Ingredients (cont.)

 

 
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cinnamon

(Cinnamomum- Is a genus of evergreen aromatic trees with over 250 identified species. Several are used commercially. Cinnamon trees grow on every continent on the planet, save for Antartica.)

Not only revered for its use in cooking, Cinnamon has been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years. Hailed for its benefits in helping the immune system fighting off colds and infections, and also to help arthritic joints.

Blends well with: Clove, Orange, Rose, Ylang ylang, Nutmeg, Lemongrass, Ginger

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Clove

(Syzygium aromaticum)

Native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, this aromatic spice has been harvested for culinary use in East Asia since ancient times. Clove also has use in numerous medicinal practices the world over, including dentistry for toothaches. They have also been shown to increase peristalsis in the body, and can be used to aid digestive problems most commonly.

Blends well with: Lemon, Lavender, Chamomille, and Jasmine

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eucalyptus

 (Eucalyptus obliqua)

Native originally to Tasmania, this tree has been utilized for its timber for centuries, and most likely for millennia by the original Australian cultures. The oil from this tree is said to hold anti-septic and antibiotic properties. Used for its benefits in fighting colds and the flu, it can also be helpful with muscle aches and tension.

Blends well with: Lemon, Lavender, Pine, Cedarwood, Basil


Frankincense

(Boswellia sacra)

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 A powerful oil derived from the sap of the Boswellia sacra tree, frankincense has been seen as an important oil with almost mythical qualities. Used in religious and spiritual practices, frankincense can help with mental fatigue, anxiety, arthritis and even aging skin. As a meditation aid it can help promote inner guidance, intuition, and inspiration.

Blends well with: Sandalwood, Orange, Cypress, Citrus, Basil, and Rose


GrapeFRUIT

(Citrus x paradisi)

 

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Natural insect repellent, helps memory, can ease hangovers, also reduces cellulite, promotes relaxation and mental clarity.

 

Blends well with: Ginger, Citrus, Sage, Juniper, Clove, and Lavender


GeRanium

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(Geranium aculeolatum)-

Relieves minor nerve pain, can be helpful in easing depression and regulating hormones. Has a calming and regenerative energy for meditation and spiritual practice.

 

Blends well with: Ylang ylang, Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary, Bergamot, and Neroli


ginger

(Zingiber officinale)

 

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Helps memory, digestion, can ease sore throats, and relieves occasional constipation. Can be beneficial for vertigo or sea sickness.

 

Blends well with: Geranium, Sandalwood, Citrus, and Jasmine


juniper

(Juniperis communis)-

Can help with fluid retention and is beneficial in use against arthritis and rheumatism.

Useful for clearing negative mental energy, it can also help with exhaustion.

Can help strengthen and open new perspectives in meditation.

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Blends well with: Geranium, Lavender, Rosemary, Vetiver, Cypress


Lavender

(Lavandula angustifolia) -  

 

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Photo by Vera_Simon/iStock / Getty Images

One of the most widely available oils, lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Also can be used as a natural insect repellent, to soothe irritated skin, and relieve stress. Can be used topically on cuts, burns, bug bites, and scars. The soothing scent can help ease headache, anxiety, and even insomnia in some cases. In spiritual practice, lavender is widely used to strengthen intuition, emotional balance, peace, and spiritual love.

 

 Blends well with: Bergamot, Juniper, Chamomile, Rose, Sage,                                       and Lemon


lemon

(Citrus limon)-

 

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A small evergreen tree that bears the unmistakable fruit of the same name, Lemon oil has been widely used in cooking for thousands of years. It’s use in essential oil is widespread as well, and its clean, citrus notes help promote clarity, increased awareness, vitality and optimism.

 

Blends well with: Basil, Rosemary, Lavender, Orange, Cedar, and Geranium


Orange

(Citrus x sinensis)

 

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Oranges are mentioned in Chinese literature over 2300 years ago, and more recently in 1987 they were confirmed to be the most widely cultivated fruit on the planet. Hundreds of varieties exist and many unique species have been identified. In essential oil use it has been found beneficial in easing anxiety, colds, respiratory colds, and general detoxification. It has a purifying energy that can be helpful for emotionally heavy tasks.

 

Blends well with: Coriander, Frankincense, Juniper, Lavender, and Cypress


Peppermint

(Mentha × piperita)

 

This bright and powerful oil is helpful for headaches, nausea, digestion, muscle pain, sinus issues, bad breath, and anxiety. In spiritual practice peppermint can promote focus, clear negative energy, and self-purification.

 

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Blends well with: Tea tree, Basil, Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Cedar


Rose

 

(Rosa x carolinae)-

 

Cultivated for its beautiful flowers, rose also produces a powerful essential oil that is used to aid menstruation, anxiety, and distress. Commonly found in cosmetic products for its anti-aging qualities, it can also help with circulation.

 

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Blends well with: Sage, Bergamot, Frankincense, Lavender, and Ylang ylang


Rosemary

 

(Rosmarinus officinalis)-

 

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Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub that has been used for thousands of years in cooking and traditional medicine, and was considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans alike. It contains a powerful natural phytochemical called camphor that is a useful decongestant. Rosemary can be used to help fight colds, congestion, and even hangovers.

 

Blends well with: Bergamot, Sage, Lavender, Chamomile, Vetiver


Tangerine

(Citrus tangerina)-

 

Named for Tangiers, Morocco, these sweet cousins of the Orange

can be utilized for relieving nervous tension and stress.

Can be used to help digestion and stomach issues, helps to promote tranquility.

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In meditation, can help with transitions, increase receptivity, and connect to the inner child.

 

Blends well with: Rose, Lavender, Geranium, Jasmine, Clove, and other Citrus oils


Tea tree

(Melaleuca alternifolia)-

 

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Photo by Solstizia/iStock / Getty Images

Tea tree is a species of tree or tall shrub endemic to Australia. It’s powerful oil can be fatal if ingested directly but diluted topical use has been found to be beneficial by many. Its uses include antiseptic, antibiotic, and anti-congestion properties. Is often used to help skin conditions, insect bites, and minor burns. In spiritual practice it promotes healing, can be used to purify areas, and emotionally heavy tasks.

Blends well with: Eucalyptus, Lemon, typically does not blend well.


Ylang ylang

(Cananga odorata)-

 

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Native to Southeast Asia and the Philippines, the Cananga tree has been hailed as an aphrodisiac, and is believed to relieve high blood pressure. Its essential oil is used to help skin conditions, hair growth, relieve stress, nervousness, and exhaustion. In spiritual practice in can promote love, creativity, calm negativity, and as an aphrodisiac.

Blends well with: Citrus, Rose, and Lavender