Sweet licorice aroma. Often recommended for massage where there is cellulite and for the digestive system, especially for indigestion or gas.
Fennel essential oil is often recommended for PMS and for menstrual difficulties. I add just a drop to my PMS blend. Its distinctive scent is softened by blending with Rose Geranium and Clary Sage. I suspect its mildly diuretic action can help with fluid retention that often adds to the discomfort of PMS.
Some sources recommend Fennel for detoxifying the body, that it is helpful for detoxifying from overindulgence in alcohol, nicotine, and other toxic substances. I think a blend of Fennel, Juniper, and Seaweed Essential Oils, blended into sea salts, would make a wonderful detoxifying bath. It was an ingredient in our Detox Synergy.
Fennel is often recommended for breast firming massage and to promote milk production with new mothers, however, I think that the distinctive aroma could interfere with the bonding that needs to occur between the mother and newborn, and would prefer to see nursing mothers drink fennel seed tea.
Emotionally, fennel can ease stress and nervous tension without having the mildly sedative effect that many of the relaxing essential oils bring. A blend of Sweet Fennel and Rosemary can both relieve stress and energize; the only other essential oil that I know of with that effect is Pink Grapefruit.
WARNING: Fennel can be a skin irritant. Do not use it on young children. Do not use if pregnant. Do not use if suffering from epilepsy. Caution: it may affect diabetes.
Robert Tisserand advises that: Drug interaction; reproductive hormone modulation, potentially carcinogenic, based on estragole content, may inhibit blood clotting, skin sensitization if oxidized. Contraindicated during pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis, estrogen-depenedent cancers, children under age 5. Possible interactions with diabetes anticoagulant medications, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, other bleeding disorders. Maximum dermal use: IFRA 0.2%, Tisserand 2.5% based on 4.8% estragole content. (Note, our current batch has only 3.13% estragole. I would still limit its use.)
**For other possible oils to avoid, please see our essential oil Contraindications page.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.
This basil is truly lovely. It smells much more like the fresh herb than any other basil essential oil I’ve experienced, because of the higher linalool content. Basil is considered helpful for mental and physical fatigue, aids in mental alertness, and concentration. A good wake up oil, used in moderation. Helps ease sinus congestion and headaches. Helpful against colds and congestion, as well as easing muscular aches and pains. Can reduce menstrual cramps. Avoid use if pregnant or if subject to seizures.
There has been some concern that basil’s normally high content of methyl chavicol can be a carcinogen. The evidence is far from in on that one, but, on the other hand, it is the phenol content that would make “regular” basil both as stimulating as it is, and also as irritating as it can be. This basil should be much less irritating, and less apt to keep you awake at night!
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.
BLENDS WITH: Citrus Oils, Black Pepper, Cedarwoods, Clary Sage, Coriander, Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper, Niaouli, Orange, Palma Rosa, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Tea Tree, and Thyme varieties.
A woman’s blend of oils which have historically been used relieve the discomfort of PMS and menstrual cramps. A blend of Clary Sage, Sweet Marjoram, Geranium, Roman Chamomile and Fennel, Essential Oils.
Available as a synergistic blend ready to add a few drops to your bath or to dilute in your favorite carrier oil for a soothing massage, or in our new, ready-to-use 10 ml roll-on bottle. My daughter and daughters-in-law say this is my best blend. Order one for yourself, and another for your best friend!
Young green tips are pruned, and lovingly distilled to yield a truly unusual oil. I love Cypress Oil, and I especially love this fresh new specimen!
Cypress is a known astringent, excellent for oily skin, and may be useful for circulatory and respiratory problems.
It is often used in blends to ease arthritis pain. Can ease the pain of aching muscles or menstrual cramps. Stimulates circulation. I have seen it recommended in a compress to treat hemorrhoids.
Emotionally, Cypress is comforting in case of loss and grief; the traditional oils used to treat grief are Rose and Jasmine. Adding a touch of Cypress to either or both of them can cut the sweetness of a grief blend, and, in my mind, add a freeing note. A wonderful blend for a man who is struggling with losses. It is a wonderful oil for helping us survive times of overwhelming transitions, moving, changes in jobs or in relationships.
Peter Holmes, in The Energetics of Western Herbs indicates that Cypress Essential Oil regulates menstruation and menopause, increases hormones, that Cypress’s comprehensive action—endocrine, neural and tissular—engages in a number of gynecological conditions characterized by blood congestion, fluid congestion, and tension. He recommends its use for heavy periods, intermenstrual bleeding, even for fibroids and cysts, endometritis, and for gynecological conditions arising from emotional causes.
It is also alleged to increase concentration and might be a worthwhile addition to a study blend.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.
Certificate of Analysis:
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Batch No. FR-59299 (Current Batch)
Allergies: Blue Tansy (Tanecetum annuum), Ammi Visnaga, German and Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Yarrow
Prevention: Blue Tansy (Tanecetum annuum), Ammi Visnaga.
Treatment: Frankincense CO2, Hyssop, Inula, Litsea, Ravensara, Black Spruce, Blue Tansy (Tanecetum annuum), Cedarwood, Cajeput, Clary Sage, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Fennel, Eucalyptus Radiata, Hyssop decumbens, Lavender, Spike Lavender, Pine, Lemon, Mandarine, Myrtle, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rosemary.
