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Essential Oil Descriptions

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Elemi Eucalyptus Oils Sweet Fennel 3 Fir Oils Fragonia™
Frankincense   Galbanum Geranium Ginger Root (distilled and CO2)
Gingergrass  Golden Champa Pink Grapefruit Greenland Moss (Ledum) Guaiacwood


ELEMI

Canarium luzonicum, Philippines, Wild, Steam Distilled, Resin

For years we've offered a CO2 extraction of Elemi, and I could never get enthusiastic about it.  This new steam distilled product is so much nicer, aromatically.

Elemi oil has an aroma reminiscent of lemon, but more balsamic and richer, with a drydown that is balsamic, and both sweet and spicy.

A relative of the trees that produce Frankincense and Myrrh, like it's more famous cousins Elemi has traditionally been used to treat respiratory ailments.  It is said to ease congestion and act as an expectorant.

It is believed to stimulate the immune system, thus being a key ingredient in any "preventive' blend.

There are those who say that it is helpful in treating psoriasis, eczema and fungus infections of the skin and nails.

Some authorities recommend it for meditation blends, especially to aid in visualization. Worwood says that Elemi is useful in emotional healing, to encourage calming, compassion and peace.

Blends well with: Citrus oils, Cinnamon, Clove Bud, Coriander, Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh , Rosemary.

Elemi

15 ml $10.00

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EUCALYPTUS GLOBULOUS - Blue Gum Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus globulous Australia, Ethically farmed, leaves Steam Distilled

Eucalyptus is best known for its respiratory effects. It fights viruses and bacteria, while easing congestion. It also eases muscle and joint aches and pains Eucalyptus globulous stimulates circulation, increasing the flow of blood to affected areas. Eucalyptus can be mentally stimulating and may help increase concentration.

As far as blending goes, Eucalyptus is going to dominate any blend it's used in, so it should be blended with essentials that contribute to the effect you want to achieve. Frankincense compliments its respiratory effects.

Bergamot, blended with Eucalyptus, can reduce the discomfort of cold sores, herpes outbreaks, and shingles. The combination is reputed to be effective against that specific virus. (But look up Ravensara; in my experience and based on the feedback we receive, Ravensara in a base of Calophyllum is THE specific for shingles!)   

 (For the gc/ms analysis, click here. You will need a copy of Adobe or another PDF reader to access the file.)

WARNING: Do not use with infants and small children, it can cause choking. 

**For other possible oils to avoid, please see our essential oil contraindications page.

Blends well with: Basil, Cajeput, Cedarwood, all Citrus oils, Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, all Mint oils, Rosemary, Pine

Eucalyptus Globulous

15 ml $7.00

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SWEET EUCALYPTUS 

Eucalyptus Globulous Brazil UNRECTIFIED, , Steam distilled, leaves. Organically produced

One of my vendors claims that most Eucalyptus globulous on the market is rectified, and offers a Spanish Eucalyptus that he says is one of the few 'whole' oils on the market. I don't know whether the other Euc. Globulous oils I've experienced are rectified or not; but this one is totally different.

It's a much softer oil, somehow fuller and 'rounder'. My daughter with asthma can't tolerate most Eucalyptus globulous, but uses this successfully. I think it will be more effective for congestion in the chest.

Sweet Eucalyptus

15 ml $7.00

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LEMON EUCALYPTUS 

Eucalyptus Citriodora, South Africa, Ethically Farmed

Light, Lemony and refreshing this Eucalyptus is a wonderful air freshener, clearing the air and killing germs. It appears to have anti-staph effects.  

It is a strong anti-fungal oil, and we have used it in the diffuser after a flood that soaked the carpeting with groundwater. Eucalyptus citriodora did a superb job of removing the musty smell left after everything was dried out. It is also often recommended as an insect repellant, but please see our Lemon Teatree  or Skeeter Beater for THAT usage!

Lemon Eucalyptus can be very sedating in small quantities.

