Essential Oils

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We use only the purest natural plant essential oils!

Although synthetic fragrances or "nature identical" oils are available in a wider selection and at a much lower cost, we use only the purest natural plant essential oils, not those cut or adulterated with inferior oils or chemicals.

We have chosen specific oils not only for their skin care benefits, but also for the aromatherapy they offer. Essential oils have an immediate impact on our sense of smell. Only natural botanical essential oils can cause various neurochemicals to be released in the brain which can affect the body, mind and spirit.

Skin care products are only as good as the ingredients used to create them. It does not make sense to create "all natural" products with plant essential oils that are grown using toxic pesticides, that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or that use solvents or other toxic chemical in their processing. How is this "natural?"

  We use only certified organic essential oils if they are available.
The essential oils we use are steam distilled except for the citrus oils which are cold pressed. We do not use absolutes that are chemically extracted using petroleum solvents like hexane!

Read more about Essential Oils in our Ingredient FAQ section!

  • Anise

    Anise, Pimpinella anisum, is known for its use in fisherman's soap. It is said to remove human scent so  fish will be more apt to bite. It has great deodorizing properties and a warm, sweet licorice aroma. Aromatherapy Properties: emotionally balancing, dispels lethargy and helps the mind to focus. Good as a relaxant, with some beneficial effects on female hormone balance. It is also believed to be an aphrodisiac. Anise essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.

  • Basil

    Sweet Basil, Ocimum basilicum, has a warm, spicy, herbal aroma with an anise-like scent. Extremely effective in treating skin disorders, basil enlivens dull-looking skin and improves skin tone. In hair care basil adds luster to dull hair, stimulates hair growth and tame tangles. Its antiseptic properties have been valued in Far Eastern medicine for thousands of years. Aromatherapy Properties: The energizing, uplifting aromatic scent invigorates the body and spirit, refreshing the mind, counteracting depression, allowing concentration and sharpening the senses especially when tired after a stressful day. Basil essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.

  • Bay

    Bay, West Indian , Pimenta racemosa, has a sweet, fresh, spicy aroma. Not to be confused with Bay Laurel, this essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the West Indian Bay tree (also known as the Bayberry or Bay Rum Tree).  Although it is a common ingredient in the men's cologne and aftershave, woman who enjoy spicy, sophisticated fragrances love West Indian Bay. Years before bay rum was used as a toiletry, it was used as a rub for sore muscles, aches and pains. Aromatherapy Properties: A stimulating, uplifting essential oil that has a calming and warming effect on emotions. Bay essential oil is also helpful with hair and scalp conditions.

  • Bergamot

    Bergamot, Citrus bergamia, has an uplifting sweet lemon-lime, citrus, floral scent. Bergamot oil is cold pressed from the fruit peel and provides the unusual flavor for Earl Grey tea. The fruit is not edible because the pulp is too sour. Bergamot helps heal dry, irritated skin, making it an excellent choice for relieving symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. Its astringent quality helps regulate excessive oiliness of the skin and scalp. Its deodorizing action refreshes your body. Aromatherapy Properties: balancing to the nervous system by relieving anxiety and stress, and lifting melancholy. Bergamot is second only to lavender in its ability to relax brain waves when sniffed. Regular Bergamot is a photo sensitizer, we use the Bergaptene Free oil to reduce any chance of sensitivity from sunlight.

  • Almonds

    Bitter Almond (ffpa), Prunus dulcis var amara, adds such a delicious almond aroma that it is often used in perfume industries. Bitter Almond is also the source of natural cherry and amaretto flavors. There is no aromatherapuetic value to bitter almond--it just smells delicious. Our bitter almond oil is prussic acid free.

  • Black Pepper

    Black Pepper, Piper nigrum, oil obtained from the sun-dried peppercorn berry, has been used for thousands of years as a powerful healing oil to treat rheumatic pain, colds, flu, infections and viruses. Black Pepper Oil is a warming, circulatory stimulant and is an excellent oil for muscular pain, fatigue, and stiffness. In hair care, woman in India mixed coconut milk with black pepper to decrease hair loss. Aromatherapy Properties: an invigorating oil, that clears confusion, calms the nerves, lowers anxiety and decreases stress. It stimulates the mind and strengthens focus when there's frustration.

