Health Benefits of Chamomile

Chamomile Roman-Anthemis Nobilis

Antiseptic & Antibiotic

Anti-inflammatory

Brings a sense of calmness

Helps with Colic

Depression

Earaches

Headaches

Insect Bites

Lowers Blood Pressure

Supports Liver

Supports Digestion

Helps Rheumatism & Arthritis

Great for the Skin

Reduces Pain in Muscles and Joints

Great for children issues

& many more………

As you can see Chamomile should be apart of every house hold,  it’s especially good for children.

AromaAngie

References:

Health Benefits of Camomile Essential Oil

http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/roman-chamomile-essential-oil.html

http://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/roman-chamomile-oil.asp

Disclaimer

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete.

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

Essential Oil Profile:Chamomile Roman

Chamomile Roman

Latin Name: Anthemis nobilis

Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)

Method: Distillation

Plant Part: Flower/Buds

Note/Element: Note: Middle Element: Wood

Functional Groups: Alcohol, Ester

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vata, Pitta

Scent: Apple-like, herbaceous, hay-like, fruity, sweet, crisp

For Skin Type: Dry

Cautions: Not during pregnancy. Not for those with ragweed/aster/chrysanthemum allergy: contact dermatitis or severe breathing problems could occur. DO NOT use if a chamomile allergy is suspected.

Physical Uses: Digestion, colic, menstrual cramps, inflammation, sunburn, burn, rashes, insomnia, bee sting, insect bite, sore muscles & joints, headache, sores, sprains, stress, hair, arthritis.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Calming, PMS, anger, stress, anxiety, fear, tantrums, tension

Other Uses: Children -great for healing the skin

Blends Well With: Flower, peel, Wood,lavender

Possible Substitutions: Chamomile German, Lavender

References:

Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Foundation Level

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/chamomile/blue/essentia-oil/profile

http://aromaweb.com/essential-oils/roman-chamomile-oil.asp

Chamomile

Essential Oil Profile:Chamomile blue

Chamomile Blue Chamomilla matricaria

Latin Name: Chamomilla matricaria (Matricaria recutita)

Family: Asteraceae(Compostitae)

Method: Distillation

Plant Part: Blossoms

Note/Element: Note: Middle  Element: Wood.

Functional Groups: Sesquiterpene (high in Chamazulene), Oxide, Alcohol, Coumarin

Type: Relaxing

Ayurveda Dosha: Vata, Pitta

Scent: Floral, Herbaceous, Sweet

For Skin types: Sensitive,Dry

Cautions: Not during pregnancy. Not for those with Ragweed allergy: contact dermatitis or severe breathing problems could occur. DO NOT use if a chamomile allergy is suspected.

Physical Uses: Rash, acne, skin inflammation, and joint pain. Menstrual or stomach cramps, indigestion, insomnia, Soothes labor pains. PMS/PMT,fades scars and spots.

Mental Emotional Uses: Depression, anxiety, stress, anger. Soothes cranky children.

Other Uses: Can add a blue color.

Blends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, citrus oils, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, neroli, patchouli, rose, rosemary, tea tree, ylang ylang

Possible Substitutions: Chamomile Roman, Chamomile Atlas,(Tanacetum annum), Yarrow blue

References

Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Master Level

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/chamomile/blue/essentia-oil/profile

Health Benefits of Camomile Essential Oil

Essential Oil Profile: Cedarwood Atlas

Cedarwood Atlas

Latin Name: Cedrus atlantica

Family: Pinaceae

Plant Part: Wood

Method Of Extraction: Distillation

Note/Element: Base/Water

Functional Groups: Alcohol, Ketone, Sesquiterpene

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vata, Kapha

Scent: Sweet, woody, smoky

For Skin Types: Oily

Cautions: Not during pregnancy

Physical Uses: Cellulite, cough, water retention, dandruff, phlegm, sore muscles, bronchitis, cystitis, arthritis, rheumatism & acne.

