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PALMA ROSA ESSENTIAL OIL

Cymbopogon Martini var. marinii  Wildcrafted and steam distilled in India

A product of a sweet smelling tropical grass, Palma Rosa smells like a blend of Rose and Geranium Oil. I have seen it offered as "Rose Geranium" so check the Latin name on any Rose Geranium you buy, it may well be Palma Rosa.

Palma Rosa is very effective in blends for treating various skin conditions as it helps balance production of sebum, thus being useful for both extremely dry and oily skin.

A strongly anti-infectious oil, as well as being antifungal, Palma Rosa may be useful in treating a range of skin infections. I like to add it to any anti-fungal blend.

It blends beautifully with geranium, emphasizes the scent of Rose in any blend, works well with lavender. Emotionally, it is said to aid in the release of anger and grief.

I have occasionally found it useful in a PMS blend.

BLENDS WITH: Fennel, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Patchouli and Sandalwood

Palma Rosa

15 ml                  $8.00

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PALO SANTO ESSENTIAL OIL

Bursera graveolens, wood harvested from fallen trees, thus "Ethically wildcrafted" from Pero. Just in, direct from a master distiller.

Palo Santo roughly translates to "Holy Wood" or "Holy Stick" in Spanish, and the wood of this sacred tree has long been used for many purposes in South and Central America.

Burned as incense, the wood has been traditionally used to ward off negativity, to be an aid to meditation and for spiritual cleansing.

Botanically related to the Indian and African Frankincense trees, Palo Santo's wood may share some of the properties of the Frankincense Resins.

Aromatically this new batch  was a surprise to us. Deeper than our previous specimen, perhaps a low heart note for the perfumers.    Our noses detected traces of lemon (not surprising, since the oil, like our Somallian Frankincense, is quite high in Limonene.)  Perhaps a trace of anise, or one of the spices.  A trifle balsamic, reminiscent of a fine wine.  Obviously a very hard to describe aroma!  (I searched Arctander, but when discussing Palo Santo he refers the reader to Guaiacwood, Bulnesia sarmienti, a totally different species. Nor does Burfield mention it.  We are left to our own devices.)

I have seen much written on the internet, but frankly, I am extremely skeptical of the claims of the multilevel marketing company promoting it.

Our initial reaction:

Like Frankincense, it should be a useful respiratory oil.  Our experience? It is a WONDERFUL respiratory oil!  Both Christi and I experienced what can only be described as an opening or lightening of our sinus cavities, and bronchial area.  Since she is extremely bothered by respiratory allergies this month, and I have COPD we were both delighted with our body's reactions!

Emotionally, we both had a feeling of 'lightness', indicating that the essential oil might be useful for stress relief.

I have seen the oil highly recommended as a meditation aid, and suggestions that it may be useful in a massage blend for the pain of rheumatism, arthritis, etc. I have also seen it recommended as an antidote for anxiety and panic attacks.  We haven't had time to explore any of these uses, and would welcome feedback.

I gave a tiny sample to a friend of me, a gifted intuitive and spiritual healer.  Her reaction:

"Hi Marge,
Just a quick note to thank you for the lovely Experience that this sacred brought to me.

Below are my thoughts based on my experience of this precious oil.

The oil seemed to possess a very magical ability to ground  me, without much ado (because it is from a tree); then it cleared and opened the 3rd eye and crown chakras. Addtionally, it traveled up beyond the crown chakra to clear and open my soul chakra, which sits about 6 " above the crown, thus placing me in open and clear connection with God.
"

She went on to discuss that the essential oil seemed to align and connect all chakras.  A true gift for any energy worker!!!  See the gc/ms analysis of this lovely Peruvian oil here.

Palo Santo Oil
2 ml    $11.00
5 ml     $22.00  
15 ml    $44.00  
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PATCHOULI ESSENTIAL OIL

Pogostemon patchouli or pogostemon cablin

(the following description applies to all of our Patchouli oils.)

Patchouli, oil of the 60's is an effective anti-inflammatory for the skin, helpful in healing cracked or inflamed skin, acne, dermatitis and eczema.

It is said to tone and tighten the skin, and is used in many anti wrinkle blends At the same time it helps regulate oily skin and dandruff . Some authorities say it is useful in appetite suppressant blends and, with its skin toning qualities, in combating cellulite.

It is an excellent base note for perfume blends, and is generally considered an aphrodisiac. In small quantities it has a mildly sedative effect, while in large quantities it may be stimulating.

Patchouli blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Leaf, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, the sweeter citrus oils, Neroli, Nutmeg, Rose, as well as other base notes: Sandalwood, Rosewood, Vetiver, etc.

 
Please keep in mind that Patchouli is very thick and may have a hard time coming out of the orifice reducers in the bottles. You'll most likely need to take the orifice reducer out and pipette the Patchouli out. Be sure to replace the orifice reducer, as it is what creates a seal between the bottle and top.

Sweet Patchouli

Pogostemon cablin, grass, Organically grown but not certified, steam distilled, India

Our sweetest Patchouli ever. Rich, lush, softly complex with notes of saffron, amber, and hints of sweet flowers. If ever there was a Patchouli essential oil designed to be worn as a single note perfume, this is the one.

Sweet Patchouli 10% in Fractionated Coconut Oil

For skin-safe use try our 10% dilution in Fractionated Coconut Oil.  Wearable as a perfume. 

