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Helichrysum Hinoki Wood Hops CO2 Ho Wood (Shui)
Hyssop Immortelle Absolute
(Everlast)
Inula 3 Jasmine Absolutes
Juniper Katafray (Katrafay) Kunzea Labdanum Absolute
Larch Lavender and Lavandin Ledum (Greenland Moss, Labrador Tea) Lemon
Lemon Myrtle Lemon Tea Tree Lemongrass Lemon Verbena
Lime Linden Blossom CO2 Extract    Litsea (May Chang) Lotus Absolutes

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HELICHRYSUM Italicum Essential Oil

(Italian Everlasting, Immortelle) Helichrysum Italicum ssp Serotinum Corsica, Certified Organic, blossoms  or

(Italian Everlasting, Immortelle) Helichrysum Italicum (Roth) G. Don

The steam distilled oil of the Italian Everlasting is one of the strongest anti-inflammatories I know. I use it in all my skin blends, and have been known to use it neat on bad bruises . The fragrance is warm, slightly honey like, rich and buttery, with green notes of wood, spices, herb. It is a fascinating oil because it is made up of several layers of notes that appear to unfold during the dry down.

Helichrysum is antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal . It is a component of my anti-acne blends, as well as useful in any rash or skin irritation (blended with German Chamomile CO 2 it gives amazing results!).

The literature and the aromatherapy lists are full of anecdotal evidence of Helichrysum Italicuum's amazing power when used on broken bones , stories of doctors being amazed that the break healed in half the estimated time, etc.

My personal experience is that it can fade bruises almost overnight, turning an angry new bruise to one that looks like a week old almost healed bruise while I slept. It acts by having the blood reabsorbed into the tissue, thus removing the discoloration and the pain caused by pressure on the nerves.

According to Dr. Christoph Streicher, Helichrysum is useful in treating heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat and risk of stroke. Blended with Ylang Ylang it is useful in treating high blood pressure. Dr. Streicher, along with many other authorities, also states that Helichrysum, in a base of Rose Hip Seed Oil will fade older scars.

Any blend created for arthritis, bruising, or scarring needs Helichrysum. One client writes that it is very effective in easing the pain of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. She applies a weak dilution when the pain starts, and within about 10 minutes the pain is gone for hours. (Not sure that relieving the pain and continuing the same activities that caused the pain is wise, but that is a matter of personal choice.)   For this sort of pain relief, I reach for the Macedonian oil - our Helichrysum Balkans.

Read the comments of several of our clients who have used either our Helichrysum essential oil or our Helichrysum hydrosol on this special Helichrysum Healing page.

Mentally, it is very supportive and comforting. It is believed by some to open the right side of the brain and improve creativity as well as increase dream activity. I also use it in a meditation blend to encourage spirituality and personal growth.

Again, according to Dr. Streicher, emotionally it can help an individual get in touch with unresolved feelings, emotions that have been denied and/or buried. It is also helpful in restoring memories that have been buried deep in the past. Dr. Streicher recommends it in psychotherapy to aid a patient in dealing with emotions. It helps release defense mechanisms and offers comfort in processing these emotional traumas. A client who is a psychotherapist uses a blend of Helichrysum and Jasmine Sambac for helping her clients deal with their pasts.

These oils can have very profound spiritual and emotional effects. They are considered by some to be one of the 'sacred' oils.

You may see the analysis of this batch of Corsican Helichrysum here.  The Balkan Helichrysum's analysis is here.

BLENDS WITH: Boronia, Chamomile, all Citrus oils, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Mimosa, Neroli, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Rose, and Vetiver. Use with Rose Hip Seed Oil for fading surgical and burn scars.

Helichrysum Balkan

2 ml       $28

5 ml       $55

15 ml   $110

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Helichrysum Corsican

2ml          $40.00

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HELICHRYSUM 10%

Our lovely organic Helichrysum Corsica in a 10% dilution in Jojoba. Use for skincare, for treating injuries, or for inhalation. Also offered in Rose Hip Seed Oil, the scar healing synergy suggested by Kurt Schaubelt and Dr. Christoph Striecher. Several of our friends and customers have seen great results from using the Helichrysum in Rose Hip Oil. However, Rose Hip Seed Oil can cause break outs on acne prone skin. If you have acne prone skin, it's best to avoid using the Rose Hip, or test it on a very small area of your face to see if there is a reaction.   Please note, Rose Hip Seed is a very shortlived carrier oil.  If purchasing the Helichrysum diluted in Rose Hip Oil, please store it under refrigeration to preserve freshness.

Helichrysum Corsica In Jojoba

5 ml

$20.00

15ml

$40.00

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In Rose Hip Seed Oil

5ml $25.00
15ml $50.00

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Cape Helichrysum (Helichrysum crispum)

 Wildcrafted in South Africa, distilled from blossoms

Just introduced by our favorite South African supplier, this wildcrafted native African herb has been used in indigenous medicine for millenia.   The flowers and leaves of "Cape Helichrysum" have been used as an anti-inflammatory, to ease the pain of sunburn and other skin irritations.  The producer says that the oil is calming and relaxing when inhaled,  has deoderant properties, and is an effective insect repellant.  It is said to be anti-infectious and the producer suggests that it could lower high blood pressure.  It is also said to relieve the pain associated with Arthritis.

It's main consituents are  Alpha pinene, Sabinene, Beta Pinene, Myrcene, Para cymene, 1.8 Cineole, Beta caryophyllene, Delta cadinene, and Viridiflorol.

We only bought in a little bit to experiment with. This oil is new to all of us so although as a rule the oils of the Helichrysum species are among the most healing and safe in the world, I plan to approach this new specimen with caution, using it in proper dilution, etc.

Cape Helichrysum (crispum)
15 mls               $10.00
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Helichrysum gymnocephalum

Wildcrafted from South Africa

A powerful respiratory oil, this variety of Helichrysum has little or nothing in common with our more familiar Helichrysum italicuum. 

Helichrysum gymnocepalum is said to be analgesic, antibacterial, anti-infectious , anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, expectorant, immunostimulant, mucolytic, and tonic for the nervous system.  Its major component is 1.8 cineole...as much as is found in many Eucalyptus oils.  It also contains  α-pinene and β-pinene. α-pinene is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiviral and anti-fungal (candida).  β-Pinene is found to be a potent scavenger of free radicals.  This combination should also make it a valuable addition to topicl pain relief blends. 

Aromatically, Helichrysum gymnocephalum is reminscent of a softer, gentler Eucalyptus globulous.  I prefer it aromatically and think it would be a nice choice for a diffuser.  I plan to try blending it with Fragonia™ for respiratory support,  and with Eucalyptus staigeriana to clear the air. 

I think it will be a marvelous oil to reach for when a sinus headache or tension headache strikes, as well.

Helichrysum gymnocephalum
15 mls               $10.00
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Hinoki Wood Oil

Chamaecyparis formosensis Matsum  Taiwan 

Grown pesticide and chemical clean.

Like no other wood oil we have ever experienced.   Unlike most wood oils this is a high middle, rather than a deep base note.   It has a tangy balsamic aroma, with almost a hint of lemon to its scent.  Very clean and penetrating.

Historically, Hinoki wood has been used to build temples and other buildings, and in present day Japan it is used to construct everything from kitchen cabinets, to shower stalls, and sleeper coaches inside trains. The wood is naturally considered “moist” which is why it is rarely sealed, as the essential oil literally rises to the surface.

It is known for its ability to withstand attacks by insects, particularly the common dust mite in the home, due to the naturally occurring geranyl acetate, linalool, and a-terpineol. (Researchers have published studies on this particular use.) There is also some evidence that it may be effective against termites.

This essential oil is distilled from scraps and sawdust from trees used in construction. No living trees were taken to produce it.  The Hinoki is protected and its use regulated by the Japanese government.

