The Meaning and Uses of Essential Oils

 

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Essential oils have also been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties.

The term “essential oil” is a contraction of the original “quintessential oil.” This stems from the Aristotelian idea that matter is composed of four elements, namely, fire, air, earth, and water. The fifth element, or quintessence, was then considered to be spirit or life force. Distillation and evaporation were thought to be processes of removing the spirit from the plant and this is also reflected in our language since the term “spirits” is used to describe distilled alcoholic beverages such as brandy, whiskey, and eau de vie.

Essential oils are highly concentrated fragrant plant extracts usually derived by steam distillation of stems, flowers, leaves, roots, resin, seeds, bark and wood. Chemical analysis of essential oils shows very complex components that cannot be replicated synthetically. Plant extracts embody both the spirit and the energy of the plant. For example, Lavender grown in low-level areas has a different fragrance than high altitude Lavender, which seems to emanate a spirited lightness, strength and meditative quality.

Essential oils are not the same as perfume or fragrance oils. Where essential oils are derived from the true plants, perfume oils are artificially created fragrances or contain artificial substances and do not offer the therapeutic benefits that essential oils offer.

Here is a parital listing of the most popular Essential Oils

Anise Star IlliciumVerum ~ Asia cleansing. stimulating. refreshing Steam distillation of flower. Spicy, warm, licorice like aroma. Enhances relaxation, sleep patterns and emotional balance. Considered to be protective and recommended for psychic ability. Blends well with lavender, orange, rosewood. SUGGESTED USE: 3-4 drops of Anise Star oil with water in an aroma lamp. PROTECTION: 2 drops Anise, 2 drops Lavender, 3 drops orange, 3 drops rosewood with water in an aroma lamp.

Bergamot Citrus bergamia (Citrus aurantium) ~ Italy clarifying. uplifting. balancing. Cold-pressed peel of citrus fruit; its fresh, sweet, and fruity smell lifts the spirit. Used extensively in fragrance industry. MOOD ENHANCER: 10 drops Bergamot with water in an aroma lamp. BALANCE & CLARITY ROOM SPRAY: 7 drops Bergamot and 3 drops Lavender with 2 oz water in a fine-mist spray bottle.

Camphor Cinnamomum camphora ~ Asia clarifying. stimulating. focusing. Steam distillation from wood and branches. Scent is strong and penetrating, eucalyptus-like and clears the air. CLARITY: 5 drops Camphor, 3 drops Eucalyptus, 3 drops Sage with water in an aroma lamp. CONCENTRATION: 4 drops Camphor, 5 drops Pine, 3 drops Atlas-Cedarwood with water in an aroma lamp

Cedarwood Cedrusatlantica ~ AtlasMtns. balancing. stabilizing. strengthening. Steam distillation of wood. This warm, camphor-like smell has a woody undertone and strengthens the will in times when endurance of spirit is required. SPIRITUAL STRENGTH: 4 drops Cedarwood, 4 drops Orange, 4 drops Rosemary with water in an aroma lamp. INVITE BALANCE: 4 drops Cedarwood, 2 drops Lavender with water in an aroma lamp.

Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum ~ Sri Lanka warming. stimulating. uplifting. Water or steam distillation of leaves and twigs. Spicy, warm, intense Cinnamon scent invigorates and inspires. Works well in holiday blends. INSPIRING EVENING: 3 drops Cinnamon, 3 drops Orange, 3 drops Ylang Ylang with water in an aroma lamp. WARM ENERGY: 4 drops Cinnamon, 6 drops Orange with water in an aroma lamp.

Clary Sage Salvia sclarea ~ France/Russia relaxing. soothing. inspiring. Steam distillation of flowering tops and leaves; this herbaceous, warm, and sweet smell relaxes and inspires. It is a mild aphrodisiac and is said to be a dream enhancer. Very useful for mid-life crisis and well known as a woman’s herb. INSPIRATION: 7 drops Clary Sage with water in aroma lamp. DREAM TIME: 3 drops Lavender, 3 drops Orange, 3 drops Clary Sage with 2 oz. water in a fine-mist spray bottle.

Clove Syzygium aromaticum ~ Madagascar warming. stimulating. comforting. Steam distillation of leaves. Sweet, spicy scent. Blends well with floral scents. Use sparingly, may irritate skin. SPICY INSPIRATION: 2 drops Clove, 3 drops Lavender, 3 drops Lemon with water in an aroma lamp. COMFORT: 2 drops Clove, 3 drops Ylang-Ylang with water in an aroma lamp.