Arthritis: Lavandin, Helichrysum, Black Pepper, Ginger, Marjoram, Lavender, Lemon, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Cajeput, Cinnamon, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus, Angelica Seed, Roman Chamomile, Holy Basil, Clove Bud, Cypress Tips, Balsam Fir, Juniper, Nutmeg, Dalmatian Sage, Winter Savory, Seaweed, Thyme Borneol, Wintergreen, St. John’s Wort oil as a carrier oil. Or, try our BackEase Massage Oil.
Athletes Foot and Other Fungal Infections: Myrrh, Patchouli, Lemongrass, Niaouli, Palma Rosa, Tagetes, Tea Tree.
Backaches: Helichrysum, Lavandin, Black Pepper, Cajeput, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Spike Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Thyme. Or, try our BackEase Massage Oil.
Boils: Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, Thyme, Juniper, Geranium (in hot compresses).
Bronchial Congestion: Hyssop, Inula, Frankincense, Black Spruce, Copaiba Balsam, Balsam Fir, Larch, Pine.
Bruises: Helichrysum, Black Pepper, German Chamomile, Hyssop, Fennel, Spike Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, St. Johns Wort Infused Oil.
Burns: Lavender, Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, Frankincense, Manuka, Neroli, Tea Tree.
Candida (Yeast Infection): Tea Tree, Cajeput, Holy Basil, Melissa, German Chamomile, Lemon Eucalyptus.
Chronic Fatigue: Sweet Basil, Rosemary, Geranium, Lemon, Pink Grapefruit.
Topical Application: Black Pepper, Clove Bud, Frankincense, Ginger CO2, Juniper, Spike Lavender, Lavender, Lemongrass, Sweet Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Ylang-ylang.
Inhalation: Frankincense, Lavender, Lemongrass, Sweet Marjoram, Rosemary, Lemon Verbena.
Cold Sores (Herpes simplex): Melissa, Rose Otto, Myrrh, Bergamot, Eucalyptus Globulus, Sandalwood, Bergamot, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cajeput, Niaouli, Ravensara, Tea Tree.
Congestion (Chest and Bronchial): (For Nasal Suggestion, see Sinus Suggestions.) Eucalyptus Globulus, Sweet Eucalyptus, Frankincense CO2, Inula, Sweet Basil, Black Pepper, Lemon Myrtle, Peppermint, Pine, Black Spruce.
Constipation: Sweet Fennel, Yarrow, Black Pepper, Sweet Marjoram, Rosemary, Carrot Seed, Peppermint, Pine, Sweet Orange.
Coughs: Hyssop, Cardamon Seed, Balsam Fir, Inula (for dry, unproductive cough), Pine, Greek Sage, Oregano.
Cramps, Muscle Spasms: Sweet Marjoram, Black Pepper, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Thyme.
Cuts and Scrapes: Lavender, Chamomiles, Tea Tree for disinfecting, Helichrysum.
Cystitis: Bergamot, Atlas Cedarwood, Juniper, Cypress.
Dandruff: Recent research published inAromatherapy Today, the International Aromatherapy Journal, indicates that Tea Tree oil, added to shampoo in a 5% dilution, is at least as effective as 2% ketoconazole and 1% terbinafine in the treatment of dandruff. In the test, the subjects used a 5% dilution in a daily shampoo, and left the shampoo in their hair for three minutes before rinsing.
Diarrhea: Black Pepper, German and Roman Chamomile, Cinnamon Leaf, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Sweet Fennel, Ginger, Mandarine, Neroli, Peppermint, Cajeput, Cistus, Angelica Root, Ravensara, Rosemary, Seaweed, Carrot Seed, Sweet Fennel, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon, Mandarine, Tangerine.
Fatigue: Basil, Elemi, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary.
Fever: Sponge the body with cool water with 1 drop each Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Peppermint oils added.
Gas: Ginger, Peppermint, Anise Seed, Fennel, Litsea, Oregano, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Roman and German Chamomile.
Gout: St. Johns Wort Oil with Wintergreen (note this is the ONLY time I ever recommend using wintergreen or birch oils), Juniper Berry, Lemon, Rosemary.
Headaches: Lavender, Sweet Basil, Roman Chamomile, Clove Bud, Lavandin, Cajeput, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosewood, Rosemary, Thyme.
Hot Flashes: Vitex, Peppermint Hydrosol, or try our Passages Synergy.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure): Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Litsea, Melissa, Sweet Marjoram, Neroli, Ylang-ylang.
Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure): Ginger, Lemon, Rosemary.
Indigestion: Cardamon, Black Pepper, Ginger, Peppermint, Anise Seed, Coriander, Fennel, Lemongrass, Litsea, Melissa, Nutmeg, Cinnamon Leaf, Sweet Fennel.
Inflammation: Helichrysum, Roman or German Chamomile, Coriander, Juniper, Fennel, Nutmeg, Yarrow.
Insect Bites: Cajeput (fire ants), Helichrysum, German Chamomile, Lavender.
Insomnia: Red Mandarine (a recent study indicates that Mandarine is even more effective than Lavender in dealing with sleep disturbances), Bulgarian Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Clementine, Petitgrain, Bergamot, Ledum, Myrtle, Petitgrain, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Valerian, or our SleepEase Synergy.
Lymphodema: Cistus,Helichrysum, Lavender.
