Essential Oil Profile: Parsley

Parsley

Latin Name: Petroselinum sativa

Family: Apiaceae

Plant Part: Plant

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Middle Element:  Wood

Functional Groups: Ether, Aldehyde, Terpene

Type: Stimulating

Ayurvedic Doshas: Kapha

Scent: Herbaccous, green

For Skin Type: Broken blood vessels

Cautions: Not during pregnancy or nursing. Not during heavy menstrual flow. Hepatotoxic.

Physical Uses: Stomach cramps, indigestion , flatulence, hemmorrhoids, bruises, sore muscles and joints, cellulite, insect bites, detoxification, amenorrhea, scanty menstrual flow, menstrual cramps due to scanty flow, strong emmenagogue, protection from infection .

Mental/ Emotional Uses: Fatigue

Other Uses: Head lice

Blends Well With: Flower, fruit, leaf

References:

Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Master Level, 2001-2012.

https://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/parsley-oil.aspx

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/parsley-oil.asp

https://abouteos.com/parsley-oil/

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Essential Oil Profile: Palmarosa

Palmarosa

Latin Name: Cymbopogon martinii

Family: Poaceae

Plant Part: Plant

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note:top/Middle Element: Fire.

Functional Group: Alcohol, ester

Type: Relaxing, balancing, refreshing, comforting

Ayurvedic Dosha: Vata, Pitta, Kapha

Scent: Floral, sweet, soft, rose-like

For Skin Type: Oily, normal, dry, mature

Cautions: None

Physical Uses: Colds, flu, cough, scars, rash, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, vaginitis, cystitis, urinary tract infections, acne, muscle aches, insect bites and stings, boils,

Mental/Emotional Uses: Depression, balancing, fatigue, exhauastion, nervousness, anxiety, stress

Other Uses: 

Blends Well With: Grasses, flowers, citrus

References:

Graf, Katherine:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Advanced Level, 2001-2011.

 Lawless, Julia, The Complete Illustrated Guide To Aromatherapy, Boston,MA, Element Books Limited, 1997, p 190.

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/palmarosa-oil.asp

https://www.quinessence.com/blog/palmarosa-essential-oil

Essential Oil Profile: Oregano

Oregano

Latin Name: Origanum vulgare

Family: Lamiaceae

Plant Part: Plant

Method: Distillation

Note:/ Element: Note: Middle. Element: Metal, Fire.

Functional Groups: Phenol, Perpene, Sesquiterpene, Alcohol

Type: Stimulating, heating

Ayurvedic Dosha: Kapha 

Scent: Herbaceous, spicy, penetratins, camphoraceous

For Skin Type: None

Cautions: Not during Pregnancy

Physical Uses: Nail  fungus, athlete’s foot, strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, Via diffusion for (colds, flu, coughs, bronchitis), ear infections, insect repellent.     

Mental/Emotional Uses: Strongly stimulating to the mind. Not recommended for emotional work.

Other Uses: Sickroom diffusion during the day or to purify a room.

Blends Well With: Flowering Plants, Fruit, Spice

Possible Substitutions: Thyme

References:

Graf, Katherine:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Master Level, 2001-2012.

https://www.up-nature.com/blogs/news/top-21-oregano-essential-oil-uses-and-benefits-that-you-must-know

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/oregano-oil.asp

Photo by AromaAngie from Fordville Gardens

 

Essential Oil Profile: Orange Sweet

Orange

Latin Name: Citrus sinensis or Citrus aurantium var. dulcis

Family: Rutaceae

Plant Part: Peel

Method: Expression

Note/Element: Note: Top  Element: Earth, Wood

Functional Groups: Alcohol, aldehyde, terpene

Type: Relaxing, Refreshing

Ayurvedic Dosha(Balances): Vata, Kapha

Scent: Citrus, sweet, light

For Skin Type: Oily

Cautions: Do not use oxidized oil. Use within 6 months. Do not use Orange Bitter before sunbathing.

Physical Uses: Colds, flu, digestion, water retention, cellulite, circulation, flatulence, treat spasms, mild aphrodisiac, prevents infection, tonic ( tones up every system in the body), boost immunity.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Depression, lethargy, negativism, stress, cheering, uplifting. may aid in improving cognitive functions.

Other Uses: Room sprays, cleaning solutions, sanitizing, children

Blends Well With: Almost anything

Possible Substitutions: Mandarin, Tangerine

References:

Graf, Katherine:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Master Level, 2001-2012.