Some sources say that Hinoki essential oil is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, insecticidal and decongestant. By the same token, other sources say that it has no history of use in aromatherapy, and is used primarily by perfumers who often use it to blend and boost the “woodsy-ness” of woody oil blends. 

However, I would expect it to have some respiratory benefits, just based on personal experience. 

Safety: Hinoki Oil and its major components seem to be non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.

Hinoki Wood Oil

5 ml $15.00
15 ml $30.00

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HOPS CO2 Extract

Humulus lupulus CO2 extracted from blossoms in Germany

We had a request for this extract so we imported it.  I've seen Hops extract highly recommended for use in deodorants or for foot-care products.  The  lipophilic ingredients, humulones and lupulones, are highly antibacterial (primarily against gram positive bacteria) which are responsible for the deodorant activity.  Please note that Hops Extract is proven effective at dilutions as low as 0.1 to 0.2% (That is 1/10th or 2/10ths of one percent, literally a single drop per ounce of base.  This would be in an oil-based product. I am contemplating infusing a drop or two in some clay or arrowroot powder for a deodorant powder. 

HOPS CO2
15 mls               $12.00
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Ho Wood (Shui)

Cinnamomum camphora Sieb. var. linaloolifera Fujita from China.  Distilled from wood, bark and leaves of this Chinese tree. 

Shui, or Ho Wood as it is called in the US is the world's greatest source of natural linalool.  This specimen is 98.8% linalool, with traces of Limonene, myrcene, gamma-terpinene, and other components. There are those who say it is aromatically a substitute for Rosewood. I'm not certain of that, althought it is certainly reminiscent, and is, I am told, a renewable resource, avoiding the environmental damage that makes Rosewood a less than ideal choice.

My source for this lovely oil says that the linalol content makes it a "potent anti-infective and immunostimulant agent.. The essential oil’s composition means that it can be used externally for ear nose and throat problems, for respiratory, digestive, and genitourinary infections."  Other sources agree that it is a powerful immune system stimulant as well as a powerful relaxant, wonderful for insomnia.

Aromatically, we fell in love... soft woody, floral...gentle.  A comforting aroma.

Blends with: Bergamot, Basil, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Chamomiles, Geranium, Lavender, Sandalwood, Ylangylang

Ho Wood Oil
15 mls               $7.00
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Hyssop

Hyssop officianalis, var decumbens.Certified Organic, France.  Also known as Hyssop montana canescens or Mountain Hyssop. Steam distilled from the flowering tops of this creeping perennial herb.

I know of no better way to loosen up a tight chest than inhaled Hyssop oil. It's sweetly medicinal aroma is highly expectorant. We have been using it to banish the aftermath of this winter's flu; to help loosen and liquefy my daughter's bronchial cough, and to help ease sinus caused sore throats. Some authorities say it can relieve bronchial spasms and thus might be helpful for asthma attacks, however I have no first hand experience with this yet. One friend recommends a blend of Hyssop, Eucalyptus smithii and Pinus sylvestris for asthma.

My instinct is to use this one in the diffuser, as a steam, or just inhale from a tissue. It has a soft, lovely dry down, clean smelling, soothing and gentle. I think it would be beautiful blended with our new Myrtle.

Shirley Price recommends blending Hyssop with eucalyptus, Ravensara, Niaouli and Cajeput for respiratory problems. She also says it is very useful in taming the itching that can come with eczema.  My French friends swear that there is no better oil for any bronchial complaint, and that, unlike most other respiratory oils, Mountain Hyssop may safely be used by most asthma sufferers.  Best used in a nebulizing diffuser.

Hyssop

2 ml $12.00
5 ml $24.00
15 ml $48.00

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IMMORTELLE ABSOLUTE

For the perfumers among us:

Helichrysum italicum var. picardii, (Roth) G.Don.F.Boiss. et Reuter  grown in Spain, solvent extracted by a master perfumer.

This is NOT the healing Helichrysum oil from Corsica that is the most healing essential oil that I know of, please do not order it expecting the anti-inflammatory effects that you can expect from Corsican Helichrysum. It should not be ordered for physically therapeutic benefits.

What it IS is a marvelous gift to the perfumer!

Thick and slow-moving, this golden brown absolute contains one of the most complex aromas we have encountered in years.  Not light or floral, it reminds us of Oakmoss, of Tabac, traces of Hay Absolute, of the deeply rooted oils that many of us love.

Arctander writes of this amazingly aromatic absolute:

"Its odor is entirely different from that of the essential oil...It is intensely sweet-herbacious, coumarinic, honeylike, slightly woody-floral... (It) is used in perfumery for its deep-sweet, honeylike, tobacco-like notes, and for its great fixative effect...the absolute has an extra-ordinary ability of rounding off and "bouquetting" a fragrance which may need life and naturalness." Said to blend well with the coumarins, lavender family, Clary sage, all citrus oils, the "rosey" oils, clove and other spices.

The undiluted absolute is extremely thick and will definitely require gentle heating to blend with your chosen carrier oil.  It did dissolve readily, when warmed, in our Fractionated Coconut Oil. Available both undiluted, and in a 10% dilution for ease of use.
Immortelle Absolute
5 ml      $18.00
15 ml    $35.00
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15 ml       $9.00
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INULA GRAVEOLENS

Inula graveolens

Organically produced in France, Steam Distilled from the blossoming tops of wildcrafted plants.

This year's batch is a much darker green, almost black. Similar in color to our Osmanthus absolute, rather than the lighter green we are used to. Why? Not even the distiller knows.  The aroma is intense and effective, the GC analysis is what I would expect.  The coloration is a mystery.

An amazingly powerful respiratory oil, Inula should be treated with respect. Inula is probably the strongest mucolytic oil available to the aromatheraist.  It is the most effective oil I know of for loosening bronchial congestion. It can be amazingly effective in relieving asthma, bronchial asthma, and chronic lung infections. (We are testing it out on my daughter's bronchial asthma right now.)

Shirley Price lists it as a powerful immune system stimulant in her discussion of AIDS/HIV support, although I suspect most aromatherapists would reach for more commonly accepted oils.

Useful in treating the symptoms of Asthma, both chronic and acute Bronchitis, unproductive coughs, and laryngitis. there is nothing better for loosening deep congestion in the lungs, bronchial tract or sinuses. Its antibacterial properties make it especially effective for infections of the respiratory system.

Some authorities recommend Inula graveolens for lymphatic drainage and circulation, although I would reach for Cistus for this purpose.

Jeanne Rose also recommends Inula graveolens by inhalation for treating seriously congested infected sinus'.  (For the times that our SineEase Synergy just isn't enough!.)

I have recently seen research indicating that Inula graveolens is also an effective antibacterial, specifically effective agains Staph infections.

WARNINGS: A close cousin of this Inula graveolens, Inula helenium, is a known strong sensitizer and skin irritant that has NO use in Aromatherapy. The much safer Inula graveolens does not bear these warnings. It appears to be both non-irritating and non-sensitizing. However, because it lacks extensive testing, I would still avoid its use with infants, children and the elderly, and during pregnancy and lactation. (For infants and children with respiratory problems, I would reach for our lovely, gentle Green Myrtle oil.)

Organic Inula Graveolens Essential Oil
2 ml                $32.00
5 ml              $64.00

15 ml               $128.00

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JASMINE

As Rose is traditionally known as the Queen of flowers, Jasmine is called the King. It is an essential for anyone with an interest in perfumery, but offers much more than just a lovely exotic aroma. Jasmine is often recommended for use during childbirth. It is said to strengthen contractions, relieve pain, and aid post-natal recovery. It is also recommended by some as a hormone balancer, and soothing with menstrual pain. It is often used in skin care, especially in the treatment of dry or aggravated skin. Many use it in treating eczema and dermatitis, however it can be sensitizing and I'd not recommend using it on problem skin.