Menopause: Clary Sage, Geranium, Rose, Vitex, Bergamot, Chamomile, Cypress, Fennel, Jasmine, Neroli, Ylang-ylang, or our Passages Synergy.
Menstrual Cramps: Clary Sage, Sweet Marjoram, Geranium, Sweet Fennel, Anise Seed, Sweet Basil, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress Needle, Yarrow, or our Moondays Synergy.
Migraines: Lavender, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Valerian, Eucalyptus, Spike Lavender, Neroli.
Muscle Aches: Lavandin, Rosemary, Black Pepper, Ginger, Black Spruce, Sweet Basil, Spike Lavender, Vetiver, Eucalyptus, or our MuscleEase Massage Oil.
Muscle Spasms: Roman Chamomile, Petitgrain, Clary Sage, Fennel, Frankincense, Lavender, Sage. One client reports relief by spritzing St.John’s Wort Hydrosol.
Nausea: Ginger, Peppermint, Spearmint, Cardamon Seed, Sweet Fennel, Patchouli.
Peridontal Problems: Myrrh, Sweet Fennel, Manuka, Peppermint, Tea Tree.
PMS: Geranium, Clary Sage, Rose, Sweet Fennel, Bergamot, Chamomile, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Neroli, Rosemary, Sweet Fennel, Palma Rosa, Rose Otto, Vitex, Ylang-ylang Extra, or our Moondays Synergy or La Rosa Synergy.
Pressure Sores (Bed Sores): German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Geranium, Frankincense, Lavender, Calendula Infused Oil.
Rheumatism: St. John’s Wort Oil, Black Pepper, Ginger, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lavandin, or our BackEase Synergy.
Scabies: Tea Tree (5% dilution).
Sciatica: St. John’s Wort Oil, Black Pepper, Ginger, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lavandin, or our BackEase Synergy.
Sinuses: All Eucalyptus species, especially Radiata, Peppermint, Angelica Root, Sweet Basil, Clove Bud, Hyssop, Inula, Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Pine, or try our SineEase Synergy and Inhaler.
Sore Throat: Hyssop, Sandalwood.
Sunburn: Chamomile with Lavender, Blue Tansy (Tanecetum annuum), German Chamomile, Peppermint, Peppermint Hydrosol.
Varicose Veins: Calendula Infused Oil, Cypress, Lemon, Geranium, Juniper, Rosemary.
Please note, some of the suggested oils are photosentizers. Angelica, and cold pressed citrus oils should not be used on the skin within 12 hours of exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light. If you choose to use one of these oils on your face, please use it only at night.
Nature’s Gift offers a range of skin care products on our Skin Care Solutions page.
|Skin Care (General)||Lavender, Rose, Rosemary, Geranium, Chamomiles, Rosewood Essential Oils and all Hydrosols|
|Acne||Tea Tree, Manuka, Helichrysum, Lavender, Spike Lavender, Thyme Linalool, Geranium, Petitgrain, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Mints, Basil, German Chamomile, Atlas Cedarwood, Rosewood, Palma Rosa, Thyme, Cajeput, Niaouli, Yarrow Hydrosol. See also our suite of Clarifying Products to gently sooth and heal problem skin.|
|Astringent||Grapefruit, Yarrow, Rosemary, Lime (Distilled)|
|Black Heads||Coriander, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Thyme ch Linalol|
|Chapped / Cracked Skin||Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cajeput, Roman and German Chamomile, Lavender, Calendula Infused Oil|
|Chilbains||Black Pepper, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Ginger, Lavender (ie, circulatory stimulants to promote warming)|
|Cleansing||Sweet Basil, Juniper, Lemon, Lemongrass, Niaouli, Peppermint|
|Combination Skin||Geranium, Rosewood, Ylangylang, Rose Geranium Hydrosol, Neroli Hydrosol|
|Couperose(Thread veins, congested capillaries)||Lemon, Helichrysum, Cypress, Rose, Lavender, Roman and German Chamomiles, Geranium, Calendula Infused Oil, Helichrysum Hydrosol, Neroli Hydrosol|
|Devitalized Skin||Eucalyptus Globulus, Myrtle, Neroli, Basil, Juniper, Lemon, Lemongrass, Niaouli, Peppermint, Pine, Orange, Rosemary, Spearmint, Geranium, Grapefruit|
|Dry Acne||Petitgrain, Lavender, Spike Lavender, Clary Sage, Rose Geranium|
|Dry Skin||Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Geranium, Lavender, Orange, Palma Rosa, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Rosewood, Neroli, Petitgrain, Mandarine, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Ylangylang, Carrot Seed, Lavender, Rose Hydrosol, Neroli Hydrosol, Calendula Infused Oil. See also our Dry Skin Sampler for suggested carrier oils to nourish dry, fragile skin.|
|Eczema||German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Bergamot, Carrot Seed, Atlas Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Juniper, Myrrh, Palma Rosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Teatree, Yarrow, Ylangylang. Calendula infused oil, Cranberry Seed Oil. See our Eczema and Psoriasis Carrier Oil Sampler for a selection of carrier oils all recommended for helping deal with eczema. We have also had excellent feedback from clients using our Baby Bottom Balm as a treatment for dry eczema (available seasonally).|
|Hydrating||Palma Rosa, Sweet Orange, Mandarine, Tangerine, Rose, most Hydrosols, especially Neroli|
|Infections||German Chamomile, Manuka, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Myrrh, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Thyme Linalool, Calendula, Palma Rosa, Niaouli, Laurel, Myrtle, Rosewood|
|Inflammation||Helichrysum, St. Johns Wort Infusion, Carrot Seed, Cistus, Galbanum, German and Roman Chamomiles, Clary Sage, Myrrh, Myrtle, Rosewood, Angelica Hydrosol, Yarrow Hydrosol, Helichrysum Hydrosol, Witch Hazel Hydrosol, Chamomile Hydrosol|
|Itching||Jasmine, Helichrysum, Lavender, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Lavender Hydrosol, Witch Hazel Hydrosol|
|Large Pores||Myrtle, Lemongrass, Rose, Cedarwood (I question whether of these will actually make a difference in the appearance of large pores.)|
