Essential Oils

The essential oil monographs provide us with the most detailed and comprehensive information of an essential oil. Each monograph includes a description of the botany and origins, organoleptic profile, chemical composition, history and traditional uses, a comprehensive review of pharmacological and clinical studies, actions and indications, blending tips and advice for safe use.

Atlas cedarwood symbolises the strength, dignity and nobility that all trees have come to play in the human psyche. Susanne Fischer-Rizzi description perfectly describes these formidable attributes of Atlas cedarwood:

Picea mariana (Mill.) Britton The tree is a symbol of an uncompromising will to live, endurance, strength, and a free spirit that refuses to conform or live in servitude… The oil awakens one’s spirit and it is good for people who lack courage, perseverance

Blue tansy oil is a relative newcomer to aromatherapy pharmacopeia. It has a soothing, blue colour and delicate, sweet herbaceous aroma, which is comforting to the body, mind and soul. I find the scent of blue tansy relaxing, reassuring and nurturing.

The scent of cardamom oil promotes clarity, motivation, focus, courage and confidence. Valerie Ann Worwood suggests using cardamom whenever we are overburdened with responsibilities. She explains that it gives us the strength and encouragement and is ideal whenever we

Salvia sclarea Clary sage oil calms the mind, promotes relaxation and has a mild euphoric effect. It is highly recommended for nervous and emotional tension, anxiety, emotional shock of any kind, panic and depression with anxiety or agitation. The sweet scent fosters

Botanical name Chamaecyparis obtusa   Botany and origins Hinoki oil is commonly derived from the wood; however, an essential oil from the needles is also available. Hinoki is listed as ‘near threatened’ in the ICUN Red List of Threatened Species; however, this is in

West Indian lemongrass – Cymbopogon citratus DC East Indian lemongrass – Cymbopogon flexuosus Nees ex Steud. Synonyms citratus – Guatemala lemongrass flexuosus – Cochin lemongrass, native lemongrass Family Poaceae (Gramineae) Botany and origins Lemongrass

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium J.R. Forster & G. Forster Synonyms Manex, New Zealand tea tree Family Myrtaceae Botany and origins Manuka is a small tree which is a native of New Zealand. In favourable open conditions, it is fast growing, conical-shaped bush that...

Melissa officinalis L. Like a beam of light on a dark winter’s day, melissa softens extreme emotions, eases resentment, gladdens the heart and engages the soul in its own graceful rhythm.1 Robbi Zeck’s description of melissa beautifully describes the oil’s unique

Botanical name Jasminum sambac (L.) Sol. Fischer-Rizzi gives us the best description of jasmine absolute when she states that no other essential oil is capable of changing our mood so intensely and that it offers little choice other than optimism. She explains that

Neroli Citrus x aurantium L. The sweet scent reaches deep into the soul to stabilize and regenerate. For long standing psychological tension, exhaustion and seemingly hopeless situations, the oil [neroli] strengthens and brings relief. For people who are thin skinned.

"When you are feeling drained, strung out and depressed, grapefruit provides a new zest for life. With its light, fruity aroma it gives wings to feelings of heaviness, uplifts sagging spirits and radiates optimism.” – Robbie Zeck

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