Entries by Alison Holzfaster

Vetiver

VETIVER vetiveria zizanioides Vetiver has been known as the “oil of tranquility” in India and Sri Lanka.  It is known for its uplifting, soothing, healing and calming properties.  Its aroma is earthy, exotic, sweet and a bit musty.  It has been used for relaxation, to calm and soothe anxiety, chase away anger and irritation, and reduce both […]

Turmeric

TURMERIC curcuma longa Turmeric has been used for nearly 4,000 years, dating to the Vedic culture in India. It has a spicy, warm, earthy aroma.  It has been used to aid digestive issues such as abdominal cramps, nausea and stomachaches. It helps with arthritis, rheumatism, fights depression and anxiety, and may help prevent seizures.  It supports neurological health and […]

Thyme

THYME thymus vulgaris The Ancient Romans used thyme as a symbol of courage and they burned it in their homes to evoke the spirit of courage in those who inhaled it.  It has a fresh, sweet, herbaceous aroma.  It can aid in concentration, memory, depression, self-confidence and feelings of exhaustion.  It strengthens the respiratory system helping with […]

Spikenard

SPIKENARD nardostachys jatamansi In ancient times, known as “nard,” spikenard was regarded as one of the most precious oils.  It is spoken of in Song of Solomon in the Bible.  It has an exotic, sweet, earthy and woodsy scent.  It is known for its ability to calm the mind, soothe the nerves and treat insomnia, stress, […]

Sandalwood

Sandalwood santalum album Used in Ancient Chinese and Indian Ayurveda medicine, Sandalwood was known for it’s earthy, exotic, woody aroma. It has been used to treat infections, anxiety, depression and digestive issues.  It also promotes mental clarity and memory.  It can be used to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma, along with bladder and urinary tract […]

Rosemary

ROSEMARY rosmarinus officinalis Historically, Rosemary has been used as a tea to calm nerves and strengthen the mind and memory.  Rosemary was used as a symbol of remembrance on occasions such as weddings and funerals.  Many brides used rosemary in their wedding decorations.  It has a strong, wild but sweet scent.  It has been used to help relieve digestive […]

Rose

ROSE rosa damascene Throughout history, roses have been adored by both men and women. They have long been a symbol of purity and love which is likely the reason they are a favorite wedding flower.  Rose essential oil has a deep, rich, floral scent that is exotic and sensual. Along with its beauty, it has powerful […]

Roman Chamomile

ROMAN CHAMOMILE chamaemelum nobile With it’s sweet, slightly fruity aroma, roman chamomile has relaxing and calming properties.  It can bring a balance to the nervous, digestive and reproductive systems.  With it’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it promotes healthy, smooth skin and can be used to fight acne, signs of aging and a variety of skin issues.  […]

Peppermint

PEPPERMINT menta piperita There is evidence of peppermint being used in ancient China, Japan and Egypt.  It has a fresh, minty, herbaceous scent that is very refreshing.  Used for mental fatigue and depression, it is stimulating and invigorating. It can relieve sore muscles, ease headaches, migraines, vertigo and has antimicrobial properties that help soothe digestive issues and […]

Patchouli

PATCHOULI pogostemon cablin With its sweet, earthy, woody and exotic aroma, it will actually get better with age.  As it is extremely balancing and grounding, it will encourage supportive energy and it helps ease anxiety and depression.  It can help with skin cell regeneration, fight infections, reduce inflammation and it can be used as a natural […]

Oregano

OREGANO origanum vulgare Ancient Greeks used oregano as a remedy for poison and to help skin infections, digestive disease and treating respiratory issues.  It was used in the treatment of fungal infections, parasites and diarrhea by traditional Chinese Medicine.  Oregano has a spicy, potent aroma.  Research shows it can be used as an alternative or along with antibiotics for many […]

Ylang-Ylang

YLANG-YLANG cananga adorata Ancient lore says the ylang-ylang flowers were soaked in coconut oil and once the aroma was absorbed, they were used to prevent fever and infectious diseases. With it’s exotic, sweet, sensual, floral aroma, ylang-ylang is known to boost mood and energy, ease depression, anxiety and stress. It can help balance hormones and relieve […]

Myrrh

MYRRH commiphora myrrha Little used in this day and age but very powerful, myrrh has been used for more than 4,000 years because of its health benefits and properties.  It has an earthy, smoky, slightly sweet but musky aroma. Myrrh was given by the three wise man, along with Frankincense, to the baby Jesus at the time of […]

Melissa

MELISSA melissa officinalis   Also known as lemon balm, melissa has been used for brain health, strengthening memory and easing panic and anxiety.  Although it is a member of the mint family, it has a surprisingly sweet, fresh and citrusy aroma.  It has been used to calm nerves and fight depression.  It helps with nausea, vomiting and cools […]