|Mature, Aged Skin / Wrinkles||Carrot Seed, Elemi, Cistus, Frankincense, Galbanum, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, Clary Sage, Rosewood, Lavender, Neroli, Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract, Rose Hip Extract. Also consider or our Mature Skin Elixir. See our Mature Skin Carrier Oil Sampler to gently nurture and rejuvenate mature skin. Best yet, see our Cleopatra’s Secret line of skin care products, Creme Cleanser, Serum, Toner, and luxurious bath products, all designed to nurture mature skin and give the user a youthful glow.|
|Normal Skin||Atlas Cedarwood, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosewood, Ylangylang, Angelica, all Hydrosols|
|Oily Skin||Roman and German Chamomiles, Cedarwood, Geranium, Clary Sage, Lavender, Ylangylang, Lemon, Peppermint, Niaouli, Cajeput, Cypress, Calendula Infusion, Frankincense, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Juniper, Melissa, Yarrow, Coriander, Petitgrain, Lime (Distilled), Grapefruit, Thyme Linalool, Lavandin, Spike Lavender, Rose. See our recommended moisturizing carrier oils for oily skin in our Oily Skin Carrier Oil Sampler.|
|Pimples, Blemishes||Tea Tree, Manuka, Lemon Myrtle, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Thyme Linalool, Cajeput, Niaouli, Rosemary. See also our Clarifying Soap and Treatment Gel.|
|Psoriasis(extremely difficult to treat)||Hydrodistiled Cade, Bergamot, Helichrysum, Cajeput, Carrot Seed, German or Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Juniper, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Calendula Infused Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil. We have had fantastic results from people applying our Pomegranate Seed CO2 to areas with psoriasis. See also our Eczema and Psoriasis Carrier Oil Sampler designed to help alleviate symptoms.|
|Puffiness||Cypress, Peppermint, Rosemary, Fennel, Celery, Clary Sage, Roman Chamomile|
|Regeneration||Frankincense, Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Helichrysum, Elemi, Vetiver, Spikenard, Caraway, Palma Rosa, Clary Sage, Lavender, Galbanum, Myrrh, Myrtle, Calendula, Carrot Seed, Cistus, CO2 Combo|
|Revitalizing / Basal Layer||Carrot Seed, Rosewood, Niaouli, Tea Tree, Orange, Calendula|
|Rosacea||German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Rosewood, Helichrysum Hydrosol, see our Rosacea Synergy and other products designed to soothe inflamed and/or ultra sensitive skin.|
|Sensitive Skin||Roman and German Chamomile, Rose, Palma Rosa, Helichrysum, Neroli, Rosewood, Carrot Seed, Angelica, Jasmine, Neroli Hydrosol, Chamomile Hydrosol, Yarrow Hydrosol|
|Scars||Helichrysum (in a base of Rose Hip Seed Oil), Carrot Seed, Lavender, Petitgrain, Galbanum|
|Skin Toner||Calendula Infused Carrier Oil (for dry skin), Lemongrass, Chamomiles, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Rose, Frankincense, Petitgrain, Lemon, and all Hydrosols|
To help ease uncomfortable emotions:
(Please note that I have NO idea what the original source of this much of this information was. I have added and updated over the years as I learned more about the emotional uses of the oils.)
My personal recommendations are bolded. Question marks indicate my personal skepticism.
Aggression: Bergamot, Roman Chamomile,Juniper?, Lemon?, Sweet Marjoram, Rosemary?, Ylang-ylang
Anger: German or Roman Chamomile, Jasmine, Sweet Marjoram, Palma Rosa?, Rose, Rosemary, Ylang-ylang
Anxiety: Neroli, Petitgrain Bigarade, Bitter Orange, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium (for balance), Lavender, Orange, Patchouli, Rose (for confidence), Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Vetiver (for grounding)
Disappointment: Bergamot, Cypress, Frankincense, Jasmine, Orange, Rose
Fatigue (Emotional and Mental): Basil, Clary, Cardamon, Cinnamon Leaf or Bark, Clove Bud, Coriander, Eucalyptus citriodora, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Juniper, Orange, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Vetiver, Ylang-ylang
Fear: Cedarwood (Atlas or Himalayan), Fennel, Ginger, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Thyme
Grief: Bergamot, Chamomile, Jasmine, Marjoram, Neroli, Rose
Hysteria: Chamomile Roman, Helichrysum, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Tea Tree
Impatience: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender
Indecision: Basil, Clary Sage, Cypress, Jasmine, Patchouli, Peppermint
Jealousy: Jasmine, Rose
Loneliness: Benzoin, Marjoram
Nervousness: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Coriander, Frankincense, Neroli, Orange, Vetiver
Panic: Angelica Root, Chamomile, Clary, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Neroli, Vetiver, Ylang-ylang
Sadness: Benzoin, Jasmine, Rose, Rosewood
Shock: Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Tea Tree
Shyness: Black Pepper, Ginger, Jasmine, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose, Neroli, Ylang-ylang
Stress: Bergamot, Atlas Cedarwood, Cape Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, all citrus oils, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose (Absolute and Otto), Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang-ylang
Suspicion: Jasmine, Lavender
Tension: Chamomile, Clary, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Sweet Marjoram, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Ylang-ylang
For emotional use, we really prefer inhalation, from a personal inhaler or just a drop on a tissue. Using a few drops (proper dilution) in a hand and body lotion is also appropriate. Room diffusion is always an option if you want to change the “emotional climate” of a space, or for a group, but personal inhalation is truly more effective on an individual basis.