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/sweet-orange-oil.asp

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/orange-essential-oil.html

 

Essential Oil: Nutmeg

Nutmeg

Latin Name: Myristica fragrans

Family: Myristicaceae

Plant Part: Seed

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top/Middle.  Element: Earth.

Functional Groups: Terpene, Alcohol, Phenol, Ether

Type: Stimulating, warming

Ayurvedic Dosha: Kapha

Scent: Spicy, intoxicating, warm, sweet, hot

For Skin Type: None

Caution: Not during pregnancy.  Irritating.  Toxic

Physical Uses: Nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, circulation, cold feet, muscle & joint pain, amenorrhea, scanty menstrual flow, menstrual cramps, digestion,fatique, rheumatism.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Exhauastion, apathy, loss of sexual drive

Other Uses: Intensifies dreams, holiday scent for diffusion, men’s colognes & aftershave, aphrodisiac.

Blends Well With: Flowers, Fruit, Resin, Root, Seed, Spice, Wood

Possible Substitutions: Clove bud, ginger

References:

Graf, Katherine:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Master Level, 2001-2012.

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/nutmeg-oil.asp

http://aromatherapybible.com/nutmeg-mace/

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, p 49.

https://www.anniesremedy.com/myristica-fragrans-nutmeg.php

 

 

Essential Oil Profile: Niaouli (MVQ)

Niaouli

Latin Name: Melaleuca quinquenervia viridiflora

Family: Myrtaceae

Plant Part: Leaves, twigs

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top/Middle. Element: Metal

Functional Group: Terpene, sesquiterpene, alcohol, oxide

Type: Stimulating

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Pitta, Kapha

Scent: Musty, medicinal, sweet, fresh, earthy

For Skin Type: Oily, acne, dull

Cautions: Not during pregnancy, Not with estrogen dependent cancers. Use caution with young children.

Physical Uses: Immune system, colds, flu, cough, cold sores, sore muscles & joints, burns, cuts, insect bites, vaginitis, systitis, hormonal, boils, high blood pressure, urinary infections, rheumatism, asthma, catarrh, poor circulation, mouth wash, rheumatism.

Mental/Emotional: Revitalizing

Other Uses: Radiation burns (protects before and heals after)

Blends Well With: Citrus, Melaleuca genus such as tea tree

Possible Substitutions: Tea tree, Manuka, Rosalina, Cajeput.

News You Can Use: To protect against air-borne infections, make a room spray by mixing 300 ml (1/2 pint) warm water with 5 ml (1 tsp) niaouli in a spray bottle. This is particularly effective sprayed in public places like waiting rooms.

References:

Graf, Katherine:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Advanced Level, 2001-2011.

http://www.natural-holistic-health.com/naouli-melaleuca-quinquenervia-essential-oil-profile-benefits-properties/

http://www.floracopeia.com/Essential-Oils/essential-oils-sub/organic-niaouli-oil.html

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/niaouli-oil.asp

http://aromatherapybible.com/niaouli/

Essential Oil Profile: Neroli, Orange Blossom

Neroli

Latin Name: Citrus aurantium

Common Name: Neroli, Orange Blossom, Orange Flowers, Neroli Bigarde

Family: Rutaceae

Plant Part: Flower

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top/Middle. Element:Fire.

Functional Groups: Alcohol, aldehyde, ester, ketone, sesquiterpene, terpene

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vata, Pitta

Scent: Floral, citrusy, rich, fruity, silky, strong masculine, earthy.

For Skin Type: Normal, dry, sensitive, mature

Cautions: Phototoxic

Physical Uses: High blood pressure, heart palpitations, flatulence, menstrual and stomach cramps, circulation, scars, stretch marks, insomnia.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Depression, stress, tension, anxiety, PMS, soothing, calms nervousness, boost confidence.

Other Uses: Perfumery

Blends Well With: Flower, Peel, Resin, Root, Wood

Possible Substitutions: Petigrain

News You Can Use: Used as a perfume oil and especially in Eau-de-Cologne. In 1680, an Italian princess named Nerole. perfumed her gloves, stationery and clothes with orange blossoms. The scent was known as Nerole’s scent or Neroli.

References:

Graf, Katherine:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Foundation Level, 1999-2010.

http://www.gritman.com/neroli-essential-oil.html

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/neroli-oil.asp

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, p 61.