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

MELALEUCA (Tea Tree) melaleuca alternifolia Well known for its antiseptic properties, melaleuca has been used for thousands of years.  It is found in everything from soaps and lotions to household disinfectants.  This is a must-have in your essential oil first aid kit.  It fights infections that are bacterial, viral and fungal.  It can be used to […]

Lemongrass

LEMONGRASS cymbopogon flexuosus Lemongrass, with its sweet, lemony, cool aroma, has been used to relieve muscle aches, fight bacteria, aid digestion and to repel insects. It is used to relieve headaches and nervous exhaustion along with helping to relieve symptoms of jet lag.  Diffusing lemongrass helps with feelings of lethargy and fatigue.  Its antiseptic and astringent properties […]

Lavender

LAVENDER   lavandula angustifolia Lavender’s history goes back more than 2,500 years.  The Romans used it for bathing, perfume, their hair and to scent the air.  It is the most common essential oil used today.   It has a fresh, sweet, floral scent.  Best known to promote a good nights sleep, it also calms anxiety, eases stress and […]

Juniper Berry

JUNIPER BERRY juniper communis  With its balsamic, piney and woody aroma, juniper berry is a powerful detoxifier and can boost the immune system.  It can be used to reduce joint pain from arthritis and rheumatism.   It can help with respiratory issues, gas, bloating, fluid retention and lymph congestion.  Juniper berry can help minimize stretch marks and soothe sore […]

Holy Basil

HOLY BASIL tulsi Holy Basil, has a history of being a sacred plant and has many therapeutic properties. It has a rich, minty and spicy aroma.  It has been used to relieve joint pain, reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. It helps support thyroid function, the nervous system easing anxiety, depression, and headaches, and it can be used to help manage […]

Helichrysum

HELICHRYSUM helichrysum italicum Helichrysum, with its fresh, soft, earthy but slightly sweet scent, has so many therapeutic properties it is a must-have for the medicine cabinet.  It has the ability to improve the complexion,  can help with skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and wounds.  It also aids new cell growth as it helps heal. Helichrysum can be […]

Grapefruit

GRAPEFRUIT citrus x paradise Grapefruit has a clean, fresh scent that is uplifting and quite popular in aromatherapy.  It is capable in the elimination of toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system, helps cut food cravings, possibly can help with weight loss by supporting metabolism and reducing the appetite.  Due to its antifungal properties, it can help […]

Ginger

GINGER  zingiber officinale Ginger has been used for thousands of years in folk medicine and Chinese medicine. It is a common ingredient in Asian dishes due to its hot, fragrant flavor.  Ginger is used to treat nausea, support the digestive system, diarrhea, eases colds and sore throats and, with its antiseptic properties, it helps fight many […]

Geranium

GERANIUM   pelargonium graveolens Geranium use dates back to early Egypt where it was used to beautify the skin.  It has a beautifully fresh, sweet, floral aroma.  It is a powerful aid in healing wounds and it helps keep toxins from entering the body.  It has been used by women for PMS and tender breasts during […]

Frankincense

FRANKINCENSE boswellia frereana boswellia carterii boswellia sacra Frankincense is likely best known as one of the three gifts the Magi bestowed on the baby Jesus.  A very prized oil, it was often called the “king of oils,” frankincense is mentioned specifically 17 times in the Bible.  Also, it is assumed to imply frankincense, along with myrrh and […]

Fir Needle, Balsam

FIR NEEDLE, BALSAM abies balsamea     Fir needle has a fresh, piney and woody scent.  Native Americans used the balsam fir tree for a large variety of herbal medicines.  Its oil is still used to treat cuts and sores, relax muscles, soothe joint and body aches.  Use it during cold and flu season as it […]

Fennel

FENNEL foeniculum vulgare Fennel has been used since the Middle Ages and history has it that warriors consumed it before battle to make them strong and courageous.  This fresh, sweet, spicy oil can be used to soothe digestive issues such as nausea, flatulence, and vomiting even colic. It helps relieve menstrual cramps and PMS, as […]

Eucalyptus

EUCALYPTUS eucalyptus radiata Based on folklore the Aborigines used eucalyptus to heal cuts and wounds by placing the leaves on them to kill any infection and speed healing. It has a cool, crisp aroma which makes it pleasant to inhale which is an ideal way for respiratory issues. It can also be used for energy, […]

Cypress

CYPRESS cupressus sempervirens Cypress is said to be the wood used for the cross Jesus was crucified on. Some say it was a mix of cypress, cedar, and pine. Whichever it is, this is special. It has a piney, earthy aroma and is highly valued because of the properties that allow it to fight infection, […]

Cumin

CUMIN cuminum cyminum       This strong spice has been used since Ancient times as both a spice and medicine. It is a Middle Eastern spice known as one of the main ingredients of curry. The oil is used for chronic viral diseases, as an antiseptic to prevent infections and to help with stress and […]