Lemon Eucalyptus

15 ml $7.00

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PEPPERMINT  EUCALYPTUS 

 Eucalyptus Dives  Australia, ethically farmed and steam distilled

Sparkling and bright, smelling like a blend of your favorite Eucalyptus species with just a touch of sweet Peppermint, this new addition to our collection is recommended for pain relief, whether from sinus headaches, any other type of headache, arthritis pain, and respiratory problems.

I have seen this delightful specimen described as "cooling, refreshing, and energizing." It is said by some to have strong anti-asthmatic properties and to be a remedy against infections of the lower respiratory tract...bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma.  Like Frankincense, Euc. Dives causes one to breathe deeply and forces the bronchioles to dilate. By diffusion, it is useful for general colds and chest infections.

SAFETY NOTE:  Julia Lawless recommends it for all respiratory conditions, sore muscles, rheumatism, headaches, and exhaustion...however Dr. Penoel recommends not using it because of the possible neurotoxicity of the piperitone.

I would avoid using when pregnant, or with children. As with all members of the Eucalyptus family, it is highly toxic if taken orally.

Eucalyptus Dives
15 mls    $8.00
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EUCALYPTUS RADIATA

Eucalyptus radiata

South Africa  Organically produced, steam distilled from leaves.

Patricia Davis says this is the most useful Eucalyptus because it smells better and is more easily assimilated. It is most useful for sinus conditions because it can be breathed very closely without triggering a cough reflex. Many sources say it is the oil of choice for infections high up in the chest. 

 (For the gc/ms analysis, click here. You will need a copy of Adobe or another PDF reader to access the file.)

 

Eucalyptus Radiata

15 ml $9.00

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EUCALYPTUS SMITHII 

Eucalyptus smithii

Wildcrafted in Australia, steam distilled, unrectified.

This is the mildest of the Eucalyptus, safe for children and the elderly. It may be used for relatively long periods of time. Some authorities recommend it as a preventative as it effects the entire respiratory system and immune system.

Many authorities recommend using this oil neat, because of its mildness. Eucalyptus smithii makes a good room disinfector in a diffuser, but can trigger a cough reflex if breathed too close.

It is one of the best oils for painful joints and muscles.

Eucalyptus Smithii can be both a stimulant or a sedative. It adapts to our needs, stimulating in the morning and relaxing at night.

Eucalyptus Smithii

15 ml $7.00

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Lemon Ironbark Oil

Eucalyptus Staigeriana Ethically farmed, steam distilled from leaves in Australia

This is the sweetest "lemony" oil we have ever experienced!  I thought of Lemon Ade,  Christi thought of Lemon Jelly Beans. As sweet as candy.  (I'm told that at one time in Australia it was used to flavor "lemon cordial," an Australian version of our Lemonade. I can well believe it.

I am told that it has antibacterial properties, although not as powerfully antbacterial as Tea Tree or Lemon Myrtle.  I can see it shining as a sunshiny mood elevator.  We fell in love and had to have some!

Having fallen in love, I had to research it.  Unlike the Eucalyptus oils chosen for their respiratory effects, high in 1.8 cineole,  Lemon Ironbark oil is composed of geranial, methyl geranate, geranyl acetate, limonene, phellandrene, neral, terpinolene and geraniol.  It may be a skin irritant, so I would prefer to use it in the diffuser. If using topically, please use in very low dilution.  

I have seen it recommended as a sedative and a calming stress reliever.

In the winter it would be useful in the diffuser because it is said to be both anti-viral and anti-infectious.  If the more commonly recommended anti-viral and anti-bacterial oils are too medicinal for your taste, add a bit of Lemon Ironbark to your germkilling blend and bring in a touch of aromatic sunshine.

Blends well with:  Cedarwood, Lemon, Lavender, Marjoram, Pine, Rosemary, and Thyme.

WARNING:  Contains Citral, a strong sensitizer.  Avoid use on broken skin.  Avoid use during pregnancy. Maximum dilution for topical use: 0.7%  (4 drops per fluid ounce.)

Eucalyptus  IronBark
15 ml     $12.00
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FENNEL, SWEET

Foeniculum vulgare dulce   Distilled from seeds, organically produced in Hungary.

