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Anise Seed Pimpinella anisum
What makes the flavor of black licorice? Anise oil! Many love it, many don’t! Anise is used as a flavoring agent (traditionally used in biscotti recipes) and to stimulate digestion, making it a great warming carminative. Anise is prohibited to buy in France over the counter because of its high 95% anethol content, but instead used to flavor and add an extra relaxation effect in “Pastis”, a liqueur that is a mainstay aperitif in all of France. In Greece, this absinthe wannabe (anise) is used to flavor Ouzo. In Aromatherapy, we use Anise as an anti-spasmodic in menstrual cramp formulas, or to relieve any other kind of spasm along with lavender and Roman Chamomile. Add to Honey for tea, in candies or syrups, pancakes or anything you want a licorice flavor added to! Start with only 1 drop, this oil is very potent.
Use in: Bath, Compress, Food and Therapeutic Honey or Tinctures.
Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy
Do not use for children under 7 unless diluted.
Dilute on skin for sensitive individuals
Warning – Star Anise (Illicium velum) is toxic Make sure you are buying Anise seed Pimpinella anisum – always look at genus and species when buying oils!
True Anise oil contains waxes and solidify at cold temperatures. To liquify, warm in pocket or in warm place:)
Basil, Linalol Ocimum basilicum top note
Basil is a friend to the digestion! Well-known for its beneficial effect on the digestive system, it also calms nerves and relieves depression and anxiety. Used traditionally in French Medical Aromatherapy for overthinking, overworking, anxiety, fatigue and OCD’s. Used in the Veriditas Mental Clarity Formula, Basil clears the mind and helps stop ruminative thinking and relieves nervous tension. Basil is also used as an antispasmodic. Originally Pesto was a food/medicine made from basil to kill food born bacteria and parasites. Use Basil In cooking to make mouthwatering dishes while supporting digestive health one drop at a time. Try in Pesto, Egg dishes, Pasta Dishes, Salads, or just spicing up your olive oil. These recipes add freshness and stimulate digestive health. Use in: Bath Compress Diffuser Massage Neat Food Therapeutic BCDMNFT Avoid in pregnancy and epilepsy Use small amounts –use for short period of time Tips and Trivia If your digestive system feels sluggish or you feel stressed, treat yourself to a massage with 2oz massage oil, 40 drops basil and 10 drops peppermint There are many Basils on the marketplace. Make sure your basil is the linalool type, high in linalool acytate. Other Basils are high in the controversial Methyl Chavicol, Methyl Cinnamate, or Eugenol, which can be toxic or irritating.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) from Italy
Bergamot is citrus royalty with a sweet, exotic, bright aroma which lightens the heart. It is a cross of the bitter orange tree (neroli) and the lemon tree giving it a divine uplifting scent. Bergamot is well known from its presence in Earl Grey tea. It’s a powerful mood enhancer and brings the cheer one would expect when experiencing this oil. Incredible for blending perfumes and colognes and brings bright notes into homemade body care preparations.
Bergamot is a powerful mood enhancer and can be used in cases of depression, anxiety, sadness, grief or to increase general enjoyment and mood. Bergamot is calming to the mind and can bring pleasant dreams when used at night. It is good for use in mouthwash and toothpastes and benefits our oral health. It has an affinity for making smooth healthy hair and can be spritzed into the hair for natural highlights.It is antiseptic, anti-fungal and recommended for oily skin, acne and depression.
Bergamot blends beautifully with nearly all essential oils for home formulations and perfumes. It blends with neroli, jasmine, rose, rose geranium, lemon, chamomile, lavender, clary sage, peppermint, sweet orange, frankincense, lemongrass, vetiver, rosemary, ylang ylang, sandalwood and hundreds more.
The peel of the bergamot fruit has been used in herbalism, food and essential oil since 1725 in Italy. Bergamot essential oil is made through cold extraction of the nearly ripe fruit peel. Bergamot has a shelf life for 1-2 years and should be kept away from heat and light in an upright position with the cap on firmly. The essential oil will oxidize with exposure to air, heat and light, overtime the color characteristics of the essential oil will change to a nearly clear color.