It is in its emotional uses that Jasmine truly shines. Almost every authority recommends it as an aphrodisiac, especially for those who lack confidence in their own sexuality. Battaglia says that it is as powerful an antidepressant as Ylang Ylang, Basil and Melissa. Fischer-Rizzi says it helps diminish fear and build self-confidence and optimism

Jasmine Absolute blends well with Bergamot, Clary, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Orange, Mandarin, Neroli, Palma Rosa, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang. I especially recommend blending it with Bergamot...the resulting synergy is comforting, soothing and yet uplifting at the same time.

 

JASMINE AURICULATUM ABSOLUTE

Jasminun auriculatus India, Organically cultivated blossoms, Solvent Extracted

This much less known Jasmine has been a total delight to all of us here.  The experts describe it as having a rich, gardenia-like aroma.  I'm not so sure of that.  It is intensely floral, but with a rich rounded fruity aroma, underlying the radiant floral notes.  Even those of us who normally find our other jasmine species a bit too lush for our taste fell in love with this.  

Victoria, of Bois de Jasmine, writes of our Jasmine auriculatum:

Although it is lesser known, Jasmine Auriculatum is a very exciting specimen with an unexpected touch of darkness. Ornamented by green herbal notes, it possesses a more austere character than the more familiar tropical fruit laden Jasmine Grandiflorum and much greener Jasmine Sambac.  The dark undercurrent tempers the opulent richness of jasmine, letting the scent vacillate between barely opened gardenia buds and tuberose blossoms, all the while remaining bold and spicy. Thank you for letting me try it. It is truly beautiful! "

Available pure and undiluted, of course, as well as in a 10% dilution in Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Jasmine Auriculatum

2 ml $27.00
5 ml $55.00
15 ml $110.00

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Jasmine Auriculatum 10%

5 ml $15.00
15 ml $30.00

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JASMINE GRANDIFLORA ABSOLUTE

Jasminun grandiflorum India, Solvent Extracted from organically grown blossoms

In my opinion, this is softer, sweeter, more traditionally "floral" absolute.

Jasmine Grandiflora is much more widely known than the Sambac described above. It is the Jasmine grown in Europe and Northern Africa, and usually the specimen grown in the US. The Grandiflora is much more commonly used in perfumery than its rarer cousin.

Jasmine Grandiflora's aroma is softer, more gentle, and less exotic than that of the Sambac. As the Sambac blossoms seem to capture the mystery of the night and the moonlight, the dawn-blooming Grandiflora seems to carry the essence of a bright new day.

A softer, somehow more feminine aroma.... The English language seems to lack the vocabulary to truly describe the differences between these so similar aromas. You must experience both and form your own descriptions.

Side note: A noted British expert on aromatics sampled some of this Jasmine on a recent trip to the US. He declared it the "finest Jasmine he had ever experienced."

Perfume writer Victoria, of Bois de Jasmine,  wrote of our Jasmine Grandiflora:

Jasmine Grandiflorum

I have to preface my description to say that jasmine is my favourite scent, but I nearly gave up trying to find jasmine eo that would capture the true beauty of its blossoms.  What a pleasant surprise here!  Upon opening of the bottle, the scent rising from its rim is both opulent and exotic. It sings clearly, unobscured by heavy indoles that are often present in jasmine oil, making the scent seem too animalistic.  This oil is just a clear veil of jasmine blossoms falling from the sky.  Yet, the powerful sensuality underscores the sweet, slightly fruity accord.  The fruity note becomes more obvious the further the oil is diluted. It is reminiscent of summer fruit, perhaps sweet melon, lacking any acidity.  While it is very faint, it adds a very special elegance and evokes sun drenched blossoms.  Simply magnificent! 

Bliss Bath, our powdered bath oil, made with Jasmine Grandiflora can be found on our Aromatic Baths page.

 

Jasmine Grand

2 ml $27.00
5 ml $54.00
15 ml $108.00

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JASMINE GRANDIFLORA 10% in Fractionated Coconut Oil

Our lovely  Jasmine Grandiflora diluted to 10% in Fractionated Coconut Oil, ready to wear as a pulse point perfume, to add a few drops to the bath, or further dilute for a sensual massage.

Jasmine Grand 10%

5 ml $15.00
15 ml $30.00

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JASMINE SAMBAC ABSOLUTE

Jasminun officianalis sambac India, Solvent Extracted.  from Organically grown blossoms

To my nose, this is the Jasmine with the richest, most heady aroma. If you are looking for an exotic scent, this is your choice! This particular offering is a new sampling of the Sambac, from a different supplier. Our production manager (a true Jasmine lover) broke out in goose bumps when I handed him the bottle to sniff. Glorious stuff!

How to compare the two Jasmine essences we offer? The opening notes of Jasmine Sambac are heavy and sweet with a richness and mysterious depth. As the scent develops, there are fruity and floral notes...complex. Jasmine Sambac is a night blooming blossom, collecting the wisdom and mystery of the moonlight.

A group of friends were sampling both of our Jasmines trying to describe the difference. Their considered opinion? It's a difference in gender...the Grandiflora is softer, more feminine; while the Sambac truly deserves the name "the King of Flowers".

Side note: 8000 individual blossoms (carefully hand picked) are required to produce one gram (approx one ml) of absolute. No bruised flowers may be used for extraction, since their aroma is ruined by bruising or mishandling.

 

Jasmine Sambac

2 ml $25.00
5 ml $50.00
15 ml $100.00

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JASMINE SAMBAC 10% in Fractionated Coconut Oil

Our stunning Jasmine Sambac diluted to 10% in Fractionated Coconut Oil, ready to wear as a pulse point perfume, to add a few drops to the bath, or further dilute for a sensual massage. Also available diluted in perfumer's alcohol on our Natural Perfumes page.

Jasmine Sambac 10%

5 ml $15.00
15 ml $30.00

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 JUNIPER High Altitude

Juniperus communis  France, Wildcrafted, Certified Organic Extracted from Juniper Berries with needles.

A beautifully fresh aroma drew me to this rare Juniper, grown and distilled at 12,000 meters in the French Pyrenees. And having fallen in love with it, I had to research it.

Various sources site Hi altitude Juniper specifically for energy work, for clearing negative energy from rooms or from people and recommend its use before meditation for centering and drawing loving energy.

Energetically, Juniper is said to clean the atmosphere of a room, and assist with meditation.

Physically, it is a diuretic and is often included in anti-cellulite and detoxifying blends. (Try blending with Grapefruit and Fennel for cellulite.) It is an essential component of any detoxifying blend. Rosemary Caddy recommends Juniper Oil for treating gout, since, she says, it expels Uric Acid from the body.

Juniper Oil is said to help recover from hangovers . It may be helpful with arthritis and rheumatism. Do not use during pregnancy. I personally like it blended with a touch of lemon, or with sandalwood, Cypress. or frankincense. It is a key ingredient in our DETOX Synergy.

In skincare it is said to aid in balancing oily skin and hair (thinking it would make a lovely blend with Geranium, perhaps a man's blend?).

Juniper Oil is said to aid in detoxification from overindulgence in rich food or alcohol. It is also a stimulant for the lymphatic system (thinking of blending it with Cistus for lymphatic massage.)

WARNINGS: Considered nontoxic, nonsensitizing, but should be avoided during pregnancy or in the presence of acute kidney or bladder infection.Avoid during pregnancy or with babies. Avoid with kidney disease and acute bladder/kidney infections.

Juniper High Altitude

5 ml 19.00
15 ml 36.00

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KATAFRAY 

(Cedrelopsis grevei)  Wildcrafted from Madagascar.

