Essential Oil Monographs

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.

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.

Orange oil is one of the first essential oils I introduce to people who are not familiar with aromatherapy. I have never had a negative response to the delightful, sweet, cheerful aroma of orange oil. It radiates so much positivity, joy and optimism.

"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

The lotus flower fragrance perfectly reflects its botanical form. The medium is the message. The flower rises pristine from the earth’s mud and offers a fragrance of heavenly bliss.1 Lotus is truly unique. All parts of the plant – the roots, stems, leaves, seeds and...

Hazrat Inayat Khanl (1882-1927) compares the rose with the soul:

The soul can be likened to the rose; as a rosebud blooms, so the soul unfolds itself, for the rosebud to bloom five conditions are required – fertile soil, bright sun, water, air and space; and the same five conditions are required for the unfoldment of the soul.1

I always refer to essential oils as nature’s gift to humankind. I consider sandalwood oil to be one of the most sacred and precious gifts from nature.

The sugi tree is the national tree of Japan and is commonly planted around temples and shrines. It grows in mountains and areas of high rainfall in south and central Japan. The very rare yakusugi tree, which can only be found on Yakushima Island, refers to sugi trees that are over 1,000 years old. The entire region where these trees grow is declared a World Heritage site. 

According to world checklist of selected plant families there are over 2000 species of the genus Thymus.The most common species is Thymus vulgaris known as garden or common thyme..

Vetiveria zizanioides (L.) Nash This essential oil connects us to earth’s energies. It is a source of vital energy and regeneration. The earthy fragrance of the oil supports all of those who have lost touch with the earth and their roots. Vetiver nourishes people who

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