Over 300 organic compounds make up the chemistry of bergamot essential oil. These include linalyl acetate which is also found in lavender and has a calming and a soothing effect on mind and body. d-limonene which has shown anti-tumor, immune boosting and detoxifying. It also contains bergaptene which is a powerful photosensitizing agent. It is advised that bergamot essential oil not be applied to areas of skin which will receive direct sun exposure and especially not before sunbathing. It like lemon, orange and grapefruit can be drying or irritating to the skin undiluted and is best utilized using a carrier oil, alcohol, water, gel, lotion ect.
8 drops bergamot
4 drops clary sage
3 drops neroli
1 drop jasmine
Mix this into ½ ounce castor, jojoba or marula oil for an amazing perfume which must be experienced!
Sweet dreams blend:
4 drops bergamot
4 drops clary sage
4 drops lavender
2 drops ylang ylang
In 1 ounce carrier oil. Apply to the skin before bed to bring deeper sleep and pleasant dreams.
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) from Sri Lanka
Cardamom is warming, spicy, deeply refreshing and mildly sweet. It invigorates the senses, balances the mind and evokes images of mouthwatering culinary delights. Cardamom has been used in India and China as food and medicine for over 3000 years. It has established itself as an essential herb for alleviating digestive troubles like gas, constipation, nausea, calming nerves in the abdomen and indigestion. It balances the mind and emotions with its warming soothing scent bringing mental vitality, increased focus and a feeling of joy and comfort. Cardamom is also an aphrodisiac and blends well with Veriditas Botanicals cocoa perfume and rose perfume for a beautiful massage oil or attractive perfume. It is supportive of respiratory health and opens the sinuses, is good for coughs, asthma and bronchitis. It is non-toxic and non-sensitizing and can be used with people of all ages and during pregnancy cardamom is commonly used for nausea.
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) originated in south India and spread throughout the world. It is a perennial herb with silky blade shaped leaves. It produces small yellowish flowers which develop purple tips. Below the flowers develops seed pods which carry small black strongly aromatic seeds. The seeds are used for medicine, spice and are steam distilled to produce cardamom essential oil. There are numerous related species such as the Siam cardamom (Amomum cardamomum) in India and China however each variety has their own uses in food and herbal medicine.
Cardamom essential oil is colorless or pale yellow and light weight with a fluid viscosity. It is highly aromatic and alluring in scent. It blends delightfully with other essential oils for perfumes and aromatic pleasures. Blend cardamom, Douglas fir, and myrrh essential oils for a woody, fresh aroma. Cardamom, cocoa, peppermint essential makes a beautiful sweet and stimulating aroma or a great addition to coffees and cakes. Cardamom, Cinnamon bark, clove, and orange makes a deeply warming and sweet diffuser blend. Cardamom blends well with rose, orange, ylang ylang, cedar, scotch pine, cypress, Douglas fir, bergamot, fennel, grapefruit, lemon, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, lemongrass, neroli, and jasmine.
Tip: When blending hold the opened bottles up to the nose to get an idea of how they will blend. It also gives us an idea of how much of each oil to use in ratio to the others. For example, if the peppermint seems to overpower the smell of the other essential oils, we know to use less of the peppermint relative to the other oils in our final blend.
Cardamom essential oil from Veriditias Botanicals is 100% certified food grade organic by both Ecocert and the USDA; it is pure and perfect for use in foods and drinks. A drop or two of cardamom essential oil is a great addition to breads, chocolate cakes, curries, liquor, coffee, hot chocolate, chocolate truffles frosting and much more.
In Ayurveda cardamom essential oil is considered cooling in contrast to western herbalism where it is considered warming. It is used to stimulate digestion, sooth digestive spasms and discomfort and reduce nausea. It is considered highly satvic meaning that it is highly balanced and cardamom stimulates the intake of prana which is the vitality and life-force in Ayurveda. It is considered light, dry, cool and sweet. It helps digestion through its influence on samana vayu and apana vayu. Samana vayu is the digestive circulating force with-in the abdomine and the center of our fire, agni. Apana vayu is the down and out force with-in the body and governs elimination functions within the body and our ability to let go on a mental emotional level. Cardamom acts as a tonic to these primary systems with-in the body.
In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) cardamom has a wide variety of time tested uses. It’s used to simulate the flow of chi through the digestive system bringing greater efficiency and balance to the whole digestive tract. It expels phlegm, moves stagnation bringing more chi to the spleen and lung channels. It is a tonic for wei chi which is the defensive immune system in the body and is strongly linked to the lungs. It is used to improve clarity of mind, decrease symptoms of worry, nervous exhaustion and to vitalize the blood.
