Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is an ancient science in which plant extracts, known as essential oils are used for physical healing, emotional balance, and spiritual attunement.

The ancient Egyptians used plant extracts in ointments for embalming and as annointments in other rituals and ceremonies. Ayurvedic texts from early India demonstrate the use of essential oils as medicines. The Greeks & Romans used the oils as perfumes and as enhancements to their religious rituals. In 1000AD, the Arab physician Avicenna improved the distillation process, making the essential oils even more potent and useful in healing.

As essential oils become more readily available it is possible for the lay person to experience their healing and uplifting benefits. For those wishing to study further, there are a variety of aromatherapy certification programs in which the safe use and properties of the oils are studied in depth. You can easily search for t

Essential oils contain potent natural chemicals and should be treated with respect. Never ever ingest an essential oil without consulting a trained and certified aromatherapist as some of the oils are very potent and others are poisonous if taken internally. As with all chemicals, keep them out of reach of small children. Here are a few other things to keep in mind:

  • Store essential oils in a cool, dark place in colored glass bottles. Some of the concentrated oils will dissolve plastic bottles, and all oils will last longer when stored in this manner.
  • Before using an essential oil on your skin (i.e., for massage) dilute it in a neutral carrier oil such as almond oil, or grape seed oil. For example, you might use five drops of essential oil in a tablespoon of carrier oil, although this can vary widely with different oils and formulas. With hot, spicy oils such as clove, cinnamon, and allspice, use 1-2 drops of essential oil instead. Please consult a good reference book or a trained aromatherapist.
  • Use essential oils sparingly. A little goes a very long way!
  • Do not use essential oils if you are pregnant or on small children unless you first consult a certified aromatherapist or a very reputable reference book. Lavender is an exception that can be used on almost anyone.
  • Careful about sun-tanning after use of essential oils. Some make you more sensitive.
  • Do not put essential oils directly on a light bulb or candle flame. They can burn.

This page is not intended as a medical reference. It is for your information and enjoyment. Essential oils, like herbs, are natural medicine and should be used with careful consideration and preferably with the advice of a trained professional.

With these few precautions essential oils can be enjoyed by anyone!

Essential Oils

PLEASE NOTE:

The following information is not meant to be a substitute for a trained professional giving you diagnosis and prescriptions. Before using any medication, herb, or essential oil — consult a trained health care professional. If you are interested in further study, many  aromatherapy classes are available online.