  • Carrot Seed

    Carrot Seed, Daucus carota, oil is extracted from the wild carrot, also known as Queen Anne's lace. Carrot seed oil is found in many cosmetic formulas dealing with rejuvenating mature, aging skin, wrinkles, scars and eczema. Carrot seed oil, high in carotene, revitalizes, tones, and improves skin elasticity, giving it a fresher firmer appearance. It has been found helpful with skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. In hair care carrot seed oil strengthens weak, damaged hair. It goes right into the hair shaft to repair, strengthen and moisturize damaged hair. Aromatherapy Properties: The aroma is a dry-woody, earthy and sweet scent, used to ease anxiety and stress.

  • Cassia
    , Cinnamomum cassia, comes from the Cinnamomum cassia tree, native to China and Indonesia. It is used in small amounts to add a warm, spicy cinnamon aroma. Aromatherapy Properties: It is characterized in a aromatherapy as an aphrodisiac, energizing, invigorating, refreshing, stimulating, vitalizing, and warming.
  • Cedarwood

    Cedarwood, Cedrus altantica, is highly valued in dermatology for its help clearing skin problems like eczema, rashes and blemishes. It normalizes both dry and oily skin and hair. In hair care products, cedarwood oil normalizes both dry and oily hair. It helps minimize dandruff and hair loss by stimulating hair follicles. Some claim it promotes hair growth. Aromatherapy Properties: Calming and soothing cedarwood helps alleviate nervous tension, anxiety, insomnia, and stress, and enhance concentration and zest for life. Cedarwood oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.

  • CinnamonCinnamon, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, oil with its warm, spicy, sweet, scent, has been used for centuries. It was the most sought after spice of the 15th and 16th centuries--at one time it was more valuable then gold. It is great for circulation and sore muscles. A powerful antiseptic, cinnamon oil is great for oily complexions. Aromatherapy Properties:  a physical and emotional stimulant, increases libido and helps relieve depression. Researchers found that just having the aroma in the room reduces drowsiness, irritability, and the pain and frequency of headaches. In one study, it helped the participants concentrate and perform better on mental work.
  • OrangesCitrus Oils like Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Tangerine, and Sweet Orange have anti-bacterial and astringent properties. Great skin tonics, citrus oils, stimulate the microcirculation, balance skin oil production, and support tissue regeneration. They are wonderful for dull skin. In hair care citrus oil helps balance the production of sebum. They refresh, invigorate, and cleanse the scalp. Aromatherapy Properties: Citrus oil brightens and warms your mood, calms, encourages, clears the head, increases mental alertness, improves memory, and reduces stress and headaches. Their scents are fresh and stimulating. Citrus oils in general are believed to stimulate positive energy and thus cause feelings of joy and happiness.
  • Clary Sage

    Clary Sage, Salvia sclarea, has a beautiful earthy and herbaceous scent with a hint of floral. The soothing qualities make Clary Sage useful for skin inflammations. Aromatherapy Properties: calms and balances the spirit and brings on a feeling of tranquility. Helps relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. Clary Sage is especially good for female ailments. The estrogen-like properties of clary sage essential oil may help restore  hormone balance and alleviate some symptoms. It helps one cope with menstrual cramps or PMS and has established itself as a premier remedy for menopausal hot flashes. Clary Sage oil aromatherapy should not be used if you are pregnant, nursing or have ever had any estrogen-related cancer, such as breast cancer,

  • Clove

    Clove Bud, Syzgium aromaticum, with its warming qualities, eases arthritis, rheumatism and muscle aches. Extracted from clove buds, this oil offers antiseptic and pain-relieving benefits.  It is best known for its association with dental practices. For toothache relief, add a few drops to a cotton swab and apply to the gums and affected tooth. The oil is also used to soothe the condition known as "dry socket," a postoperative complication of tooth extraction, by numbing the affected area and helping to preventing any further irritation. Aromatherapy Properties:  researchers found that sniffing the spicy aroma reduces drowsiness, anxiety, irritability and headaches, assists memory recall, adds clarity to the mind and increases circulation. Clove bud essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.

