs due to its expectorant properties. To find out more about Lavandin essential oil see the full profile here.
Anise-Star Essential Oil
Anise-Star Essential Oil has a rather penetrating and pungent aroma, similar to liquorice. It should be used sparingly as it is a very potent essential oil and not often used in the practice of Aromatherapy. It has great carminative properties so is useful for all sorts of digestive problems including feelings of nausea, flatulence and constipation. It is generally best to avoid using Anise-Star essential oil in any natural skin… Continue Reading
Homemade potpourris are so much nicer than the shop-bought versions. They are more natural and don’t contain any chemical or synthetic ingredients and the aroma of the natural essential oils is much more pleasant and long-lasting. This recipe makes an excellent aromatherapy gift but it’s also nice to keep for yourself. Or why not double the recipe and keep one and give one away? Ingredients 2 cups dried golden mushrooms… Continue Reading
Aromatherapy Home Recipes
Using aromatherapy around your home in cleaning recipes is not only a healthy decision you can make for you and your family, it fills your house with the beautiful aroma of essential oils. If you have any old essential oils that have lost their therapeutic qualities, it’s also a great way to use them up and avoid having to waste them. A very simple thing you can do is fill… Continue Reading
Guide to Essential Oil Notes O-Y
The final guide for essential oil notes is available today and covers the essential oil notes from O-Y. The previous guides can be found at guide to essential oil notes A-E and guide to essential oil notes F-N. These guides can help when blending many essential oil recipes including for natural skin care, aromatherapy body scrub recipes and bath and body recipes.
Guide to Essential Oil Notes F-N
Following on from yesterday’s guide to essential oil notes A-E, today we have the guide to essential oil notes F-N. You can use these guides to help with blending your essential oil recipes. Not only for aromatherapy diffuser blends but it’s also handy for making aromatherapy perfume recipes. Don’t forget, you can find out more about blending essential oils here.
Guide to Essential Oil Notes A-E
Here’s a useful guide to essential oil notes which can help when making your aromatherapy essential oil blends. This first guide is for essential oils A-E, the rest will follow soon. Ideally, essential oil blends should contain all three notes as this can create harmony within the blend. Once you’re arms with this knowledge, you can get creative and start making your own blends from your favorite essential oils. You… Continue Reading