Sweet licorice aroma. Often recommended for massage where there is cellulite and for the digestive system, especially for indigestion or gas.

Fennel essential oil is often recommended for PMS and for menstrual difficulties. I add just a drop to my pms blend. Its distinctive scent is softened by blending with Rose Geranium and Clary Sage. I suspect its mildly diuretic action can help with the fluid retention that often adds to the discomfort of PMS.

Some sources recommend Fennel for detoxifying the body, that it is helpful for detoxifying from over indulgence in alcohol, nicotine, and other toxic substances. I think a blend of Fennel, Juniper and Seaweed essential oils, blended into sea salts, would make a wonderful detoxifying bath. It is an ingredient in our Detox Synergy and Detox Bath salts.

Fennel is often recommended for breast firming massage and to promote milk production with new mothers, however, I think that the distinctive aroma could interfere with the bonding that needs to occur between the mother and newborn, and would prefer to see nursing mothers drink Fennel Seed Tea.

Emotionally, fennel can ease stress and nervous tension without having the mildly sedative effect that many of the relaxing essential oils bring. A blend of sweet fennel and Rosemary can both relieve stress and energize; the only other essential oil that I know of with that effect is Pink Grapefruit.

Said to blend well with: Basil, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Rose, Rosemary, and Sandalwood, but personally my experience is that fennel will take over a blend unless used very sparingly indeed.

WARNING: Fennel can be a skin irritant. Do not use it on young children. Do not use if pregnant. Do not use if suffering from epilepsy.

**For other possible oils to avoid, please see our essential oil contraindications page.

Sweet Fennel

15 ml $14.00

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BALSAM FIR 

Abies balsamea canadensis Canada, Organic, Needles

Canadian Balsam Fir was the Christmas Tree of my childhood, and I can't pour this Fir Needle without being taken back to that time.

Balsam Fir, like many of the conifer oils, is useful for chest colds, bronchial problems, etc. It is especially called for to loosen a dry, tight cough.

Fir is a warming oil, and, as such, is useful in rubs for arthritis, rheumatism and other forms of joint pain.

Emotionally it is said to be grounding and calming, effective in anti-anxiety blends.

It is a wonderful ingredient in any room scenting blend, blending well with Basil, Black Pepper, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Myrtle, Niaouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Rosewood, Tea Tree, or Thyme. For a Christmas scent, blend it with citrus, either Orange or Tangerine or Mandarine, and add just a touch of the spice oils, Cinnamon and/or Clove.

Balsam Fir

15 ml $10.00

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GRAND FIR

Abies grandis, French, Certified Organic, Needles.

Now, you know how I love Canadian Balsam Fir...it is, after all, the Christmas tree of my childhood. But this gorgeous new Fir Needle oil just took all of our breaths away...it's a BIG oil....aromatically huge and round and fulfilling, with a winey, deep woods tang.

If our Larch oil is a gentle whisper, then this new Fir Grande is a triumphant shout! Therapeutically, it is similar to the Balsam Fir, above. Emotionally it is a smile bringer, it raises the spirits, but I'd not look for the grounding effect Balsam Fir can bring.

WARNING: This Fir Grande is a new and unknown oil, with little or no dermatological testing,  I would be very cautious about on the skin use. Please dilute very well, (probably not more than 1%.) if you do insist on topical application. It is really best suited to the diffuser or lamp.

Fir Grand

5 ml 14.00

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**For other possible oils to avoid, please see our essential oil contraindications page.


White Fir 

Abies concolor   Distilled either from naturally fallen needles and twigs, or from recycled Christmas trees, by an amazing artisan distiller in the high mountains of Utah this is a spectacular oil!  I fell in love with this glorious Fir oil. Crisp, clean, freeing..the scent of the deep woods.   For those who love the conifers (or even those who don't) this is a must have oil for diffusing - clear the air, reduce stress and tension.  A marvelously freeing aroma.

