Essential Oil Profile: Lavender

Lavender

Latin Name: Lavandula vera, Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula officinalis

Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Part: Flowers/Buds, leaves

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top/Middle Element: Wood, Fire. Lavender Spike (Lavandula latifolia) is also Metal.

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

Type: Relaxing, balancing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vatta, Pitta, Kapha

Scent: Floral, crisp, sweet, herbaceous, slightly champhorous

For Skin Type: Oily, Normal, Dry, Mature, Acne

Cautions: Not during first trimester

Physical Uses: Insomnia, allergies, cuts, burns, bruise, sunburn, insect bites, colds, flu, cough, muscle pain, candida, menstrual/stomach cramps, headache, migraine, blemish, rash, itching, rheumatism, stretch marks, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, normalizes blood sugar, treats infected hair folicles.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Depression, tension, stress, anxiety, restlessness, PMS, hyperactivity

Other Uses: Children, seniors, insect repellent, primary first aid, cleansing

Blends Well With: Flower, Leaf, Needle, Peel

Possible Substitutions: Lavandin

References:

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

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

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, 3,35,55,75-76,113, 116, 122.

http://roberttisserand.com/2011/08/lavender-oil-skin-savior-or-skin-irritant/

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Essential Oil Profile: Juniper

Juniper

Latin Name: Juniperus communis 

Family: Cupressaceae

Plant Part: Berries, Needles

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top/Middle Element: Metal, Water

Functional Group: Terpene, alcohol, ester

Type: Stimulating

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Kapha

Scent: Woody, fresh, earthy, sweet

For Skin Type: Acne, oily

Cautions: Not during pregnancy, Not with kidney disease. Not with high blood pressure. May irritate sensitive skin. Per R. Tisserand & R. Young regarding pregnancy and kidney disease not accurate by current research. Kurt Schnaubelt states juniper berries are ok because they have no monoterpenes.

Physical Uses: Detoxifying, cellulite, cystitis, diuretic, colds, flu, muscle & joint pain, menstrual cramps, skin conditions, improves circulation.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress, mental clarity, anxiety, studying, clearing stagnant thoughts, burn-out, helps dispel negative emotions, natural antiseptic.

Other Uses: Jet lag

Blends Well With: Woods, needles, citrus, leaves

Possible Substitutions: Cedar Texas (Juniperus mexicana),

References:

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

https://www.quinessence.com/blog/juniper-berry-essential-oil

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

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, P 46.

 

Essential Oil Profile: Jasmine Absolute

Jasmine Absolute

Latin Name: Jasminum officinalis

Family: Oleaceae

Plant Part: Flower

Method: Solvent Extraction (Ethel Alcohol or Carbon Dioxide)

Note/Element: Note: Middle/Base Element: Fire

Functional Groups: Alcohol, ester, ketone

Type: Euphoric

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vata, Pitta

Scent: Heady, floral, sweet, rich, warm

For Skin Type: Oily, normal, sensitive & dry

Cautions: Not during pregnancy. Avoid on sensitive skin or rash.

Physical Uses: Labor (relieves the child birth process), menstrual cramps, nourishing and toning to face, relieves pain, headaches, coughs.

Mental/Emotional Uses: PMS, depression, postpartum, depression, self-esteem, tension, stress, anxiety, confidence, creativity, helps dispel anger, jealousy, and disappointment.

Other Uses: Perfumery, aphrodisiac

Blends Well With: Flower, peel

Possible Substitutions: Jasmine sambac, Ylang Ylang

References:

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

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/jasmine-absolute.asp

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

http://purenaturalessentialoil.com/pages/importanceofjasmineoil.html

Essential Oil Profile: Hyssop decumbens

Hyssop decumbens

Latin Name: Hyssop officinalis var. decumbens

Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Part: Flower, buds & leaves

Method: Distillation

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

Function Groups: Oxide, Terpene, Sesquiterpene, Alcohol, Ester, Ketone (small amount)

Type: Stimulating

Ayurvedic Dosha: Vata, Kapha

Scent: Sweet, camphorous, warm, spicy, herbaceous, powerful.

For Skin Type: None

Cautions: Not during pregnancy or with children. Do not confuse with Hyssopus officinalis L. *  High blood pressure Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, Pages 49 .

Physical Uses: Colds, sinusitis, sore throat, congestion, coughs, bronchitis, hay fever, asthma, nail fungus, strongly antiviral ( fever blisters & herpes) and anti-bacterial, colic, regulate high blood pressure *.

Mental/Emotional: Nervous system tonic, grief, addiction

Other Uses: Space clearing ritual, natural perfumery

Blends Well With: Flower, Fruit, Leaf.

Possible Substitutes: Lavender Spike, Rosemary 1.8

News You Can Use: Hyssop has a history as a strewing (plants that are scattered over floors and dwellings) and purifying herb.

References:

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

https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/hyssop-essential-oil/profile

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, Pages 28, 49, 102, 112, 123.

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

https://www.edenbotanicals.com/hyssop-decumbens.html?

 

Essential Oil Profile: Helichrysum

Helichrysum, Immortelle, Everlasting

Latin Name: Helichrysum italicum

Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Part: Flowering Plant

Method: Distillation

Note/Element:  Note: Base Element: Wood

Functional Groups: alcohol, ester, ketone, sesquiterpene, terpene.

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balancing): Vata, Kapha

Scent: Herbaceous, rich, warm, earthy, fresh.

For Skin Type: Acne, oily, sunburn & mature.

Cautions: Not during pregnancy. substantial amount of ketones.

Physical Uses: Bruise, inflammation, sore throat, colds, flu, cough, mucus, muscle & joint pain (rheumatoid arthritis), sprain, scar, eczema, wounds, skin care for it’s regenerating tissue abilities.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Emotional bruising, addictions, stress.

Other Uses: Perfumery fixative.

Blends Well With: Flower, peel, resin, root.

Possible Substitutions: Lavender, Arnica macerate.

 

References:

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

https://www.anandaapothecary.com/archive/pain-relief-from-essential-oils-using

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

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, Pages 27,55,113,116 .

Essential Oil Profile

Grapefruit

Latin Name: Citrus x paradisi (hybrid derived from shaddock ( pomelo) & sweet orange)

Family: Rutaceae

Plant Part: Peel

Method: Cold Press/Expression

Note/Element: Note: Top. Element: Wood, Element

Functional Group: Alcohol, Aldehyde, Coumarin, Terpene;

Type: Euphoric, Refreshing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vata, Kapha

Scent: Citrusy, tangy

For Skin Type: Oily

Cautions: Do not use oxidized oil. Use within 6 months. Avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after using on the skin.

Physical Uses: cellulite, water retention, jet lag, immune stimulant, digestion, colds, flu, dull skin, fights inflammation, acne, helps hair shine. 

Mental/Emotional Uses: Lethargy, depression, stress, fatigue, exhaustion, energizing

Other Uses: Disinfectant

Blends Well With: Fruit, leaf, root, seed, spice.

Possible Substitutions: Lemon, Orange Sweet

News You Can Use: Named after Captain Shaddock , who brought it seeds from the West Indies to Jamaica in 1696.

References:

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

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/shaddock

http://www.experience-essential-oils.com/benefits-of-grapefruit.html

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

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