Essential Oil Profile: Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang

Latin Name: Cananga odorata

Family: Annonaceae

Plant Part: Flower

Method: Distillation Avoid grades 1,2 &3 . Choose complete or extra.

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

Functional Groups: Alcohol, ester, phenol, sisquiterpene

Type: Euphoric, Relaxing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vatta, Pitta

Scent: Floral , sweet, creamy, rich

For Skin Type: Dry, Normal & Oily

Cautions: Overdosing may cause headache. Possibleskin sensitization.

Physical Uses: Heart palpitations, anti-spasmatic, high blood pressure, insomnia, skin & hair care

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress, tension , anxiety, self-esteem, anger, PMS, depression, anger.

Other Uses: Favorite of teens, perfumery, aphrodisiac

Blends Well With: Floral, Peel, Wood

References:

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

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

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, p 26, 95,103.

 

 

 

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Essential Oil Profile: Yarrow

Yarrow

Latin Name: Achillea millefolium

Family: Asteraceae

Plant Part: Flower

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top/Middle Element: Wood

Functional Groups: Sesquiterpene, Oxide, Ketone

Type: Balancing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Pitta

Scent: Sweet, floral, herbaceous, woody

For Skin Type: Sensitive, oily, acne

Cautions: Not during pregnancy. Not for those with Ragweed allery: contact with dermatitis or asthma (severe breathing problems could occur). Not for Children.

Physical Uses: Muscle and joint pain, tendonitis, bursitis, burns, rashes, scars, menstrual cramps, amenorrhea, scanty menstrual flow, indigestion, colds, flu, fever, hair care, migraine, scars, stretch marks, wounds, hemmoroids.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress, to balance the emotions during menopause

Other Uses: To inpart a blue color in blends

Blends Well With: Flower, Flowering Plant, Fruit

References:

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

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

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, pp 45,49 & 94.

Essential Oil Profile: Vetiver

Vetiver

Latin Name: Vetiveria zizanioides

Family: Poaceae

Plant Part: Root

Method: Distillation

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

Functional Groups: Alcohol, ester, ketone, sesquiterpene

Type: Relaxing:

Ayurvedic Dosha(Balances): Vata, Pitta

Scent: Rich, earthy, sweet, woody, smokey.

For Skin type: Dry, Mature

Cautions: Not during pregnency.

Physical Uses: Joint and muscle pain, insomnia, scanty menstrualtion, menstrual cramps, immune support.

Mental/Emotional Uses: grounding, stress, depression, tension, anxiety, PMS, exhaustion, spaciness, fighting burnout,addressing anger.

Other Uses: Perfumery fixative, aphrodisiac

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

Reference:

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

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, p 94.

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

https://www.edenbotanicals.com/eden-botanicals-blog/fixatives-and-their-function-in-natural-perfumery

 

 

 

Essential Oil Profile: Vanilla

Vanilla

Latin Name: Vanilla planifolia

Family: Orchidaceae

Plant Part: Fruit (Cured Pod)

Method: CO2, solvent extraction 

Note/Element: Note: Base. Element Earth.

Functional Group: Aldehyde, trace components

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Doshas (Balances): Vata, Pitta

Scent: Sweet, smooth, rich

For Skin Types: None

Cautions: Possible Skin sensitivity. Not during pregnancy.

Physical Uses: Insomnia, natural skin and hair car formulations, balance harmones, reduce inflammation, PMS & cramp relief, lowers blood pressure.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Home sickness, comforting, nurturing, stress, tension, grief, depression

Other Uses: Celebrations, children, to create homey atmosphere, perfumery, aphrodisiac, baking.

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

References:

Graf, Katherine:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Foundation Level, 1999-2001.

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

https://draxe.com/vanilla-oil/

https://www.diynatural.com/vanilla-essential-oil/

Essential Oil Profile: Thyme

Thyme 

Latin Name: Thymus vulgaris ct. thymol

Family: Lamiaceae

Plant Part: Leaves, Flower/Bud

Method: Distillation

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

Functional Groups: Terpene, phenol

Type: Stimulating

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Kapha (use with care irritating), use Thyme Linalol for Vata

Scent: Herbaceous, penetrating, fresh

For Skin Type: Oily, acne

Cautions: Not during pregnancy. Not with high blood pressure. Skin irratant, Not with epilepsy.

Physical Uses: Colds, cough, flu, innune system, digestion, infection, warming, chills, sore throat, diarrhea (diffusion is the safest method of use).

Mental/Emotional Uses: Mental Clarity, courage, strengthening, exhaustion, emotional coldness

Other Uses: 

Blends Well With: Spices, citrus, roots, flowers

References:

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

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, p 15, 32, 47.

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

Essential Oil Profile: Tagetes

Latin Name: Tagetes patula

Family: Asteraceae

Plant Part: Blossoms

Method: Distillation

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

Functional Groups: Ketone, Terpene, Aldehyde

Type: Refreshing, calming, warming

Ayurvedic Dosha: Vatta, Kapha

Scent: Fruity, herbaceous

For Skin Type: None

Cautions: Not during pregnancy. Phototoxic. May cause skin sensitization.

Physical Uses: Athlete’s foot, corns, calluses, nail fungus, coughs with mucus, muscle pin, menstrual cramps, cuts, bruises.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress, tension, apathy, mental clarity

Other Uses: Insect repellent. Combines well with Calendula Macerate.

Blends Well With: Flower, Fruit, Resin, Root, Spice, Wood, Seed.

References:

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

https://www.stillpointaromatics.com/tagetes-essential-oil-aromatherapy?keyword=tagetes

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Essential Oil Profile: St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort

Latin Name: Hypericum perforatum

Family: Hypericaceae

Plant Part: Flowers

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top Element: Fire, Wood

Functional Groups: Sesquiterpene, terpene, alcohol, oxide, ketone

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Doshas: Pitta

Scent: Herbaceous

For skin type: Sensitive, acne

Cautions: Not before sunbathing

Physical Uses: Muscle and joint pain, tendonitis, bursitis, nerve pain, palpitations, PMS, reduce inflammation, anti-viral.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress, depression, tension, anxiety, nervousness, emotional trauma

Other Uses: Combines well with Arnica macerate andd St. John’s Wort macerate

Blends Well With: blue essential oils

Referencees:

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

https://articles.mercola.com/herbs-spices/st-johns-wort.aspx