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Essential Oils

Essential oils are oils extracted from plants which are used for healing.  Herbalists and aromatherapists use essential oils.  Make sure you purchase your oils from a certified herbalist to ensure the oils are therapeutic grade.​  As always when using essential oils, you should discuss it with your medical provider.

Taken from the bud of a slender evergreen tree, Clove oil is a pale yellow liquid, with a sweet spicy strong odor. Clove oil was used in ancient India and Chinese cultures, and is now used throughout the world. The health benefits of clove oil are due mostly to the substance Eugenol found in clove oil which creates its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral properties. It is used as a topical for skin care in acne, athletes foot and wounds.  It can be used for toothaches, arthritis, asthma, nausea, colic, colds, flu and minor infections. The application of clove oil may cause irritation or possible allergic symptoms, due to its strong concentration, so use it in low dilution and in moderation.


This oil is removed from the needles of the cypress tree and contains various medicinal attributes that make it an astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, vasoconstrictor, and deodorant . Cypress oil can be used for anxiety in a diffuser, or place 3-5 drops in a warm bath to help relieve respiratory congestion.  Mix Cypress oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, to create a rub for varicose veins, arthritis, leg cramps, bronchitis. Add a few drops to a wound or insect bite for its antiseptic properties. Use a few drops in your shampoo or face wash.  A few drops in your shoes can be used as a deodorizer. Word of caution, do not use while pregnant.


Similar to the cypress oil, Eucalyptus oil has many health benefits. Used mostly as a topical, it is anti- inflammatory, antibacterial, a decongestant, a deodorant, and an antispasmodic. It is taken from the leaf of the Eucalyptus tree and contains the compound eucalyptol, which is used in a variety of over the counter rubs, inhalers, rash creams and mouthwashes. Before using as a topical, apply a small amount on wrist to test for any allergic symptoms. Eucalyptus can be toxic in high doses, use with caution.


Extracted from the gum or resin of the frankincense or olibanum tree, this oil is used mostly as aromatherapy and is a popular ingredient in cosmetics.  Place a few drops into a diffuser for its antidepressant properties and to help reduce stress and anxiety.  Apply it directly on a wound for its antiseptic properties.  Rub it into the skin for congestion, bronchitis or arthritis.  It also has potent anti aging properties.  Frankincense helps fade stretch marks and wrinkles.  It is very good for uterine health, helping with menses, hormones and menopause.  Frankincense overall tones and boost your immune system and is considered an overall tonic.  It has benefits for every system in the body. There are no known adverse side effects. It is not recommended during pregnancy.


Extracted from the root of the Zingiber Officinale, gingerol is the compound that provides the health benefits of this oil.  Ginger root oil acts as an analgesic, antioxidant, antispasmodic, expectorant, and aphrodisiac.  It is used as a spice for digestion in many cultures.  It can also be used as a analgesic for muscle aches and arthritis. Its stimulating aroma helps with depression and anxiety.  It should be noted that ginger root oil is very strong and should be used with caution.


Known as the giant citrus fruit, but surrounding that delious fruit is the peel which when compressed extracts a very healthy oil with many medicinal properties.  Used as an antioxidant with its wealth of vitamin C, Grapefurit oil boost the immune system, and protects the body from harmful toxins. It is used as a good disinfectant.  When applied to the skin it helps fight infections, acne, bruises, wounds. Grapefruit oil has stimulating effects on the body and mind.  It ensures a healthy lymphatic system. It can be irritating to the skin so use with caution.


Lavender oil is extracted from the lavender flowers.  This essential oil has been used for centuries.  As a caution, lavendar oil should never be ingested.  It should only be used  topically or through a diffuser. Lavendar oil has many health benefits.  It can be used as a bug and mosquitoe repellent, because of its strong odor. It calms the nervous system through aromatherapy, and can be applied to the  skin to help fight acne as it has antibacterial properties. Massage lavendar into the skin for pain relief from arthritis, and combined with shampoo, it can help hair loss. Word of caution: LAVENDAR SHOULD NEVER BE INGESTED. It can cause serious health problems.