Sweet Patchouli 10%
15 ml   $8.00
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PATCHOULI -India

Pogostemon patchouli, Steam distilled from India

Much deeper and darker in aroma than the Sweet Patchouli above.  This is a relatively new production and has not had time to age and mature, it promises to be exquisite. For now, it would be the oil of choice for blending because of its depth and robustness.

Patchouli - India

15 ml            $12.00

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PEPPERMINTS (see below to order) peppermint illustration

Mentha x Piperita

We offer three different specimens of Peppermint oil. One, organically grown in Hungary, the second ethically farmed in the Midwestern USA, and, occassionally, when available, a certified organic US oil from the Pacific North West, produced by an artisan distiller.

Peppermint Essential Oil is one of the 'basic necessities' for a first aid kit. It is one of the oils often recommended for easing migraines (especially those stemming from digestive problems); it helps clear congestion in the sinuses; it can ease indigestion (one drop on a sugar cube, or in a spoonful of honey.)

Mentally, it clears the brain, helps concentration, is a restorative in cases of mental fatigue, and a mental stimulant. Obviously not an oil to use in the evening when you are seeking sleep, but great in the car to help keep the driver alert. Peppermint is the ideal remedy for all digestive disorders, including nausea and vomiting. It is a great remedy for car or air sickness.

In a massage, it helps stimulate the lymph system. It is also an analgesic and aids with treating sore muscles and joint pain. In skincare, a very weak dilution (less than 1%) is helpful for easing itching or irritation. (We add a few drops to Calamine Lotion to treat Poison Ivy!) Definitely a case where "less is more" since in a higher concentration it will be irritating. One or two drops of peppermint added to a bath is wonderfully cooling; however more than that is TOO cold.

Peppermint may be either cooling or warming depending on the dilution used.  In low dilutions (less than 2%) it is very cooling.  In HIGH dilutions, greater then 5%, it will be warming (a rubecacient), and serve as a counter-irritant in pain relief blends.  Applied topically in low dilution it is an excellent headache remedy.

WARNING:Peppermint cools by constricting the capillaries and needs to be used in extremely low dilutions. It is also an irritant. One or two drops in a bath is sufficient, use a 1% dilution for massage or other skin applications. Also, recent research indicates that the use of Peppermint Essential Oil may aggravate GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease-type of heart burn).  It is contraindicated in cases of gallbladder inflammation.

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

BLENDS WITH: Black Pepper, all Citrus oils, Eucalyptus species, Fennel, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Rosemary and Spearmint.

NOTE  We also offer a sprightly Certified Organic USA grown and distilled Peppermint Hydrosol.

 

Peppermint Oil - USA Organic

Mentha x piperita, grown and distilled in the Pacific NorthWest, USA.

A true "boutique" oil - we only have a few ounces and there will be no more until next Autumn of 2014, if we are fortunate enough to receive some.  Grown and distilled organically by a master distiller.  If you use Peppermint oil in cooking, beverages or candy-making this should be your choice. As sweet as our Midwestern, but grown and processed organically.  Sweet as candy.  (I need to remember to put some away for ME this time!)

Organic USA Peppermint
5 mls                   $9.00
15 mls                    $18.00
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PEPPERMINT - MIDWESTERN

Mentha x Piperita  Ethically Farmed, Midwestern USA

My VERY favorite peppermint oil. Ethically farmed and distilled by an old friend, this is my very favorite peppermint of all.  Sweet as candy.  Please note, like most USA commercial peppermint oils, this peppermint is redistilled to remove some unpleasant components and increase both the menthol content and the "candy cane" like sweetness.  It is not in any way adulterated, but is redistilled to adjust the components.  It is also "food grade" and suitable for use as a food flavoring. See some of our recipes for peppermint candies on our hints and tips page.

See the gc/ms analysis here.

 

Peppermint - Midwest

15 ml                                  8.00

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ORGANIC PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL

Mentha x Piperita Hungary, Organically produced (Ecocert) steam distilled, leaf

We had sold the last of our Organic Peppermint from India and were delighted to find this certified organic specimen from Hungary. Bright, clear and sparkling it is the peppermint oil of choice for therapeutic effects. The aroma absolutely sparkles! Softer and rounder, aromatically, than the Indian oil that preceeded it, and without the candy-like sweetness of the Midwestern USA oil, organically grown for the purists who insist upon organic oils. Therapeutic uses would be the same as our other Peppermint oils.

See the GC/MS analysis here.
 

Organic Peppermint

15 ml                 $11.00

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PETITGRAIN BIGARADE ESSENTIAL OIL

Citrus aurantium Italy, Leaves, steam distilled, ethically farmed

THIS is what writers are talking about when they describe Petitgrain.  Crystal clear, light, clean... 

Arctander writes, of Petitgrain Bigarde: "of pleasant, fresh-floral, sweet odor, reminiscent of orange flowers, with a slightly wood-herbacious undertone, and very faint but sweet floral dry-out notes."

Always in the past, I detected an almost 'muddy' note in the various Petitgrain oils we offered.  Authors would state that it could be used as an inexpensive alternative to Neroli oil, for therapeutic benefits, and I'd say "I don't *think* so!"

This is a wonderful specimen.  I am so glad that we invested in it!

Emotionally, it's a powerful oil, calming anxiety and panic, acting as an antidepressant.  

