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 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 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 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
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 infections.   Likely due to it’s calming and sedative properties, sandalwood has been found to support healthy blood pressure.

Blends well with bergamot, geranium, lavender, myrrh, black pepper, vetiver and ylang-ylang.

Uses:

Anxiety/Depression:  Diffuse or use apply 2-3 drops to your wrists.  Place 2 drops on a cotton ball and inhale the aroma.  Apply 3-4 drops to the soles of your feet.

Coughs:  Add 3-4 drops to a cotton ball or washcloth and inhale the aroma.

Mental clarity/Memory:  Diffuse or use apply 2-3 drops to your wrists.  Place 2 drops on a cotton ball and inhale the aroma.

Toner:  Apply 3-4 drops to a carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and apply topically.

Therapeutic properties:

Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Astringent
Carminative
Diuretic
Expectorant
Sedative
Tonic

Safety:

If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to dilute with a carrier oil.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 His birth.  It held the same value as gold in ancient times and is mentioned 152 times in the Bible.  Myrrh is a remarkable essential oil that really should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet.

It was used by the ancient Greek soldiers during battle to help stop bleeding in the wounded.  It has been used in times of worship because, emotionally, it is calming, grounding, aids focus and meditation, and encourage inner peace.  It can help treat infections, inflammation and alleviate oral health issues such as gingivitis.  Myrrh is a natural parasite fighter and can also help fight fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. It inhibits microbial growth that can cause fevers, measles, coughs and colds.  It can help normalize menstruation and relieve symptoms of PMS and menopause as it helps with hormone imbalance and mood.  It stimulates the nervous system, digestive system and brain.  Myrrh also boosts the immune system and, basically, tones and helps to protect your body systems and organs.

Blends well with frankincense, lavender, sandalwood.

Uses:

Bronchitis/Cold/Coughs:  Diffuse or mix 5-6 drops with 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and massage on to the chest.

Emotional well-being:  Diffuse, inhale directly from the bottle, place 2-3 drops on the back of neck, wrists or soles of feet.   Add to body lotions.

Gum disease: Add a drop or 2 to toothpaste or mouthwash.

Infections:  Apply 2-3 drops with 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) to the area of concern. For internal infection could take 1 drop in water or diffuse.

Inflammation:  Apply 2-3 drops with 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and apply to the area of concern.

Menopause/PMS:  Diffuse, inhale directly from the bottle, place 2-3 drops on the back of neck, wrists or soles of feet.

Skin health:  Add to body lotions.  Add to face moisturizer or cream to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Wounds:  Apply a drop to the cut as needed to help speed healing.

Yeast/Candida:  Take 1 drop internally. If skin infection, apply equal parts myrrh with coconut oil and apply to infected area.

Yeast/Oral (thrush):  Mix 1-2 drops with a natural mouthwash and rinse several times throughout the day.  Do not swallow.

Therapeutic properties:

Analgesic
Antibacterial
Antifungal
Anti-inflammatory
Antimicrobial
Antispasmodic
Astringent
Expectorant
Immune booster
Sedative

Safety:

Do not use if you are pregnant as myrrh is poisonous to the fetus.  Not recommended for people with blood sugar conditions.   Consult your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, nursing, are on medications or being treated for other medical.

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 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 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  
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 depression, fights germs, helps joint and muscle aches and is fabulous for skin issues.  It can relieve pain associated with joint ache, headaches and migraines.   Lavender can be used to help heal wounds and cuts. Because it can help with a variety of issues, Lavender is a must-have in the medicine cabinet.

Blends well with chamomile, clary sage, geranium, orange, rose and vetiver.

Uses:

Anxiety/Depression/Stress:   Add 8-10 drops to a warm bath before bedtime or add 4 drops to a diffuser by your bedside.  You can also apply a drop or 2 to your temples and/or a drop or 2 to the back of the neck.

Cuts/Wounds:  Mix 4-5 drops with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and apply to the area 2-3 times a day.  Cover loosely with a bandage.

Headache/Migraines:  Mix 2 drops of lavender with 2 drops of peppermint oil, apply to your temples and back of your neck and/or diffuse or place 2 or 3 drops on a cotton ball and inhale as needed.

