Essential Oils

Essential Oils

A series of articles aimed at giving you a deeper understanding of essential oils. We explain the uses & properties of each oil to help you use these wonderful natural ingredients safely and effectively.

 

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Spikenard Essential Oil

Species: Valeriana Jatamansi
Plant Family: 

Valerianaceae

Origins: 

Spikenard originates from India

Extraction: 

The oil is extracted from the roots using the steam distillation method.

Properties: 

Strengthening, rejuvenating, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, deodorizing, anti-bacterial, calmative, sedative. laxative and tonic.

Tangerine Essential Oil

Species: Citrus reticulata
Plant Family: 

Ruteceae.

Origins: 

Native to China but now produced in many countries worldwide including Argentina. It's name comes from Tangier in Morocco which was the first port involved in shipping the oil to Europe.

Extraction: 

The oil is cold expressed from the peel of the fruit.

Properties: 

Antiseptic, antispasmodic, cytophylactic, depurative, sedative, stomachic and tonic.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Species: Melalueca alternifolia
Plant Family: 

Myrtaceae.

Origins: 

Originates from Australia.

Extraction: 

The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the twigs and leaves of the Tea Tree. 

Properties: 

Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, cooling, fungicidal, immuno-stimulant, sudorific, vulnerary, tonic. 

Thyme Essential Oil

Species: Thymus vulgaris
Plant Family: 

Lamiaceae (Labiatae).

Origins: 

Native to the Mediterranean and Spain but now found throughout Asia, central Europe, China, Russia, USA, Turkey and Tunisia among others. The essential oil is mainly produced in Spain.

Extraction: 

Obtained by steam distillation of the whole plant.

Properties: 

Antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, parasiticide, stimulant and tonic.

Turmeric Essential Oil

Species: Curcuma Longa
Plant Family: 

Zingiberaceae

Origins: 

Major produced in South Asian countries which provide appropriate weather and soil conditions for the Turmeric plant to grow.

Properties: 

Anti-oxidant, bactericidal, anti-fungal, anti-allergenic, anti-viral, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. High in vitamins especially Vitamin C.

Valerian Root Essential Oil

Species: Valeriana Officinalis
Plant Family: 

Valerianaceae

Origins: 

Valerian plant is native to Europe, North America and northern parts of Asia.

Extraction: 

Valerian Root essential oil is the volatile oil obtained by steam distillation from the root of the Valerian Plant.

Properties: 

Stress realising, calming and relaxing, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, tranquilizer and temperature reducing. Bactericidal, antidandruff, hypotensive as well as a depressant on the central nervous system.

Vanilla Extract Essential Oil

Species: Vanilla Planifolia
Origins: 

A perennial herbaceous climbing vine that can grow up to 25 meters high and is native to Central America and Mexico. This oil is mainly manufactured in the UK.

Extraction: 

The green capsules or fruit are picked and cured and the immature Vanilla pod or bean is fermented and dried to turn it into a fragrant brown vanilla bean where the extract is taken from. Extracted Boosted.

Properties: 

Antidepressant, soothing, sweet and delicious scent.

Vetivert Essential Oil

Species: Vetiveria zizanoides
Plant Family: 

Poaceae (Gramineae).

Origins: 

Native to southern India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Extraction: 

The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dried root of the plant.

Properties: 

Antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, stimulant and tonic.

Yarrow Essential Oil

Species: Achillea Millefolium
Plant Family: 

Asteraceae

Origins: 

Yarrow essential oil originates from France and Hungary.

Extraction: 

Yarrow essential oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation from the plants leaves and flowering tops.

Properties: 

Antiseptic, relaxing, stress releasing, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, hypotensive, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, stomach and tonic substance.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Species: Cananga odorata
Plant Family: 

Annonaceae.

Extraction: 

The flowers are steam distilled as quickly as possible after harvesting to produce the essential oil.  

Properties: 

Aphrodisiac, antidepressant, antiseptic, euphoric, hypotensive, sedative, stimulant and tonic.

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