Physically, it tends to be a sedative, which agrees with its relaxing effect on the mind. Some authorities recommend it for treating rapid heartbeat, and for insomnia. I have also seen it used in recipes for deodorant blends. Petitgrain oil is an ingredient in our anti-anxiety blend, ReunitÚ.  Basically, Petitgrain may be used in any application for which one would use Neroli; at a lower cost. 

Petitgrain essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary, Geranium (I prefer the 'green' geranium, rather than my rose geranium with it.) Jasmine, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, and all citrus oils.
 

Petitgrain

       15 ml      $15.00

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COMBAVA PETITGRAIN (Kaffir Lime)

Citrus hystrix, Madagascar, Certified Organic, SD, Leaves

This is my favorite Petitgrain...crisp, tart, with a lemon/citrus tang. It freshens the air and uplifts the spirit. A few drops in the lamp or diffuser bring a total change in the atmosphere.

Of our three Petitgrain oils, the traditional Petitgrain bigarade, from the bitter orange tree is the greenest and the leafiest in aroma, our Clementine Petitgrain is the sweetest, with the sweet scent of the fruit it comes from, and the Combava is the clearest. It seems to have a fresh lemon-lime note that soars above the green scent of the leaves.  The leaves are often used to flavor Thai foods and I suspect that a drop of this Petitgrain would do wonders for your cooking!

This is a new essential oil and has not been tested for dermatological safety; we don't know if it is a skin irritant or a sensitizer. For this reason you may want to restrict its use to a lamp or a diffuser.

Combava Petitgrain

5 ml $12.00
15 ml $25.00

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Wild Petitgrain Essential Oil

Citrus aurantifolia, Madagascar, Wildcrafted, Steam Distilled

From the wilds of Madagascar comes this fresh, green fruity Petitgrain. At first whiff you know that the immature fruit did go into the still with these leaves, the way it is supposed to but so seldom does.  I've never been a Petitgrain fan.  Ah, but most Petitgrain (bigarde) is from the bitter orange tree.  This sparkling specimen is distilled from Moutain grown LIME trees. And I'm glad it arrived for our end of winter special, because I think it will lighten winter weary spirits, and, for me at least, it smells like a breath of Spring.

Wild Petitgrain

5 ml      $12.00

15 ml    $20.00

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PINE, SCOTCH

Pinus sylvestris, Ecocert Organic, wild harvested, Steam Distilled, Needles, France

From the needles of the Scotch Pine. this oil is a wonderful surprise. I have never liked Pine oil, (a surprise, since I love most of the other conifers...fir, spruce, etc.) But to me, Pine smelled like bathroom cleaner. Yuck! Because I disliked the Pine Oils I had experienced, I probably never sought out a better specimen. But it found me. Free, heady, the freedom of the mountain tops. I have since learned that commercial distillers are apt to label any combination of any pine species "Pinus sylvestris" and perhaps that explains why my earlier samples were not of this caliber. True, pure scotch pine is a rare oil, not to be limited to cleaning bathrooms!

Physically, all Pine oils are antiseptic, anti-fungal and detoxifying For detoxifying, use it in a sauna, It enters the body through inhalation and expels toxins through perspiration. A few drops of pine and either lemon or lemon eucalyptus in a scrub bucket will cleans all surfaces, aiding in the elimination of unwanted bacteria and fungi on floors, in the tub, etc. It's a good addition to any cleaning mix. Ah, but what this Pine will do to the emotional atmosphere of the room you have cleaned is amazing!

I think this particular Pine will be a wonderful addition to any "pick me up" blend, refreshing and reviving both the physical and mental spirit just like a stroll through a pine forest. When you are exhausted, but can't stop to rest, Pine can restore energy and balance A specific for nervous exhaustion and debility. Some authorities say that Pine can be cleansing and healing for depression and hopelessness.

For coughs, colds congestion, Valnet recommends adding pine, eucalyptus and lavender to the diffuser. Pine is an excellent expectorant, helping release mucous and ease breathing. It can help clear congestion in the sinuses, lungs and bronchial passages. (For this purpose, I'd think about a steam inhalation, rather than a diffuser, the moisture of the steam will compliment the effects of the Pine.

WARNING: Pine oil can be irritating to the skin; I prefer to use it in an airborne blend, rather than in the bath or on the skin. It should be avoided by those with allergies.

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

Scotch Pine

5 ml

$12.00

15 ml

$22.00

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SEA PINE NEEDLE ESSENTIAL OIL

Steam distilled from the leaves of the Maritime Pine (Pinus pinaster), another delight from France.   Somehow this oil from trees growing on the Mediterranean coast brings the sea to mind.  When I close my eyes I can visualize the scrubby pine trees that struggled against the ocean winds on my beloved Cape Cod.  Perhaps blend it with just a touch of our Seaweed essential oil, and some Rosemary Verbenon?  Ahhhh I can hear the surf now.

Again, I'd not use this on my skin. It's untested and could be a sensitizer, but in the air it should be wonderful for any respiratory problems. 

Sea Pine Needle
5 ml     $8.00
15 ml   $15.00
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PIĐON PINE ESSENTIAL OIL

Pinus edulis 

I first encountered the Pinon Pine tree on a trip to Colorado in Autumn of 2009. A brand new oil, from an artisan distiller in Northern Utah, ethically wildcrafted in the mountains.  Distilled from the needles and twigs of trees that have either fallen from natural causes, or are slated to be cut down for ecological reasons...to create fire breaks or other conservation purposes.  The distiller does not use power tools in gathering the branches for his still; hand saws, not chain saws, no power chipper ... just man power. Nothing to disturb the pristine environment where they grow.  Both the energetics and the aroma of his oils are amazing.