Copyright Nature’s Gift, Inc and Marge Clark
Frankincense has traditionally been used for spiritual growth and meditation. It is believed to have a centering effect on the emotions. It can slow respiration, thus helping your body calm and center itself.
A great oil for asthma or chest congestion, Frankincense essential oil can act as an expectorant, soothing congestion while also relaxing breathing.
In skincare, Frankincense is a wonderful oil to blend into facial creams or oils for aging skin and is the key “active ingredient” in our Cleopatra’s Secret line of products. L’Oreal is currently using an extract of frankincense in at least one of their “anti-wrinkle” products. Click here to try our available Frankincense Essential Oils.
Below, information on the various rose oils we offer. (To order, please click here to see our range of Rose Oils and Rose Absolutes.)
First, some terminology:
The phrases “Rose Otto,” “Rose Oil,” and “Rose Essential Oil” mean the exact same thing, a true essential oil which is hydro-distilled from the petals of Rosa damascena. The best quality Rose Otto is grown and distilled in Bulgaria and Turkey. The Rosa damascena oils produced in other countries simply do not measure up.
On the other hand, rose absolutes are produced by solvent extraction, which yields much more of the fragrant oil than does distillation. Hence, the price of the absolute is normally lower than that of the true rose otto.
Which is better? That depends on your use. For perfumery, the aroma of our three rose absolutes (Rose Absolute, extracted from the same Rosa damascena used for our Rose Otto; Rose Maroc Absolute, extracted from Rosa centifolia and Rose de Mai Absolute, extracted in France from Rosa centifolia) is closer to the aroma of a fresh blossom and is normally the perfumer’s choice. However, for therapeutic use, whether emotional or physical, we always reach for the hydro-distilled Rose Otto. The first few times I ordered rose oil I was disappointed. Later, I learned that any rose must be diluted way down before use. Undiluted, the scent is simply overwhelming. If you want the rose oil strictly for scent, please try the absolute; it does smell more like a fresh rose. However, the theoretical presence of solvents used to produce absolutes makes it less appropriate for healing.
Rose Oils Uses
The ultimate woman’s oil, Rose Otto (rose oil) is calming and supportive. In our experience, nothing strengthens a woman’s spirit as well as true rose oil.
Rose has no parallel in treating grief, hysteria, or depression.
Rose oil is believed by many to help balance female hormones, regulate the menstrual cycle, and ease the discomforts of PMS and menopause. In Europe, it is often used to treat genito-urinary infections. Sexual difficulties also respond well to rose’s gentle support (there is a wonderful case study about Rose Otto’s use in a douche to cure frigidity.) It is helpful to all skin types.
Please note that true, undiluted Rose Otto can become solid at cool room temperatures. If this happens to yours, you can roll the bottle around in your hand for a few minutes or put it in some warm water, and it will liquefy.
All the different roses blend especially well with the citrus oils, Cedarwoods, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lemongrass, Mandarine, Patchouli, Sandalwood, and Vetiver. Rose and Sandalwood are one of my favorite perfume blends, any proportion works well. Sandalwood with a hint of rose is lovely for a man’s cologne; Rose with a touch of Sandalwood works beautifully for women. Either make a wonderfully romantic massage oil.
Rose Otto is available in two of our synergies made just for women. You can view the blends on our Blends for Women page.
Customize your bath with our amazing Bliss Bath. This is available on our Bliss Baths page.
If you are a rose lover, please see our Rose Hydrosol!
To experience all of our roses, please see our Bouquet of Roses Sampler.
Just as rose is traditionally known as the ‘Queen of Flowers’, Jasmine is called the ‘King’. Jasmine is the ultimate aphrodisiac oil. It is essential for anyone with an interest in perfumery, but offers much more than just a lovely exotic aroma. Many master perfumers state that Jasmine Absolute can blend well with any other oil or absolute, bringing a lush sensuality to any perfume formulation. Jasmine oil is a necessary ingredient in any aromatic ‘love potion’. To see a list of the Jasmine Essential Oils we offer here. Or, try our Bouquet of Jasmine Sampler.
Emotional Effects of Jasmine Oil
It is in its emotional uses that jasmine truly shines. Almost every authority recommends Jasmine Absolute as a powerful natural aphrodisiac, especially for those who lack confidence in their own sexuality. Battaglia says that it is as powerful an antidepressant as Ylang-ylang, Basil, and Melissa. Fischer-Rizzi says Jasmine helps diminish fear and build self-confidence and optimism. We have seen Jasmine Absolute recommended in combating several of the “negative” emotions — anger, jealousy, suspicion, etc.