  • Corriander

    Coriander, Coriandrum sativum, oil has a warm, spicy, sweet and uniquely fragrant aroma. Coriander infused oils have been used in massages to relieve muscular aches and pains, and rheumatism. It also helps absorb excess oil and balance skin oils. Aromatherapy Properties: regarded by some cultures as the "spice of happiness,"  corriander clears the mind and freshens the intellect, while it spicy aroma combats fatigue, nervous stress and lethargy.

  • Cypress

    Cypress, Cupressus sempervirens, has a smoky woody fragrance that refreshes, restores and tones. A good natural deodorant, cypress is an astringent useful for oily and blemished skin as well as an antiperspirant for sweaty feet.  In hair care, cypress oil is used to reduce oiliness in the scalp and is good for dandruff. Often included in regimens for treating hair loss since it helps increase circulation to the follicles. Aromatherapy Properties: soothing for PMS, menstrual cramps, and helpful for menopausal symptoms--like hot flashes.

  • Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus, a key ingredient in vapor rub due to its antibacterial properties, is a wonderful oil that has been used in healing for centuries. The oil comes from the leaves of Eucalyptus tree. A natural deodorant, eucalyptus is also used for many ailments, such as bronchitis, coughs, fevers, headaches, rheumatism, sinus congestion, sore throats and other body aches and pains. In hair care products, eucalyptus refreshes and stimulates the scalp, promotes increased blood circulation, stimulates growth, helps with dandruff and promotes a healthy scalp. Aromatherapy Properties: the rich, deep aroma awakens the senses, and helps to renew a tired and sagging spirit. It has a soothing and calming effect on the whole body. Eucalyptus essential oil aromatherapy should not be used in early pregnancy.

  • Fennel

    Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare, is an ancient herb, believed to convey longevity, strength and courage. Fennel oil restores moisture to dry and dehydrated skin, tones dull, oily and mature skin and helps minimize puffiness around the eyes. Fennel has antiseptic properties and is stimulating to the circulation. Aromatherapy Properties: a calming effect on the emotions. Reduces stress and nervousness and stimulates feelings of courage during vulnerable or emotionally low times. It may also increase sexual desire. Fennel essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.

  • Fir Needle

    Fir Needle, Abies sibirica, has a fresh, balsamic aroma reminiscent of a pine forest right after a nice rain. It is used extensively in perfumery to obtain woodsy scents. Evergreen essential oils have a long history of use in the sauna, steam bath, and as an additive to baths and massage products targeting sore muscles and relaxation. In hair care, Ancient Egyptians made a hair growth formula from fir needle oil and massaged it into their scalps. Aromatherapy Properties: invigorating to the mind to help stimulate mental alertness. It is elevating, refreshing, and energizing.

  • Geranium

    Geranium, Pelargonium graveolens, with its mild, soothing and healing effects is believed to stimulate cell regeneration and has been in the treatment of skin inflammation. Geranium oil is often compared to the rose essential oil because they share almost the same therapeutic traits. In fact, geranium is considered the "poor man's rose."  Since geranium oil restores balance between oily and dry skin and scalp, it is good for all skin type and a great hair care ingredient.  Aromatherapy Properties:  balances emotions and hormones, and helps relieve stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and mood swings. Geranium essential oil aromatherapy should not be used in early pregnancy.