White Fir
2 ml         $10.00
 5 ml       $20.00
15 ml   $40.00
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FRAGONIA™ ESSENTIAL OIL

Agonis fragrans, steam distilled from leaves and young branches, Australia

I've resisted importing this newly discovered essential oil for two or three years now, for philosophical reasons. However many of our clients have asked for it, so we finally bought some in. (We'd bought a tiny amount to use as samples in The Energetic Oils kit, but not enough to offer at retail.)

Fragonia™ is an interesting oil. The ONLY trademarked essential oil that I have ever encountered.  Evidently there are several varying chemotypes of Agonis fragrans, and only one has the unique balance of this oil. The producer raised a plantation of the specific chemotype, and trademarked the product name.   There may or may not be some advantages to the consumer in this; I'm not sure.

However, the oil does appear to have some interesting and beneficial qualities. 

The producer says:  Dr. Daniel Penoel has been working to determine the clinical application of this oil.  Preliminary work indicates that it has significant anti-microbial activity.  It is an extremely balanced oil, with the oxides (cineol...which gives eucalyptus oil its distinctive aroma), monoterpines (alpha pinene) and monoterpenols (linalol, etc.) in a near perfect 1:1:1 ration.

Tony Burfield describes the aroma as "a pleasant fresh cineolic odour with a hint of a citrus note (which becomes more pronounced after a few minutes)mixed with a slight spicy cinnamon tonality and sweet balsamic undertones. The dry down is very faint being sweet, soapy and woody balsamic."  I would never call it a favorite, to my nose it still smells quite medicinal, but much pleasanter than, for example, Tea tree or Niaouli.

I have read that it should be an ideal replacement for Teatree, that it is gentle and safe enough for children, and more appealing in aroma.  I've seen case studies where the use of Fragonia™ has had amazing results with people suffering from intractable respiratory infections.  There are case studies of its being used very effectively in cases of bacterial Tonsillitis.

It is said to be antimicrobial, as well as helpful with Candida. It is also said to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, and a pain reliever, especially helpful with the pain associated with arthritis, as well as muscle and joint pain. Dr.  Penoel strongly recommends it for all respiratory disorders, whether in sinus areas or in the lungs.  It is also said to stimulate and enhance the immune system.

However this new oil seems to have amazingly strong emotional effects, having a deep action on the psyche.  There are case studies of people with longstanding emotional blockages who were able to find release.  The essential oil seems to both release tension and have a relaxing/calming effect on the mind.  Dr. Peneol says that the use of Fragonia™ at bedtime will improve the depth and the relaxing effects of sleep.

Several writers have mentioned Fragonia™ Essential Oil's effect of bringing peace and inner harmony to those using it.

Robbi Zeck has written this reflection on Fragonia™ in "The Blossoming Heart".

I write this review on the day we received our shipment. I've sampled the oil, but not had time to experiment with it.  But tonight it will be  Fragonia™ in the Aromastone beside my bed.

(Months later)  at first Christi was much more enthusiastic about this new oil than I was.  However, when she created her Relax synergy, that became an immediate favorite of mine, and using it lead to my growing appreciation for the balancing and respiratory effects of Fragonia™.        See the GC/MS from the producer/developer of this trademarked oil here.

Fragonia  

5 ml $10.00
15 ml $20.00

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FRANKINCENSE CO2

Boswellia carterii Somalia, resin, wild, CO2 select extraction

Frankincense has traditionally been used for spiritual growth and meditation. It is believed to have a centering effect on the emotions. It can slow respiration, thus helping your body calm and center itself.

A great oil for asthma or chest congestion. Frankincense can act as an expectorant, soothing congestion while also relaxing breathing.

In skin care, Frankincense is a wonderful oil to blend into facial creams or oils for aging skin.   L'Oreal is currently using an extract of frankincense in at least one of their "anti-wrinkle" products.

This Frankincense has a delightfully sweet, sparkling aroma. I've found that it blends well with Orange and Neroli. It tends to 'soften' any sharply scented oil blended with it and seems to blend well with any of the woods, or spices. This is the finest Frankincense oil I have ever experienced, a true delight to the senses.

