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Oregano – Origanum vulgare

Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties. The primary chemical components of Oregano are carvacol and thymol, both in the phenols group, which possess purifying and antioxidant properties. Due to its high phenol content, caution should be taken when inhaling or diffusing Oregano; only one to two drops is needed. Additionally, Oregano should be diluted with a carrier oil when applied to the skin. Oregano essential oil contains phenols—powerful antioxidants that ward off free radicals. One drop taken daily can help maintain healthy immune function; Oregano should be taken more frequently when seasonal threats are high or as needed to further boost immunity. In addition to being a popular cooking spice, Oregano supports healthy digestion by promoting the secretion of digestive juices. When diffused, Oregano acts as an enhancer and equalizer in essential oil blends and can help maintain healthy respiratory function.

Plant Part: Leaf

Aromatic Description: Herbaceous, sharp, green, camphoraceous

Main Chemical Components: Carvacrol, thymol

PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent
  • Provides immune-enhancing benefits
  • Supports healthy digestion and respiratory function
  • Excellent source of antioxidants
USES
  • Take one drop daily to boost immunity when seasonal threats are high.
  • Rub Oregano essential oil and Fractionated Coconut Oil on the bottom of your feet to help boost your immune system.
  • Put one drop in place of dried oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.
  • Put 10 drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle with water for a surface spray.
  • Mix one to two drops with water and gargle to soothe an irritated throat.
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: Dilute one to two drops with Fractionated Coconut Oil or your favorite carrier oil then apply to desired area. .

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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Cypress – Cupressus sempervirens

Derived from the branches of the tall evergreen tree, Cypress essential oil has a fresh, clean aroma that’s energizing and refreshing. Cypress is frequently used in spas and by massage therapists for its ability to soothe tight, tense muscles, and promote circulation. Cypress can be diffused or inhaled directly to assist with clear breathing and healthy respiratory function. It can be used as a throat gargle for these same benefits, but should not be swallowed or taken internally. Cypress contains monoterpenes, making it beneficial for oily skin conditions and to stimulate localized blood flow. It has a grounding, yet stimulating effect on the emotions, making it a popular oil to diffuse during times of transition or loss.

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Plant Part: Leaf

Aromatic Description: Clean, fresh, woody, herbaceous

Main Chemical Components: Alpha-pinene, carene, limonene

 

 

PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Assists with clear breathing
  • Promotes healthy respiratory function
  • Soothes tight, tense muscles
  • Supports localized blood flow
  • Beneficial for oily skin conditions
USES
  • Diffuse, inhale, or gargle at the first signs of throat discomfort.
  • Rub on the chest with coconut oil to support healthy breathing.
  • Apply to tight, sore muscles or use with your favorite carrier oil for massage.
  • Mix together Cypress and Grapefruit essential oil with coconut oil and rub on problem areas to help give skin a firmer, more youthful appearance.
  • Add one to two drops to toner to help reduce oily skin conditions.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.  Dilute with  your favorite carrier 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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This tree is a 4000-year-old Cypress of Abarqu, Iran.    Sarv-e Abar Kuh ( سرو ابرکوه ) could be called the second oldest living tree in the world Yazd Province, Iran.

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Cedarwood – Juniperus virginiana

Known for its rich hue and warm, woody scent, Cedarwood essential oil provides a myriad of health benefits that date back to biblical times. Cedarwood is native to cold climates, thriving in high altitudes and growing up to 100 feet. Reminiscent of its size and strength, Cedarwood has a grounding aroma that evokes feelings of wellness and vitality. Diffusing or inhaling Cedarwood will help maintain healthy breathing and respiratory function and, when applied topically, Cedarwood promotes clear, healthy skin. Additionally, Cedarwood is frequently used in massage therapy to relax and soothe the mind and body.

  • Plant Part: Wood
  • Aromatic Description: Herbaceous, camphoraceous
  • Main Chemical Components: Alpha cedrene, cedrol
PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Supports and maintains healthy respiratory function
  • Helps skin recover quickly
  • Promotes clear, healthy skin
  • Relaxing and soothing aroma is perfect for massage therapy
USES
  • Diffuse after a stressful day to relax the mind and body.
  • Use with a carrier oil in massage therapy.
  • Add 1–2 drops to facial toner or moisturizer for added clarifying properties.
  • Inhale directly or diffuse to promote healthy respiratory function.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
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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Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum

A close relative to Ginger, Cardamom is known as being the most expensive cooking spice and for being beneficial to the digestive system in a variety of ways. Cardamom is commonly used to help reduce indigestion and nausea, and to soothe stomach discomfort and promote digestion. Its distinct scent can lessen motion sickness while promoting a positive mood. Cardamom has profound effects on the respiratory system due to its high 1,8-cineole content, which promotes clear breathing and respiratory health. Native to Southeast Asia, Cardamom is added to traditional Indian sweets and teas for its cool, yet minty aroma and flavor.

CardamonePlant Part: Seed
Aromatic Description: Spicy, fruity, warm, balsamic
Main Chemical Components: Terpinyl acetate, 1,8-cineole, linalool

PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Eases indigestion and maintains an optimal gastrointestinal balance
  • Promotes clear breathing and respiratory health
  • Calms stomach upset and uplifts mood
  • Flavorful spice for cooking and baking
 USES
  • Use internally as part of a daily health regimen to support healthy gastrointestinal function.
  • Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing.
  • Add to bread, smoothies, meats, and salads to enhance food flavor and aid digestion.
  • Diffuse or inhale to alleviate feelings of nausea or motion sickness.
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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Lemon – Citrus limon

Lemon has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air, disinfects surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. Due to its high limonene content, Lemon is a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off free radicals. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits, can soothe an irritated throat, and supports healthy respiratory function. When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to improve mood and cognitive ability.

Plant Part: Lemon rinds (peel)

Aromatic Description: Clean, fresh, citrus, bright

Main Chemical Components: d-Limonene; alpha and beta pinenes

PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
  • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion
  • Supports healthy respiratory function
  • Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability
USES
  • Diffuse and take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.
  • Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean and disinfect tables, countertops, and other surfaces. Lemon oil also makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.
  • Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
  • Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
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. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

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