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus ~ Asia clarifying. refreshing. invigorating. Steam distillation of leaves. Traditionally used for respiratory ailments. The strong camphor-like scent increases clarity. Refreshing and purifying. CLARIFY: 5 drops Eucalyptus, 5 drops Lemon with water in an aroma lamp. FRESH START: 5 drops Eucalyptus, 5 drops Pine, 5 drops Rosemary with water in an aroma lamp.

Frankincense Boswellia carteri ~ Ethiopia/France purifying. restoring. inspiring. Steam distillation of gum resin. Light camphoric, balsamic scent; sweet with a woody resin note. A highly prized incense since ancient times, it is said to transport one’s prayers directly to the gods. MEDITATION: 5 drops Frankincense, 5 drops Myrrh with water in an aroma lamp. RESTORE YOUR SPIRIT: 6 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Sandalwood with water in aroma lamp.

Grapefruit Citrus paradisi ~ Israel refreshing. cheering. encouraging. Cold-pressed fresh peel. Fresh, sweet, lively citrus aroma brightens and refreshes the energy in a room. Lifts the spirit and removes frustration and irritability. CHEERFUL AIR: 10 drops Grapefruit with water in aroma lamp. WELCOME HOME: 5 drops Grapefruit, 5 drops Lemon, 5 drops Orange with 2 oz water in a fine-mist spray bottle

Lavender Lavandula officinalis ~ France/Europe calming. refreshing. purifying. Steam distillation of fresh flowers. Fresh, floral, herbaceous and airy scent is used extensively in perfumes and body care products. Uplifting and balancing, it supports restful sleep. The most popular of all essential oils. PURIFY: 10 drops Lavender oil with water in an aroma lamp. SWEET DREAMS: 3 drops Lavender, 3 drops Clary Sage with water in an aroma lamp.

Lemon Citrus limonum ~ Italy/Spain refreshing. inspiring. energizing. Cold-pressed fresh peel. Used widely in body care products as well as the food industry. Fresh, light, citrus scent brightens the atmosphere, enhances concentration and creates an overall feeling of well-being. INSPIRE: 10 drops Lemon with water in an aroma lamp. KITCHEN AID: 5 drops Lemon, 5 drops Orange, 5 drops Lavender in 2 oz of water in a fine-mist spray bottle.

Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus ~ India/Asia refreshing. brightening. inspiring. Steam distillation of grass. Citrus scent with grassy accent. Cheerful energy enhances concentration, stimulates creativity and renews energy. BRIGHT DAY: 3-4 drops Lemongrass on a cotton ball in an aroma jar. Waft under your nose whenever you need a lift! INSPIRING THOUGHTS: 3 drops Lemongrass, 3 drops Rosemary, 3 drops Orange with water in an aroma lamp.

Myrrh Commiphora myrrha ~ France clearing. balancing. inspiring. Steam distillation of resin. Fragrance is sweet, camphor-like, spicy and earthy. Myrrh and Frankincense were the most known incense in antiquity. Used extensively for religious ceremonies in many cultures. MEDITATION: 5 drops Myrrh, 5 drops Frankincense with water in an aroma lamp. BLESSINGS: 3 drops Myrrh, 3 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Sandalwood with water in aroma lamp.

Orange Citrus sinensis ~ USA uplifting. cheering. invigorating. Cold-pressed fresh ripe peel. Sweet, fresh, fruity orange scent creates a bright positive mood to overcome depressive thoughts. Mixes well with spicy oils for warm fragrance creations. CHEERFUL MOOD: 10 drops of Orange with water in an aroma lamp. JOYFUL: 4 drops Orange, 2 drops Lemon, 1 drop Patchouli, 2 drops Frankincense with water in an aroma lamp.

Palo Santo Bursera Graveolens ~ Ecuador purifying. relaxing. energizing. Steam distilled from aged heartwood. Incas used Palo Santo during spiritual ceremonies and rituals to cleanse and purify negative energies and vibrations. Has a sweet, balsamic and earthy aroma with Frankincense overtones. Oil assists with letting go of negative emotions, while helping to cleanse and protect a space. Palo Santo oil is best when used on its own. SPACE CLEARING: 2 drops palo santo oil with water in an aroma lamp.