Sometimes called Katrafay, or Katrafray, or...well, no one seems to agree on the "common" name of this uncommon oil.

Distilled from the bark, branches and leaves of an oversized Madagascar shrub, Katafray is historically used in Madagascar to relieve the pain of rheumatism.  It is said to ba anti-inflammatory, useful for pain relief.  It is also said to be soothing for inflamed skin.  For inflamed muscles or tendons I have seen recommendations that it be blended in St. Johns Wort infused oil. 

A major skincare company is praising the humectant properties of Katafray oil, that it intensifies the effect of any moisturizer for dry skin.

Because of it's high level of sesquiterpines (over 70%) Katafray makes a wonderful perfume oil. Although it is a middle note, not a base note, it anchors and extends the life of perfume blends.  The aroma is dry and woody with a sweet, powdery dry down.

Katafray is said to blend will with Clary Sage, Lavender, Lemon, Sweet Marjoram, Nutmeg, Rosemary and Tea Tree.

Safety:  There are no known contra-indications, and none of its components pose any risk. By the same token it is a relatively unknown oil and perhaps should be avoided during pregnancy or with babies.  You may see the CofA here.

Katafray
15 mls              $12.00
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KUNZEA AMBIGUA 

Kunzea Ambigua Australia, Wild Harvested, Steam Distilled from flowering branches. (Sometimes known as Tick Bush or Spring Flower Bush.)

Tasmanian aromatherapists say that Kunzea is the most healing of the native Australian and New Zealand Essential Oils.

Aromatically Kunzea Ambigua is initially "medicinal" in scent; the high levels of cineole and alpha-pinene are the first thing I was aware of.  But it softens on dry-down to leave a subtly spicy note. 

The name "Tick Bush" comes from the habit of cattle and wild animals resting close to the tree because it seems to repel ticks.  Will the essential oil have this effect? I don't know.  But it would certainly be worth trying.

Kunzea ambigua Essential Oil has been tested and proven effective against Staph, E-coli, and Candida.  In Australia it is registered for the temporary relief of arthritis pain, for relief of the symptoms of influenza, relief of muscular aches and pains, temporary relief of the pain of rheumatism, and to help relief nervous tension, stress, and minor anxiety.

Mark Webb quotes anecdotal feedback showing Kunzea Ambigua essential oil is being used effectively in the treatment of: eczema, dermatitis, under nail infections and skin ulcers. He writes that it also eases the pain of insect bites, minor burns, recurring shingles and migraines.  Others use it as an insect repellant (for ticks, especially I would guess,) a room deodorizer in a nursing home environment, for rapid repair of soft tissue injuries including strains, sprains and bruises.

Jeanne Rose states that the essential oil is analgesic and anti-inflammatory, useful for sports and injury relief.  Topical application will diffuse bruising and reduce swelling and irritation, as well as relieving arthritis and muscular pain.  She suggests that inhalation may relieve sinus pain and anxiety.

Our Christi has found it the most effective pain reliever for her injured knee.

Robbi Zeck, in The Blossoming Heart, writes that Kunzea ambigua helps to defuse deep emotional pain that has been suppressed, that it assists in the release of physical and emotional pain.

Kunzea is said to blend well with all of the other Australian essential oils, especially with Rosalina and the lemon scented oils.  For skincare use, it is delightful with Lavender.

Kunzea

5 ml $12.00
15 ml $24.00

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Image courtesy of Mark Webb.

 

LABDANUM ABSOLUTE

Cistus ladanifer Spain, Wild, Solvent Extracted from the resin released from the leaves.

Treasured by perfumers, Labdanum, the Absolute produced from my beloved RockRose, adds a balsamic tang to any blend. Much deeper and more resinous than the steam distilled Spanish Cistus Essential oil,  I would never use the Absolute for the physical effects of good Cistus oils, the lymphatic drainage and detoxifying effects, but its aroma suggests to me that perhaps it might have the emotional effects of a wonderful Cistus oil.

Labdanum is a key ingredient in Amber blends, Chypre perfumes and in many Oriental perfume blends.

Courtney, along with a few customers feel Labdanum is a spiritual or meditation oil. The aroma seems to take them to other places in their mind, and later they crave the smell of it.

This is a very thick oil. It will not come out of the orifice reducer in the bottle, however you can stick a tooth pick or something similar into the bottle to spoon it out. Otherwise, the bottle will need to be warmed quite a bit. This will loosen the oil, but you must work quickly, because it will solidify very quickly.See also Cistus Essential Oil

Labdanum

5 ml $15.00
15 ml $30.00

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Labdanum 10%

15 ml $9.00

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LARCH NEEDLE

Larix laricina Ecocert, Canada, Needles, Steam distilled

Several years ago one Autumn I met a charming woman who distills Certified Organic and ethically wildcrafted Canadian oils, and I experienced Larch oil for the first time. It was love at first sniff....obviously a conifer, but lighter and a tad sweeter than most of the evergreen oils...my mental image of the tree this oil is distilled from was light, feathery needles. And come to find out, the Larch tree, the only conifer which is NOT evergreen, but sheds its needles each fall does have light, feathery needles that grow in whorls and turn golden each autumn before dropping.

This is far and away the sweetest and gentlest of the conifers. The aroma is light, with an almost fruity touch. Used in the lamp or diffuser it is reputed to create a more creative ambience and to stimulate the right side of the brain, to enhance intuition. It is a lovely relaxing oil.

Physically, like the other conifers, it would be anti-infectious and useful for bronchial/respiratory problems. Because it is a relatively new and untested oil I prefer to restrict its use to the lamp or diffuser and would avoid using it with children or during pregnancy.

We have not had the lovely Larch Needle oil in for several years. We are delighted to welcome it back!

Larch Needle

5 ml $15.00
15 ml $30.00

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Lavender, Lavandin and Spike Lavender

Soothe irritated skin, ease a pounding headache, stop the pain and help heal a burn or sunburn, release stress and tension, ease a baby's diaper rash,  clear a troubled complexion, relax overstressed muscles, kill germs, lull you to sleep after a relaxing bath,   -  Lavender Essential Oil can do all of the above.

Blends With:  There are very few oils that do NOT blend well with Lavender.  Especially recommended, however, are all the Citrus oils, Cedarwoods, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium and Rose Geranium, Neroli, Rose, and Rosemary.

Lavandin Hybrids

Lavandin is NOT a true Lavender. It is the result of a cross between Lavender vera and Spike Lavender, sometimes known as Aspic.  True Lavender grows higher in the mountains, while Spike Lavender is a lowland plant. Originally, at the borders of their geographic territory, the seeds mixed, and wild Lavandin was grown. No Hybrid will set seeds, so all the Lavandin oil commercially available is a result of clones of the original plants. There are several named varieties of Lavandin; we currently offer three.  

Chemically,  the Abrial and Lavandin Super are closer to Lavendula angustifolia than are other varieties of Lavandin.

 

 

LAVANDIN ABRIAL

Lavandula hybrid var. abrialis French, organic.
(Lavandula x intermedia CT abrialis)

 

A bit of Lavender history is still alive in this lovely specimen. Abrial was the first successfully cloned Lavandin. The Abrial oil is high in linalyl acetate, one of the benchmark components of fine Lavender angustifolia. (High  Altitude Lavender contains much more linalyl acetate than does its lowland cousins, and aromatically this Abrial is closer to our Hi Altitude than to our French Mailette.)

Lavandin Abrial also has a significant amount of camphor and 1 8 Cineole, making it both an effective mucolytic and expectorant as well as antibacterial. It is much gentler than Spike Lavender, which has the similar effects, and thus more appropriate for diffusion with children. Abrial's specific components make it a wonderful "support oil" to be used with the various Eucalyptus oils, tea tree and manuka.