Lemon is one of the most popular citrus fruits in the world, it is no surprise that its oil holds so many health benefits.  Lemon oil, compressed from the thick skin of a lemon, offers antibacterial, astringent, detoxifying, disinfectant, and antifungal properties.  It can be applied to the skin for rejuvenation.  Add 2-4 drops through a diffuser for increased concentration, and alertness.  High in vitamin C, lemon oil is used to boost the immune system.  If you are feeling congested, it can help clear the nasal passages.  It is also used as a household cleaner, perfumes, and soaps.  The list goes on and on.


Dating back to the ancient Egyptian and Greek times, Myrrh has been a highly regarded as an aromatherapy oil. The health benefits that are attributed to Myrrh are its antimicrobial and antiviral components. It does not allow microbes to grow. It can be used as an astringent on the skin.  Myrrh constricts blood vessels and can stop a wound from hemmoraging.  It can be used on the chest as an expectorant.  Myrrh has anti fungal properties as well.  It has anti-inflammory, circulatory, anti septic, anti spasmodic properties.  Word of caution, do not use during pregnancy. It can be toxic if used in excess. 


Oregano oil was originally used in Greece for its aromatharepy properties, but is now used around the world for many of its health benefits. Used as an expectorant, it can help loosen mucus in the nasal passages. It can be applied topically as an antiinflammatory for arthritis pain of the joints. Oregano has antifungal and antibacterial properties for skin infections. Used to boost the immune system, it also has antiviral and antioxidant properties.  It is often found in bug repellents, as an anti parasitic. Word of caution, avoid during pregnancy.


A hybrid between watermint and spearmint, this essential oil has been around for centuries.  Known for its soothing properties in the digestive tract, it helps with nausea and spasms. It also relieves headaches and may help with asthma. Well known in the dental field for its antiseptic properties from the menthol, we see it often used in toothpaste and mouthwash.  Word of caution, when used in excess, peppermint can cause allergic symtoms, headaches, and nausea.


The rose, one of the most popular and romantic flowers in the world, known for its incredible scents, also has many health benefits from the oil of the petals.  When a few drops are applied to a diffuser, the aroma of rose oil can help decrease depression and anxiety.  Applied as a topical, it has antiseptic properties, as well as astringent and bactericidal qualities.  Rose oil is often used on wounds, hair roots, and gums.  A word of caution, it should not be used during pregnancy. Use sparingingly.


Rosemary, a very popular herb throughout the world, also has many health benefits from the oil extracted from the leaves.  Used often in hair products, Rosemary oil is known to stimulate hair follicles. When applied to the skin, Rosemary oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, which can help with eczema and dermititis.  Rosemary oil can help boost brain function and memory, soothes the digestive tracts and relieves muscle aches and pains.  Do not use rosemary oil in children under the age of four.


Extracted from the twigs and leaves of the tea tree, this essential oil is full of medicinal benefits. Used mostly as a topical, tea tree oil has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.  Many use it to heal acne and prevent acne infections.  Tea tree oil has been used to heal chicken pox cysts and measles.  It can also be used as an expectorant for chest congestion, insecticide for fleas and lice, and a stimulant for blood circualtion.  Tea tree oil is used in hair care for hair loss and dandruff.  Tea tree oil should not be consumed.


Sandalwood oil has been around for centuries and is used for many purposes.  Sandalwood oil is extracted from a mature sandalwood tree.  It is used in many skin and beauty products due to its scent, as well as its emollient and astringent  properties. Sandalwood has anti inflammatory properties when used for wounds, and helps heal scars.  Because it has mild sedative  properties, it is also often used for anxiety and to help relieve stress.  Sandalwood should be used with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, not directly on the skin.


