Hinoki Wood Monograph

Botanical name Chamaecyparis obtusa   Botany and origins Hinoki oil is commonly derived from the wood; however, an essential oil from the needles is also available. Hinoki is listed as ‘near threatened’ in the ICUN Red List of Threatened Species; however, this is in...

Yakusugi Monograph

Botanical name Cryptomeria japonica   Botany and origins Yakusugi refers to “Japanese cedar” from the island of Yakushima, typically growing at an altitude of 500 m and higher. Yakushima is a subtropical island off the southern coast of Kyushu and part of...

Pink Grapefruit Monograph

“When you are feeling drained, strung out and depressed, grapefruit provides a new zest for life. With its light, fruity aroma it gives wings to feelings of heaviness, uplifts sagging spirits and radiates optimism.” – Robbie Zeck Robbie Zeck’s...

Cardamom Monograph

The scent of cardamom oil promotes clarity, motivation, focus, courage and confidence. Valerie Ann Worwood suggests using cardamom whenever we are overburdened with responsibilities. She explains that it gives us the strength and encouragement and is ideal whenever we...

Melissa Monograph

Melissa officinalis L. Like a beam of light on a dark winter’s day, melissa softens extreme emotions, eases resentment, gladdens the heart and engages the soul in its own graceful rhythm.1 Robbi Zeck’s description of melissa beautifully describes the oil’s unique...

Ylang Ylang Monograph

Cananga odorata (Lam.) Hook.f. & Thomson The spirit of ylang ylang usually fits that of the person naturally drawn to the oil. … She is much like the title character Carmen from Georges Bizet’s opera – fiery, temperamental, passionate and erotic. Although her...