Find your favorite chocolate chip banana bread recipe and add essential oil when blending the butter into the mixture.
For a 9x5x3 pan of banana bread used:
2 drops cardamom
1 drop clove
2 drops cinnamon bark
Perfume with a rich earthy aroma:
6 drops sandalwood
3 drops cardamom
2 drops myrrh
3 drops cocoa perfume
3 drops rose absolute
Into ½ to 1 ounces carrier adjust for personal preferences on potency.
10 drop cocoa perfume
5 drop cardamom
5 drops myrrh
7 drop jasmine perfume or 3 drops jasmine absolute
In 1 Ounce carrier oil.
Cinnamon BARK (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Have you ever had a “Red Hot”? or a Cinnamon Altoid? Put a drop of Cinnamon Bark on your toothpick or on your hand and lick it! It takes SUPER sweet and warming. There is one drop of Cinnamon Bark per Altoid, which makes it “curiously strong!”
Cinnamon Bark essential oil is widely loved for its warming, spicy, sweet and invigorating scent. Cinnamon bark essential oil is a powerful anti-microbial, anti-infection, pain relieving agent. It can balance digestion is high in antioxidants and an aphrodisiac. It is perfect for diffusion, compress, diluted in massage oil, food flavorings. We all will recognize Cinnamon Bark from its use in foods, teas, incense, herbal formulations chai and even coco-cola. Cinnamon has been used since the dawn of human civilization as a spice, incense and healing herb and has a rich history in human politics and trade. Cinnamon Bark essential oil is not for use during pregnancy and can be highly irritating to the skin when used undiluted. Do not apply Cinnamon Bark or Leaf directly to the skin, do not use in a bath! Cinnamon Leaf essential oil is toxic and should not be used internally or undiluted or on the skin. Cinnamon Leaf should be used for candles, cleaning and other non-therapeutic purposes.
Cinnamon Bark essential oil can is great for helping colds, flus and food poisoning. The aroma of Cinnamon Bark kills bacteria, viruses, yeasts and molds. The essential oil expands our aura of immunity beyond the skin to the space around us. Cinnamon Bark also is a great addition to homemade household cleaners because of its wonderful scent and its strong purifying abilities. Cinnamon is also great for keeping lice, roaches, ants, moths and spiders away. It is also used in food preservation. Cinnamon Bark essential oil is found in Good Samaritian which has been proven to kill 99% of bacteria making it indispensable for the home especially in diffusers. Cinnamon Bark is also found in the Gumdrops to promote good oral health, prevent infections and to add a wonderful flavor and scent.
Cinnamon Bark essential oil can be used in foods and drinks as flavoring as is the case in Coca-Cola and many other drinks and foods. 1-2 drops in breads, muffins, cakes, coffees brings rich flavor and the warming memories. (1-2 drops per recipe, not serving) Cinnamon Bark is a digestive herb and can help improve appetite and balance the digestive tract by firming the bowel movements. Cinnamon is known for its ability to resist infections, fight food poisoning and boost immunity.
Cinnamon essential oil can be distilled using the various parts of the plant. The Leaf and Bark will produce chemically different essential oils. The Cinnamon Bark contains a high percentage of cinnamaldehyde and a small amount of eugenol. The Cinnamon Leaf essential oil contains a high percentage of eugenol and a low percentage of cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamon Leaf is toxic and should be used for cleaning, for candles, and to be handled with care. Cinnamon Bark on the other hand is non-toxic and can be used with foods.
All Purpose Cleaner:
In 4 oz glass bottled add:
20 drops Cinnamon leaf for bark or half of each
40 drops Lemon
10 drops Rosemary
1 TBSP of Vodka, Vinegar, or Witch Hazel alcohol extract.
Top off with distilled water
This all-purpose cleaner will rid the home of unwanted microbes using organic essential oils which smell amazing! It will not harm you or your family when used safely and kept out of the eyes.
Immunity Diffuser Blend:
1 drop Cinnamon Bark
3 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
3 drops Tea Tree
Diffusing this combination of essential oils will help prevent the spread of illness through the air. It will help to fight colds, flus, help respiratory infections and more.
Colds and Flus:
1 drop Cinnamon Bark on a sugar cube in 1 cup of water. Drink 1-3 times per day not exceeding 7 consecutive days.
