Essential Oil Profile: Cypress Blue

Blue Cypress(Callitris intratropica)

Latin Name: Callitris intratropica

Family: Cupressaceae

Plant Part: Twigs or Wood

Method: distillation

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

Functional Groups: Terpene, alcohol, lactone and ketone.

Type: Relaxing

ayurvedic dosha (Balances): Pitta

Scent: Sweet, woody, slightly floral, slightly smoky, fruity, notes of lemon and cedar.

For Skin Type: Sensitive

 Cautions: Not during pregnancy.

Physical Uses: Inflammation, warts, burns, rashes, cuts, paper cuts, sore muscles and joints, insect bites, psoriasis, skin moisturizer.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Soothing, centering, balancing and grounding, stress, anger, developing intuition, releases pessimism, helps us to feel empowered,

Other Uses: Insect repellent, men’s aftershave, meditation, dream pillows. Unusual in that this blue oil comes from the wood rather than the flower such as Chamomile blue. Perfume fixative.

Blends Well With: Flower, Fruit, Needle/Cone, Wood, Other  blue oils.

Possible Substitutions: Emerald Cypress(Callitris columellaris), Jade Cypress(Callitris flauca)


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

Lawless, Julia, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy, Shaftesbury ,Dorset,Element Books, 1997.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

coriander seeds

Therapeutic Benefits of Coriander

 Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum)

When I think about coriander the seed of the cilantro plant comes to mind.  Some of the research I read use the two words interchangeably. The Encyclopedia Britannica refers to it as Spanish cilantro. Native to the  Mediterranean and Middle East. Uses go back to Ancient Egypt and China.  “Records of the use of coriander date to 5000 bce (Before Common Era). The seeds are yellowish brown and have a mild, fragrant aroma and aromatic taste similar to a combination of lemon peel and sage. The seeds contain from 0.1 to 1 percent essential oil; its principal component is coriandrol.” (Encyclopedia Britannica)

A clinical study from Germany’s University of Hamburg Medical Center was made and confirmed that an ointment blended with six percent coriander seed oil helps treat athlete’s foot.(

Fresh cilantro leaves helps to detox heavy metals from the body.

Aphrodisiac– Stimulates sexual desire. Should I say more?

Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal inhibits the growth of bacteria and yeast. Prevents bad breath. Coriander essential oils can reduce infection significantly.

Antimicrobial– Coriander has strong antimicrobial effects against food born pathogens. By adding a little  coriander seeds, powder or cilantro to each meal, you’re protecting yourself and your family against food poisoning.

Carminative and Digestive– Relieves flatulence and stomach aches.

Analgesic– Pain relief. It’s also known to help with urinary treat infections and the pain associated with it.

Stimulant– Makes you more active, gives you more energy.

Anti-spasmodic– Relieves or prevents muscle spasm.

Mental/Emotional Uses- It has a calming effect. Has a spiritual influence. Improves memory. Speeds up healing process, promotes confidence and motivation, promotes feeling of security.

Cautions – Not during pregnancy. Not on sensitive skin. Don’t use coriander essential oil on children under three years old. The whole or powdered seeds in foods are fine.

Latest Research– Studies have shown that coriander has anti-cancer affects – can inhibit heterocyclic amine (HCA) formation in meats during cooking. Reported by The American Journal Clinical Nutrition.  Coriander is  high in carotenoids (antioxidant abilities) , lowers blood sugar according two studies published in the Journal of Food Science. “It works both by enhancing the secretion of insulin from the pancreas and exhibiting insulin-like activity at the cellular level. You can combine two to three drops of coriander essential oil with a carrier oil and put it on the soles of your feet daily”. Researchers say it may prevent neurological inflammation and disease. this super herb also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. Dr. Axe

Whether you buy the seeds, powder, essential oil( always dilute the oil, consult your local aromatherapist) or fresh cilantro, all forms of this amazing herb has numerous health benefits.


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

Keim-Loughran, Joni & Ruah Bull, Aromatherapy Anointing Oils:Spiritual blessings, Ceremonies & Affirmations, CA, Berkeley , Frog Books, 2001.

coriander seeds

Essential Oil Profile: Coriander


Latin Name: Coriandrum sativum

Family: Apiaceae

Plant Part: Seed/Fruit

Method of Extraction: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top Element: Earth

Functional Groups: Aldehyde (relieves stress & promotes relaxation), Alcohol (high resistance to oxidation), Ketone (stimulates cell regeneration, liquefies mucous), Ether( useful as solvents for fats, oils, waxes, and perfumes).