Skin nourishment:  Mix 3 drops of lavender oil and 2 drops geranium oil with 1 teaspoon coconut oil.

Sore joints and muscles:  Mix 8 drops with a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage into sore area.

Therapeutic properties:

Antianxiety
Antibacterial
Antidepressant
Antifungal
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant
Sedative

Safety:

If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

 

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 muscles.   It is centering and used to clear negativity making it great to use during prayer and meditation.

Blends well with bergamot, geranium, lavender, rosemary, tea tree and citrus oils.

Uses:

Bloating/Gas:  Apply 2-3 drops to the abdomen.

Household cleaner:  Mix 10 drops with a cup of water to be used on all kitchen and bath surfaces.

Immune health:  Diffuse 3 or 4 drops.  Mix 8 drops with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and rub on the sole of the feet.

Inflammation/Sore Muscles:  Mix 4-5 drops with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and apply to the area of discomfort.

Reduce negativity:  Diffuse to clear negativity from a room, mix a few drops in your cleaner, or apply a drop to each wrist and/or the
back of the neck.

Stretch marks:  Mix 2-3 drops with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and massage into the affected area.

Therapeutic properties:

Antirheumatic
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Astringent
Carminative
Diuretic
Stimulant

Safety:

If you have sensitive skin, dilute with a carrier oil before applying. If you are pregnant, nursing being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

 

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 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 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  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   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

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 other spices, when incense is written of 113 times.  It was used in many religious ceremonies and it has been found in the remains of the ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon tombs dating thousands of year before Christ.  In 1922, when King Tut’s tomb was opened, it is said they could still smell the aroma of Frankincense in it!  With its earthy, woody, spicy yet slightly sweet and fruity scent, frankincense held the same value as gold.  Because of the sesquiterpenes in frankincense, it is able to cross the blood-brain barrier which may help people with Alzheimer’s and brain injury.

Frankincense is known for its many therapeutic properties, from preventing oral issues and reducing respiratory issues to boosting the immune system.  It helps encourages healthy hormone levels, regulates menstruation, eases anxiety and stress, and can relieve inflammation and pain in muscles and joints.   It can also reduce the signs of aging and can be used as a natural sleep aid.

Most intriguing to me is the fact that frankincense is being studied for cancer-fighting properties.

Blends well with citrus oils, bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood and ylang-ylang.

Uses:

Anxiety/Stress:  Diffuse. Inhale directly from the bottle.  Apply 2-3 drops with 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and apply to the back of neck, wrists or soles of feet.   Add to body lotions.

Colds/Flu:  Diffuse.  Apply 2-3 drops with 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) to the chest.

Digestive issues:  Apply 3-4 drops with 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) to the abdomen.

Immune system boost:  Diffuse.  Apply 3-4 drops to the soles of your feet.  Apply 6 drops with 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and apply to your torso.  Add to body lotions.

Muscle aches:  Mix 5-6 drops of each frankincense and black pepper oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage into the area.

Relaxation:  Diffuse during prayer and meditation.  Apply 2-3 drops to back of neck and/or wrists.

Therapeutic properties:

Anti-aging
Anti-inflammatory
Antiseptic
Astringent
Carminative
Expectorant
Immune booster
Sedative
Tonic

Safety:

If you have any issues related to blood clotting, do not use.   Consult your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, nursing, are on medications or being treated for other medical.

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 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 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 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 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
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 spread of contagious diseases. Currently, it is used for oral health (ex. gum and mouth sores), fighting yeast infections in the mouth and helping with pain and discomfort of a variety of dental issues. With its antioxidants, it helps slow aging and can help with free radical damage prevention. It can be used for acne, cold and flu presentation, indigestion and help soothe bloating. It boosts energy, builds self-confidence and self-assurance, eases feelings of depression, stress and tension.

Blends well with basil, cinnamon, clary sage, ginger and lavender.

Uses:

Bloating, Indigestion:  Use 5-6 drops to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply to abdomen.

Depression/Stress relief:  Diffuse or dilute using a mix of 3-4 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply to wrists and/or back of the neck.

Oral health:  Mix 1-2 drops with equal parts of coconut oil and apply to the bothersome area.