Warning – do not take cinnamon oil if you are taking diabetes medications.
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) from France
The French are known for having superior quality clary sage, this combined with organic farming traditions creates a clean, intoxicating, earthy aroma with soft floral flourishes. Clary sage is amazingly calming and can be used in times of high stress, to improve sleep, to reduce depression or to just relax and enjoy. It has a relaxing centering effect which sharpens our instincts and softens the edges. Apply a drop of clary sage essential oil to the palm and massage some into the temples. Then rub the hands together and use direct palm inhalation. Direct palm inhalation involves slowly closing the eyes and breathing in the scent of the oil 3 to 5 times with the hands cupped in front of the nose. Immediately your inner setting will change to bring a calm, center mind dispelling undue seriousness.
Clary sage is a powerful ally in your home remedies tool kit. It reduces anxiety, stress, and depression. It is calming to the body and the mind and helps us unwind and let go. Often described as euphoric, calming, good for reducing anger, fatigue, exhaustion, frigidity, addiction, stress, imbalanced emotional states and hyperactivity. On a subtle level it has many applications for overcoming stuck emotions, getting in touch with our dreams and finding greater pleasure in life. Clary sage is a widely respected women’s herb and is highly supportive of reproductive health it’s used for cramps, menopause, hormonal irritability or imbalance, PMS and as an aphrodisiac.
For hot flashes – add 1 drop of clary sage to 2 drops peppermint to the chest area and rub in. OR make an easy spray mist. Add 10 drops mental clarity and 20 drops peppermint to a 2 oz bottle of water with a spray top. shake well and spray when hot flashes occur.
It can be used to relax and calm achy or sore muscles, great for headaches, spasms and cramps. When combined with a carrier oil it is soothing for dry irritated skin, eczema, wrinkles and mature skin. Clary sage is used in Addiction/ Withdrawal formula and Sleep Aid from Veriditas Botanicals line of Wellness Formulas.
Clary sage has a long history of use for therapeutic and recreational use. Clary sage was written of in Roman and Greek herbal texts; in the United Kingdom and Europe it was used in beer and wine for enjoyment. The flowers of clary sage were used in these fermented beverages because it has an exhilarating effect which was believed to increase laughter. It was named clary sage because in ancient Greece and Rome its seeds were soaked in water the rinse our eye infections and irritations thus became known as “clear eye”.
Clary sage blends well with many essential oils with its earthy, green, nutty and floral fragrance blends splendidly with in your personal formulations. It blends well with lavender, rose geranium, sandalwood, spikenard, ginger, chamomile, ylang ylang, bergamot, grapefruit, frankincense, helichyrsum, jasmine, cedar, cypress, fir, cardamom, sweet marjoram, range, lemon, vetiver, rose.
In Ayurveda clary sage essential oil is used to calm excess pitta which manifests as frustration, anger, irritability or depletion. It is a powerful oil for calming excess vata because it calms the nervous system in cases of anxiety, running thoughts, over excitability, stress, pain, spasms and irritability.
In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) clary sage will help restore depleted chi through calming “shen”. It brings balance to the subtle channels of the intestine and stomach. It softens the holding around areas of stuck energy and allows chi to circulate especially when used mindfully and with conscious intention.
Relaxing bath salts:
10 drops lavender
6 drops clary sage
6 drops bergamot
Into 1 cup of Epson salts. Stir into the bath for a beautiful aroma and deeper relaxation.
3 drops clary sage
3 drops cardamom
2 drops rose geranium
1 drop grapefruit
In 3 tablespoons carrier oil.
Apply to the upper arms, neck and shoulders to ease headaches, stress and anxiety. Also great to use if you just want to smell great and relax! It’s good for the heart and can be helpful with hot flashes.
10 drops lavender
5 drops spikenard
7 drops clary sage
Mix into a small bottle and use 1-5 drops on the feet in the moments before getting into bed. The Sleep Aid could also be used the same way.
3 Eucalyptus Species
Millions of people have experienced the healing powers of eucalyptus making it one of the most popular and useful species of essential oils. The eucalyptus trees are known for their minty earthy aroma which wafts over the mountains and lands of Australia. The Blue Mountains, in the heat of the day is surrounded by the scent of eucalyptus; it’s so rich that the mountains are surrounded by a blue haze after which the mountain was named. The benefits of Eucalyptus for the lungs, colds, and anti-microbial activity were easily recognized by the aborigines over 4000 years. Eucalyptus is also food for the adorable koala bears; they eat for 4 hours a day and sleep for the remaining 20. These fuzzy friends are taking relaxation to a new level.