Jasmine is often associated with the second (sacral) chakra.
Physical Uses for Jasmine Absolute
Jasmine is often recommended for use during childbirth. It is said to strengthen contractions, relieve uterine pain, and aid post-natal recovery. For further information please see our Aromatic Birthing and Delivery page. It is also recommended by some as a hormone balancer, and soothing with menstrual pain. It is often used in skincare, especially in the treatment of dry or aggravated skin. Some use it in treating eczema and dermatitis; however, it can be sensitizing and we do not recommend using it on broken skin.
Jasmine Essential Oil — The Sad Truth
There truly is no ‘jasmine essential oil’. By definition, an essential oil is produced by distillation. The fragile jasmine blossoms cannot yield their aromatic treasures by the process of steam distillation, but only by solvent extraction. For more information about the various ways essential oils and absolutes are produced, please see our page about how essential oils are made. Personally I would be very suspicious of any vendor claiming to offer jasmine essential oil. There is no such thing.
Lavenders and Lavandins
Lavender is the “All-in-One” Oil. It can soothe irritated skin, ease a pounding headache, stop the pain and help heal a burn or sunburn, release stress and tension, ease a baby’s diaper rash, clear a troubled complexion, relax overstressed muscles, kill germs, lull you to sleep after a relaxing bath — Lavender essential oil can do all of the above.
Physical Uses of Lavender Oils
Lavender is the most useful “all around” essential oil because it has so many useful attributes. While not being the single “oil of choice” for many physical problems, it is useful for almost all.
Lavender essential oil is an anti-inflammatory and mild pain reliever, making it useful for headaches, arthritis and rheumatism, sore muscles, and general aches and pains. It is wonderful for treating burns and sunburns. A drop of lavender or lavandin super on the temples can banish a headache. Lavender oils are also anti-bacterial; diffused in the air or used in a room spray it will kill most common germs and bacteria. (Spike lavender is the most highly anti-bacterial lavender oil, very important for treating infections of the lungs and respiratory tract.)
Mental / Emotional Uses of Lavender Oils
Lavender essential oil is primarily a relaxant; wonderful for insomnia or that occasional restless night when you can’t get your mind to stop chattering. A single drop on a pillowcase, in a diffuser, or six or eight drops in a warm bath before bedtime will ease you to sleep.
Lavender is also said to calm anxiety and/or hysteria (although for anxiety I first reach for Neroli!). Lavender is a valued addition to any stress relieving blend of oils, whether the stress is physical or emotional.
Lavender helps balance almost all extreme emotions.
Skin Care Uses of Lavender Oils
Lavender is the “all round” skin care oil, not the best at dealing with any skin care problem, but useful for almost all skin types.
Lavender’s mild antibacterial action is helpful in dealing with acne. Always properly dilute in a Carrier Oil appropriate for your skin type.
Lavender’s gentle action can help moisturize dry skin when used in an appropriate carrier oil, cream, or lotion.
Lavender and German Chamomile are the two most commonly suggested oils in treating eczema.
For any sort of skin infection, Lavender can help. For itching or irritated skin, Lavender’s anti-inflammatory action is soothing and healing.
Lavender essential oil is gentle enough to use in very low dilutions for infants and toddlers, making it the perfect addition to any baby balm or diaper rash treatment.
There are very few oils that do NOT blend well with Lavender. Especially recommended, however, are all the Citrus Oils, Cedarwoods, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium and Rose Geranium, Neroli, Rose, and Rosemary.
Lavandin Essential Oils —Lavandula hybrid
Lavandin is NOT a true Lavender. It is the result of a cross between Lavender vera and Spike Lavender, sometimes known as Aspic. True Lavender grows higher in the mountains, while Spike Lavender is a lowland plant. Originally, at the borders of their geographic territory, the seeds mixed, and wild Lavandin was grown. No hybrid will set seeds, so all the lavandin oil commercially available is a result of clones of the original plants. There are several named varieties of lavandin; we currently offer three.
Chemically, the Abrial and Lavandin Super are closer to Lavandula angustifolia than are other varieties of lavandin.
Lavender Blends and Recipes
From our hints and tips pages, and from prior Nature’s Gift New/natures_giftsletters:
Diffuser Blend — Light and Uplifting for the Post Holiday Blahs:
- 10 drops Cedarwood
- 5 drops Juniper
- 25 drops Bergamot Mint
- 10 drops Lavender
For easing Grief and Shock:
- 5 drops True Lavender
- 3 drops Jasmine Grandiflora
- 2 drops Spikenard
Either diffuse, or add to 1/2 ounce of carrier oil to apply topically.
Stretch Mark Blend:
5 drops of Lavender essential oil in one ounce of Argan Oil may help prevent stretchmarks.
PMS Blend (to Tame the Crankies!):
- 5 drops Clary Sage
- 2 drops Jasmine Sambac Absolute
- 4 drops Geranium
- 8 drops Lavender (I would choose Lavender Mailette)
- 2 drops Fennel
- 3 drops Vanilla CO2
- 2 drops Violet Leaf Absolute
- 6 drops Ylangylang Extra
Blend into one ounce of carrier oil, rub onto abdomen (or wear as perfume!).