Lavandin Abrial

15 ml $9.00

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LAVANDIN, SUPER

Lavandula hybrid var. super French, organically grown

Lavandin Super is the lavandin closest to true Lavender aromatically, and, since it produces much more essential oil than Lavendula augustifolia, is often used to extend or adulterate true Lavender oil. Like true Lavender, it is a soothing, relaxing oil when used in moderation. According to Jane Buckle, in a clinical trial, Lavendin intermedia: Super was found to be more effective for relaxing patients than Lavandula angustifolia.

Lavandin Super is closest in chemistry to true Lavender.Lavandula x intermedia cv Super is higher in linalyl acetate and high in esters. Antispasmotic and relaxing. it is the gentlest of the lavandins. It is a wonderful oil to use in a relaxing bath or massage.

My Belgian friend uses two drops taken internally as his recommended Migraine remedy. (Please don't take any Essential Oil internally unless you are under the direct care of a trained Aromatherapist!). However I would strongly recommend this Lavandin for treating headaches, migraine and otherwise. There are several different chemotypes of Lavandin on the market today, this one, Lavandin intermedia Super is high in esters, extremely relaxing and an antispasmodic. This makes it effective in treating sore muscles that tend to cramp, and a wonderfully relaxing bath oil. We are use it as a key ingredient in our pain relieving blends, specifically MuscleEase and BackEase.

Lavandin Super

15 ml $10.00

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LAVANDIN, GROSSO

Lavandula hybrid var. Grosso French, Organic

Like all Lavandins, this variety is a hybrid of Spike Lavender and Lavender Vera. Its aroma is less floral than the Super described above (but the Grosso refers to its discoverer, not its scent!). It has a touch of spice to its aroma, mixed with the herbal Lavender notes.

I find the Super a bit more relaxing and still prefer it for relaxation and stress relief, but for inflammation, the Grosso definitely has a role to play. Lavandin Grosso contains terpineol-4 and linalyl acetate which make it a good antiseptic and stimulating oil. Useful in treating skin conditions such as acne and sluggish skin. I've seen it recommended as the oil of choice for scabies and other infectious skin diseases.

It is a good addition to cold and flu remedies with its proven germ killing ability, as well as its ability to stimulate the respiratory system and ease breathing.

Jane Buckle states that Grosso was shown to be very effective against non-tubercular opportunistic mycobacteria (NTM) which is common in AIDS. She also states that "Grosso is high in linalol for infections."

A blend of Lavandin Grosso and Spike Lavender is recommended for respiratory disorders, either by inhalation, or massage.

Lavandin Grosso

15 ml $7.00

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LAVENDER BULGARIAN

Lavender augustifolia (vera) Bulgarian, Organically produced by an EcoCert producer - Blossoms only.

Probably the best value of our true Lavender oils. It's very full and round.Not as sharply green or camphorous as many Lavenders; you know this one came from flowers, not leaves. The scent seems to rise out of the bottle and greet me. Full and rich, rounded and supportive.

If you are looking for a Lavender for relaxing in the tub, or diffusing for soothing, relaxation, or wooing sleep , this is the one for you. I've been mixing it with our Rose Geranium and quite honestly can't get enough of the blend. Added to soap or lotions the blend produces a wonderfully soothing "Grandma's Garden" scent-memory and is part of the secret of our Mille Fleur goats milk soap.

Like all true Lavender oils, our French and Bulgarian Lavenders are antibacterial, anti-fungal, and, possibly, anti-viral. Lavender functions as an adaptogen, aiding in restoring the body to balance.   GC/ms and CofA here.

Lavender Bulgarian

15 ml $12.00

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Wild High Alpine/High Altitude Lavender

Lavender angustifolia (Lavender vera)  Ecocert organic, wild crafted from Population
(Lavender vera, lavender fine, Lavender Sauvage)

Wildcrafted in the mountains of Haut Provence,  distilled at high altitude to allow lower temperatures and, of course, much lower pressure, so more of the volatile phytochemicals come through in the oil. This is truly the benchmark...what French Lavender should be, but so seldom is. Grown high in the French Alps of Haut Provence, harvested and distilled at over 1400 meters. Our finest Lavender.  An amazing aromatic experience.

 Aromatically and energetically amazing! a true Lavender Sauvage.   Years ago I remember Dr. Chistoph Streicher discussing the vibrancy and power of wildcrafted oils as opposed to those grown under any form of cultivation. 

This amazing new Lavender proves his theory!  Aromatically deeper and more intense than the Lavender Mailette, this lovely specimen gave us all goosebumps.  Those of you using the oils energetically must try some!   GC/MS analysis available here:

Lavender Hi Alt

5 ml               $18
15 ml             $36
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Lavender Population (Lavender Fine)

Lavendula angustifolia  Organically grown from seed at mid altitude in the French Alps, (1200 - 1400 meters) from gathered seed, not cloned.  Distilled by an EcoCert certified distiller.  Fresh and bright aromatically. Energetically amazing, said to be energetically more vibrant than the cloned varieties described below.   See the GC/MS analysis here:

Lavender Population
5 mls    $12.00
15 mls    $24.00
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LAVENDER USA

Lavender angustifolia,   Organic, Steam Distilled, Flowering tops from a boutique distiller in the Pacific Northwest.

I am usually not enthusiastic about USA produced Laveder oils, but this is by far the finest specimen I have ever experienced.

Lavender USA
5 mls    $12.00
15 mls    $24.00
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LAVENDER MAILETTE

Lavender angustifolia,   organic, Steam Distilled, France (Provence), Flowering tops.

Aromatically, this is my favorite lavender. It has the most delightful velvety aroma. John Steele calls Mailette "the purple cloud" and after experiencing this new Mailette  I can understand why. If velvet had a scent, this would be it.  The Mailette is
particularly high in linalyl acetate, which gives it an extra sweetness.  A truly delightful oil.

If you are choosing a lavender for skincare, or other therapeutic uses on the body, rather than for relaxation, I would choose our Hi Altitude French.  It is the mainstay in my anti-acne and anti-Rosacea blends, and would be a good addition to any facial preparation.  (When it is in stock!)  But for emotional use, for the aromalamp, when you want a sweet floral aroma,  this specimen is exquisite.  It would definitely be my second choice after the High Alt, if cost must be the determining factor. See the analysis here.
 

Check out our Lavender Mailette Hydrosol!

Lavender Mailette
5 mls    $9.00
15 mls    $18.00
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English Lavender

Lavender angustifolia, Ethically Farmed, Steam Distilled, Great Britain, Flowering tops.

I have a new favorite.  When we received this sample I fell in love with its aroma.  Less floral than the Mailette described above this English lavender has almost a softly spicy note, perhaps because of its relatively higher level of Linalyl Acetate.   What really encouraged me to import some, though, was a discussion with an online friend, an Englishman, who said that the levels of both linalol and linalyl acetate tend to be lower in English oils than that of the French oils, but the therapeutic properties, for relaxation and pain relief, are at least as good. The Linalool level in this oil is higher than that of our High Altitude lavenders, but lower than the Mailette. Linalyl Acetate is lower than any of our French oils.  Which only goes to prove that we really DO NOT always know what makes an essential oil effective.  There is just so much more to learn!  See the analysis here.

English Lavender
15 mls    $12.00
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HIMALAYAN LAVENDER (Lavender Kashmir)

Lavender officianalis, grown and distilled high on the slopes of the Himalayas, over 5000 feet.

This is like no other Lavender I have ever experienced. At first scent it reminds me of our Bergamot Mint, or of a Petitgrain oil. The aroma is light and green, leafy, not floral or herbal like our other Lavenders. Hope smiles whenever she gets to open the bottle, the oil is a definite smile bringer. I have NO idea what its therapeutic benefits will prove to be. Aromatically, it is a delight!

