The essential oil monographs provide us with the most detailed and comprehensive information of an essential oil. Each monograph includes a description of the botany and origins, organoleptic profile, chemical composition, history and traditional uses, a comprehensive review of pharmacological and clinical studies, actions and indications, blending tips and advice for safe use.
The incense and perfume produced from oud otherwise known as agarwood have been highly valued for many centuries and used in many cultures for spiritual and perfumery purposes. It is highly revered in Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam.1
Atlas cedarwood symbolises the strength, dignity and nobility that all trees have come to play in the human psyche. Susanne Fischer-Rizzi description perfectly describes these formidable attributes of Atlas cedarwood:1
Picea mariana (Mill.) Britton The tree is a symbol of an uncompromising will to live, endurance, strength, and a free spirit that refuses to conform or live in servitude… The oil awakens one’s spirit and it is good for people who lack courage, perseverance
Blue tansy oil is a relative newcomer to aromatherapy pharmacopeia. It has a soothing, blue colour and delicate, sweet herbaceous aroma, which is comforting to the body, mind and soul. I find the scent of blue tansy relaxing, reassuring and nurturing.
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
Salvia sclarea Clary sage oil calms the mind, promotes relaxation and has a mild euphoric effect. It is highly recommended for nervous and emotional tension, anxiety, emotional shock of any kind, panic and depression with anxiety or agitation. The sweet scent fosters
Yuzu (Citrus junos Sieb. Ex Tanaka) is a small, yellow-golden citrus fruit resembling a small orange or tangerine. It is believed to have originated in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in China and arrived in Japan during the Sui Dynasty or Tang Dynasty over 1,000 years ago.1
You may be surprised to know that there are close to 800 species of eucalyptus which are native to Australia. I wanted to showcase the beautiful diversity of the amazing Eucalypt species...
The soft delicate camphoraceous scent of fragonia essential oil evokes a sense of calm and harmony. It promotes a space in which we feel physically revitalised, emotional safe and spiritually nurtured.
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
West Indian lemongrass – Cymbopogon citratus DC East Indian lemongrass – Cymbopogon flexuosus Nees ex Steud. Synonyms citratus – Guatemala lemongrass flexuosus – Cochin lemongrass, native lemongrass Family Poaceae (Gramineae) Botany and origins Lemongrass
Manuka Leptospermum scoparium J.R. Forster & G. Forster Synonyms Manex, New Zealand tea tree Family Myrtaceae Botany and origins Manuka is a small tree which is a native of New Zealand. In favourable open conditions, it is fast growing, conical-shaped bush that...