  • Ginger

    Ginger, Zingebar officinale, extracted from the root of the plant, has a sweet warm aroma. Used for thousands of years by the Chinese and Indian cultures, ginger is helps the heal and ward off infections and colds. Ginger is a warming, stimulating, oil well known for its ability to increase circulation. In hair care a Chinese folk remedy recommends rubbing on the scalp to curb hair loss. Aromatherapy Properties: the warm spicy aroma relieves nausea and motion sickness. It warms the soul, sharpens the senses, increases libido. improves memory and aids in recall. Ginger reduces drowsiness and irritability and jump starts the brain to keep concentration and mental energy high.

  • Grapefruit

    Grapefruit, Citris paradisi, oil is cold pressed from the peel of the grapefruit. It is used as an astringent for oily skin, to refresh and energize the body, and as an airborne disinfectant. Aromatherapy Properties: the fresh, sweet, citrys aroma clears the mind, relieves melancholy, muscle fatigue, lack of energy, jet lag, headaches, moodiness and mental and physical tiredness.

  • Juniper Berry

    Juniper Berry, Juniperas communis, extracted from the crushed dried berries, has a warm, smoky, peppery, aroma that was once thought to "cleanse the soul."  Juniper essential oil, a well known antiseptic, was used to treat wounded soldiers and juniper was burnt in French hospitals and used by Native Americans to clean the air. Juniper Berry oil tones the skin and is used for acne, eczema, oily skin, and psoriasis. A natural deodorant, juniper berry oil, is used in massage oils, liniments, and baths to treat arthritic and rheumatic pain, hemorrhoids, fluid retention (especially before menstruation), and bladder infection. Steam inhalation may relieve bronchial congestion. It is also an insect repellant.  In hair care, juniper balances oil production and stimulatea the scalp to relieve dandruff and promote hair growth. Aromatherapy Properties: the aroma lifts the spirit, helps calm the nerves and relieve anxiety, nervous tension, insomnia, and mental fatigue. Juniper Berry essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.

  • Lavender

    Lavender, Lavendula officinalis, extracted from flowering tops of the lavender plant, has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti fungal, and anti-septic properties. Lavender is believed to stimulate the immune system to promote healing and ease inflammation. Lavender tones the skin and is useful for acne, oily skin, burns, sunburn, wounds, eczema, psoriasis and insect bites. In hair car, lavender helps balance oily or dry hair and scalp, soothes irritated scalp and stimulates the hair follicles to help foster hair growth. Lavender is often paired with rosemary in hair care formulas. Their synergistic properties are great for hair care. Aromatherapy Properties: relieves tension with its soothing, calming and harmonizing effect on the nerves. It is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia. Its floral and woody fragrance is great for stress relief and general relaxation. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be applied "neat," meaning directly to the skin without diluting. Many aromatherapists suggest a spritz of Lavender water on bed linens or a dab of Lavender essential oil on the wrist for a relaxing and soothing sleep. Scott Cunningham, in his book Magical Aromatherapy, suggests a lavender-scented bath at least once a week as a "health-maintaining ritual." Lavender essential oil aromatherapy should not be used in early pregnancy.

  • Lemon Euclayptus, Eucalyptus citriodora, oil is pressed from the leaves and twigs of the Eucalyptus citriodora tree. Although originally from Australia, the trees grow in Guatemala, Colombia, Egypt, South Africa, India and China. Both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine have known the medicinal importance of lemon eucalyptus for thousands of years. It has a sweet, lemony fragrance similar to citronella. Lemon eucalyptus oil, a strong anti-fungal and antiseptic, has been used to treat athlete’s foot. When diluted in massage oil, it helps soothe aching muscles and joints. The aromatic leaf oils have been used in steam inhalation to help with nasal congestion, sore throat and cold symptoms. Considered one of the most effective plant-based insect repellents, lemon eucalyptus oil offers natural protection from insect bites. It has even been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for protection against mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile virus.