Himalayan Lavender

15 ml $14.00

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LAVENDER CO2 Extracted

Lavandula angustifolia,  Grown in Bulgaria, CO2 extracted in Germany

The process of CO2 extraction gives an oil closer aromatically to the fresh blossom than any steam distilled oil will match. When ordering our last batch of CO2's I requested a sample of the producer's Lavender Select extraction.  And I fell in love.  I have no idea what the therapeutic qualities of this Lavender Oil will be, and we are not replacing the various lavenders used in our therapeutic blends.  But...if you want to scent your room, your linens, yourself with an absolutely beautiful, fresh floral lavender oil, this is the one for you.  We only have one kilogram, so order while supplies last. This CO2 extraction is truly an exquisite aromatic!  Certificate of Analysis here:

 Lavender CO2 extracted
5 mls $12.50
15 mls $25.00
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Spike Lavender Oils

Lavendula latifolia / Lavendula spica

Now, Spike is NOT at all your 'usual' Lavender; this one is NOT recommended for infants, children or the elderly, not an oil to use neat for all the first aid emergencies some of us use our true Lavenders for. Spike Lavender is higher in Cineole and in Camphor, which makes it an effective addition to respiratory blends, and useful for general aches and pains and is also a powerful germ killer. Some authorities recommend Spike Lavender as an insect repellant, and say it is useful for hair and skin care.

A stimulant, rather than a sedative, do not use for relaxation.

WARNING: Avoid use with anyone with a seizure disorder, with children, with the elderly or frail.

Nature's Gift offers two specimens of Spike Lavender.

 

 

Spike Lavender France - Lavandula latifolia

Lavendula latifolia  France, Organic, Flowering tops.

 Aromatically, this particular Spike is softer and more aromatic than other specimens that I've sampled (some of them are pretty gross!). I find it much closer to Lavandin super from an aromatic standpoint.

Highly antibacterial (in our single oil laboratory tests against the MRSA bacteria, this specific Spike Lavender (NOT the usual Spanish Spike Lavender) proved the most effective.  High in camphor and cineole this French Specimen is a must for respiratory blends.  Diffuse it briefly morning and evening when those around you are coughing and sneezing.  See the analysis here.

Spike Lavender - France

5 ml $16.00
15 ml $32.00

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Spanish Spike Lavender

Lavendula latifolia Spain, Organic, Flowering tops.

Antibacterial, recommended for bronchial infections.  Especially helpful in a diffuser or steam inhalation for any sort of bronchial or lung infections. 

Lavender Spike - Spain

15 ml   $14.00
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LAVENDER SPECIES SAMPLER

5 ml bottles of each of our ten varieties of Lavender and Lavandin.  Most of these are offered only in 15 ml sizes, but you may experiment with 5 ml of each in this sampler.

Kit contains five mls each of Lavandin Abrial, Lavandin Grosso, Lavandin Super, Bulgarian Lavender, Lavender Mailette, French Wild High Alpine Lavender Fine, Population Lavender, English Lavender, Himalayan Lavender (Kashmir), French Spike Lavender,Bulgarian Spike Lavender and our CO2 Extracted Lavender.

If available in 5 ml sizes their combined retail price would $107.00. Order the sampler and save  over 20%.

Lavender Species Sampler

Twelve (12) 5 ml bottles          
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LEDUM  - Greenland Moss, Labrador Tea

Ledum groenlandicum Ecocert, Canada, leaves, steam distilled

From a gifted Canadian artisan distiller,  Ledum is sometimes known as either Greenland Moss, or Labrador Tea.

The plant has an ancient history among Native Americans as a 'cure-all'. The essential oil distilled from the leaves seems to have immune system stimulating effects when diffused.. Kurt Schnaubelt recommends the essential oil (taken internally) for liver and kidney detoxification. Schnaubelt often recommends it not for treatment of severe illness, but during the recuperation process for general support of the immune system. He also states that it is useful against insomnia and especially helpful against the nausea and vomitting that so often are triggered by chemotherapy.

Emotionally, Ledum is calming and reassuring. Some sources recommend it in helping release trapped emotions.

Please note that this is by no means a "beginner's oil" but we have had requests to source it from some experienced aromatherapists and health care professionals. Nature's Gift does not recommend the internal use of any essential oil unless you are under the guidance and direction of a trained health care professional.

Ledum Hydrosol is available on our Aromatherapy Hydrosols page.

Ledum

2 ml $27
5 ml $53
15 ml $105

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LEMON, Certified ORGANIC

Citrus limon, Brazil, Cold Pressed, Peel only.  

Tart, tangy true lemon aroma. This one smells like grated lemon peel (just as it should).

Lemon Oil is a strong germicide and astringent, a wonderful air disinfectant and freshener. I use it in cleaning solutions all the time for its clean scent and disinfecting action.

Lemon Essential Oil has fever reducing action as well as its effective germicidal action, so it's a good oil to use to aid in treating colds and fevers. Lemon oil stimulates the immune system, and stimulates circulation. Lemon is a key component in most anti-cellulite blends. It has a toning effect on oily skin and hair.

Of all the oils where Organic as opposed to conventional farming methods make a difference, the citrus fruit oils lead the way. After all, when a crop is sprayed with insecticides, it is the rind of the lemon that is coated with and absorbs the chemicals. Research has shown appallingly high levels of pesticides in many essential oils.

The use of organic cold pressed oils will eliminate the chemical residue completely.

BLENDS WITH:   Any of the coniferous oils, with many of the spice oils, and with other citrus oils.  Also Atlas Cedarwood, Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli and Peppermint. See the GC/MS analysis here.

Lemon

15 ml $9.00

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LEMON MYRTLE

Backhousia citriodora Brand new, from my distiller in Australia: Organically produced, but not certified in the USA.   leaves.

This tree is plantation grown on an organically certified farm, and produces the purest natural form of citral in the world. A sweet lemon scent, used in perfumery, aromatherapy and in cooking.

An extremely potent antibacterial and germicide, Lemon Scented Myrtle is a much more effective germ killer than the more familiar Tea Tree. Anecdotal evidence shows a much lower than expected number of coughs, colds and sinus problems in households that regularly diffuse the oil in an aromalamp. It makes a lovely winter oil, with its combination of a cheerful lemon scent and its proven germicidal activity.

Anecdotal evidence from a friend who has been testing this oil in Australia:

Over the last 8 months, three different homes have been using Lemon Myrtle oil in common oil burners - two to three drops only - with the following results:

Definite reduction in colds and flu symptoms.
Reduction in sinus problems - one has suffered for years (he's also wheel chair bound due to a football accident when much younger), and is now a confirmed `addict' to Bc oil.
Happier, sweeter smelling houses - `What is that beautiful smell' type reactions.
Reduction in moths and silverfish and other creepy crawlies in clothes cupboards. (The whole leaf can be used in a similar way - a couple in each drawer - seems to be particularly efficient in the bathroom drawers.)
None of these people are related to me, so have not had to bribe them them to say `good things' about Bc !!

Lemon Myrtle is wonderful for oily skin and acne. The distiller recommends a drop dabbed neat on zits, however, the oil has not gone through extensive testing so we do not know if it is a potential sensitizer. It is a skin irritant, so I would not advise using it undiluted. I would dip a cotton ball in distilled water and add one drop of the Lemon scented Myrtle EO, and then touch THAT to the zit.

Many oils are classed as 'lemon' oils because of their aroma. Lemon oil itself is cold pressed from lemon peel and is actually less 'lemony' than many other oils because it contains only 3-10% of citral, the best known of the lemon scent components. Lemon myrtle, by contrast, contains 95% citral. I do not enjoy most "lemon-scented" oils. I am not a fan of lemongrass for example because it seems to lack the clarity of true lemon. This Lemon Myrtle is exquisite; as clear and clean as any lemon I have experienced.

