The ABC's of Essential Oils March 12 2014, 0 Comments

Just for fun.
And so you know why I use what I do.
Let's go through some of my favourite ingredients.


D is for Daucus carota - Carrot!

Latin Name: Daucous carotus 
OK, I am cheating a bit and rather than talking about Carrot Seed essential oil would like to talk about macerated carrot oil.
The macerated oil is a carrier oil in which carrot has been infused with oils like sesame or canola.
 Characteristics: Rejuvenating and regenerating for skin. Adds a glow to skin! Soothing to skin irritations scars and blisters. Great for dry and aging skin.
 Scent: Sweet and slightly carrot-like. 
Aromacentric products made with Carrot oil: Face It
Factoid: Here is a great post on how to make your own carrot oil! Be careful not to allow any water into your formula
as indicated in the instructions:


C is for Cedarwood

Latin Name: Cedrus deodora
Where it comes from:   wood from the tall evergreen tree found in Northern India, Pakistan, Afganistan
Characteristics: grounding, centering, anti-spasmodic, analgesic, bactericidal, anti-fungal, sedative, muscular aches and pains.
Scent: dry woody, slightly camphorous, spicy  
Aromacentric products made with Cedarwood:  Harmony essential mist, Flower Empower
Factoid:   Cedar wood has for centuries been used as a material for closets and trunks because of its effectiveness as a repellant against moth larvae.
Tip: Try 10 drops on a cotton ball or piece of material and place in your drawer or closet to help protect your clothes.  Replenish every couple of months.

B is for Bergamot
Latin Name:   Citrus bergamia
Where it comes from:   Expressed from the peel of the Bergamot orange, a tree fruit that looks like a lemon and is the size of an orange.
Benefits:   Often the first of essential oil choices to treat depression and like many oils in this family are great for skin issues like cold sores and chicken pox. 
Aromacentric products made with Bergamot: Happy PlaceBalanceHarmony
Scent:   A top note in perfumery. Citrus-Floral. Smells like Earl Grey tea which is flavoured using this oil.
Factoid:   Bergamot was one of the ingredients in the original Eau de Cologne from 18th-century Germany.
Cautions:   Like most citrus essential oils, Bergamot is phototoxic and can cause burns if skin is exposed to sunlight within 12 hours after applying a product that contains Bergamot UNLESS it is Bergamot FCF (Furo-Coumarin Free) coumarin free oil. 


Amyris balsamifera
A is for Amyris

Latin Name:   Amyris balsamifera
Where it comes from:   The branches from a tree grown in the West Indies and South America. Haiti is a major producer.
Benefits:  Sedative, antiseptic.
Aromacentric products made with Amyris:  Citrus Cheer
Scent:   Vanilla like. Woody. A sandalwood substitute for some. 
Factoid:   The branches of the tree are so high in the oil content, that they are lit and used as torches. Makes sense that the tree is often called Candlewood.
Cautions: None!