The Eucalyptus genus makes up about two thirds of the plant life in Australia and contains over 600 species. Veriditas Botancials is proud to offer three varieties of 100% Pure Certified Organic Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata and Eucalyptus citridora essential oils from Australia. Each variety will have a unique scent profile and help the body in different ways.
Eucalyptus radiata has a deeply refreshing, bright, cleansing aroma which immediately opens the lungs. It is excellent oil for boosting immunity, respiratory health, breaking up and expelling excess mucus, asthma and is anti-microbial. The Eucalyptus radiata is the best eucalyptus for regular personal use and is safe for children, pregnancy and the elderly. Putting this oil on children’s clothing can help prevent illness from entering their body as the aroma creates an atmosphere of protection against virus and bacteria. A great use of the essential oil is to apply 2 to 5 drops on the palms, rub the hands together and inhale the scent 3 to 5 times then applies to the upper chest and back. It is used in Veriditas Botanicals signature line of Wellness Formulas including Good Samaritan and Immunity Boost.
Eucalyptus globulus has a strong earthy, camphor scent which is less cooling and refreshing then the Eucalyptus radiata. It is used to help decongest and detoxify, it is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. This eucalyptus has some keytones with-in its diverse chemistry. Ketones can be toxic and irritating compounds in essential oils thus Eucalyptus globulus should not be used daily over a long period of time and is not a good choice for pregnancy, children and the elderly. This essential oil is used in the Sinus Congestion oil.
Eucalyptus citriodora (Lemon Eucalyptus) has a fresh strong citronella scent which is distinctive in the eucalyptus family. This species is completely different compared to the other two. Analysis of its organic chemistry reveals that it is high in citronellol, an alcohol and citronella and aldyhdes making it a powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, insect repellant and anti-viral which is soothing and calming. Mostly used as an insect repellant especially for mosquitos and is recognized as being as or more effective the DEET by the Center for Disease Control! Eucalyptus citriodora is great when used in blends for arthritis and muscular health; combine it with helichrysum and ginger in a carrier oil for a powerfully effective massage oil. Veriditas Botanicals formulas as well like the Cold Sore Treatment and the Bug Off Concentrate use this eucalyptus essential oil.
Eucalyptus illustrates the diversity between plants of the same genus but different species. Even though each of the three eucalyptus species highlighted here share the same genus name, eucalyptus, they are each a unique species which will have completely unique properties. Each of these essential oils are widely used and enjoyed; some would like to choose favorites amongst them but once you get to know them you can enjoy and use them all!
60 drops eucalyptus citriodora
15 drops rose geranium
15 drops lavender
15 drops peppermint
Mix together in a 4 ounce spray bottle and add 1 tablespoon witch hazel, vodka or vinegar. Shake and spray for an organic bug repellant.
Heat a pot of water on the stove until it’s near boiling then removes from heat and turn off the stove. Add 2 -6 drops Ecualyptus radiata to the pot of hot water. Close the eyes and allow the steam to warm the face and use a towel to drape over the head to capture more steam. At first the scent may be highly potent if its too strong move further away from the hot water or allow more fresh air in the towel. Remain here for 1-5 minutes. This is an excellent way to decongest and support respiratory health especially if the lungs and sinuses are dry or infected.
Eucalyptus Citriodora (Lemon Eucalyptus) from Australia
Eucalyptus citriodora has a fresh, awakening, citrus scent. This essential oil is one of the best organic bug repellants and reliably repels mosquitos. The Center for Disease Control recognizes that Eucalyptus citriodora also known as lemon eucalyptus as one of the most effective repellants for mosquitos. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recognizes lemon eucalyptus as an effect mosquito repellant and recommends it to travelers to avoid diseases spread by bugs.
The Center for Disease Control offers the following advice for repelling mosquitos. Follow the link for complete page (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/avoid-bug-bites).
“FOR PROTECTION AGAINST MOSQUITOES ONLY: Products with one of the following active ingredients can also help prevent mosquito bites. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer protection.
Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin. Products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan [outside the US])
Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD (Products containing OLE include Repel and Off! Botanicals)
IR3535 (Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart)
Always follow product directions and reapply as directed.
