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Juniper Berry – Juniperus communis

Derived from the coniferous tree, Juniper Berry essential oil has a rich history of traditional uses and therapeutic benefits. Juniper Berry acts as a natural cleansing agent, both internally and externally. Juniper Berry supports healthy kidney and urinary function and is very beneficial to the skin. Its woody, spicy, yet fresh aroma has a calming effect that helps relieve tension and stress. When diffused, Juniper Berry helps to cleanse and purify the air.

Plant Part: Berry

Aromatic Description: Balsamic, clean, woody, spicy

Main Chemical Components: Alpha pinene, sabinene

PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Supports healthy kidney and urinary function
  • May benefit problematic skin areas
  • Acts as a natural cleansing and
    detoxifying agent
  • Helps relieve tension and stress
USES
  • Add 1–2 drops to water or citrus drinks as part of a natural cleansing regimen.
  • Apply 1 drop to problematic skin areas to promote a clear, healthy complexion.
  • Diffuse with citrus oils to freshen and purify the air and to lessen stress.
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 or 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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Ginger – Zingiber officinale

Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger Essential Oil

Taken from the rhizome (the subterranean stalk of a plant that shoots out the root system), Ginger has many traditional uses. A featured ingredient in many Asian dishes, Ginger has a hot, fragrant flavor when used as a kitchen spice. In Western tradition, Ginger is most often used in sweets—gingerbread and ginger snaps being two examples. Studies have been conducted on Ginger for its positive effect on joint health; however, Ginger is best known as an effective digestive aid and for helping to ease indigestion and nausea. As a powerful tonic for the entire digestive system, Ginger can lessen motion sickness, soothe an upset stomach, and help digest food after a large meal. Ginger essential oil can also be applied topically or inhaled to help with digestion issues.

Plant Part: Root

Aromatic Description: Hot, spicy, earthy, sweet

Main Chemical Components: Alpha-zingiberene

PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Helps ease indigestion and nausea
  • Promotes digestion
  • Supports overall digestive health

USES

  • Put 1–2 drops in water to help with an upset stomach.
  • If you are feeling nauseated, put a drop of Ginger in the palm of your hands and inhale.
  • Rub 1–2 drops on your stomach or bottom of feet to aid digestion.
  • Use Ginger essential oil in your favorite sweet and savory dishes.
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 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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Cassia – Cinnamomum cassia

A close relative to Cinnamon, Cassia has a strong, spicy aroma that can be used in small quantities to transform any essential oil blend. Cassia has been used for thousands of years to maintain physical health and promote emotional well-being. It’s one of the few essential oils mentioned in the Old Testament, noted for its unmistakable fragrance and calming properties. Cassia is a “warming” oil that helps promote circulation while maintaining healthy immune function. It can also aid in digestion, lessen nausea, and is a great oil to diffuse during cold months due to its warming properties and spicy scent. Due to its caustic nature, Cassia should be diluted with fractionated coconut oil when applied to the skin and can be very strong when inhaled directly. When diluted, Cassia can help soothe sore, achy joints. Cassia can be used in cooking either as a replacement for Cinnamon in pies and breads or by itself in a myriad of entrees and desserts.

Cassia_barkPlant Part: Bark

Aromatic Description: Warm, spicy, cinnamon

Main Chemical Components: Cinnamaldehyde

 PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Warming, uplifting aroma

USES

  • Add one drop to citrus blends or diffuse with Clove and Ginger during Fall and Winter.
  • Take one to two drops in veggie capsules for added immune when seasonal threats are high.
  • Combine one drop with  fractionated coconut oil and apply to sore, achy joints.
  • Combine one to two drops along with Lemon in a glass of water to aid digestion or ward off hunger cravings.

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 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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