Therapeutic Properties:

Analgesic
Antifungal
Antineuralgic
Antioxidant
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Antiviral
Carminative
Insecticidal

Safety:

Do not use on children. Do not use if you have renal disease. Consult your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, nursing, are on medications or being treated for other medical issues.

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 is one of the most relaxing essential oils, making it helpful for stress, anxiety and depression and insomnia. It can help create a positive outlook and boost creativity. Another benefit from Clary Sage is supporting healthy circulation. It also may also help lower cholesterol with its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You can also apply Clary Sage to wounds and skin infections because of its anti-microbial properties.

Blends well with citrus oils, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, pine and sandalwood.

Uses:

Circulation:  Diffuse or apply 3-4 drops to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to arms, legs and/or chest.

Insomnia:  Diffuse in the room you sleep in.

Menstrual discomfort:  Apply topically to your abdomen either with a few drops into your palm or add a few drops to a carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply to affected area. Use 3-4 drops to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. You could mix a few teaspoons up at one time so you will have it to apply throughout 2 or 3 days.

Muscle aches:  Use 5-6 drops to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply to sore muscles.

Therapeutic properties:

Antidepressant
Antispasmodic
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant
Sedative

Safety:

Do not use during pregnancy.  If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

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) to be used once they were married, into these beautiful chests. To this day you will still hear that someone has a cedar chest or closet where they will store clothes so the moths won’t get to them.

As an essential oil, Cedarwood has been found to improve focus and concentration. Because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties, it treats skin irritation and inflammation such as acne and eczema. It also can ease arthritis and rheumatism, and be used for respiratory issues as bronchitis, coughs and colds. It can help relieve tension, mental strain and depression.

Blends well with bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, vetiver and ylang-ylang.

Uses:

Acne/Eczema:  Apply 2 -3 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply to affected area.

Cold, flu, respiratory issues:  Diffuse or mix 2-3 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply to the chest.

Concentration and focus:  Inhale directly from the bottle, diffuse or mix a few drops with a carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply as a body lotion.

Therapeutic Properties:

Antibacterial
Antifungal
Astringent
Carminative
Expectorant
Insecticidal

Safety:

Do not take internally.  Dilution is recommended for topical use.
If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

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 system.  It has been known to act as a natural anti-depressant and helps ease symptoms of stress and anxiety.  It discourages microbial growth protecting and treating microbial infections that can occur in the urinary tract, kidneys, colon and other areas of the body.  Cassia has been used to protect the body from colds, flu and other viral diseases. It helps ease menstrual systems such as a headache and cramps.   It can be used to ease digestive issues and improve circulation, helps with muscle aches.  There are studies showing cassia possibly can naturally improve diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels.

Blends well with black pepper, chamomile, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger,  lavender, lemon, orange and rosemary.

Uses:

Colds/Flu:  Diffuse.  Apply 2-3 drops with 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) to the chest.

Digestive issues:  Apply 3-4 drops with 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) to the abdomen.  Mix 1 drops cassia with 1 drop of lemon oil in a glass of water.

Emotional well-being:  Diffuse. Inhale directly from the bottle.  Apply 2-3 drops with 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and apply to the back of neck, wrists or soles of feet.   Add to body lotions.

Food cravings:  Mix 1 drop cassia with 1 drop of lemon oil in a glass of water.

Metabolism boost:  Apply 3-4 drops to the soles of your feet.  Apply 2-3 drops with 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and apply to your abdomen.

Muscle aches:  Mix 3 drops of each, Cassia and Black Pepper oils, with a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage into the area.

Therapeutic properties:

Analgesic
Antibacterial
Antifungal
Anti-inflammatory
Antimicrobial
Antispasmodic
Antiviral
Astringent
Carminative
Immune booster
Sedative

Safety:

Test for skin sensitivity. Internally only use small doses (1-2 drops).  Consult your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, nursing, are on medications or being treated for other medical.

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 and sweet aroma, it is soothing and uplifting. Cardamom helps with mental clarity concentration, boosting energy level and can help relieve feelings of depression.

Blends well with other spicy oils, frankincense, geranium and orange.

Uses:

Brain fog/Mental fatigue: Diffuse or mix with a carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply to the back of your neck and
under your nose.