Anecdotal evidence from Australian aromatherapists, who have tested Lemon Myrtle indicate that it can be effective for relieving chest congestion whether diffused or in a massage blend. It also seems useful for relaxation, uplifting emotions, and soothing sleep.

Lemon Myrtle's extraordinarily high level of Citral should make it a powerful antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal agent. I like to add a few drops to the diffuser just to generally clear the air in our house.

WARNING: Moscullum contagiosum Starting in mid 2009 we started getting requests from those who had read a research study showing that Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil proved effective in treating Moscullum contagiousum (a viral skin disease that predominantly effects children.)  I was appalled at the thought of people using this extraordinarily irritating oil in very strong dilution on a child's skin, and did more research.  Please read the following two blog posts for other, safer suggestions.

http://naturesgiftaromatherapy.blogspot.com/2009/05/molluscum-contagiosum-and-lemon-myrtle.html

and for a blend that has been used successfully by a well known and respected Aromatherapist:

http://naturesgiftaromatherapy.blogspot.com/search/label/Molluscum%20contagiosum

PLEASE do not order Lemon Myrtle if your purpose is to treat Moscullum contagiosum!!!!

 

The distiller states that Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil has many culinary uses.

The pure essential oil is best suited to:

  • vinaigrettes
  • mayonnaise
  • salad dressings
  • cold custards
  • sorbets
  • cheese cakes
  • ice creams

and any product with a milk or oil base where no heat is applied after the oil has been added.

Because of the pure oil's potency, only a drop or two will be needed to flavor the products. "A little goes a long way !!"

WARNING: Because of its extremely high citral content, Lemon Myrtle is bound to be a skin irritant. I prefer to use it in airborne blends, rather than for skincare. 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.)

 

Lemon Myrtle

15 ml $14.00

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LEMON TEA TREE, ORGANIC

Leptospermun petersonii Australia, Steam distilled, Organically grown, leaves

Actually, a relative of our Manuka, Leptospermum petersonii has a wonderfully clear lemon scent , and the bacteria fighting ability of the more familiar Tea Tree. According to my friendly distiller, what it really excels at is as an powerful insect repellant. And it smells much nicer than lemongrass or citronella!

I'm thinking of melting some wax and making a candle for the deck with the lemon tea tree instead of citronella candles. And wondering if wiping down the kitchen counters with a spray of Lemon Tea Tree in water will keep the ants away as well as Peppermint Essential Oil does.

Emotionally it is said to be useful for anxiety, stress, depression and for easing nervous tension.

My Australian distiller says:

"Lemon tea tree is used in natural insect repellents for humans - we prefer it alone in a carrier oil, but others add Tea Tree and lemongrass plus the carrier oil - all in very small percentages, naturally. It does work, and is, from our point of view, the use for the oil.

I personally wouldn't add E. citriodora - the Lemon tea tree will stand on its own. Haven't tried it with Cedarwood - we're more producers than blenders, but we get feedback from all sorts of people.
Leptospermum petersonii is being used for dog wash additives, but I'm not privy to the percentages. We have had evidence that the distillate water is extremely effective for clearing up mange type skin problems, and helping to keep dogs
free of fleas -
it is anecdotal, but a client has 35 working cattle dogs, and will take all the distillate water we produce, and the percentage of oil in the water would be extremely small."

Now, given the cost of shipping, I am not bringing in the hydrosol; but my daughter the groomer is going to be trying this lovely lemony oil on the dogs she grooms this summer. If what the distiller says about the flea freedom is true, and I have no reason to doubt him, then I think we have a gold mine here.

Note, further feedback from clients indicates that applying the EO to a horse's mane and tail help keep the horseflies away. All sorts of "anti-insect" uses for this delightful stuff!

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.)

Lemon Tea Tree

15 ml $12.00

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LEMONGRASS

Cymbopogen citratus  Steam Distilled, Madagascar, Organic grass

For years I have been seeking a Lemongrass essential oil that is high in Myrcene, with proportionally lower Citral.  Why?  Because I've been taught that the higher Myrcene lemongrass is more effective as an antibacterial, that it enhances the antibacterial effects of geranial and neral on both gram-  and gram+ pathogens.  See the GC/MS analysis here.

Historically, the herbal form of Lemongrass has been used in traditional Indian medicine for infectious illnesses and fever. Recent research indicates that it has a sedating effect on the central nervous system

The essential oil is stimulating and invigorating. It is helpful for treating symptoms of jet lag, clearing the head and relieving fatigue.

Lemongrass essential oil is considered an excellent physical tonic. It is said to boost the parasympathetic nervous system which hastens recovery from illness. Battaglia states that Lemongrass stimulates glandular secretions and muscles to aid in digestion. Thus it could be useful for colitis, indigestion, and gastroenteritis.

Lemongrass is an effective skin toner, said to be effective for tightening open pores. There are those who recommend it for treating acne and oily skin I do not recommend using it on troubled skin since it can be a skin irritant.

Lemongrass blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood (all types), Geranium, Lemon, Niaouli, Palma Rosa, Petitgrain, Rosemary and Tea Tree. Blended with Rosemary it makes a wonderful morning shower blend. Some people substitute the scent for Lemon EO in blends since Lemongrass is a middle, not a top note, but my personal opinion is that it lacks the clean clarity of both true Lemon Oil, and the higher Citral oils such as Lemon Myrtle.

We've been seeking a high myrcene Lemongrass for some time now, since Dr. Jane Buckle swears by it as a pain reliever. We were delighted to find this specimen from a new source in Madagascar.

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.)

Lemongrass

15 ml $8.00

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LEMON VERBENA

Lippia citriodora or Aloysia triphylla , USA, Certified Organic

It's been a long time since we've offered Lemon Verbena. I've always been concerned about the warnings re topical use. It's always expensive, and I've never been convinced it's worth the cost.  Then we received a teeny sample from a distiller friend.  OH. Beautiful.  YES!   It is stunning beautiful, lovely, fresh crushed lemon leaf stuff. A fresh leafy green sun dappled garden, captured in a bottle. A drop in the lamp is the instant cure for the winter doldrums.

Lemon Verbena essential oil is said to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, fever reducer and sedative. It is generally inhaled for stress, insomnia, depression, nervous fatigue and to help during an asthmatic crisis.

Jeanne Rose says that it is strongly anti-viral, and may be applied directly to a cold sore to reduce pain and symptoms. HOWEVER given the risk of sensitization from the use of Lemon Verbena, I would choose Melissa or Ravintsara for that purpose.

SAFETY: Lemon Verbena is one of the most sensitizing essential oils, it should not be used on the skin. The International Fragrance Research Association warns its member companies not to use it in any dilution for perfumery. Please restrict this lovely spirit-lifter to the aromalamp or diffuser, or for use in a room or linen spray. Or wear it in your favorite piece of Aromatherapy Jewelry to be surrounded by its aroma and energy.  Avoid during Pregnancy

Lemon Verbena

2 ml        $27.00
5 ml         $54.00
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LIME

Citrus aurantifolia, Steam Distilled, Mexico, Ethically Farmed.

Lime essential oil has many of the same uses as Lemon Oil, but with a lighter, sweeter buoyant scent. The two, blended together, are delightful. This steam distilled version avoids all risk of photosensitivity so is wonderful for skin care. Try it in an aftershave, or a lotion for oily skin. Blends well with Neroli, Lavender and Lavandin, Rosemary, Clary Sage, and all other citrus oils. Blend with West Indies Bay for a traditional tropical scent!