This CO2 extracted oil contains Incensol Acetate, a compound found in the raw Frankincense resin but never found in distilled Frankincense Oil.  Recent research has proven the relaxing, anti-anxiety and anti-depressant qualities of Incensol Acetate.  I would recommend this specific oil for use in the diffuser or, even better yet, the aromalamp, for meditation or for emotional calming. 

 (For the gc/ms analysis, click here. You will need a copy of Adobe or another PDF reader to access the file.)

BLENDS WITH: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cistus, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, Lavender, Mandarine, Myrrh,Sandalwood, Patchouli, Rose, Vetiver and Ylangylang..

 

Frankincense CO2

5 ml $11.00
15 ml $22.00

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FRANKINCENSE FREREANA

Boswellia Frereana Wild crafted, Somalia, Steam Distilled

I did NOT plan on adding another Frankincense essential oil. I received a sample. I had it tested. I had to have some. (People need to stop sending me wee samples of beautiful oils!)

Similar to its more familiar cousin, Bos. Carterii, this related species is much lower in thujene, which may be what gives it a softer, sweeter aroma. Sheer delight.

Uses would be similar to bos. Carterii and sacra. My instinct is to reach for it for skincare. I am not certain how it's light sweetness will contribute to a meditative state. But for perfumery, or for skincare, it truly is a "must experience" oil.

  (For the gc/ms analysis, click here. You will need a copy of Adobe or another PDF reader to access the file.)

 

 

Frankincense Frereana

5 ml $12.00
15 ml $24.00

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INDIAN FRANKINCENSE (Serrata)

Boswellia serrata Wildcrafted, India, Resin, Hydrodistilled.

The oldest known Frankincense, and most likely the Frankincense mentioned in the Bible, this is the traditional Frankincense used in Ayurvedic medicine. There is little information available about the uses of this lovely oil. Powdered extracts of the resin are being used as anti-inflammatories...whether the EO will prove useful in this manner remains to be seen. It is very different from the more available Boswellia carterii in both effects and in aroma. Lighter, much more of a middle or heart note than a base note. A complex aroma, initially a bit sharp. I see it as a heart note bridging the lighter florals and/or citrus notes to a deep anchoring scent.

Frankincense Serrata

15 ml $8.00

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Indian Frankincense CO2

Boswellia serrata, wild crafted in India CO2 extracted in Germany.  As I have said elsewhere, in our experience the CO2 extracts are closer to the aroma of the raw botanical than are the distilled oils.  A lovely aromatic specimen.  We have been asked about the Boswellic acid content of our Frankincense CO2 extracts, since it is a wellknown fact that Boswellic Acid does not come through the process of distillation. Unfortunately, althought the Boswellia serrata resin itself does contain Boswellic Acid, the CO2 extract contains less than 1%.  It's contents are 80 - 85 % monoterpenes, alpha-thujene, alpha-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, p-cymene, limonene etc., sesquiterpenes, terpene alcohols and esters (incensol acetate) and less than 0.1 % boswellic acid.  (For the gc/ms analysis, click here. You will need a copy of Adobe or another PDF reader to access the file.)

Indian Frankincense CO2  (Boswellia serrata)
5 ml $12.00
15 ml $24.00
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SOMALIAN FRANKINCENSE

Boswellia carterii Birdwell   Resin wildcrafted in Somalia,  distilled in France.

Our well-aged supply of Somalian Frankincense is gone, and we have been trying to source more. I emailed the source hoping he could find another supply of the same quality.  He suggested a couple of sources, and I got some samples of "okay" Frankincense.  They would do, but they weren't exciting. So I dragged my feet on ordering.

And my friend and mentor emailed me asking if I had found the Frankincense I was seeking, and went on to write: "If not I have located a really lovely source for what I feel is one of the best steam distilled Frankincense oils from Somalia I have encountered. I realize that such perceptions are highly personal but when [we} compared the pure olibanum oil from [another source] with this one we both felt the sweet rich balsamic note that underlies the resinous lemony topnote was fuller and more long lasting.

This Frankincense is lighter in aroma than some samples, a heart note, perhaps high heart rather than the base note the earlier distillation was.  Light, lemony, almost ethereal, I can't wait to see what effect it will have in the blends I make using Frankincense.    View the GC/MS analysis here.