Pi˝on Pine
2 ml       $10.00
5 ml        $20.00
15 ml       $40.00
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Pi˝on Pine Infusion

From the Rocky Mountains - Pi˝on Pine essential oil infused with finely ground, aged Pi˝on resin.  Aromatically and energetically amazing.  Many of us here already love our Pi˝on Pine essential oil.   The infusion of carefully gathered resin gives the distilled oil a deeper more balsamic aroma, and an energy that gives us goosebumps. 

Pi˝on Pine Infusion
2 ml       $10.00
5 ml        $20.00
15 ml       $40.00
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Pi˝on Pine Infusion

PLAI ESSENTIAL OIL

Zingiber cassumunar Roxb.    Wildcrafted, distilled from fresh roots(rhisomes) Thailand

Years ago, at a conference, I smelled a sample of Plai Oil, and loathed it, so, for years, we've not offered it.  I keep reading research studies showing what a gentle and powerful pain reliever it is, and finally found a sample that was a bit more pleasing.  (I realized that, since it is a relative of Ginger, the aromatic difference between distilling the dried root and the fresh root is...amazing!)

We only bought a little, to see whether you all appreciate it. 

PLAI Oil
5 ml $16
15 ml $32
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POPLAR BALSAM ESSENTIAL OIL

Populus balsamifera  Organically distilled from the sticky springtime buds of the Balsam Poplar Tree, by a gifted Canadian Distiller.

There is a story behind our acquiring this rare and precious oil.  We were attending a "preconference" workshop at the recent AIA conference.  Rhiannon Harris spent a day on clinical skincare - "Maintaining Skin Integrity"...this was not a "pretty" workshop, she was presenting important clinical work.   At one point she was discussing the thinning of the skin brought on by advanced age, or the over use of some Rx medications, and the skin tears and bruising that can result.  She discussed a list of better known oils frequently recommended for treating fragile,friable skin, and passed around a sample of something new to most of us in the room. 

Before the vial even reached me, the clinicians in the room were asking en masse "Marge, do you have this?, Marge, can you get this?"  I had never HEARD of Poplar Balsam Essential Oil.  I knew that some rare herbalists produce an infused oil, that is hard to find and to be treasured. I had never experienced it.    The essential oil was stunning. Breathtaking.  Deeply balsamic, winey, sweetly resinous, with a deep sweetness at the heart - it stirs the soul.  It does not NEED to be healing, it just needs to be breathed. 

At the first break I ran for my room and laptop, checked with the best Canadian Distiller I know, and found this treasurer. I went back to the workshop announcing that I had sourced it, and would be importing it.  I had *not* checked the price.

It arrived this week. A small amount, rare and to be treasured.   Aromatically, it is breathtaking. It is is one of the rare oils that can speak to my soul.  To me it feels masculine in essence, I love it beside our sweeter Copaiba Balsam. The soft sweetness of the Copaiba enwraps and dances with the integrity of the Poplar. Amazing. 

But it is FAR too rare and precious to be used for scent alone.  There is little published information about this rare oil. My old (in need of updating!) copy of the Aromatherapy Database ignores it.  "Aromadermatology" doesn't refer to it.  Burfield's Aromatics...nothing. Guenther...nothing.    So..what I have learned is anecdotal. There is far too little published about this glorious oil.

As I said,  Rhiannon highly recommended it for skin healing and wound healing.  She also discussed its use as an anti-histamine and as an alternative to German Chamomile when preferred, since both are high in alpha bisabol.   She also recommends it for wound healing, as mentioned earlier for bruises and skin tears.  Blending with helichrysum and yarrow oils can give amazing results for healing scars. 

It is both antispasmodic and analgesic, a recommended pain reliever for injuries, sore muscles, rheumatism and arthritis.  

The buds themselves, infused in oil, have been used by North American healers for millennium to ease pain, and heal damaged skin. It is not always safe to assume the same uses for the distilled oil as for the infused herb, but the producer swears this oils is amazingly effective. 

Dr. Joie Power recommends Balsam Poplar essential oil for bruises, sprains/strains, sore muscles and injuries to the skin. Balsam Poplar essential oil is also antispasmodic and has an analgesic effect,and reduces tension. One of Balsam Poplar essential oil's most noted effects is for reducing scaring and for wound healing. For use in treating injuries and for treating rheumatism and arthritis, blend Balsam Poplar essential oil with German Chamomile and Helichrysum essential oils. "

Emotionally I would venture that the oil would be comforting and strengthening... a help in time of trouble.

I've seen recommendations that it blends well with all of the 'blue' oils, with Helichrysum for healing purposes, of course.  I think it would give a lovely depth and structure to any floral. 

Available undiluted, and in a 10% dilution in odorless Fractionated Coconut Oil.  Recommended shelf life of this base note oil is said to be up to 10 years with proper storage.  I suspect that, like Myrrh and some other balsamic oils, if left unsealed the volatiles will evaporate and leave you a bottle of rock hard resin.

POPLAR BALSAM Pure essential oil
2 ml       $27.00
5 ml          $54.00
15 ml        $108.00
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POPLAR BALSAM 10% Dilution
(In Fractionated Coconut Oil)
5 ml   $16.00
15 ml    $32.00
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RAVENSARA AROMATICA ESSENTIAL OIL

also Agathophyllum aromatica, leaves, wild, Madagascar

There is no oil more useful for combating the flu, or any sort of respiratory virus, preferably in a bowl of warm water with the aromatic steam inhaled. STRONGLY antiviral. Useful for chronic respiratory conditions, and sometimes helpful in cases of asthma. (try this with care, as ANY essential oil can trigger an attack with some subjects.)