Breath freshener: Add a few drops to water. Do not swallow.

Congestion and Sore Throat: Apply oil to your chest.

Cramps and Muscle Pain: Can use a few drops of oil by itself or mix with a carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply to the area.

Menstrual and PMS symptoms: Can use a few drops of oil by itself or mix with a carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and apply to the abdomen.

Therapeutic properties:

Analgesic
Anti-infective
Anti-inflammatory
Antimicrobial
Antispasmodic
Carminative
Digestive stimulant
Diuretic
Expectorant
Stimulant

Safety:

Do not apply on or near the face of infants or children.  Recommended to dilute as it could cause an allergic reaction in those with sensitive skin.
If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

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 cooking.

Black pepper is used to stimulate circulation, aid both the nervous and digestive system, and help to detoxify your body helping to lower blood pressure, reduce swelling and inflammation. It is also used for the treatment of arthritis, muscle ache and rheumatism. Another benefit is its ability to help drainage and cleansing of your lymphatic and respiratory systems.

Blends well with bergamot, clove, frankincense, geranium, lavender, lemon, sage and ylang-ylang.

Uses:

Circulation:  Mix 2-3 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and massage into the area.

Detox:  Dilute with carrier oil and massage into skin. This can aid in the removal of toxins and excess water through an increase of perspiration and urination.

Digestion:  Mix 2-3 drops with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and rub on your abdomen.

Muscle aches/Injuries:  Mix 2-3 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and massage into the area.

Therapeutic properties:

Analgesic
Antioxidant
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Diuretic
Laxative

Safety:

Always dilute.  Can cause skin irritation.  Do not use in the bath.
If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

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, and sensory systems providing a feeling of confidence and a sense of peace and calm.

One of Birch’s active ingredients is methyl salicylate (the active ingredient in aspirin) which is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antirheumatic. This is why it is used so often for muscle ache, joint pain and acute pain.

Blends well with lavender and peppermint.

Uses:

Kidney Detox:  Dilute with a carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and massage into skin. This can aid in the removal of toxins through an increase in perspiration and urination.

Mood/Self-esteem:  Diffuse or apply a mixture of 2-3 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to the back of your neck, wrists and/or the soles of your feet.

Muscle pain/Spasms:  Mix 2-3 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and massage into the area.

Therapeutic properties:

Analgesic
Antiarthritic
Anti-inflammatory
Antirheumatic
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Antiviral
Carminative
Diuretic
Sedative

Safety:

Avoid if you have a bleeding or seizure disorder, are having surgery, taking blood thinning medication or have ADHD.  Do not use if you are elderly or in poor health.  If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

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 help with digestion and abdominal cramping due to its antispasmodic properties.

Blends well with lavender, ylang-ylang, neroli and patchouli.

Uses:

Anxiety and stress:  Diffuse or mix a drop or 2 with equal drops of carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.)

Lymphatic drainage:  Combine 2-3 drops with a carrier oil for massage or apply to bottom of your feet before bed.

Skin issues:  Mix 2-3 drops with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.)

Therapeutic properties:

Antibacterial
Antidepressant
Anti-inflammatory
Antispasmodic
Antiviral
Carminative
Encourages lymphatic drainage

Safety:

Avoid direct sunlight and sunbeds for 12 hours after application as Bergamot is extremely phototoxic. Do not use directly on the skin. Dilute with a carrier oil.  If you have diabetes, it may affect your blood sugar so be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly.  If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

 

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 down mucus and phlegm. It has also been found to help combat depression, be emotionally uplifting, great for brain stimulation, reduce mental fatigue and help clear the mind.

Blends well with citrus oils, black pepper, frankincense, lavender, marjoram, rosemary and roman chamomile.

Uses:

Headaches:  Mix 2 drops each of sweet basil and lavender.

Sore muscles:  Add sweet basil, lavender and marjoram to a warm bath.

Therapeutic properties:

Analgesic
Antibacterial
Antidepressant
Antioxidant
Carminative
Mood-boosting
Reduce insomnia

Safety:

Dilution is recommended for topical use. Use with a carrier oil.
Do not use if a history of epilepsy.  If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.