Patchouli Pogostemon cablin ~ Indonesia sensual. grounding. calming. Steam distillation of leaf. A thick oil; smells earthy, musky, and smoky. Creates a deep, grounding energy. Wonderful for stress and moodiness. Used in sensual, exotic perfume creations, and as a fixative in the perfume industry. SENSUAL: 4 drops Patchouli, 2 drops Sandalwood, 2 drops Ylang Ylang with water in an aroma lamp. GROUNDING: 5 drops Patchouli, 2 drops Clary Sage.

Peppermint Mentha piperita ~ USA/India cooling. refreshing. rejuvenating. Steam distillation of herb. Fresh, strong, menthol smell is penetrating, radiant and cool. Used extensively in many everyday products. It is also a great rejuvenator when tired, traveling, or experiencing headaches. COOL YOUR FEET: 2 drops Peppermint, 2 drops Lavender in bowl of water to soak feet. TRAVEL WELL: 3 drops Peppermint, 2 drops Rosemary, 4 drops Grapefruit on a cotton pad in an aroma jar.

Pine Pinus sylvestris ~ Austria purifying. harmonizing. invigorating. Distillation of needles. Fresh, resinous forest smell. Used in cleaning products, soap and bath preparations. Invigorates the spirit and helps restore confidence. FOREST MEMORY: 3 drops Pine, 3 drops Cedarwood with water in an aroma lamp. BREATHE EASY: 4 drops Pine, 3 drops Eucalyptus, 3 drops Lavender with water in an aroma lamp.

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis ~ Spain/Tunisia invigorating. stimulating. refreshing. Steam distillation of herb. Refreshing, strong herbaceous scent. Used in ancient Egypt and Greece to purify; often used in religious ceremonies. Said to enhance memory and concentration and to boost confidence. CONCENTRATION: 4 drops Rosemary, 4 drops Grapefruit on cotton pad in an aroma jar. Gently breathe in as needed. REFRESH YOUR SPIRIT: 7 drops Rosemary with water in an aroma lamp

Rosewood Aniba rosaeodora ~ Brazil pacifying. harmonizing. toning. Steam distillation of wood chips. Used in perfumery, food production and drinks. Fresh, floral, spicy scent with woody undertone. Comforts the soul; creates lightness and a pleasant mood. Blend with floral oils, citrus and woods. PEACEFUL ENERGY: 7 drops Rosewood with water in an aroma lamp. HARMONY: 4 drops Rosewood, 2 drops Bergamot with water in an aroma lamp.

Sage Salvia officinalis ~ Croatia/Spain purifying. clearing. uplifting. Steam distillation of leaf. Spicy, herbal scent. Used in many cultures since ancient times for consecration, ritual cleansing and prayer. Many medicinal uses, also a culinary herb. SPACE CLEARING: 4 drops Sage, 3 drops Juniper Berry, 3 drops Frankincense with water in an aroma lamp.

Sandalwood Santalum album ~ India sensual. uplifting. balancing. Steam distillation of wood. Oil is thick, warm, and sweet with a woody, exotic scent that blends well with floral notes for a sensual fragrance. Often used to support meditation. ENCHANTED EVENING: 4 drops Sandalwood, 4 drops Bergamot, 1 drop Cinnamon with water in an aroma lamp. BALANCE: 5 drops Sandalwood with water in an aroma lamp.

Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia ~ Australia purifying. refreshing. clarifying. Steam or water distillation of leaves and twigs. Scent is strong, medicinal, herbaceous, and camphor-like. Tea tree is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. Invigorates the mind; uplifts and strengthens the spirit. PURIFY: 5 drops Tea Tree, 5 drops Lavender with water in an aroma lamp. REFRESH: 5 drops Tea Tree, 5 drops Grapefruit, 1 drop Clove with water in an aroma lamp.

Wintergreen GaultheriaProcumbens ~USA refreshing. invigorating. cooling. Steam distilled from leaves. Sweet, minty scent. Mentally stimulating. Increases attentiveness. Used during spiritual ceremonies to bring harmony between the earth and its people. Blends well with Peppermint and Ylang Ylang. SUGGESTED USE: 3-4 drops with water in an aroma lamp. UNITY: 3 drops Wintergreen, 4 drops Ylang Ylang, 2 drops Peppermint.

Ylang-Ylang Cananga odorata ~ Comores sensual. harmonizing. euphoric. Steam distillation of flower. Exotic, sweet, and floral scent blends well with other floral oils. It is balancing and creates a blissful, euphoric mood. PLEASURE: 3 drops Ylang-Ylang, 3 drops Bergamot, 1 drop Clove with water in an aroma lamp. SWEET HARMONY: 3 drops Ylang-Ylang, 3 drops Lavender with water in an aroma lamp

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