Chamomile oil is used topically, inhaled or diffused.  The oil is extracted from the Chamomile flower. There are two varities of chamomile oil. The Roman oil has more calming properties and is often used to help reduce anxiety, while the German oil is stronger, and is used for its inflammatory properties. Chamomile oil should be used with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil and massaged into the skin, Chamomile oil helps with muscle spasms, tension and rheumatoid arthritis pain.  Before applying any essential oil, it is advised to do a skin patch test.


Known well for its calming effects, Clary Sage is often used in a diffuser to help relieve anxiety, stress and insomnia (difficulty falling asleep). Its euphoric effects can improve your mood and increase happiness.  Applying a few drops mixed  with a carrier oil behind the ear or under the feet can help with hormonal imbalances and depression. Clary sage has antibacterial, antifungal and anti inflammatory properties. Word of caution, avoid during pregnancy.


Used in the culinary industry since ancient times, fennel oil is extracted from crushed fennel seeds. The oil has many health benefits.   It is used as an antiseptic for wounds and an antispasmodic for muscles, nerves and intestines. Fennel oil has stimulant propertiies for neural and brain activity and can keep the stomach and spleen healthy.  Fennel oil can be used topically to reduce wrinkles and can also treat insect bites. Word of caution, avoid during pregnancy and if you have epilepsy.


Geranium oil is extracted from the stems and leaves of the geranium plant  It offers many health benefits including having astringent properties, aiding in healing wounds, tightening of aging skin, and assisting with menopause symptoms  It can also and act as an antibacterial for infection prevention and boost the immune system.  Geranium oil helps with blood clotting for and may help eliminate body odor.  Word of caution, do not use during pregnancy or lactation.


Known as the everlasting essential oil, Helichrysum is very hard to come by and quite expensive, but it does have a very long shelf life.  It's properties consist of being antispasmodic for muscles, nerves, and intestines to  being an anticoagulant, aiding in thinning the blood,  an anti inflammatory,  an anti-allergenic and an emollient.  Helichrysum helps with dehydration of the skin and acts as a mucolytic, which aids in keeping the mucus membranes moist. The oil also has anti fungal properties.  Word of caution, due to its anticoagulant properties do not use during and after surgery.  Always consult your physcian before starting an essential oil.


Lemongrass oil is extracted from dry lemongrass. It has a multitude of health benefits.  Lemongrass oil is used as an anelgesic for pain in the joints, for toothaches and for headaches. It can be used as aromatherapy to help with depression and anxiety.  Apply it topically to wounds as an antiseptic.  Lemongrass oil is used externally as an antipyretic to bring down fever.  Word of caution, avoid using lemongrass oil during pregnancy.


Mandarin oil is extracted from the peel of the Mandarin orange.  It originated in China and is now produced in Italy. This oil is used in beauty products, beverages and medicinal products.  A few health benefits of mandarin oil are: it improves the circulatory system, it acts as an antiseptic in wounds, it is used as a tonic to boost the immune system, and as a sedative to the nervous system.


Neroli oil, which is actually a citrus oil, is extracted from the flowers of the Neroli plant.  The oil has many health benefits similar to the other citrus oils. Used as aromatherapy to help with depression or sadness, this essential oil is uplifting.  It has aphrodisiac properties that have been said to increase the libido and help with erectile dysfunction. Neroli oil can help protect the body from colds during the winter season by boosting your immune system. It is also used as a sedative to relieve anxiety and stress.


Known throughout history as an insect repellent and insecticide, patchouli oil also has many health benefits.  This oil has antidepreeant properties for those suffering from depression.  it is a powerful astringent for the gums, skin and hair.  Patchouli oil promotes healthy cell function, and boosts immune systems.  Its anti inflammatory properties can help with infections, and it is used as a tonic to help with overall skin tone.  It can help eliminate body odor, but use sparingly due to its strong sweet odor.