Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil

Latin Name:  Eucalyptus globulus   There are over 600 varieties of eucalyptus worldwide, but less than 20 are used for the production of essential oil. Most people are familiar with its scent because it is included in many over-the-counter cold and flu products where it works to relieve congestion and constricted breathing.  Eucalyptus essential oil is purifying. At the first sign of…

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Sandalwood Essential Oil

Latin Name:  Santalum spicatum   My first experience with sandalwood essential oil gave me a sense of its powerful sedative effect. While experimenting with blends that would help my grandson with anxiety, I found myself struggling to stay awake. That discovery inspired its inclusion in a bedtime spray for children, and a bedtime roll-on that I use when battling insomnia. We…

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Balsam or Silver Fir Essential Oil

Latin Name: Abies balsamica, Abies sibirica It is no wonder that the scent of fir essential oil produces a flood of warm memories for many people. Its sweetly resinous fragrance has a powerfully calming effect on the mind and body. Few people realize that fir has been used for centuries for its medicinal qualities! Fir trees are found throughout much…

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Ginger Essential Oil Health Benefits and Uses

Latin Name:  Zinziber officinalis rosc. root Ginger root has become a familiar sight on grocery shelves and is commonly used in Asian cooking. Historical records indicate that ginger was a prized commodity on the ancient spice route. Greeks and Romans made extensive use of it both medicinally and as a spice in cooking. Ginger has been valued as a digestive aid…

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Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Latin Name:  Pelargonium roseum Rose Geranium essential oil’s scent is rosy, sweet and citrusy, but the name of this plant is a bit confusing. It isn’t a rose and its flowers don’t look like geraniums, although it is in the same family. Scented geraniums are a unique plants with small, inconspicuous flowers and a showy scent. All it takes is…

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Clary Sage Essential Oil

Latin Name:  Salvia sclarea This pretty little plant with grayish, heart-shaped leaves, and stalks covered in flowers is well known for its pleasing aroma. Some people describe that fragrance as fresh, floral, fruity and herbaceous. If you are familiar with the sage family you will recognize that background note. Originating in southern Europe, Clary Sage has been used historically to…

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Sweet Fennel Essential Oil

Latin Name:  Foeniculum dulse Sweet Fennel has a long history of use. The ancient Greeks used it to promote longevity, strength and courage, and ate the seeds while training for the Olympics to help control weight. The seeds were chewed by Roman soldiers and fasting Christians to control hunger. Many superstitions developed regarding Sweet Fennel during the Middle Ages when it was believed…

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Tea Tree Essential Oil

Latin Name:  Melaleuca alternifolia Tea Tree hails from Australia where the leaves are revered by the aboriginal people for their medicinal uses. It’s value as a powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oil makes it an important addition to The Home Medicine Cabinet. While other oils have a stronger germicidal effect, tea tree’s milder action allows long term use without fear of…

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Latin Name:  Mentha x piperita Who doesn’t love the fresh scent and taste of peppermint? It is recognized world-wide as a flavoring agent in baked goods, ice cream, candy and toothpaste. There are those that believe that peppermint essential oil’s ability to invigorate and refresh through diffusion is more effective than a cup of coffee or tea! Some of its other…

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