Somalian Frankincense
5 ml $9.00
15 ml $18.00
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 ORGANIC FRANKINCENSE

Boswellia carterii Birdwell   Resin wildcrafted in Somalia, fair trade imported, certified organic, distilled in the US.

The first organically certified Frankincense we have ever offered.  Beautiful.  I can see using this for all the uses that we love Frankincense for - meditation (it is energetically lovely!), skincare, respiratory difficulties.  A lovely oil.  View the GC/MS analysis here.

Organic Frankincense
5 mls      $11
15 mls    $22
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FRANKINCENSE SAMPLER

2 ml bottles of each of our Frankincense Essential Oils -
Boswellia Carterii
CO2 extracted from Somalia, Boswellia carterii Birdwell Steam Distilled from Somalia, Boswellia serrata Steam Distilled from India,Boswellia serrata CO2 extracted, Boswellia frereana, Steam Distilled from Somalia and organic Frankincense - Boswellia carterii, organically produced and a fair trade import from Somalia.
If we offered all these oils in 2 ml sizes, their combined retail price would be $31.00 Purchase the sampler and save.

Frankincense Sampler
Six 2ml bottles   $25.00
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GALBANUM CO2

Ferula galbaniflus Iran, CO2 extracted from resin, wildcrafted from Iran, extracted in Germany

Galbanum is an ancient aromatic substance. The author of Exodus named it as a component of incense to use in the temple. It was used by the Romans in ritual anointings for springtime. If you are planning any sort of ritual use of the oils for the Spring Equinox, I suspect this could be the one.

Galbanum's aroma is intriguing; very much a puzzlement, a reminder of an aroma remembered. My first impression was GREEN, vivid, in your face green, but not a leaf green. The mental image of fresh twigs, with buds waiting to burst into life seems right. My assistant decided it was the air of a green house, moist, rich with traces of living organisms, mosses, leaf mulch. It is complex and multi- layered, an oil I want to play with for blending.

I'm learning there are often physical links with the 'energetic' uses of the oils... as in this oil, used ritualistically for rebirth/ renewal is also wonderful for skin renewal Galbanum is highly recommended by Jeanne Rose for healing old scars, and for wrinkle removal.

One of my aromatherapy mentors says it sometimes has had some very strong emotional /psychic healing effects on some clients, especially in the area of childhood traumas and memories.

I have also seen it recommended in blends for easing the aches and pains of rheumatism, but it wouldn't be my first thought for this sort of blend.

Galbanum really an fascinating oil to work with, both for the aromatherapist and the perfumer. I'm tempted to try blending it with Lavender and or Geranium, or perhaps with some fir needle or Spruce, and with Carrot Seed and Rose Otto for mature skin care.

It is often described as a top note, and yet many sources recommend it as a fixative. I would tend to think of it as a very green middle to base note, for blending purposes.

WARNING: Margeurite Maury cautions to avoid using it on young skin. Galbanum is not normally an irritant or a sensitizer, but may be a cross sensitizer with Benzoin and/or Peru Balsam. Please avoid working with it while pregnant.

**For other possible oils to avoid, please see our essential oil contraindications page.

Galbanum

5 ml $11.00
15 ml $22.00

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GERANIUM

Pelargonium graveolens, Egypt, Organically grown but not certified  Steam distilled, Leaves

This Pelargonium smells much softer and less sharply green than any I've sampled. It's a lovely softly floral as well as green scent. A "woman's oil", Geranium seems to have a hormonal balancing effect and traditionally has been used (blended with Clary Sage) to alleviate problems associated with menopause and menstruation. Gunther writes that Geranium  gives adrenal cortex support when ovarian estrogen decreases at menopause

It also acts as a diuretic. It can lower blood sugar, and should be avoided if you are hypoglycemic.  

The word that comes to mind when I think of Geranium is "balance", physically, and especially for its emotional effects

Geranium (and the Rose Geranium described below) are valuable skincare oils.  They are helpful  for bruises, cuts, ulcers, broken capillaries, dermatitis, anti-inflammatory. It is believed to balance sebum (making it the oil of choice for combination skin) and to keep the skin smooth and  supple.