May be helpful in cases of edema, stimulates drainage of toxins. Recommended as an immune-stimulant. The EO has a mildly camphorous scent, reminiscent of but milder than eucalyptus. I prefer to use this in the diffuser, aroma lamp, or in an airborne spray; it can be a dermal irritant if not well diluted.

Phillipe Mailhebiau suggests a blend of Eucalyptus Radiata and Ravensara diluted in any carrier oil as a massage rub for anyone showing symptoms of the flu.  Dr. Vivian Lunny recommends Ravensara for treatment of herpes zoster.  (If there is severe inflamation, add a bit of Roman chamomile to the blend.)

Dr. Lunny also recommends Ravensara, blended with Neroli, Myrtle, and Rosewood for the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Other sources recommend the Ravensara as both a tonic for the nerves, and as a remedy for physical, nervous and mental fatigue.

Many authorities recommend Ravensara Aromatica blended with Calophyllum as the best treatment for shingles.  We have had terrific feedback from clients using this combination.

For more information about the confusion, differences, and similarities between the species, please read our page about Ravensara and Ravintsara here.   The GC/MS of this batch of Ravensara aromatica is available here.

 

Ravensara

15 ml 12.00

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Ravensara diluted in Calophyllum

Many authorities recommend Ravensara Aromatica blended with Calophyllum as the best treatment for shingles.  We have had terrific feedback from clients using this combination.  We have also had many requests over the years to offer a blend. Because of legal difficulties in offering a product "intended to treat, prevent or mitigate disease" we've declined until now.  We are preblending our Organic Madagascar grown Ravensara Aromatica in a 25% dilution in a base of Calophyllum Inophyllum carrier oil; sometimes known as Foraha or Tamanu. We've written at greater length in a recent blog article, citing authorities recommending this blend for use against Shingles and other herpes infections, as well as quoting delighted clients.  

Ravensara in Calophyllum

1 fl oz             $34.00

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Marge was recently asked to write an article for the International Journal of Holistic Aromatherapy regarding the use of Ravensara and Calophyllum in treating Shingles and other herpes related ailments. You may read a PFD of the article here.  (You will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat or another PDF reader.)

Ravintsara Essential Oil 

Cinnamomum camphora from Madagascar. Steam distilled, leaves.

New to us, gently anti-viral essential oil.

This may well be the oil that many authorities recommended, in the 90's and the early years of this decade when they wrote of "Ravensara aromatica"

Gentler than our classic Ravensara aromatica, described above, this gently anti-viral Madagascar oil is the oil of choice for respiratory viruses. It's high content of cineol will help ease breathing and congestion.  I would reach for it, rather than true Ravensara, when dealing with children or pregnant or nursing moms.

For more information about the confusion, differences, and similarities between the species, please read our page about Ravensara and Ravintsara here.   The Ravintsara gs/ms analysis is available here.

Ravintsara
15 ml          10.00
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Rhododendron Essential Oil

Rhododendron anthopogon  Wild harvested and distilled in Nepal by a Certified Organic producer.

This new and relatively unknown oil from high in the Himalayas is known for it's grounding and centering effects. A wonderful addition to any meditation blend or to create a sacred space for worship or ritual.

I think it would be useful to counter anxiety.  I'm told that it can help quiet mental "chatter"...I'm planning on adding a drop to my AromaStone on the nights that my 'to do list' insists on scrolling all night long. 

As a respiratory oil, Rhododendron is helpful in "drying up" a running nose...it is said to reduce mucous production as well as aid in inflammation and swelling in the sinus area. 

I have seen it recommended for Rheumatoid Arthritis, especially when blended with Frankincense, to reduce inflammation in muscles and joints. I've also seen it recommended in treating gout.   I have also seen it recommended for support of the adrenals and of the liver.

This is an exciting new oil with a wide range of positive effects. We look forward to hearing your experiences with it.

Because it is so new and there are few tests I've been able to find we would suggest avoiding during pregnancy or with small children.  See the GC/MS analysis here.

Blends with: Clary Sage, all Conifer oils, Davana, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender,  Neroli, Sweet Orange, Petitgrain.  I love it in the Aromastone with a few drops of Cape Chamomile for the ultimate relaxation blend at day's end.

Rhododendron
5 ml       $12.50
15 ml     $25.00
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ROSALINA ESSENTIAL OIL

Melaleuca ericifolia, Australia, Ethically Farmed, Leaves, Steam Distilled

An amazing surprise from an Australian distiller, this relative of the familiar Tea Tree is an aromatic twin of Rosewood, without the potential for rainforest damage. Hard to believe that a leaf oil can have the same aromatic scent as an oil distilled from the heartwood, but if you are presented with an unlabeled sample of this oil I guarantee you will say "rosewood!"

Rosalina is a new oil, distilled from leaves and thus a renewable resource. It's chemical profile is interesting, high in linalool, in Alpha-Pinine (as are the evergreen oils that I love) and in the cineoles that make the Eucalyptus oils such effective decongestants and expectorants.  A wonderful balance of anti-bacterial power and soothing relaxation.