  • Lemongrass

    Lemongrass, Cymbopogon flexuosus, has a wonderful, uplifting lemony scent that is steam distilled from a grass harvested in Guatemala. Lemongrass has long been used in Eastern medicine to treat muscular pain and stiffness. Its astringent properties make it useful in the treatment of acne, blemishes, and other skin inflammations. Lemongrass essential oil is particularly high in anti bacterial, antiseptic, healing and soothing properties.Skin soothing properties help cleanse your skin without the drying that overexcites the oil glands. In hair care, lemongrass oil increases fullness and body and adds luster to dull hair. It may also be an effective treatment to combat hair loss and oily hair and scalp conditions. Some herbalists believe that lemongrass oil can strengthen the hair follicles, another benefit for those suffering from thinning or weak hair. Aromatherapy Properties: There has been recent research in India which shows that lemongrass acts as sedative on the central nervous system. The scent of Lemongrass is soothing, stimulating and refreshing. Aromatherapists value lemongrass for its ability to both calm and revitalize, to relieve tension, invigorate and inspire.

  • Litsea

    Litsea, Litsea cubeba, comes from a small tropical tree with fragrant lemongrass scented leaves and flowers. The essential oil is steam extracted from the small fruits shaped like peppers, from which the name "cubeba" derives. The lemony scent of litsea is very similar to lemongrass but softer and sweeter. Called May chang in China, its mild astringent and toning action which can be helpful with acne and oily skin. It has antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral properties, which can help with coughs, colds and athletes foot. Aromatherapy Properties: a refreshing, uplifting and stimulating oil perfect for relieving fatigue and lethargy. A great nervous system tonic, it helps clear your mind when feeling anxious or stressed.

  • MyrtleMyrtle, Myrtus communis, has a slightly sweet and penetrating scent similar to eucalyptus, but with a floral hint. Myrtle was a symbol of love because it was used in bridal bouquets or headdresses. It has antiseptic and bactericidal properties. Ancient Egyptians used Myrtle for sore throats and coughs. Although its astringent properties make it a good choice for for oily skin and acne, it is balancing and toning for all skin types and  useful in treating irritated and inflamed skin. Aromatherapy Properties: clarifying and cleansing, it has a mild sedative action that makes it useful in treating insomnia.
  • Palmarose

    Palmarosa, Cymbopogon martini, obtained from a wild grass native to India, has floral, rose and geranium like scent with a sweet honey undertone. Palmarosa moisturizes, hydrates, balances sebum production and helps dull, mature skin by stimulating cellular regeneration. The oil has antiseptic qualities and may be beneficial for skin infections, including acne and dermatitis.  In hair care palmarosa helps regulate sebum production. Aromatherapy Properties: refreshing, soothing, stimulating, and uplifting to the emotions. Palmarosa helps to balance hormones and bring relief from mood swings and stress.

  • Patchouli

    Patchouli, Pogostemon cablin, has the exotic, woodsy, earthy scent that will take the children of the 1960's on a trip down memory lane. The bushy herb has large fragrant furry leaves. An effective anti-inflammatory agent, patchouli helps relieve acne, dermatitis and eczema. Don’t let its powerful scent fool you, it is gentle oil that tones and tightens the skin, is used in many anti-wrinkle products and may be helpful with mature skin. In hair care, patchouli balances oil production making it a great treatment for oily scalp and dandruff as well as for dry hair and scalp. Aromatherapy Properties: the scent of love, patchouli is believed to be a very effective aphrodisiac that promotes increased feelings of desire. The warmth and depth of its aroma make it comforting and relaxing, creating an amorous atmosphere. Patchouli is known for its sensual, uplifting and stimulating properties.

  • Peppermint

    Peppermint, Mentha piperata, is minty, strong and fresh oil with cooling, refreshing and deodorant properties. Peppermint's cooling power comes from the high percentage of menthol in its leaves. Menthol has antibacterial properties and is used externally in liniments to stimulate nerve endings and increase local blood flow. Peppermint leaves have been found in Egyptian pyramids dating as far back as 1000 BC. It is a good treatment eczema, dermatitis, inflammation, muscle aches and dandruff. In hair care products, peppermint refreshes and stimulates the scalp promoting blood circulation which stimulates growth. Aromatherapy Properties: the uplifting, invigorating and stimulating scent helps promote concentration and memory, and relieve mental fatigue, apathy, headaches, and depression. Keep peppermint essential oil or a sliver of peppermint soap in your car when traveling, the scent of peppermint is excellent for stuffy heads, motion sickness, headaches, and nausea. Peppermint essential oil aromatherapy should not be used in early pregnancy.