Other Uses: Strengthening, centering, grief, stress, tension, fear, calming effect on the mind, nervous tension

Blends Well With: Flower, Peel, Resin, Wood

Possible Substitutions: Cedarwood Himalayan ( Cedrus deodora), Fokienia, Sandalwood

Reference:

http://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/atlas-cedarwood-oil.asp

http://www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/cedarwood.htm

Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio: Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Foundation Level

The Prairie Tea Plant And My Great-Grandmother Ruth

Prairie Tea Croton monanthogynus Michx.

My aunts and uncle said her name was Ruth Alice Daleria Salili Jane Tucker. She taught them her entire name as children and said “never forget it”. We assumed it was the   name of her slave grandmothers, our family history. She was born in Oxford, Alabama to William (part Choctaw) and Alice Tucker. She moved to Dallas,Texas and married Charlie H. Smith. The dates are questionable that’s why they aren’t noted. Sadly this is the way it is in African-American families,we sometimes had to move around a lot. She passed away when I was 13, in 1972. She had three daughters, my grandmother Lucille Smith Lewis was born in 1913 she and my grandfather John Lewis had their first child my mother Lois Arnette Lewis Hayes in 1933. A little family history. Back to the story.

About ten years ago I was working in my garden in the front yard it was winter. The reason I know it was winter my hubby of thirty-two years had a nasty cold. Gardening is my favorite past time so I’m outside ever chance I get. I live in Texas so we can work outside practically year round. While I was working a scent hit me hard and heavy and I was knocked off my feet. Some describe it aroma like sage or marjoram, spicy and even sweet. I knew that scent, and it took only a few minutes to remember where I knew it from. My mother Ruth is what we called her, had given it to me as a kid in a tea. We had just moved to our new house, she was visiting I had to be about six years old ready for first grade. The lot next door was empty and the prairie tea plant was growing wild. She made a tea for me with honey. She also cut of white onion covered it with sugar and had me drink it. Her great grand-mother had probably given it to her as a child.  All those memories came pouring in my mind. I felt all kinds of emotions, happiness, sadness, excitement. My mother Ruth, was a grand great-grandmother and my mother adored her. She was the oldest member in the gospel choir. She and my paternal great-grandmother helped put the first bricks on our family church, Greater El Bethel Baptist Church over a century ago. She gave me the healing spirit. I can’t help but get emotional thinking of her. Ok again back to the story.

When I found the prairie tea-plant, I knew exactly what to do with it. Isn’t it amazing? I made a tea for my husband. And with his Arkansas heritage,( Washitaw Native American from his mom’s side of the family), he drank it without question. Suffice it to say his cold didn’t last long. This is just one example of the power of the sense of smell. The scent of the prairie tea-plant had been stored in the limbic system of my brain for over forty years.

It’s been coming up in my yard for years and I could never identify it. I’ve looked through many plants books.I searched online for native plants from Texas and could not find this plant. I’ve chosen the maceration process as my field of study in aromatherapy. Infusing plant material in oils. You not only receive the essential oils but medicinal compounds are also retrieved from the plants. Which make the oils double strength. I use these maceration’s in my natural products. Without a name I couldn’t use the prairie tea in my salves. The cold season is on its way and I’ll be ready this year with salves and tea for anyone that needs it. Thanks to Central Texas Gardener and David Hibbs my great-grandmother’s plant has been identified. They responded and within hours I had replies and a name. I love you guys. And my great-grandmother Ruth would be proud!

AromaAngie

Essential Oil Profile: Cardamom

Cardamom

Latin Name:Elettaria cardamomum

Family:Zingiberaceae

Plant Part:Seed/Fruit

Method:Distillation

Typical Country: Ecuador,India, Ceylon

Note/Element:Top. Element:Fire,Earth

Functional Groups:Ester,Oxide,Terpene,Aldehyde

Type:Stimulating

Ayurvedic Dosha:Vata,Kapha

Scent:Spicy,fresh,penetrating,enlivening,balsamic,invigorating

For Skin Type:None

Cautions:Not for sensitive skin

Physical Uses:Indigestion, nausea, heartburn,stomach ache,. Coughs,colds. Muscle pain. Warming. Helps circulation. Useful during Winter and to warm cold feet.

Mental/Emotional Uses:Self-esteem,apathy,exhaustion,fatigue,mental clarity. Instills courage. Nervous tension.