SAFETY: We offer only DISTILLED Lime oil because the cold pressed lime is one of the most powerful photosensitizers and should never be used topically.  For your safety, we limit our offerings to the much safer Distilled oil.
 

Lime

15 ml $6.00

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Linden Blossom CO2

Tilia cordata  Extracted from Certified Organic Blossoms, grown and produced in Bulgaria.

This is an extremely thick, almost solid extract.  Our experience in working with it has been an adventure.  It does not dilute well in our favorite Fractionated Coconut Oil (our diluent of choice for delicate florals!) - but if warmed, will dilute and blend beautifully into warmed Jojoba.  (In the Fractionated Coconut oil it managed to solidify the liquid oil, even in a 10% dilution.) The producer says that it dissolves well in other fixed oils as well, but when we reached success with the Jojoba we stopped experimenting.      Please note that not even the 10% dilution in Jojoba can truly be called "pourable."  It is more honestly described as "spreadable"  Perhaps the texture of very soft butter, left to sit in a warm kitchen.   If we could source 15 ml cobalt glass jars this is one product we would package in jars, rather than bottles. Be prepared to scoop, rather than pour.

Aromatically this is very different from the Linden Blossom absolute that we offered years ago.  It has a floral note, but is much greener, as though leaves as well as blossoms had been extracted. Be forewarned - the undiluted extract is quite difficult to work with. Unless you really need to work in with a stronger dilution we urge that you try our 10% dilution in Organic Jojoba. This will blend beautifully with other essential oils.

Wonderful, alone or in blends, for reducing tension. Robert Tisserand cites Linden Blossom in blends to detoxify and decongest the skin. Some authorities call this lovely essence "Lime Blossom", but it has no relation to the citrus family.

Blends with: Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Rose Absolute, Rose Otto, Tuberose, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Neroli, Petitgrain, Sandalwood, Clove, Ylang Ylang, Black Pepper and Ginger.

 Organic Linden Blossom CO2 Extract
5 ml              $20

15 ml              $40

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Linden Blossom 10% in Organic Jojoba
15 ml         $12.00
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LITSEA (May Chang)

Litsea cubeba Steam distilled, fruit, wild crafted , Brazil

Used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat indigestion, lower back pain, chills, headaches and travel sickness. Blended into a light carrier oil or in a bath, Litsea is often recommended to treat acne, dermatitis and greasy skin. Please use with extreme caution and very light dilutions on broken or troubled skin.

Litsea is useful in treating excessive perspiration, flatulence and indigestion,. Recent research indicates that it may have a use in treating cardiac arrhythmia. It is also an anti-spasmodic, specifically of the bronchia, and thus can be helpful in treating an asthma attack. I know of one aromatherapist who uses it at the start of a headache.

Litsea is widely used in the perfume and soap industries, providing a lemon-scented base note, often used to "anchor" the scents of the true citrus top notes that are far too fleeting.

According to Kurt Schnaubelt, Litsea is used for calming and as an inflammatory He also states that it is be anti-viral and regenerative. Schnaubelt also recommends it for Herpes (although in my experience Melissa is THE oil for herpes!)

BLENDS WITH: Ammi Visnaga, Palma Rosa, and Vetiver, as well as the true citrus oils, Lavender, Chamomile and Frankincense.

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.)

Litsea (May Ching)

15 ml $7.00

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BLUE LOTUS ABSOLUTE

Nymphaea caerulea Wildcrafted, India, Solvent Extracted

This rarest of Lotus Blossoms yields an ethereal absolute. When appropriately diluted, it is light, delicate in aroma, not as floral as the more common Pink or White Lotus Blossoms. but its effect on the spirit is amazing.

An "must have" for anyone working with the chakras, doing energy work, or using the oils as a part of their spiritual journey. Anne writes of feeling as though a tube of clear blue light and love was opened, inside her. of knowing that she was directly connected to a spiritual being, "I felt calm, peaceful and centered, but most important, connected and loved. A spiritual experience not to be missed." Anne describes the scent of the Absolute as that of a gently moving pool, being fed by the purest of waterfalls, filled with the scent of fragile flowers from heaven.

Debi speaks of feeling her third eye gently spiraling open. The first client to receive a sample of this exquisite absolute wrote of feeling her crown chakra opening, and filling with beams of clear light. Others say that Blue Lotus is associated with the fifth chakra. The Blue Lotus is said to be the flower of self potential and self-actualization.

I don't feel this oil the way some others have. But when I play with it I envision a clear stream, laughing its way over stones...with flower petals floating on the surface. A peaceful and safe scene, but lighthearted...joyful.

Blue Lotus is not for everyone. It is rare, and costly. We only have a little, and are only offering it in limited sizes, while supplies last. undiluted.  When more becomes available, we will offer it in a 10% dilution.

And...speaking of dilutions. We found this amazing oil changes, like a chameleon, with each dilution. We started with the 10% dilution we have always offered. Diluted that down to 5%, then 2.5%, and then down to perhaps a 1% dilution.  Most of us preferred the weaker dilutions; they to bring out the subtleties and dimensions of this complex oil.

Perfume writer Victoria, of Bois de Jasmine, writes of our Blue Lotus Absolute:

 Blue Lotus strikes me as having a very unique quality--translucence paired with tenacity.  I find that it starts out with a slightly pungent crisp note (not unlike White in some ways, which actually reminds me of autumnal leaves), however immediately crispness melds into transparency underscored by a subtle floral note and perhaps a touch of verdant foliage.  The visions of water you described are very apt.  I did a blind test, and this is exactly the reaction I had.


Blue Lotus Absolute

2 ml                $75.00
5 ml               $150.00
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Blue Lotus 10% in Fracionated Coconut.
2 ml          $24.00
5 ml          $48.00
15 ml         $96.00
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WHITE LOTUS ABSOLUTE

We've been waiting for almost a year for this lovely to arrive. Less pungent and floral than our Pink Lotus, and not as light and crisp as the Blue, White Lotus has a clarity and smoothness all its own. It couples a subtle aroma with a powerful emotional and spiritual effect. All who have sampled it spoke of the feeling of serenity and tranquility it brings. One tester says that it puts her mind in a state of relaxed awareness, while another said that she feels like a veil has been lifted, she is given a deeper understanding, a brightening of vision. Everyone who sampled it spoke of either the clarity of its aroma, or the feeling of clarity it produced in them. A wonderful meditation oil, said to be associated with the crown chakra.As such, it may help connect the mind and the heart.

 Available undiluted, and in a 10% dilution in Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Victoria of Bois de Jasmine writes of our White Lotus Absolute:

White Lotus

I have to confess that on the first try of diluted oil (10% dilution), I was not particularly enchanted.  It seemed to be rather pungent, especially after trying magically transparent and crisp Blue Lotus. However, I could not just put it out of my mind and kept returning to my little vial for some more.  The changes this oil undergoes are remarkable! The first impression is of diving far too deep in the pond and emerging with the smell of the silt on the skin.  After about 10 minutes the pungent earthy notes wash away by a clear crisp accord.  It is as if one witnesses lotus blossom unfolding slowly, little by little allowing one to smell the subtle floral heart.  Unlike Pink and Blue Lotuses, this one makes you wait much longer for its magic to become evident.  Yet, the wait is certainly worth it.  I can just imagine what its uses for perfumery might be--to add a dark mysterious note, or to ground more delicate floral notes.  However, it is at its most amazing as a therapeutic, emotional oil, because it just seems to fill one with serenity and clarity (which is what I find of other Lotus oils as well). Interestingly enough, as the oil dries down, it seems to hide its floral aspect once again and veil them by soft silt-y notes. It is simply amazing in terms of its complexity, like a true perfume created by nature--top, middle and base notes present.

(picture compliments of Aromatours)

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White Lotus 10%

2ml $20.00
5ml $40.00
15ml $80.00

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