  • Petitigrain

    Petitgrain, Citrus aurantium, has a fresh, floral, citrus scent with some woodsy notes. Petitgrain is one of the three oils obtained from the orange tree. The others are Neroli from the flowers and Orange from the fruit. Although today Petitgrain oil is extracted from the fresh leaves and small twigs, it was once extracted from the green unripe oranges when they were still the size of cherries, hence the name Petitgrain or "little grains." It is a balancing oil that helps clear and tone the skin. Aromatherapy Properties: helps relieve insomnia and lift depression. Its relaxing and calming effect helps relieve anxiety and panic.

  • Pine Needle

    Pine Needle, Pinus sylvestris, distilled from the sweet, evergreen scented needles, is believed to promote a healthy immune system and was used by ancient Romans and Greeks to treat respiratory problems and muscular aches. When massaged into the skin, pine needle oil promotes circulation and soothes sore joints and muscles. A true disinfectant, it is excellent for viral infections.  Aromatherapy Properties: a strong, fresh, resinous aroma stimulates and refreshes. It has warm revitalizing properties that promotes feelings of energy and well being--Refreshing to a tired mind.

  • Rosemary

    Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, oil has a strong, minty, herbaceous scent. The name is derived from the Latin word Rosmarinus, which means “dew of the sea." The plant, considered sacred by the Romans, was used as a decoration for statues and paintings of the gods. In ancient Greece statues were decorated with rosemary wreaths and students wore rosemary in their hair while studying--they believed it strengthened their memory. Rosemary essential oil balances oily or problem skin, and helps in the treatment of comedones (pimples, whiteheads, blackheads) and acne. It is good for eczema and relieves muscle aches. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties. In hair care, rosemary is a good tonic for thinning hair and dandruff. Rosemary encourages the growth of strong healthy hair by improving blood flow to the scalp, increases manageability and brings out the highlights of dark hair. Aromatherapy Properties: the invigorating fragrance wakes up the brain, stimulates mental activity, restores vitality, increases creativity and improves memory. From ancient times rosemary has been regarded as a token of remembrance. Rosemary essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.

    Rosemary Oil Extract is not as essential oil.  Please see Natural Additives.

  • Sage

    Sage, Salvia officinalis, has an uplifting, herbal scent. The Chinese believed Sage cured sterility and the Romans believed it cured just about everything. The Latin word 'salvare' means 'heal' or 'save'. It is believed to improve dull complexions and firm tissues. Its antiseptic and astringent properties make it useful in treating minor skin irritations. In hair care, it stimulates hair growth and helps decrease hair loss. Aromatherapy Properties:  improves memory. During the Middle Ages, Sage was a popular ingredient of many nerve tonics. Sage essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine, Citrus reticulata, oil has a sparkling, fresh, and lively fragrance. Tangerine oil is believed to decrease stretch marks and help control acne. Like other citrus oils, it is a great skin tonic, stimulates microcirculation, and balances skin oil production. Aromatherapy Properties: the sweet, comforting aroma helps ease tension, fear, sadness, irritability, and insomnia. This essential oil helps to cheer, inspire, and strengthen.