For now, I am using it in the lamp or diffuser, or in very low levels for on the skin use. It is an aromatic delight for those who love the Rosy scented oils.

My Australian friends call it "Lavender Tea Tree" and rave about its use for children, both as an antibacterial and for relaxing when sleep can't come. 

Dr. Daniel PenoŰl relies on Rosalina to soothe worries, calm headaches and irregular heartbeats and reduce stress in the nervous, respiratory and digestive systems.  He finds few other single oils as effective for these uses.  The GC/MS report is here:

A BOUQUET OF ROSES

Information on the various rose oils we offer.(To order, please scroll down to see our range of Rose Oils and Rose Absolutes)

First, some terminology.

The phrases "Rose Otto" and "Rose Oil" and "Rose Essential Oil" mean the exact same thing.  A true essential oil hydro-distilled from the petals of Rosa Damascena.   The best quality Rose Otto is grown and distilled in Bulgaria and Turkey. The Rosa damascena oils produced in other countries simply do not measure up.

Rose Absolutes, on the other hand, are produced by solvent extraction, which yields much more of the fragrant oil than does distillation; hence the price of the absolute is normally lower than that of the true rose otto.

Which is better?  That depends on your use.  For perfumery, the aroma of our three rose absolutes (Rose Absolute, extracted from the same Rosa damascena used for our Rose Otto,Russian Rose, extracted from Rosa centifolia, and Rose de Mai, extracted in France from Rosa centifolia) is closer to the aroma of a fresh blossom and is normally the perfumer's choice.  However, for therapeutic use, whether emotional or physical, we always reach for the hydro-distilled Rose Otto.The first few times I ordered Rose Oil I was disappointed. Later I learned that any rose must be diluted way down before using. Undiluted, the scent is simply overwhelming. If you are wanting the Rose Oil strictly for scent, please try the Absolute; it does smell more like a fresh rose, however the possible presence of the solvents used to produce it make the absolute less appropriate for healing.

Rose Oils Uses:

The ultimate woman's oil, Rose Otto (Rose Oil) is calming, and supportive. In my experience nothing strengthens a woman's spirit as well as true rose oil.

Rose has no parallel in treating grief, hysteria or depression.

Rose Oil is believed by many to help balance female hormones, regulate the menstrual cycle, and ease the discomforts of PMS and menopause.  In Europe it is used to treat genito-urinary infections. Sexual difficulties also respond well to Rose's gentle support. (There is a wonderful case study about Rose Otto's use in a douche to cure frigidity.) It is helpful to all skin types.

Please note that true, undiluted Rose Otto can become solid at a cool room temperature. If this happens to yours, you can roll the bottle around in your hand for a few minutes, or put it in some warm water, and it will liquefy.

BLENDS WITH:  All the different roses blend especially well with the Citrus oils, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lemongrass, Mandarine, Patchouli, Sandalwood, and Vetiver. (Rose and Sandalwood are one of my favorite perfume blends... any proportion works well... Sandalwood with a hint of rose is lovely for a man's cologne; Rose with a touch of Sandalwood works beautifully for women.  Either make a wonderfully romantic massage oil.(

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

***Rose Bliss Bath, our most popular Bliss Bath, is available on our Aromatic Baths page.

If you are a Rose lover, please see our Rose Hydrosol!

To experience all of our Roses, please see our "Bouquet of Roses Sampler Kit.)

 

 

 

A Bouquet of Roses Sampler:

All of our roses, diluted for immediate skinsafe use:

  • Turkish Rose Oil 10% in Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Turkish Rosa Damascena Absolute 10% in Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Bulgarian Rose Otto 10% in Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • French Rose de Mai Absolute, 10% in Fractionated Coconut Oil.
  • Bulgarian Rosa Alba CO2 Extracted in Jojoba
  • Russian Rose Absolute (Rosa Centifolia) in Fractionated Coconut Oil.

2 mls of each for perfumery and pleasure, packaged in a rosy pink organza bag for gift giving.   If all were available, separately their cost would be over $88.00.  Save one/third by ordering the kit, as a wonderful gift for any woman - including yourself!  While our supplies last, we even include a tiny sachet of organic dried rose buds.

Bouquet of Roses Kit
Retail value $88.00, now $58.00
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No Nature's Gift Discount or Promotion may apply to this already discounted package.

 

ROSE ABSOLUTE - Turkish

Rosa damascena, Turkey, Solvent Extracted, flowers

This absolute is solvent extracted from the same roses as our Turkish Rose Oil. The use of solvents yields a deeper, richer Rose aroma, making the absolute far better for perfumery, and perhaps for emotional uses. However, for skin care, for internal uses, and for physical effects the pure steam distilled Rose Otto is the wiser choice. Both are well worth experiencing! One luxury loving client recommends blending the two for the ultimate sensory experience.

The absolute is a deep orange in color, and needs diluting to be truly appreciated.

Rose Absolute Turkey

2 ml $22.00
5 ml $45.00
15 ml $90.00

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ROSE ABS. Turkish 10%

Rosa damascena Solvent Extracted diluted 10% in Fractionated Coconut Oil

Our exquisite Rose Absolute in an appropriate dilution for oil based perfumes or solid perfumes at a more affordable price.

Rose Abs Turkish 10%

5 ml $14.00
15 ml $28.00

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ROSE DE MAI ABSOLUTE

Rosa centifolia - Grasse, France, solvent extracted.