Erotica Blend, from Chrissie Wildwood:
- 2 drops Bergamot
- 4 drops Jasmine Absolute
- 2 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Petitgrain
Blend into your favorite massage oil.
Bed Time Bath for Anxiety or Depression:
- 4 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Jasmine Auriculatum
- 2 drops Ylang-ylang Complete
Blend into a tablespoon of honey or cream, add to warm bath.
- 4 drops English or Roman Chamomile oil
- 2 drops Lavender oil (I would use Mailette, I think, but any true Lavender should work)
- 4 drops Neroli oil
- 2 drops Sweet Marjoram oil
Blend with honey, carrier oil, or sea salt for a bath that is so relaxing you just melt away.
Baby Bottom Oil:
To one ounce of Jojoba Oil, add 2 drops of Lavender and 1 drop of German Chamomile essential oils. Use after every diaper change to keep baby’s bottom free of diaper rash, or to soothe a rash that might occur.
Sandalwood Essential Oils
The following description applies to all of our Sandalwood oils. Specific differences are mentioned in the product description of each individual oil.
This rich and sweet scented oil is known as an aid to meditation, spiritual growth, and an aphrodisiac. One friend says it reminds him of tobacco barns smoking in autumn here in Tennessee!
Sandalwood essential oil acts as a tonic to the immune system, is often used in treating urinary tract problems. Maggie Tisserand says that it is effective against strep throat. It balances both dry and oily skin, is useful in treating acne, and useful in soothing barber’s rash. Emotionally, it relaxes stress, soothes irritation, and lifts depression. It is a wonderfully balancing oil.
Keep in mind that Sandalwood is somewhat thick and may have a hard time coming out of the orifice reducer. It may be necessary to pipette the oil out.
The BEST sandalwood oil I had ever experienced was a dram of Mysore Sandalwood oil, distilled and bottled in 1942. An old friend bought a kilo at auction and gifted me with a dram. I have used it as a benchmark ever since.
Sandalwood oil, properly stored, will only improve with age. Buy what you need for today, but also invest in enough to last you over the coming decades. (I say this, because I have failed to save any of my favorite Sandalwood oils over the years, and deeply regret it.)
All our Sandalwood oils blend beautifully with Atlas Cedarwood, Benzoin, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Vanilla, Rose. Sandalwood is known as the universal blender, since very few aromatics do NOT blend well with its smooth softness. It is wonderful with any of the sweeter citrus oils, with most florals, with almost any oil or absolute that delights you.
Under certain conditions, even the most beneficial essential oils can prove harmful. Concentrated oils are very strong, and just because a product is ‘natural’, that does not mean it’s harmless. Inappropriate use can sometimes lead to adverse or damaging side effects. This is a partial list of medical concerns that warrant avoiding some oils. If you are aware of other contraindications that we’ve omitted, please email us.
Partial List of Conditions that Warrant Avoiding Some Oils
Pregnancy: Essential oil use during pregnancy is a subject about which there is much discussion and disagreement. Some professionals believe that most or all essential oil use should be avoided in the first trimester of pregnancy (the most critical period of fetal development). However, many pregnant women suffering from morning sickness or nausea during the first trimester do not wish to use pharmaceuticals. Often, they can be helped by simply inhaling ginger CO2 or a citrus oil with no known risk to the fetus. Any pregnant woman who wishes to use essential oils during pregnancy, though, should first check with her obstetrician to ensure there are no medical contraindications to doing so.
For pregnancy in general, we suggest avoiding Basil, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Coriander, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Sweet Marjoram, Oregano, Myrrh, Peppermint (which in many cases should also be avoided while breastfeeding), Rockrose, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme.
If you suffer from a seizure disorder: avoid Basil, Fennel, Hyssop, Rosemary, and Sage.
If you have diabetes/hypoglycemia (low blood sugar): some sources say to avoid Geranium.
If you have high blood pressure, it is suggested to avoid Pine, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme.
Kidney/renal problems: should cautiously approach the use of Juniper Berry, Sandalwood, and Coriander.
Blood thinner/anticoagulant use: (including Aspirin, Coumadin, Eliquis, Brillinta, Xarelto, Lovenox, Heparin, etc.) If you are on anti-coagulant therapy (blood thinners), you should avoid oils high in eugenol, including Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Wintergreen, and Bay Laurel (Pimenta racemosa). Two oils with almost identical components that are considered dangerous to use are Birch (Betula lenta) and Wintergreen. They have their own page with warnings about them.
Some of the above cautions listed apply only to ingested oils (that is, oils taken internally-more on that later), but a few cautions apply to all routes of administration (inhaling, skin application, and internal use). Other aromatherapy professionals say that such cautions are completely unfounded, having no clinical evidence to support the claims. In short, there are no “one-size-fits-all” guidelines. This is why we suggest consulting with a trained aromatherapist who can help make suggestions according to *your* personal situation.
Photosensitivity refers to dermal (skin) application of certain essential oils with the areas of skin then exposed to the sun’s rays within 12 hours of application. This can result in reddening, dark pigmentation, or skin blistering. Strongly photosensitizing oils include Bergamot (furanocoumarin-free/FCF bergamot is not phototoxic), expressed/cold pressed Lime, and Rue. Cumin, Mandarine, Lemon, Tangerine, Sweet and Blood Orange and Verbena are considered moderately sensitizing. Angelica Root, Caraway, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Grapefruit, Honeysuckle Absolute, Laurel Leaf Absolute, and Patchouli are mildly sensitizing, and Virginia Cedarwood, Dill Weed, and Petitgrain are considered very mild on the photosensitizing scale.