If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.
Follow package directions when applying repellent on children. Avoid applying repellent to their hands, eyes, and mouth…
Do not use permethrin directly on skin (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/avoid-bug-bites).”
I am compelled to point out that only one of these above options can be produced organically and is not a SYNTHETIC MATERIAL and the is the lemon eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora). DEET, IR3535 permethrin are surrounded in controversy about their safety especially with children but also with adults.
Eucalyptus citriodora is safe to use with your children, dogs, and family. Veriditas Botanicals Eucalyptus citriodora is certified 100% pure organic by both the USDA and ECOCERT. It is best diluted when applied to the skin or when used with children, elderly, pregnancy and pets. It has a sharp and warming quality similar to lemongrass which can be irritating to the skin without diluting it into a WATER, LOTION, SPRAY, FATTY OIL ETC…. Always avoid direct contact with the eyes, interior of the nose and sensitive skin. At the bottom of the article is an ideal recipe for use with any population to repel bugs.
Lemon eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriorata) is also a powerful anti-inflammatory especially when combined with helichrysum essential oil. It fights against respiratory infections, breaks up mucus and can be an integral aspect of a holistic approach to respiratory wellness. It also makes a great airborne antiseptic and with an aromatherapy diffuser it cleans the air and keeps the bugs at bay.
Lemon eucalyptus blends well with many oils for therapeutic benefits, bug repellant, antiseptic or respiratory aid see recipes below. It blends well with lemongrass, rose geranium, lemon, cedar, clary sage, clove, ginger, ravintsara, vetiver, tea tree, thyme, lavender, cypress, helichrysum and more.
Essential oil can be accurately described as the plants immune system and they protect plants from animals, bugs, diseases as well as attracting certain insects and pollinators. Farmers and distillers extracted this essential oil using steam distillation and found that it is filled with complex interacting organic compounds. Essential oils contain with-in them many organic compounds which work together in a synergy. This means that the complex chemistry with-in essential oils balances and works to increase the overall effectiveness. Ecualyptus citriodora contains up to 70% aldehydes primarily citronellal and 20% alcohols mostly citronellol. These are the compounds which give the essential oil its citronella scent and many of its therapeutic properties.
For the last 100 years the leaves of this lemon eucalyptus have been used to perfume linen cupboards and to keep away insects like cockroaches and silverfish. This plants is a relatively short history of know use however is growing rapidly in popularity due to its repellant properties.
In Ayurveda Eucalyptus citriodora is pitta elevating and warming.
Make your own bug spray:
60 drops Eucalyptus citriodora (repels mosquitos)
15 drops rose geranium (repels ticks)
15 drops lavender (protects and sooths skin)
15 drops peppermint (repels insects, cools skin)
Mix oils in a 4 oz spray bottle with water and shake before each use. OR mix oils above in 4oz of lotion for longer lasting application.
Anti-inflammatory care: GREAT FOR CARPAL TUNNEL
15 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
7 drops helichrysum
3 drops clove
Add to 1 ounce of carrier oil rub into local area of tension, inflammation or discomfort. This is an excellent blend for the joints. For a more powerful effect mix into equal parts arnica and calendula infused carrier oil.
Make a bug repellant collar for your dog!
Buy and absorbent material collar and apply essential oils to it.
1 drop Eucalyptus citriodora
1 drop lavender
1 drop rose geranium
This will keep bugs away moderation is import since our friends are much small than an adult human and have sensitive noses.v
Frankincense Boswellia carterii
Bath Compress Diffuser Inhalation Massage Skin Perfume Neat
Frankincense is a very gentle oil, and like lavender can be used undiluted on the skin safely for all ages and all skin types. For dry, mature skin it helps to soften fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and remove dark spots. These anti-aging benefits are why frankincense is featured in the Veriditas Rose Regenerative Facial oil. Apply to face nightly before moisturizer and use consistently for best results.
The antiseptic qualities of this oil can help prevent bad breath, cavities, toothaches, mouth sores and other infections. Frankinsence and myrrh have long been touted?? for their ability to heal mouth infections. Both are key ingredients in the Veriditas GumDropps Formula.
Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, Frankinsence heals skin infections, acne, boils, hard to heal wounds, scars, skin growths (tags) and distended varicose veins. Combine your Frankincense with Lavender, Tea tree or one of the Veriditas Condition Specific Wellness Formulas.