My first experience with a true rose oil was a Rosa centifolia Absolute.  I fell in love, and it was  years before I found another rose that I liked as well.  Since then, every centifolia that I've sampled fell short...until this one.

Grown in the fields of Pegomas, in the Maritime Alps and extracted in Grasse (the world's perfume capitol) by a master perfumery supplier.  The ultimate Rose, the perfumer's dream.  We couldn't resist it. The most stunning rose oil I have ever experienced.   Available undiluted,  and in a 10% dilution in Fractionated Coconut, ready to wear.

Both versions available in 2, 5, and 15 mls. 

I recently came across a beautiful description of the village in France where these lovely roses are grown, and of the production of the absolute.  We were given permission to use the description, but it's easier for you to just read it here for yourself.

See the GC/MS Analysis here:

Rose de Mai Absolute
 2 ml    $79.00
5 ml     $158.00
15 ml      $315.002
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 Rose de Mai Abs. 10% in Fractionated Coconut Oil
 2 ml    $25.00
5 ml     $50.00
15 ml   $100.00
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ROSE ABSOLUTE - Russian

Rosa centifolia, solvent extracted from blossoms

The most economically priced true Rose extraction I have ever encountered.  Turkey and Bulgaria are the foremost producers of rose oil and rose absolute in the world. This centifolia absolute lacks the intensity of our European  Absolutes, but is a light fresh rose for those who are counting their pennies. I am looking forward to blending with it, since it is less likely to move in and take over a blend than are our other roses.    Available pure and undiluted, or in a skinsafe ready to wear 10% dilution in Fractionated Coconut Oil

Russian Rose Absolute
 2 ml    $16.00
5 ml     $32.00
15 ml      $62.00
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Russian Rose 10% in Fractionated Coconut Oil
15 ml   $15.00
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BULGARIAN ROSE OIL - Rose Otto

Rosa damascena  Hydrodistilled from Bulgaria.  ECOCERT Certified Organic

The classic Rose Oil - from the Valley of Roses in Bulgaria. 

How does this compare aromatically with our Turkish Rose Oil? To my nose this Bulgarian distillation is deeper.  Please use in very very light dilutions, otherwise it will truly overwhelm you.  Available undiluted, and in a 10% dilution in Organic Jojoba.  

Organic Rose Otto - Bulgarian
2 ml                $74
5 ml                $145
15 ml              $290
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Bulgarian Organic Rose Oil, 10%

A 10% dilution in Organic Jojoba Oil

Organic Rose Otto Bulgarian
10% in organic Jojoba
2 ml   $19
5 ml    $38
15 ml  $75
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ROSE OTTO - Turkish

Rosa damascena Turkey, Hydrodistilled, petals

Turkish Rose Otto

2 ml $55.00
5 ml $110.00
15 ml $220.00

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Turkish ROSE OTTO 10%

Turkish Rose Otto 10%

2 ml $20.00
5 ml $38.00
15 ml $75.00

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Turkish Rosa damascena in long-lasting Fractionated Coconut Oil.


ROSA ALBA The White Rose

Rosa alba Certified Organic, Bulgaria, CO2 extracted.  Available undiluted or in a 10% dilution in Organic Jojoba Oil.

The rare and precious White Rose form Bulgaria's Valley of the Roses is a direct descendant of the ancient Rosa Gallica, one of the oldest members of the Rose family.  The Rosa Alba has a much more intense aroma than Rosa Damascena, source of our traditional Rose Otto.  A very special luxury indeed, Rosa Alba oil is available undiluted or in a 10% dilution in  Certified Organic Jojoba Oil for ease of use and affordability..

This total extraction is thick and creamy.  We have found that it responds well to gentle warming, and will dilute very easily in slightly warmed Jojoba OIl.  We have not had success diluting it in our Fractionated Coconut Oil. For reasons unknown it doesn't dissolve well in the Fractionated Coconut oil, so we recommend using our Jojoba.  The producer has mentioned having success in diluting in other fixed oils, but the ones he mentioned are shorter lived and I would not blend a rare and costly aromatic into a shortlived carrier oil.

The CO2 extraction method yields a product closer in aroma to the raw botanical ... in this case the true white rose... than does the process of distillation.  More of the aromatic chemicals come through the process, and yet there are no solvents used as found in our Rose Absolutes.  This wonderful CO2 extract may be the ultimate pure and natural rose oil.

The bargain price, compared to our other roses, means that it will not last long.  If it interests you, I would order immediately. 

Rosa Alba CO2 Ext.

2 ml $56.00
5 ml $112.00
15 ml $222.00

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Rosa Alba 10% in Jojoba.

2 ml $14.00
5 ml $28.00
15 ml $54.00

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For some luxurious products made with Rose oil go to our Aromatic Baths page.

 

ROSEHIP PULP CO2

Rosa rubignosa  Germany, Organic, from the whole fruit

We all know the wonderful skin care benefits of Rose Hip Seed Oil, how it pampers "experienced skin".

However, Rose Hip Seed Oil has two unfortunate features. First, it has an extremely short shelf life. In addition, it is one of the richer, thicker carrier oils, and in the summer is just a bit too thick for my taste.

But...I've found a wonderful substitute. For the past few weeks I've been using a blend of Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract AND Rose Hip pulp Extract...a thick red CO2 Extract from the dog rose'...the variety of rose with the largest hips. I'm mixing these two extracts into some Fractionated Coconut Oil. In the summer I want it's lightness, although come cold dry weather I may go back to Jojoba, or one of the richer oils.