Geranium blends well with Clary Sage, Rose, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Lavender, and Chamomile, among others. The only oils I don't like in combination with it are the citrus oils. They seem to "sharpen" it too much for my taste.

 

Geranium

15 ml $15.00

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ROSE GERANIUM - South Africa

Pelargonium graveolens  Organically produced in South Africa.  Steam distilled from leaves.

Our long awaited batch that spent months being delayed by governmental misunderstandings and red tape.   I am not, normally, a huge fan of the various geranium oils; their aromas tend to 'move and and take over' and too much can give me a headache.  I fell in love with this wonderfully floral specimen.  Much gentler than our other Geranium oils, from a wonderfully talented South African grower/distiller. A Fair Trade import.

Rose Geranium
South Africa

15 ml $18.00

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ROSE GERANIUM

Pelargonium graveolens (Pelargonium X asperum Ehrhart ex Willdenow)Madagascar, Organically produced  (Reunite type)

This Rose scented variety of the scented Geranium is raised specifically because of the Rose like odor of its leaves. To me, it smells like a blend of a floral and herbal aroma. It's not a substitute for Rose Otto, but it does have a more 'rosy' aroma than most other Geraniums.

It is the oil I use in blends for menopausal difficulties.

Like the other Geranium, it blends well with Clary Sage, Rose, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Lavender, and Chamomile, among others.

(Geranium and Rose Geranium are available in two of our synergies made just for women. You can view the blends on our blends just for women page).

Rose Geranium Hydrosol is available on our Aromatherapy Hydrosols page.

Rose Geranium

5 ml $14.00
15 ml $28.00

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GINGER ROOT, Steam Distilled

Zingiber officinale Organic, fresh roots, Madagascar

Ginger is one of my favorite oils, but it's been years since we've been able to offer a steam distilled Ginger Oil. Most distillations are done from the dried root, and are, aromatically...well, the word NASTY was my daughter's reaction to one of them. This aromatically superb steam distilled specimen is still a skin irritant and needs using with a light hand, but should be safe for the skin in normal aromatherapy dilutions.

Ginger Oil, for those who have not tried it, is wonderfully soothing for aching joints and muscles, or an upset tummy. Ginger's heat can be irritating to the skin so be sure to dilute it. It is a wonderful ingredient in massage blends for aching muscles, or as a warming ingredient in a 'chest rub' for a cold or flu.   Recent studies have indicated that Cinnamon Leaf and Ginger, in synergy, are an effective analgesic and rubifactant.  The combination of the two are more effective at lower dilutions than either one alone.   Ginger can be an aphrodisiac and has been used by some to treat male impotence. To ease an upset stomach or heartburn, we usually add one drop of Ginger oil, mixed into a teaspoon of honey in a cup. Fill with hot water, stir, and drink. Instant Ginger Tea!

 See the analysis of our current batch here.

BLENDS WITH: Black Pepper, all citrus oils, Fennel, and Lemongrass.  Ginger blends well with the citrus oils, and the woods or resins.

 

Ginger Root

5 ml $12.50
15 ml $25.00

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GINGER CO2 Extract

Zingiber Officinale extracted from organically grown roots.   The most freshly scented Ginger oil ever.  In the past we discontinued the Ginger CO2 we had stocked because it was so intensely hot we didn't feel it was safe to use.  This total CO2 extract is delightful..warming, but not burning.   The producer especially recommends it as an antinausea agent, for morning sickness, motion sickness, or post surgical nausea.  We also use it in pain relief blends to stimulate circulation.    This is the Ginger extract most recommended for anti-nausea effects. 

See the certificate of analysis here, to compare to the distilled Ginger Oil.