Use 5 drops Frankincense and 5 drops Rosemary cineol oil on a brush to stimulate hair growth and strengthen hair roots.
Anti-inflammatory for sore muscles, achy joins and arthritis, combine with Veriditas Pain Relief.
Use topically or diffuse with other oils to soothe bronchitis, laryngitis and lung congestion. Use with Veriditas Sinus oil, Mental Clarity, Immunity Boost, etc..
Frankincense has been known for its healing abilities in strengthening the immune system and is currently being studied in tumor and cancer prevention.
To treat ulcers, try adding a few drops to 2 ounces of aloe juice for a soothing tonic.
Also known as Olibanum, Frankincense essential oil is made from a resin from the Boswellia trees in Somalia, Yemen, Oman, and Ethiopia. Egyptians used frankincense for embalming and to “bring into the next world” because of its incredible healing capabilities. In biblical times, Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold were the three gifts presented at the birth of Christ by the three wise men. It is used as incense in all Catholic churches. Therefore, Frankincense has been utilized to enhance spirituality, meditation and prayer. Do an inhalation before a yoga practice to slow down the breath and enhance pranayama.
Base note avoid in pregnancy
Ginger Essential Oil
Fresh Ginger Essential Oil helps us light our inner fire and stay balanced in Fall and Winter. The warming power of Ginger purifies the body, stokes the digestive fires and eases our aches. 1 drop of ginger essential oil on each foot will travel through the body and is great for colds and flu. I like to add 1 drop of ginger to a cup of hot water to make a quick ginger tea. Or add 1 drop of ginger to a warming soup. 1 drop of Ginger is also fantastic in Eggnog.
ooooo – and it “warms up” cold vanilla ice cream! – have you ever had Ginger ice cream at a great Japanese place?
Ginger is great for “damp or deficient spleen in TCM so i like to do a warm ginger compress on my cold belly or feet at night before bed.
Fall is here the wind, the cold, the change it can be hard to stay grounded. Ginger, Eucalyptus, and Palmarosa Essential oils fight the cold, keep us grounded, ease our aches and helps bring vitality. Put 2 drops of each in ¼ oz of sesame oil and massage it into the surface of the body. Then hope into a hot shower and apply again. soooooooooooo great for the immune system! Enjoy!
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Great way to prevent stretch marks while pregnant.
Jasmine blossoms must be carefully picked in the early morning hours and the flowers must be opened partway. 8 million jasmine blossoms are needed to make one kilo of the absolute. The Jasmine has a mysterious seductive scent which can intoxicate the senses and lessen our inhibitions.
Lemon (Citrus limon) from Argentina:
Lemon essential oil is sunshine in a bottle; it has a joyful, uplifting, clean and refreshing citrus aroma which has been loved for thousands of years. Lemon is one of the most important essential oils for a starter kit of essential oils because of its many beneficial properties, cost and enjoyable aroma. Lemon has many benefits to human health and well-being besides the pleasure of its smell. It is an ideal choice for cleaning with its powerful antiseptic properties. Furthermore, the lemon essential oil from Veriditas Botanicals 100% USDA and Ecocert food grade organic and is used to make lemon water.
Lemon is detoxifying, aids with digestion and boosting immune function. Lemon has to power to improve one’s mood, increase focus and refresh our mind when fatigued. Lemon essential oil is used extensively in food flavoring, cosmetics, perfumes and cleaning products.
Our certified, organic Lemon is a pure, therapeutic grade essential oil and is safe internally. It has many health benefits, and it tastes great! 3 drops of Lemon essential oil can turn a regular glass of water in to a lemony treat. Add approximately 3-5 drops per pint of water throughout your day to assist liver detoxification (to help encourage weight loss), cleansing of the GI tract, and bringing radiance to the skin. Lemon essential oil consists of 68% d-Limonene, one of the most powerful antioxidants, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Lemon is very safe oil and suitable for children, adults, elderly and pregnancy. Lemon is applied to the skin to help improve the appearance of acne, oily complexion, cellulite and varicose veins. Lemon is best in a 5% dilution in a carrier such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, lavender oil, or lotion especially with children, pregnancy, elderly or dry and or sensitive skin. It is photosensitizing meaning that the area skin to which lemon is applied will be significantly more sensitive to the sunlight. Do not apply lemon essential oil before sunbathing. I know some who use this to their advantage by misting the hair with lemon for natural highlights.