Allspice – Allspice is harvested from the leaves, twigs, and berries of an evergreen tree from the West Indies & Central America. It is used to improve circulation, loosen up the sinuses, and aid in digestion.Allspice is a very warm oil and should be diluted well. It is uplifting when mixed with orange citrusy oils such as mandarin, tangerine, orange, or bergamot. Back to Essential Oils
Bergamot– is made from the peel of a special breed of Italian oranges. It is frequently blended in perfumes and has a remarkably uplifting effect on the user. It reduces stress, improves the mood and facilitates clear thinking. Back to Essential Oils
Birch (Sweet) – The oil is gathered from the bark of a tree native to North America. The Native Americans used this tree in a my different healing capacities. Today the oil is used to relieve muscle soreness, relieve cramps, and reduce inflammation of the muscles and joints. Tray adding this to bath salts for a great post-workout soak in the tub. Back to Essential Oils
Black Pepper – Made from peppercorns, this oil is very hot and must be diluted well. It aids in digestion when massaged over the stomach area, improves circulation and is an overall stimulant. Back to Essential Oils
Cedarwood – Made from the wood chips of an evergreen tree, cedarwood oil reduces congestion, relaxes the mind, and is said to promote clear dreams and visions. Back to Essential Oils
Chamomile – A favorite among aromatherapists, chamomile is made from the flowers and leaves of a European herb. It is a soothing and calming oil that helps you to sleep, relaxes menstrual cramps and is known to contain an anti-inflammatory chemical called azulene. It is good in mixtures for the skin as well. Back to Essential Oils
Cinnamon – Cinnamon oil is made from the bark of the cinnamon tree. Research has shown it to be effective in killing off some bacteria and fungi. It is a strong antiseptic and is reputed to strengthen the heart. Use sparingly — this is a hot oil! Back to Essential Oils
Clary Sage – Clary is obtained from the flowering branches of a special variety of sage. It is known to reduce menstrual cramps when massaged into the affected areas and is reputed to be an aphrodisiac… perhaps because of its abilities to calm the mind and relax the body. In old Europe clary was an ingredient in brewing ales and making wines. Back to Essential Oils
Clove – Clove is a strong antiseptic and is also known to improve digestion, numb pain, and heat the muscles. Dilute clove oil very well. It is hot and can burn. 1 drop in a tablespoon of carrier oil is sufficient. Back to Essential Oils
Cypress – Made from the leaves and twigs of an evergreen tree that is known to live for thousands of years, cypress oil is great for reducing nervous tension, relieving muscle soreness and swelling, and regulating female hormones. Back to Essential Oils
Frankincense – This oil comes from the bark of the frankincense tree, native to the Mediterranean. It promotes sleep, opens up the sinuses, and aids in dreams and visions. It is also good on inflammations, bruises, or burns. Back to Essential Oils
Eucalyptus – The leaves and twigs of the eucalyptus tree are used to make this oil. It is an antiseptic, relieves sore muscles, opens the sinuses, and improves alertness. Try adding a few drops to a morning bath to really wake you up, relieve lethargy, and clear the breathing. Back to Essential Oils
Fir Balsam – Made from the needles of the fir tree, this oil reduces lymphatic congestion, opens the sinuses and uplifts the mood. Back to Essential Oils
Geranium – Geranium oil is made from the leaves and flowers of the rose geranium herb. It is known to soothe insect bites and is used as a disinfectant. It uplifts the mood, and reduces pain and inflammation. Back to Essential Oils
Ginger – Ginger comes from the root of the ginger plant. It is a warm oil that is great for digestion, calming colds, improving mental clarity, and aiding in circulation. It smells terrific too! Back to Essential Oils
Grapefruit – Grapefruit oil is made from grapefruit peels. It is cleansing to the lymphatic system, reduces cellulite and aids in reducing obesity. It improves the mood and is a great cheerful waker-upper in the morning. Back to Essential Oils
Juniper – Juniper oil comes from the ripe berries of the juniper bush that is native to high desert areas. It is an antiseptic and a diuretic. It helps reduce respiratory problems, and cleanses the intestines and tissues when massaged on those areas. It stimulates the kidneys so you may want to avoid it if you have kidney problems. Back to Essential Oils
Lavender– If you’re only going to own one oil, this is it! Lavender is calming and promotes relaxation, sleep, and dreams. It is good to use on hyperactive kids or pets or on yourself when you have an overactive mind.It soothes a sore throat when massaged around that area, and can soothe a cough when massaged on the upper chest. It is great to ease the pain of burns, the itching of insect bites, the discomfort of diaper rash (5 drops to 1 T carrier oil), and many other types of skin irritations. Back to Essential Oils
Lemon – Lemon oil is made from lemon peel. It helps to break down cellulite. It is cleansing, and helps to uplift the moods. Lemon is a happy oil and a good one to blend in antidepressant formulas. Back to Essential Oils
Lemongrass – This oil is made from the leaves of the grassy plant. Lemongrass is a common ingredient in Thai food. It improves digestion, eases stress, and reduces swollen tissues when used in massage. Back to Essential Oils