Any cold-pressed citrus oil can be considered a potential photosensitizer. Steam-distilled citrus oils, on the other hand, do not carry this risk. St. John’s Wort CO2 and its infused oil can also be photosensitizers.
Substance Use and Essential Oils
Clary sage essential oil should not be used when consuming alcohol, because it may increase alcohol’s sedative effects. Sweet Marjoram and the Chamomiles can also cause drowsiness. In general, if you use or plan to use pharmaceuticals with sedative effects like opioid medication, or other mind-altering substances known to cause drowsiness, you should consider avoiding use of these essential oils.
Sensitizing Oils (oils which can cause permanent adverse reactions)
Sometimes, sensitization can be caused by overuse of essential oils. Some aromatherapists in the past, for instance, poured their oils without using safety equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, and lab coats, and a well-ventilated area. After a while, they found that whenever a particular oil (say lavender) was being poured, they coughed, sneezed, suffered difficulty breathing, broke out in skin rashes, or suffered other uncomfortable symptoms. In other words, they had become sensitized to that oil. For a more complete description of sensitization, click here.
The following essential oils have either a proven or suspected history of causing sensitization (allergies): Aniseed, Bay, Benzoin, Balsam of Peru (VERY HAZARDOUS), Calamus, Cardamom (suspect), Cassia, Cinnamon Bark and Leaf, Citronella, Clary Sage (suspect), Costus, Dill Seed (not dill weed), Fennel (Bitter, not sweet), Fig Leaf Absolute, Galbanum Resin (cross-sensitizing with Peru Balsam), Hyacinth Absolute (suspect), Jasmine Absolute, Juniper (suspect), Laurel (Bay Laurel), Lemon (suspect), Litsea Cubeba (suspect), Lovage (suspect), Mimosa Absolute, Oakmoss Concrete (suspect), Orange (suspect), Pines (suspect), Rose Absolute (if used in high concentrations), Spearmint, Tolu balsam (VERY STRONG), Tagetes, Turpentine, Lemon Verbena (the IFRA strongly advises against the use of Verbena oil in cosmetics or perfume products), and Ylang ylang (in very high concentrations). Source: Tisserand and Young’s Essential Oil Safety, 2nd edition.
NOTE: Some oils should not be used except by clinically trained aromatherapists. Among them are Birch, Dalmatian Sage, Thuja, and Wintergreen.
Essential oils which contain known carcinogenic components are Calamus (European and Asian) and Sassafras. (Please note: Sassafras essential oil is banned for use in cosmetics and toiletries in all of Europe. We do not offer it at Nature’s Gift.)
Potentially Dangerous Effects
Some essential oils have such potentially dangerous effects that it makes them too risky to experiment with. The oils on our personal “to be avoided at all costs” list are: Bitter Almond, Calamus (grown in Europe or Asia, the Canadian/USA grown is safer), Yellow Camphor, Horseradish, Mugwort, Mustard, Rue, Sassafras, Southernwood, Tansy (other than Annual/Blue Tansy), and Wormwood.
Unsafe Methods of Use
A method of using essential oils (promoted by certain multilevel marketing (MLM) corporations that flies in the face of all established safety guidelines is called Raindrop Therapy. For a white paper that discusses the risks, click here.
In professional aromatherapy practice, there are rarely any “no, never” cautions. However, one area where we never, ever recommend essential oil use is in the eye. The risk of damage to these delicate organs is too great and therefore we do not advocate use of essential oils in the eyes. For more information, click here.
Can Essential Oils Be Used Internally?
We do not make claims that essential oils can be used internally. In fact, our labels clearly state “not for internal use”. Why? At least two large multi-level marketing (MLM) essential oil companies have carelessly recommended gross overuse of these powerful substances. Some people think nothing of adding multiple drops of essential oil to a glass of cold water or cup of hot tea. In their minds, it’s the same as drinking an herbal tea or flavored water. In actuality, they’re drinking the equivalent of quarts of tea/flavored water in that one cup of water.
Also, essential oils and water do not mix, no matter how much you shake a bottle with water and essential oil in it. Undiluted molecules of powerful essential oil will come in contact with the delicate mucus membranes of the mouth and the lining of the esophagus and stomach.
In rare cases, essential oils may be used internally. Some of us with specialized training in aromatic medicine have used our oils internally, upon rare occasion, and with great respect for their power. The ancient Greek term “pharmacopea” has two meanings…“medicine” and “poison”…because anything powerful enough to heal is also powerful enough to do damage. Internal use of essential oils should be overseen by a practitioner trained and skilled in the modality.
In all but the most complicated cases, internal use is NOT the most advantageous way to reap the benefits of essential oils. Inhalation and properly diluted skin application are perfect for the vast majority of concerns.
Occasionally, we will cook with a drop or two of essential oil which is well-diluted in fat contained within the recipe. A jar of honey with a drop or two of ginger oil in it to add to tea for health reasons is an acceptable practice…two drops of ginger essential oil in an 8 ounce jar of honey is plenty enough for good results. This rare and “respectful” use of essential oils goes against the willy-nilly, “all the oils all of the time” use recommended in many aromatherapy groups on the Internet.