Clove

  CLOVE eugenia caryophyllata Clove has a sweet, spicy and very fragrant. Due to its high antioxidant score, ranked #1 among herbs and spices, Clove has an abundance of therapeutic properties. The Romans and Ancient Greeks used it for toothaches and as a breath freshener. It was also used as an antiseptic to slow the […]

Clary Sage

CLARY SAGE salvia sclarea Clary Sage, with it’s wonderful, musky yet sweet and a bit nutty aroma is one of the top essential oils for balancing hormones, especially in women and it is very beneficial for menstrual cramps, heavy menstrual cycles, hot flashes, and hormonal imbalances. With linalyl acetate as the main chemical component, it […]

Cedarwood

CEDARWOOD cedrus atlantica Cedarwood has been used since ancient times and helps ward off insects and moths. Many young women in the 1700 and 1800’s had hope chests, either made from or lined with, this woodsy, spicy yet sweet-smelling wood. They would tuck their quilts and the linens, which they made (or received as gifts) […]

Cassia

CASSIA cinnamomum cassia Cassia was often used in anointing oils and was used in the holy anointing of Moses in the Bible (Exodus 30:23).  Cassia is from the same botanical family as cinnamon and has a similar aroma, warm, spicy and but a bit sweeter.   It has been used to boost the nervous system, brain, metabolism, and support the immune […]

Cardamom

Cardamom elettaria cardamomun Cardamom can be traced to the 16th Century BC where it is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical documents. It was used in Ancient Greece and Rome to help with indigestion and constipation. It was also used as a breath freshener and to cleanse teeth by chewing it.  With it’s spicy […]

Black Pepper

BLACK PEPPER piper nigrum    There is evidence of black pepper going back to 2000 BC in India. It was very popular in ancient Greece and Rome, even appearing in their text, indicating ancient trade between the West and India. With it’s strong, spicy, warm and woody aroma, black pepper is a favorite spice for […]

Birch

Birch betula lenta Birch essential oil has a long history of use with sore and fatigued muscles. Native Americans took birch for many various digestive issues including diarrhea and indigestion. It can help relieve symptoms of arthritis, reduce chronic inflammation associated with gout, support kidney detox and can encourage improved circulation. Birch oil stimulates the nervous, […]

Bergamot

Bergamot citrus bergamia Bergamot has a sweet floral aroma with a hint of lemon.  Earl Grey tea gets it unique flavor from Bergamot.  It is used for relief of anxiety, depression and insomnia as well as respiratory issues such as bronchitis, coughs and colds.  Acne, psoriasis and eczema can be treated with Bergamot. It can […]

Basil, Sweet

Basil, Sweet ocimum basilicum Sweet basil is used in both cooking and medicine. This sweet, warm, spicy and herbaceous aroma is used, not only to favor many recipes but to treat a variety of infections and wounds. It contains anti-bacterial properties, helps reduce inflammation and is used to treat respiratory issues by helping to break […]

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy?? It’s just not natural. I have to do what?  Yikes, you have been told you need to have a colonoscopy. Well, been there!  When I heard that my thoughts were:  it is creepy and scary, and you have to drink that horrible stuff and then, chance having diarrhea on the drive in to […]

Toxins: Don’t Let Them Fool You!

Here, there and everywhere! Toxins are everywhere.  Don’t we hear that all the time?  They hide in plain sight.  If we aren’t paying attention, we’ll get more than we bargained for, and not in a good way.   So what are toxins, what do they do and how do we minimize their effect on ourselves and […]

Mouthwash

What is the benefit of using mouthwash? Smile, laugh and be more confident talking to your friends.  Bad breath is the worst, but along with brushing your teeth, mouthwash is like the icing on the cake.  Ok, maybe that isn’t that best analogy, teeth and sugar, but that’s the way it is. I know we all brush our teeth. […]

Easy But Powerful Household Cleaner – All Purpose

For Kitchen and Bathroom:  4 ounces white vinegar (if you have granite countertops replace with 70% isopropyl alcohol as vinegar can damage the granite) 10 drops lemon oil 10 drops tea tree oil 5 drops eucalyptus oil (optional) 1-1/4 cup of distilled water Mix in a 16-ounce brown glass spray bottle.  Shake before use.   […]

Why Should We Care About Good Nutrition?

Good nutrition is having the nutrients we need for our body to be healthy. The nutrients come from the foods we eat.  For example, from an orange, our body receives folate (vitamin B9), potassium, thiamin (vitamin B1), and as most of us know, vitamin C. So, why should we care about good nutrition? Don’t we all want our body to be healthy […]

The Most Wonderful Body Butter

Body butter, there is nothing like it! In the winter we have dry skin from the cold, windy, dry weather.  In the summer we have dry skin from being in the sun or being stuck in the air conditioning which drys the air and us with it.  What’s a girl to do? Moisturize! It’s always time […]