 Type: Stimulating, Cooling

Ayurvedic Dosha: Pitta, Kapha

Scent: Spicy, fresh, penetrating, sweet, woody.

For Skin Type: None

Cautions: Not during pregnancy. Not on sensitive skin.

Physical Uses: Indigestion, nausea, appetite stimulant. Muscle and joint pain. Aides circulation. Colds and flu.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Nervous tension, stress, exhaustion, mental clarity, confidence, apathy

Other Uses: Aphrodisiac. Useful in roll-on or spray deodorants.

Blends Well With:  Flower, Fruit, Spice, Root and Wood Oils.

Possible Substitutions: Cilantro(leaves of Coriandrum sativum), Cardamom, Cumin, Ginger


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

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Why Clove Oil?

Clove essential oil is steam distilled from the dried flower bud of the evergreen tree. The clove tree originates from  India and Indonesia. The first documentation came from the Chinese in 207 B. C. Today it’s grown in Madagascar, Brazil, West Indies, Sri Lanka and India(tropical environments),Kenya and Malaysia . The health benefits from this spice are numerous. Clove oils is antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating properties. Clove contains many minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin A and C and fiber. Clove contains eugenol a powerful compound that destroys harmful organisms.

Health Benefits of Clove:

Infections: It’s antiseptic qualities heals cut & wounds.

Dental Care: It’s used in toothpaste, mouthwash and medicinally.

Skin Care: Helps with wrinkles, acne by increasing blood flow.

Immune System: Immune booster, antiviral, cleans the blood and helps improve the cardiovascular system.

Headaches: Anti-inflammatory and clove is used as a pain reliever. It helps with muscle and joint pain.

Respiratory:As an expectorant and its anti-inflammatory effects helps with coughs, clear nasal passages and other respiratory issues like bronchitis. sinusitis, sore throats etc.

Blood Circulation: Clove oil stimulates blood circulation assist in lowering blood pressure. It also reduces toxicity in the blood therefore purifying it.

Sty: It’s antibacterial qualities clears infections.

Cholera: Clove is known to help with cholera.

Diabetes:Purifies the blood and controls the level of blood sugar.

Soaps & Perfumes: Used in soaps for its antiseptic qualities and to scent perfumes.

Aromatherapy: Diffusing clove oil is excellent for cleaning the air because it’s anti-bacteria, antimicrobial and antiviral. It’s excellent for cleaning the bathroom and kitchen. I use a 50:50 vinegar and water solution, add clove and tea tree oils.  Adding a few drops to a massage oil has many benefits. It’s helps with sore and painful muscles, blood flow.Dilution rates are very important, check with a certified aromatherapist before using essential oils.

Insect Repellent: Clove oil is also known to be an insect repellent.


Clove oil is very strong therefore it must be diluted. Pregnant women should not use the oil because you could transfer it when breast-feeding. The eugenol is so strong we must use caution, it’s best not to use on children. You can diffuse small amounts. If you have high blood pressure consult your physician before use. I never advise ingesting the essential oil. A great alternative is to use the spice in your foods and smoothies especially during the cold & flu season.

As you can see, clove oil should be a staple in every home. The oil or spice with all it many therapeutic benefits can assist us to heal our bodies naturally.


Essential Oil Profile: Clove Bud

Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Latin Name: Eugenia caryophyllata

Family: Myrtaceae

Plant Part: Blossoms

Method of Extraction: Distillation

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

Strength: Strong

Functional Group: Sesquiterpene, ester, phenol, oxide

Type: Stimulating, warming

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Kapha (caution, sensitizing and irritating)

Scent: spicy, sweet, woody and penetrating

For Skin Type: None

Cautions: Not during pregnancy. Irritating. Use highly diluted. Skin sensitizing. Do not use with high blood pressure. Never with children.

Physical Uses: Warming, infection, colds, flu, cough, toothache, sore muscles and joints, strains, rheumatism, bronchitis, aid in cardiovascular (blood circulation) and immune  system function & asthma.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Revitalizing, mental clarity, fatigue, studying(use in diffuser).

Other Uses: Christmas scent, perfumery,disinfectant, insect repellent.

Blends Well With: Flowers, spices, citrus, woods, roots and resins.

Possible Substitutions: Cardamom, Cinnamon


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