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The Main Effect of Essential Oils

Fennel (sweet) – Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel can grow up to six feet in height and has delicate, feathery leaves. The history of Fennel dates back to ancient times when Roman warriors were said to have consumed Fennel to make them strong and ready for battle. Fennel is best known for its distinct licorice aroma and taste, yet its ability to ease digestive troubles and monthly menstrual cycles are equally noteworthy. Fennel can be added to tea to calm the digestive system as well as the mind and emotions. Fennel can be very soothing when applied to the abdomen during monthly menstrual cycles and those same properties can lessen the discomfort associated with minor skin irritations. Fennel is also known to support a healthy lymphatic system.

Plant Part: Seed

Aromatic Description: Licorice, sweet, honey

Main Chemical Components: Benzene, anethole, limonene

PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Relieves indigestion and digestive troubles
  • Eases monthly menstrual cycles
  • Supports a healthy lymphatic system
  • Calms minor skin irritation
USES
  • Rub Fennel on your stomach or on the bottom of your feet to help ease menstrual or digestive discomfort.
  • Put a drop of Fennel under your tongue to help fight sweet tooth cravings.
  • Add to desserts for an additional depth of flavor.
  • Add 1–2 drops in a glass of warm water or tea to help settle digestive upset.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with  fractionated coconut oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

CAUTIONS Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens

A member of the Pelargonium genus of flower species, Geraniums are grown for their beauty and as a staple of the perfume industry. While there are over 200 different varieties of Pelargonium flowers, only a few are used as essential oils. Uses of Geranium essential oil date back to ancient Egypt when Egyptians used Geranium oil to beautify skin and for its internal health benefits. In the Victorian era, fresh Geranium leaves were placed at formal dining tables as decorative pieces and to be consumed as a fresh sprig if desired; in fact, the edible leaves and flowers of the plant are often used in desserts, cakes, jellies, and teas. As an essential oil, Geranium has been used to promote clear, healthy skin—making it ideal for skin care products. It also helps calm nerves, lessen anxiety, and support a healthy liver.

Plant Part: Whole plant

Aromatic Description: Herbaceous, green, floral, sweet, dry

Main Chemical Components: Citronellol, geraniol

PRIMARY BENEFITS

• Promotes clear, healthy skin

• Helps calm nerves and lessen anxiety

• Supports liver health

USES

• Use in an aromatherapy steam facial to beautify skin.

• Add a drop to your moisturizer to help balance oil production.

• Geranium is great for both dry and oily hair. Apply a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner bottle, or make your own deep hair conditioner.

• Diffuse aromatically to help relieve occasional stress, anxiety, and tension.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE
  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in a diffuser.
  • Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with  fractionated coconut oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

CAUTIONS Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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Roman Chamomile – Anthemis nobilis

Roman Chamomile grows close to the ground, reaching only up to a foot in height. It has gray-green leaves, flowers that resemble a daisy, and smells like apple. The plant has been nicknamed the “plant’s physician,” because it has positive effects on plants growing nearby. Ancient Romans used the oil for mental clarity and courage during war. While the most common use of chamomile is in teas, Roman Chamomile can also be found in face creams, drinks, hair dyes, shampoos, and perfumes. Roman Chamomile has a therapeutic, calming effect on the skin, mind, and body. It soothes body systems and promotes a healthy inflammatory response.

  • Plant Part: Flower
  • Aromatic Description: Floral, sweet, herbaceous
  • Main Chemical Components: Isobutyl angelate, isoamyl angelate
PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Has a therapeutic, calming effect on the skin, mind, and body
  • Soothes the systems of the body
  • Supports a healthy inflammatory response
USES
  • Add 1–2 drops to your favorite moisturizer, shampoo, or conditioner to promote youthful looking skin and hair.
  •  Add 1–2 drops to herbal teas or hot drinks to soothe the body and mind.
  •  Diffuse or apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with  fractionated coconut oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
CAUTIONS Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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Marjoram – Origanum majorana

Also known as “wintersweet” or “joy of the mountains,” Marjoram was known to the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness. Marjoram has been used in culinary dishes, imparting a unique flavor to soups, stews, dressings, and sauces; in Germany, this herb is known as the “Goose Herb” for its traditional use in roasting geese. In traditional Austrian medicine, Marjoram was used to promote gastrointestinal health and to purify the skin. In modern applications, Marjoram is valued for its calming properties and for its positive effect on the nervous system. It also soothes tired, stressed muscles and supports both healthy cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Plant Part: Leaf
Aromatic Description: Warm, herbaceous, woody Main
Chemical Components: Linalool, terpinen-4-ol

PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Valued for its calming properties and positive effect on the nervous system
  • Soothes tired, stressed muscles
  • Supports a healthy respiratory system
  • Benefits the cardiovascular system
USES
  • Apply to the back of the neck to lessen tension and stress.
  •  Diffuse before going to bed for a better night’s sleep or add to a cotton ball and place near your pillow.
  • Replace Marjoram essential oil in your next recipe that calls for dried Marjoram. Usually 1 drop of essential oil is equivalent to 2 tsp. of dried herbs.
  • Diffuse to promote healthy respiratory function.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Internal use:  Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
  • Topical use:  Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with  fractionated coconut oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
CAUTIONS Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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Frankincense-Boswellia carterii, frereana, and sacra

Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense has extraordinary internal and external health benefits. In addition to its notoriety in the New Testament, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense

Aromatic Description:
Warm, spicy, clean
Main Chemical Components:
Alpha pinene

resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin. This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today. It’s soothing and beautifying properties are used to rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. As the king of oils, Frankincense is known to promote cellular health and immunity and can be consumed daily for these internal benefits. It also promotes a healthy inflammatory response and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems, helping them function optimally. When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense induces feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

Plant Part:
Resin from Boswellia
carterii, frereana,
and sacra

USES

  • Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening or working to promote a normal inflammatory response.
  •  Can help promote youthful, radiant–looking skin and slow the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to relax and balance mood swings.
  • Dry weather can take a toll on your nails. Try applying a drop of Frankincense to strengthen weak fingernails.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.                                 Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Primary Benifits
  • Helps build and maintain a healthy immune system
  • Promotes cellular health
  • Reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks

CAUTIONS Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

 

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