Lemon Verbena – Lemon Verbena is made from the leaves and branches of the lemon verbena herb. It is used in perfume, and is uplifting. It is a wonderful antidepressant. Back to Essential Oils
Lime – Lime oil is made from lime peel. Like lemon it is purifying, eases stress, and improves mental clarity. A clean-smelling oil. Back to Essential Oils
Litsea Cubeb – This is made from the fruit of an evergreen tree and has a lemony scent. It is good for rest, sleep and dreams. It improves digestion and mental clarity. I love mixing it with sandalwood and using it before sleep to aid in the dreaming process. Back to Essential Oils
Mandarin – Mandarin is made from the peel of the mandarin orange. It is a happy and uplifting oil that can be used to calm irritability, and create a relaxed alertness. Back to Essential Oils
Marjoram – Marjoram oil is made from the flowers and upper leaves of the herb. It is a vasodilator (opens up blood vessels) that improves circulation, opens the sinuses and can really put you to sleep. Back to Essential Oils
Melissa (Lemon Balm) – This is a wonderful antidepressant made from the flowers and leaves of the Melissa/Lemon Balm herb. It can be used to ease menstrual cramps and relieve aches and pains. As with all oils, be careful during pregnancy. This is one of the more well-known ones to avoid during that time of life. Back to Essential Oils
Myrrh – Myrrh comes from the bark of a tree. It was used by the ancients in the embalming process and in modern times is it used to heal wounds. It promotes meditation, dreams, visions, and restful sleep.Neroli – Neroli comes from the fragrant blossoms of the orange tree, and is frequently used in the perfume industry. It boosts the mood, and helps one overcomes fears and stress. Back to Essential Oils
Orange – Orange oil is made from orange peels. It is cleansing, uplifting, and relaxing all at once. It also tends to repel insects. Back to Essential Oils
Patchouli – You’ll either love or hate this strong earthy smelling oil which comes from the leaves on an Asian plant. Said to be an aphrodisiac, it promotes well-being and reduces stress. It is a grounding and uplifting oil that is wonderful smelling when mixed with the citrusy scent of bergamot. Back to Essential Oils
Peppermint – Peppermint oil comes from the leaves of the well-known herb. Along with lavender, this is one of the aromatherapy “must-haves.” It improves digestion, opens the sinus passages, sharpens the sense and improves mental clarity. It improves stamina, relieves aches, pains, and cramps, repels insects and is an upper. Dilute it well or it will make you skin feel icy cold. If this one doesn’t wake you up, nothing will!
Peru Balsam – Made from the bark of the Peru Balsam tree, this oil stimulates and improves circulation, warms the muscles, and reduces stress. It smells divine when mixed with citrus scents. Back to Essential Oils
Petigrain – Petitgrain is made from the leaves and twigs of the citrus trees. It is calming and improves mental clarity. It is a low-cost alternative to the orangey oils. Back to Essential Oils
Pine – Pine oil comes from the needles and small branches of the pine tree. It purifies the lymph system and helps to reduce cellulite. It uplifts the mood and increases alertness. It stimulates the adrenals so if you are already overdosed on adrenaline you might want to avoid this one. Back to Essential Oils
Rosemary – Another one of my favorites, rosemary is distilled from the herb. It wakes you up, improves circulation, purifies the lymph, opens the sinuses, stimulates the heart and adrenals, improves alertness and reduces muscle stiffness and pain. It is a great bath oil and is reputed to be good for the hair. Try putting a few drops in hot oil treatments if you like. Back to Essential Oils
Rose Otto – Rose is the eternal symbol for beauty and love so it is no surprise that this oil, diluted from thousands of sweet smelling damask rose petals, is also reputed to help heal the heart. It is excellent for the skin, uplifting for the mood, and balances out the female hormones. It reduces grief and sorrow and has been the scent associated with visions of the Virgin Mary. Back to Essential Oils
Sandalwood – Sandalwood oil comes from the inner wood of the sandalwood tree. It is an insect repellent and is used for assisting in sleep, dreams, visions, and emotional release. It is a very masculine fragrance that smells great! Back to Essential Oils
Spruce – I love this oil made from the bark and branches of the spruce tree. It brings relief from colds and other sinus congestion, relaxes the muscles and disinfects all over. Back to Essential Oils
Tangerine – Tangerine is made from the peel of the tangerine fruits. It is a happy and uplifting oil that can be used to calm irritability, and create a relaxed alertness. Back to Essential Oils
Tea Tree – Made from the leaves and twigs of the tea tree, this oil is a strong disinfectant. It heals the skin, soothes insects bites, opens the sinuses and relieves pain. Back to Essential Oils
Tolu Balsam – Made from the resin and bark of the tolu balsam tree, this is a calming oil that smells divine. Back to Essential Oils
Ylang Ylang – This heavenly scent is made from the flowers of the Ylang Ylang tree. It reduces stress, increases joy and loosens tight muscles. Mix with a little bergamot and lavender for a heavenly sleep! Back to Essential Oils