 

Ginger CO2
15 ml     $16.00
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GINGERGRASS

Cympopogan martini var sofia  Wild crafted in India

This cousin of rosy Palma Rosa is amazing.  Warm and spicy like ginger, with just a hint of green grass, lemon and floral notes to it.  It should be a perfumers delight.  Please note that I can find little reliable safety information about this new to us oil, and recommend its use in the aromalamp or diffuser. Some sources, however, recommend its use topically for pain relief and warming, the same way one would use ginger oil.  Please dilute it way down for topical use.  We have only a limited quantity. A friend wanted some for her own purposes, and I had the opportunity to add a kilo to a recent order from India, so here it is for your enjoyment!

Gingergrass
15 ml $7.00
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GOLDEN CHAMPA

Michelia Champaca, India, solvent extracted.

Extracted from the creamy yellow blossoms of the Golden Champa tree.  We are all in love with this lush, rich floral.  It seems to have the exotic flair of Tuberose, with much more softness and sweetness.  Arctander describes true Champaca Absolute as a delicate dry-floral, with notes of Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang, Carnation and Tea Rose.  Arctander recommends using Sandalwood as an anchor for this lovely absolute, and says it blends beautifully with Carnation, Rose, Violet, etc. 

Golden Champa is one of the key ingredients in Joy, the world's most costly perfumes.

In India, a scented oil infused from the Golden Champa blossom is used for relief of vertigo and headaches.  We have no idea if the diluted absolute would have the same effect.  (But the sufferer would surely smell lovely.)

Also available in a 10% dilution

The same delightful Michelia Champaca Absolute in a skinsafe 10% dilution in Fractionated Coconut Oil, ready to wear as an exotic floral perfume.

Golden Champa Absolute
 
Out of Stock
 
Golden Champa 10%
2 ml                  $16
5 ml                   $32
15 ml                  $64
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GRAPEFRUIT, PINK

Citrus paradisii USA, ORGANIC, cold pressed, Rind

I never particularly liked Grapefruit Essential Oil until I discovered this Pink Grapefruit. It fairly sparkles, it's so bright and crisp, both energizing and uplifting.  Grapefruit is recommended by some authorities for treating eating disorders, both anorexia and overeating, when they stem from lack of self esteem. It seems to create a feeling of internal buoyancy.

Of all the citrus oils, Pink Grapefruit is by far the most energizing.  I find it impossible to sit still when we are diffusing Pink Grapefruit.  It makes us all want to get up and move!

Physically, Pink Grapefruit oil is also helpful in treating oily skin and hair.

Pink Grapefruit, applied topically, is recommended as part of anti cellulite blends because of its toning and astringent effects. It has been shown to stimulate the lymphatic system, and thus help the body remove toxins.

Recent research has also shown that inhaling Grapefruit Essential Oil may help reduce the craving for sweets. Couple this with its energizing effect, and it's clear to see Pink Grapefruit essential oil is truly the dieter's friend.

Blends well with:  All Citrus oils, Cypress, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cistus, Cedarwood, Lavender, Rosemary,

Pink Grapefruit

15 ml $17.00

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GUAIACWOOD

Bulnesia sarmienti, Paraguay, Wildcrafted, Steam Distilled Wood

This semisolid oil is a sweetly smoky, earthy and mysterious base note.  It has a touch of rose to the aroma, and years ago was used to adulterate Rose Otto. 

Emotionally the oil is relaxing and calming, a wonderful de-stresser.  The tree is called sacred by the natives of Paraguay, so the oil might also be a good addition to a sacred or meditative blend.

Physically it is said to be anti-inflammatory. Some sources recommend Guaiacwood as a venous or lymphatic decongestant. (I would blend it with Cistus for this use.)  Come to think of it, aromatically it would compliment Cistus. The blend would be delightful.  This same decongesting effect would make Guaiacwood useful for treating the pelvic congestion that can accompany or cause PMS.

Other sources recommend using Guaiacwood in blends to treat gout, rheumatism or arthritis pains, as well as simple fluid retention.

Please note that this is a very thick oil. It can easily be spooned out of the bottle, if you have something small enough to do so. If not, the bottle will need to be warmed to turn the solid oil to liquid. It takes quite a bit of warming to do so.

BLENDS WITH: Bergamot, Elemi, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Orange Blossom Absolute, Oakmoss, Palma Rosa, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang.

Guaiacwood

15ml              

$8.00

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