  • Tea Tree

    Tea Tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, a natural antiseptic, germicide, antibacterial, fungicide and deodorant, refreshes, stimulates and deep cleans the skin and scalp. Australian Aborigines discovered that the oil from the leaves of the tea tree provided a natural cure for a wide variety of ailments and it is often referred to by Australians as a "first aid kit in a bottle." The oil is extracted from the tree leaves by distillation. A valuable medicinal oil, tea tree helps heal infections and skin disorders and  fights acne without causing dryness or other side affects of modern day acne treatments. The scent is medicinal and penetrating, but many describe it as clean and refreshing. Next to thyme, it is the most antiseptic of all oils. It is safer to use, and unlike thyme, can be used "neat" or undiluted. Its antiseptic and healing properties make it a wonderful natural treatment for rosacea caused by dermodex mites. In hair care tea tree oil is used as a treatment for dry scalp, oily hair, dandruff and itchiness. Tea tree oil removes build-up on the scalp and helps rejuvenate dull lifeless hair, leaving hair soft, clean and manageable. The antifungal properties of tea tree oil are especially helpful in treating dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis caused by a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia.

  • Holy Basil

    Tulsi (Holy Basil), Ocimum sanctum, is an aromatic herb used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. Unlike its cousin sweet basil, India's Holy Basil has a rich, spicy aroma. Considered a sacred herb in India, Holy Basil has been called the The Elixir of Life. It is often planted around doorways and has a special place in the courtyard of Hindu homes. In various parts of the Orient it is planted around temples and used in prayer beads. Tulsi, rich in vitamin C and calcium, has a wide range of therapeutic applications, both in whole plant form and as an essential oil. Ayurveda considers tulsi a purifier of the mind, body and spirit. The oil is reported to possess anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and may help with skin and scalp problems. Tulsi enhances the luster of dull looking skin as well as hair. Aromatherapy Properties: a stress reducer without being a sedative, it helps with anxiety, hysteria and nervous depression. Some sources indicate that, like other basils, it will enhance clarity of thought and aid memory retention. Tulsi essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.

  • Thyme

    Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, has anti-microbial properties and was used during WWI to help prevent infection in wounded soldiers. Thyme has been recognized since antiquity for its cleansing, mildly astringent, healing, and soothing effects on the skin. A poultice can be made from leaves to combat all forms of inflammation and infection. Thyme has a mild, fresh, and clean herbal scent making it a nice natural deodorant. In hair care thyme is used in deep cleansing shampoos and may help with hair loss and dandruff. Thyme essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.

  • Vetivert

    Vetiver, Andropogon zizanioides, has a rich, woody, earthy and sweet aroma that improves with age. Used extensively in perfumery, it helps to normalize oily skin and clear acne, has a rejuvenating effect on mature skin, helps heal cuts and wounds, soothes irritated and inflamed skin, and has natural deodorizing properties. Aromatherapy Properties: once known in India as the oil of tranquility, its warm, earthy aroma calms, balances and soothes the mind, thus helping with nervous tension, anxiety, and stress. It settles the nerves, is emotionally calming, and establishes a feeling of balance and grounding, which is helpful in overcoming depression, insomnia and nervousness.

  • Ylang Ylang

    Ylang Ylang, Cananga odorata, with its exotic, sweet fragrance, is often used in high-class perfumes. In Indonesia the fresh Ylang Ylang flowers are placed on the bed of newlyweds and in the Malayan language Ylang Ylang means "flower of flowers." It is a balancing oil, good for dry, normal, oily, sensitive and combination skin types. Its antiseptic properties make it a good product for acne-prone skin. In hair care, ylang ylang is a hair rejuvenator, stimulates the scalp and is believed to stimulate hair growth. It helps balance the production of sebum making it good for all hair types. Aromatherapy Properties: the soothing and relaxing scent creates feelings of peace and warmth by restoring mental harmony and balance. Its sweet aroma is usually irresistible and regarded by many as an aphrodisiac.

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Please Note: Pure essential oils have been used for centuries and their folklore and uses have been passed down through generations. We have done painstaking research to insure proper dilution and blending proportions in all of our products.

We do not recommend the use of these oils as substitute for medical care. Always consult with your doctor before changing healing practices.

We have tried to make note of essential oils that are not recommended during pregnancy--but opinions vary greatly. Do not use essential oils if you are pregnant without consulting your physician or midwife.

Please Note: The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. If you have medical concerns regarding yourself or your family you should seek the advice of qualified, licensed health professionals. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please read our Medical Disclaimer.