Essential Oil Profile: Mimosa Absolute

Mimosa Absolute

Latin Name: Acacia dealbata,mirenisi

Family: Mimosaceae

Plant Part: Blossoms

Method: Absolute

Note/Element: Middle/Base

Functional Group: Aldehyde

Type: Euphoric, calming

Ayurvedic Dosha(Balancing): Pitta

Scent: Floral, sweet, green

For Skin Type: Sensitive, oily

Cautions: Not during pregnancy, may be sensitizing

Physical Uses: PMS, menarche (the first occurrence of menstruation)

Mental/Emotional Uses: Overly sensitive individuals especially women, teens, and children, weepy, nervousness, anxiety, depression, worrying, soothing

Other Uses: High-end perfumery

Blends Well With: Flower, Fruit.

Possible Substitutions: Rose absolute, Rose otto, Melissa


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


Essential Oil Profile: Marjoram


Latin Name: Origanum marjorana, Marjorana hortensis

Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Part: Plant (Leaves, Flowers/Buds)

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Middle. Element: Wood.

Functional Groups: Terpene,sesquiterpene, alcohol, ester

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vata, Pitta, for Kapha substitute Spanish Marjoram (Thymus mastichina)

Scent: Herbaceous, warm, camphoraceous, sweet, woody

For skin Type: None


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Caution: Not during pregnancy. Not for low blood pressure. Not for asthma. Not before love love-making since it is anaphrodisiac (discourages sexual feelings).

Physical Uses: Insomnia, muscle & joint pain, colds, cough, flu, PMS, headache, migraine, indigestion, menstrual cramps, palpitations, nervine, sedative.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress,  comforting, grief, numbing.

Other Uses: combine with Rose for grief. Combine with Lavender for headache.

Blends Well With: Leaves, citrus, lavender

Possible Substitutions: Lavender, Don’t confuse sweet Marjoram with Spanish Marjoram (Thymus mastichina).


Katherine Graf: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 200.




Essential Oil Profile: Lemongrass


Latin Name: Cymbopogon citratus

Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Part: Leaves (Grass)

Method: Distillation

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

Functional Group: Alcohol, aldehyde

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Pitta, Kapha (use with care sensitizing)

Scent: Lemony, bright, fresh, earthy.

For Skin Type: Oily

Cautions: Not during Pregnancy. Skin-sensitizing. Not with estrogen dependent cancers.

Physical Uses: Cellulite, muscle & joint pain, digestion, immune system, swollen glands, fungal skin issues (athlete’s foot, ring worm), fever, menstrual pain,excessive perspiration .

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress, depression, uplifting, exhaustion

Other Uses: Insect repellent, during long drives to uplift yet relax

Blends Well With: Grasses, citrus, woods, roots, flowers

Possible Substitutions: Citronella, Melissa


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

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, 28,38,39.

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.

Essential Oil Profile: Citronella

Latin Name: Cymbopogon winterianus

Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Part: Leaves (some include stems)

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top Element: Wood

Functional Groups: Alcohol, Ester, Aldehyde

Type: Stimulating

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balance): Pitta, Kapha

Scent: Lemony, slightly fruity

For Skin Type: Oily

Cautions: Not during pregnancy;skin sensitizing; do not take orally.

Physical Uses: Colds, flu, cooling, perspiration, sore muscles and joints, toothaches, digestive issues, rheumatism, fatigue anti bacterial, oily skin and fungal.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Mental fatigue, emotionally uplifting, calmness.

Other Uses: Insect repellent for flying insects, especially mosquitoes. apply a drop to a bandana to ward off insects or add 15 drops to 1 ounce witch hazel spray.

Blends Well With: Grasses, citrus, lavender, roots and wood.

Possible Substitutions: Lemongrass or eucalyptus lemon( Eucalyptus citriodora)


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

Citronella Essential Oil

Essential Oil Profile: Cistus (Labdanum , Rock Rose)

Essential Oils Profile: Cistus (Labedamum , Rock Rose

Latin Name: Cistus ladaniferus

Family: Cistaceae

Plant Part: Leaves


Typical Country: Portugal, Spain

Note/Element: Note:Middle/Base. Elements: Metal

Functional Groups: Terpene, alcohol, ester, phenol, aldehyde, keytone

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Dosha( Balances): Vata, Pitta

Scent: Sweet,herbaceous, floral overtones, warm, amber

For Skin Type: Dry, mature, sensitive

Cautions: Do Not Use During Pregnancy

Physical Uses: Cuts, slows bleeding in cuts, paper cuts, scars, mature skin, colds, flu,       cough

Mental/Emotional Uses: Nervousness, insomnia, trauma, anxiety, PMS/PMT, adictions,

aromatherapy ‘s “rescue remedy”,soothing, calming, meditative

Other Uses: Combine with Rosa rubiginosa for mature skin, fine lines, scars or

wrinkles, Excellent for perfumes

Blends Well With: Citrus, flowers, resins, woods, geranium, rose, rose geranium

Possible Substitutions: Myrrh(for skin healing), Geranium Rose, (for scent)



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

DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent disease. Always consult your physician before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.

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


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


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


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

Health Benefits of Camomile Essential Oil