Other Uses: Aphrodisiac. Asian-inspired blends. Reminiscent of the smell of “chai tea”

Blends Well With:Flower, fruit, roots,seed and wood.

Possible Substitutions:Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander & Ginger

Essential Oil Profile: Bergamot

Bergamot

Latin Name: Citrus aurantium bergamia

Family: Rutaceae

Plant Part: Peel

Method: Expression or steam distilled (no as much)

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

Functional Group:  Alcohol, Coumarin, Easter, Terpene

Type: Balancing, Refreshing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Kapha

Scent: Citrus, Orange-like, sharp lemony

Color: Yellow to greenish

For Skin Type: Oily, Acne

Cautions: Not before sun exposure, most photo toxic oil, Do not use oxidized oil, Not with skin cancer

Physical Uses: Cystitis, digestion, colds, flu, hemorrhoids, flatulence, cools fevers, immune system, insomnia

 Mental/Emotional Uses: Depression, eating disorders, stress, anxiety

Other Uses: Cat repellent(use outdoor only), neutralize odors & mildew, boils, cold sores

Blends Well With: Almost anything

Possible Substitutions: Mandarin, Orange

References

Essential Oil Profile as used by Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Foundation Level by Katherine Graf , Aroma Studio

Bergamot Essential Oil,AromaWeb, http://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/bergamot-oil.asp

Bergamot Essential Oil Profile (with therapeutic additions), The Aromatherapyy Course- Home & Family by Dawn Copeland & Jeanne Rose,http://www.jeannerose.net/articles/bergamot_EO.html

Disclaimer

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete.

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

Essential Oil Profile: Benzoin Absolute

Benzoin Absolute

Latin Name:Styrax benzoe

Family:Styracaceae

Method:Solvent extracted

Plant Part:Resin

Note/Element:Base/Earth, Metal

Functional Group:Aldehyde, ester

Type:Relaxing, warming

Ayurvedic Dosha(Balances):Vata

Scent:Warm, smooth, sweet

Skin Type:Great for dry,cracked

Cautions:Skin sensitization

Physical Uses:Cracked skin, dry cough, chills, laryngitis, arthritis

Other Uses:Perfume fixative

Mental/Emotional Uses:Comfort, stress, security, grief, loneliness, home, sickness

Blends Well:Citrus, resins, flowers, spices & wood oils.

Possible Substitutions:Myrrh

Essential Oil Profile: Bay Laurel

Bay Laurel

Latin Name: Laurus nobilis

Family: Myrtaceae

Plant part: Leaves

Extraction Method: Steam Distillation

Typical Country: Croatia

Note/Element: Note:Top/middle. Element: Fire, Metal

Functional Groups: Terpene, sesquiterpene, alcohol, ester, phenol,oxide

Type: Stimulating

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Kapha

Scent: Spicy,refreshing,penetrating

For Skin Type: Oily

Cautions :  Not during pregnancy. Skin sensitizing. Not for young children.

Physical Uses: Swollen lymph glands, indigestion, stimulate appetite, colds, flu, immune system, cough, muscle and joint pain.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Mental clarity, stress, studying, courage

Other Uses : Apply diluted behind lower ear(not inside!) for swollen glands.

Blends Well With: Needle, cones, citrus, spices, herbs

Possible Substitutions: Cinnamon Leaf

Disclaimer

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

Essential Oil Profile: Angelica


Angelica

Latin Name: Angelica archangelica

Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

Plant Part: Root

Method: Distillation

Typical Country: Hungary

Note/Element: Note:Base. Element: Earth.

Functional Groups: Terpene, Ester, Coumarin

Type: Balancing, grounding.

Ayurvedic Dosha: Vata

Scent: Herbaceous,heavenly, spicy & earthy.

For Skin type: None

Caution: Not during pregnancy. Phototoxic. May cause sensitization. Dilute!

Physical Uses: Highly regarded in Chinese medicine. Menstrual cramps. colds, flu, cough. Detoxification bath.        Indigestion, nausea, insomnia, PMS, menopause, muscle and joint pain.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Anxiety, stress, exhaustion, addiction.

Blends Well With: Spice, flower, fruit and root.

Possible Substitutes: Angelica seed. Difficult to substitute: Rose is a possibility for menstrual issues.