Essential Oils

Petitgrain Essential Oil

by Lynn Huber March 29, 2017
Petitgrain Essential Oil

Petitgrain essential oil is distilled from the Seville orange tree. It is extracted from the leaves and twigs. Prior to this century, the tiny green unripe fruits of the tree were used to obtain the oil, giving it the name petit-grain, or “Little berry.” Petitgrain’s perfume is sweet and green, with sharper under-notes of citrus. […]

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Lavender

by Lynn Huber March 22, 2017
Lavender

Lavender has been appreciated for thousands of years, and today must be the most loved – and used – essential oil.  It is probably the oil with the widest and most impressive list of applications. If you can afford only one oil, choose lavender.  It is very safe, versatile and gentle.  It may even be […]

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Black Pepper

by Lynn Huber February 8, 2017
Black Pepper

Black pepper is a climbing vine that can reach up to 20 feet (6 m) if left unpruned. The black dried fruit is ground as a cooking spice and for steam distillation as an oil. The perfume is warm, spicy, and familiar, blending with basil, bergamot, cypress, frankincense, geranium, citrus oils, sandalwood, and ylang ylang. […]

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Thyme

by Lynn Huber February 1, 2017
Thyme

Aromatic thyme, a perennial herb with culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses, has long been associated with strength and wellbeing. Thyme is a power essential oil distilled from the leaves and flowering tops. Thyme has a perfume that is warmly, sweetly pungent and blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, juniper, lemon, mandarin, wild orange, petitgrain, and […]

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Melaleuca

by Lynn Huber January 4, 2017
Melaleuca

There is no doubt about it; Melaleuca (or Tea Tree) is tops when it comes to healing oils. It is an excellent antifungal and antimicrobial essential oil. Melaleuca is closely related to cajuput and niaouli but is more powerful than both. It is grown on commercial plantations in Australia. The Melaleuca plant was a daily […]

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Cardamom

by Lynn Huber December 7, 2016
Cardamom

Have you ever tasted cardamom? It has a warm, highly aromatic flavor that adds a unique, sweet, floral flavor to any food or drink. Cardamom is a tall shrub with long, silky leaves. It provides flowers as well as the seeds from which the oil is steam-distilled. It is related to ginger and they have several properties […]

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Myrrh

by Lynn Huber October 19, 2016
Myrrh

Myrrh comes from the gum resin of a tree that grows in Somalia and the Arab countries. Along with frankincense, myrrh is famous as one of the three gifts presented to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem by the three wise men of the New Testament. Myrrh was widely used in ancient times throughout the Middle […]

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Oregano Essential Oil

by Lynn Huber October 12, 2016
Oregano

A few years ago, if someone were to mention the use of oregano essential oil for health and wellness purposes I would have looked at them cross-eyed. Although I’m learning more and more about the benefits of essential oils, for one reason or another, oregano essential oil was nowhere to be found on my radar […]

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Spikenard

by Lynn Huber October 5, 2016
Spikenard

Spikenard was one of the earliest aromatic plants used for medicine, in religious practices and to make perfume. There are many biblical references to spikenard: it is, for instance, mentioned in the Song of Solomon. Medieval Europeans used it as a flavoring in spiced wines and beer. The essential oil is distilled from the roots […]

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