Top Ten

If you can only buy a few oils, try these…

Lavender – calms, heals burns, soothes bites, eases colds
Bergamot – uplifts and calms
Peppermint – energizes, aids in alertness, eases muscle pain
Sweet Birch – improves circulation, eases pain and stiffness, calming
Ylang Ylang – calming, good for sleep & dreams, smells divine
Patchouli – grounding, earthy, calming
Spruce – awesome smelling, clears sinuses, calms, eases pain
Citrus – grapefruit, orange, lemons…good for moods & purification
Eucalyptus – wakes you up, clears sinuses, eases pain
Rosemary – wakes you up, clears sinuses, eases pain

Don’t forget a neutral carrior oil like grapeseed or almond oil to blend with your oils!

Ann’s Blends

Facial Toner

Ingredients
8 oz witch hazel(a natural astringent found in drug stores)
10 drops peppermint oil
10 drops lemon oil

Preparation/Use
Mix all ingredients and store in a pretty glass bottle with a cork! Apply sparingly to the face with a cotton ball for deep cleansing. Avoid eye areas.

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Masculine Toner/Aftershave Splash

Ingredients

8 oz witch hazel(a natural astringent found in drug stores)
10 drops patchouli
10 drops sandalwood10 drops of spruce

Preparation/Use

Mix all ingredients and store in a glass bottle with a cork! Apply sparingly to the face with a cotton ball for deep cleansing. Avoid eye areas.

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“Wake You Up” Massage or Bath Oil

Ingredients

1/2 oz almond oil
10 drops orange or grapefruit oil
10 drops peppermint oil
10 drops rosemary oil

Preparation/Use

Mix all ingredients and store in a dark glass bottle. Use for a refreshing morning massage or put a little in the bath to wake you up!

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“Sleepy Time” Massage or Bath Oil #1

Ingredients

1/2 oz almond oil
10 drops patchouli
10 drops bergamot
10 drops ylang ylang

Preparation/Use

Mix all ingredients and store in a dark glass bottle. Use for a calming massage before bed, or put a little in a relaxing bath.

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“Sleepy Time” Massage or Bath Oil #2

Ingredients

1/2 oz almond oil
10 drops lavender
10 drops ylang ylang
10 drops spruce

Preparation/Use

Mix all ingredients and store in a dark glass bottle. Use for a calming massage before bed, or put a little in a relaxing bath.

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“Fix My Muscles” Massage or Bath Oil

Ingredients

1/2 oz almond oil
10 drops spruce
10 drops sweet birch
10 drops eucalyptus
10 drops of lavender

Preparation/Use

Mix all ingredients and store in a dark glass bottle. Use to massage or in the bath after a real workout to ease sore muscles.

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“Make it Better” Massage or Bath Oil

Ingredients

1/2 oz almond oil
10 drops spruce
10 drops ylang ylang
1 drops clove
20 drops of lavender

Preparation/Use

Mix all ingredients and store in a dark glass bottle. Use to massage or in the bath when you have a cold or allergies. Massage on neck, chest, and back, especially.

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“Dreamy Dreaming” Massage or Bath Oil

Ingredients

1/2 oz almond oil
10 drops sandalwood
7 drops litsea cubeb
5 drops bergamot
5 drops patchouli
5 drops ylang ylang

Preparation/Use

Mix all ingredients and store in a dark glass bottle. Use to massage or in the bath to promote sleep, dreaming, and good visions.

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