The Pulp Extract is high in linoleic acid (Omega 6), alpha-linolenic acid (Omega 3) and oleic acid, (Omega 9.) It is also rich in stearic and palmitic acid, phytosterols, tocopherols and carotenoids.  It is specifically recommended for use in moisturizing creams against dry skin, for antiwrinkle effects,  as well as for treating acne, neurodermitis, scaly and chapped skin

I do not know if the extract has the extraordinary scar healing ability, when blended with Helichrysum italicuum, that we find in the cold pressed fixed oil, so for healing scars I still recommend using the traditional fixed oil. However, for facial blends, for most skincare benefits, I think this new extract is a wiser, and longer lasting, choice.

Rose Hip Pulp CO2, like most CO2 extracted oils is quite thick. The oil may not be able to come out of the orifice reducer in the bottle. You may need to pipette the oil out.

       Rose Hip Pulp CO2 Extract

5 ml $10.00
15 ml $20.00

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ROSEMARY-CAMPHOR ESSENTIAL OIL

Rosemarinus officinalis, var Camphor  Spain, Steam distilled leaves, Organically produced but not certified.

It's hard to wax enthusiastic about an oil that honestly doesn't appeal to me...but if you are looking for the old fashioned traditional high in camphor rosemary oil to use in decongestive or pain relief blends, this should be your choice. It is strongly camphorous in aroma, but for some uses, is the best choice. For example, Rosemary Camphor has been proven to be a strong antispasmodic, so would be useful in easing muscle cramps,  rheumatism, poor circulation, and perhaps intestinal cramping.

Blends with:  All three Rosemary oils blend well with Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood,  all Citrus Oils, Citronella, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Juniper, Hyssop, Lavender, Lavandin,  Lemon, Marjoram, Mints, Origanum, Peppermint, Pine needle, Olibanum, Petitgrain, Sage, Tea Tree and Vetiver.

Rosemary Camphor

15 ml 14.00

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ROSEMARY CINEOLE ESSENTIAL OIL

Rosemarinus officinalis var Cineole Organic, from Tunisia. Steamed Distilled from flowers & leaves.

Wonderfully fresh and stimulating, Rosemary is known for its ability to wake up the body and spirit. In a massage oil it can stimulate circulation, and is often used in blends for cellulite and edema.

In cosmetics and soaps, it is believed to combat acne, dandruff, and excessively oily skin A drop added to shampoo makes dark hair glow, and may stimulate hair growth.

I'd not use Rosemary in the evening; it is far too stimulating and ruins my sleep. Also, avoid using if pregnant, if you have high blood pressure, or if you have a diagnosed seizure disorder. This is the one I am adding to marinades to flavor lamb. A truly special oil!

Rosemary Cineole is said to be useful in treating respiratory conditions, especially those stemming from nervous or emotional causes, such as many forms of asthma, so this is another potential use for it.

See the GC/MS analysis here.

rosemary sprigs

Rosemary Cineole

15 ml $10.00

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ROSEMARY VERBENON ESSENTIAL OIL

Rosemarinus officianalis var Verbenon, Biodynamically Grown, steam distilled flowering tops from South Africa
 

Closest in aroma to the fresh picked herb, this is far and away my favorite of our Rosemary varieties.

Gentler and less stimulating than our more traditional cineole rich Rosemary, this chemotype is most frequently recommended for skincare. Rosemary Verbenon is recommended by many authorities for its cellular regenerative powers. I have frequently seen Rosemary verbenon recommended for the treatment of oily skin and scalp, and dandruff.

Stephanie Tourles recommends Rosemary Verbenon's use in regenerating and nurturing formulations for wrinkled, aging, burned, scarred or sundamaged skin.  She also recommends it fo acneic skin, and I'm wondering if it might  not be helpful in treating scars from acne.

In my experience, this lovely chemotype lacks the stimulating effects of most rosemary oils, which makes it much more appropriate for adding to an evening shower or shampoo. I find it relaxing, rather than stimulating. Dr. Penoil says that it can help balance the nervous system. Other French authorities say it is useful for support of the liver and gall bladder, that it is an endocrine regulator, and useful for respiratory infections. Put on a CD of ocean sounds, add one drop of our Seaweed essential oil and five or six drops of this lovely Rosemary, and perhaps a touch of Fennel to a bath, lean back, relax, and experience the ocean. Can you tell I"ve been away from the sea too long?

Verbonen is a mild Ketone. No formal testing-avoid in pregnancy, with babies, children.

Rosemary Verbenon
CERT. ORG   
 
15 ml       $12.00
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ROSEWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL (Bois de Rose)

Aniba roseodora Brazil,  Steam Distilled.

Note: Many people will not use Rosewood because they believe that harvesting the wood denudes the rain forest. I have been told that the Brazilian government now requires that one new Rosewood tree be planted for every mature tree that is harvested, to protect the future of the rain forest. This oil is distilled from a plantation that reforests.

Rosewood, with its rich floral aroma, can be an aphrodisiac, an antidepressant, and a general balancer to the emotions.  

In skin care, it is said to stimulate new cell growth, regenerate tissues and help minimize lines and wrinkles. It helps balance both dry and oily skin, and can prove helpful against acne. Rosewood is an integral part of our Rosacea Synergy.

Some authorities say it has a hormonal effect, not unlike that claimed for rose and for geranium. It blends well with both of these oils.

See the GC/MS analysis here.

Rosewood

15 ml $15.00

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