Aromatherapy Guide

Aromatherapy is the art of treating the body, mind and spirit with natural aromatic substances harvested from nature’s bounty of herbs, flowers and trees. “Aroma” refers to the aromatic substances that give essential oils their characteristic smell. “Therapy” refers to the fact that essential oils have been used for healing for centuries. Aromatherapy also refers to the use of essential oils for beauty and body care treatment.

Essential Oils work by attaching themselves to toxins, free-radicals, cell debris, heavy metals, renegade cells, fungi, bacteria, viruses or other debris and taking them to the exits for disposal. The human body takes the most vital properties of essential oils and uses them to bring itself into balance and is left in a healthier state without side effects. Many scientists believe that essential oils stimulate the body’s own natural defense systems. The positive effect of essential oils on blood circulation is well known. Studies have found that basil, tea tree and thyme essential oils can encourage the production of white blood cells, boosting the immune system of the body. ***(see below)

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The majority of essential oils are produced by steam distillation, whereby the essential oils are extracted from special glands or ducts of the plant. Each essential oil gives off its own emotional and spiritually balancing aromas…

Bergamot: Fresh, sweet and refreshing, but with slightly spicy floral undertones.

Chamomile: Sweet, herbaceous, fresh and fruity.

Cinnamon: A sweet, spicy hot fragrance. The aroma is smoky and warm.

Citronella: Grassy, fruity, and slightly herbaceous with a citrus undertone.

Clary Sage: Nutty, heady, herbaceous, warm and mildly intoxicating.

Coriander: Pleasant-smelling with a woody, spicy fragrance with soft, sweet notes, these seeds from the Coriander herb were used for centuries to sweeten the breath. Frequently blended with other oils to fragrance products for men.

Cypress: Fresh, woody, clear, light, slightly spicy with a clean scent.

Eucalyptus: Pungent, sharp, strong and camphor-like with woody undertones.

Fennel: Herbaceous, sweet honey, very licorice-like, and warm.

Frankincense: Soft, balsamic, heady fragrance, warm, sweet and incense like.

Geranium: Flowery rose, sweet, dry citrus undertone.

Ginger: Peppery, sharp, fresh, pungent, earthy aromatic and warm.

Grapefruit: Warm, sweet and fresh citrus with slight floral undertone.

Jasmine: Rich, warm, floral, and sweetly exotic with floral honey like aroma.

Juniper: Fresh, fruity, woody, spicy and herbaceous.

Lavender: Fresh, floral, light, powdery, and sweet.

Lemongrass: Citrus, herbaceous and smoky.

Lime: Fresh, citrus scent, sweet and candy like.

Mandarin: Warm, citrus, and fruity with floral overtones.

Myrrh: Warm, smoky, slightly musty and earthy.

Neroli: Floral, powdery, spicy, and sweet. A highly radiant fragrance.

Orange, Sweet: Fresh, fruity, tangy and sweet.

Oregano:  Warm, spicy-herbaceous, and camphor-like.

Palmarosa: Sweet, rosy, floral, herbaceous and lemony.

Palo Santo: “Sacred Wood” –  Soft, balsamic, warm, and sweet. A Shaman favorite and rare ~ from the trees in Ecuador and Peru.

Patchouli: Earthy, heavy, musty musk, penetrating, herbaceous, and smoky.

Peppermint: Minty fresh, slightly camphor-like, candy-like.

Ravensara: Spicy, herbaceous, clear, sweet and licorice-like.

Rose Absolute: Intense, sweet and floral.

Rosemary: Woody, fresh, herbaceous, powerful and sharp.

Sandalwood: Warm, rich, sweet, woody and soft.

Spearmint: Minty, cool, candy-like and fresh.

Tangerine: Sweet, sparkling fresh citrus.

Tea Tree: Sharp, spicy, warm with medicinal tones.

Vanilla Bean: Sweet, honey-like, distinctive.

Vetiver: Earthy, musty with softness and full body aroma, and sweet woody aroma.

Ylang Ylang: Sweet, intense, floral, tropical and heady with an overtone of banana.

*** Aromatherapy and natural remedies are often criticized for not having FDA approval. It is impossible to patent cures and natural remedies, and so they go unapproved by the FDA. Yet, natural medicines have been used for thousands of years. 70% of all anti-tumor drugs are derived from native plant medicines.