Lemon essential oil is indicated for nightmares, skin care, varicose veins, cellulite treatment, brittle nails, nausea, air disinfectant. It is known to be anti depressant, astringent, circulatory stimulant and a tonic for increasing the tone and vitality of the skin and other tissues and organs of the body.
Lemon essential oil is filled with potent beneficial organic compounds known as monoterpenes especially Limonene. This compound is proven to be highly antioxidant, quickly absorbed by the skin and also drying to the skin. The essential oil also oxidizes when exposed to air, this is important as lemon and other citrus essential oils will be damaged by air and thus have a 1-2 year shelf life, much less than other types of essential oils.
In Ayurveda lemon essential oil is great in the Spring season. Spring is known as kapha season in Ayurveda which means that conditions are heavy and wet and that we can become lethargic and congested emotionally, physically and mentally. Lemon essential oil reduces kapha and all levels and brings lightness to body and mind.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine lemon is dry in nature and when used for cleaning or on the body as it helps to remove heat, dampness and phlegm.
Yoga Mat Cleaner or household cleaner:
30 drops Lemon
10 drops tea tree
20 drops lavender
Into a 4 Oz spray bottle with a small amount of vinegar or vodka.
Lemon Custard-y Weightloss Treat
1 6oz single size Fage greek yogurt (plain, non-fat)
1TBSP organic honey
3-7 drops Veriditas Lemon essential oil
This treat has 18 grams of protein, 20% of your daily calcium, and has only 130 calories
Lemon water aids in healthy digestion and detoxification.
Add 1-5 drops of Veriditas lemon essential oil to your water and drink. Nearly all organic lemonades have some lemon essential oil in them. You can make your own lemonade by combing squeezed lemon, lemon essential oil and sugar.
8oz of your favorite sparkling mineral water (e.g. San Pellegrino, Perier)
3 drops Lemon essential oil
2 drops Grapefruit essential oil
Choose lemon, grapefruit, or orange in making your citrus fizz. Stir in up to 5 total drops of your combination to taste
Check out Nathans Post on Lemongrass -yummy – thanks N!
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) from Sri Lanka.
Veriditas Botanicals certified organic lemongrass essential oil has a lemony, spicy, citronella scent. Lemongrass is an unassuming aromatic perennial grass with powerful properties and health enhancing benefits. Lemongrass cleans the air, is antimicrobial, strengthens the tissues of the body and is detoxifying. This essential oil is perfect for household cleaners and an aromatherapy mist diffuser. Its lemony clean scent is enjoyable and creates and protective shield against airborne allergens which keeps sickness and bugs away. You can even plant lemongrass in your gardens throughout the United States to help repel bug and for cooking.
Lemongrass essential oil is high in organic compounds known as aldehydes which are some of the most aromatic molecules in essential oils and plants in general. This makes lemongrass a powerful oil which is best used diluted in a carrier for application to sensitive skin. Aldehydes are responsible for the smells like citronella which are calming and anti-inflammatory. It is most commonly used for its antimicrobial, antiseptic properties and analgesic or pain reducing abilities. It is also stimulating yet calms the nerves it is antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, immune stimulating and astringent. I apply this oil to sore muscles, joints, sprains and bruises. It can be helpful for the respiratory system and aids in relieving sinus congestion, and respiratory infection. Lemongrass is a powerful herbal remedy for skin conditions such as acne, athlete’s foot, and oily skin.
Lemongrass is used as a culinary herb in Asian foods and is also used in detoxifying and immune stimulating teas. I enjoy making Thai coconut soups and will add a single drop of Veriditas organic lemongrass essential oil for that wonderful lemongrass flavor. *Do not use non organic essential oils for food flavoring!
Lemongrass blends well with many oils and is often used in massage oil to relieve stress and tension. It blends well with the essential oils of basil, bergamot, clary sage, cypress, geranium rose, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, orange, patchouli, palmarosa, peppermint, tea tree, vetiver, ylang ylang.
In Ayurveda lemongrass is helpful for finding balance in spring as it reduces excess kapha. In other words, it helps reduce congestion in the body whether it’s in the emotions and thoughts or in the sinus and muscles. Lemongrass also supports the building of agni or the fire in the body. Agni is the heat of the body and it is metabolism, the digestive power and the purifying and detoxifying force with-in the body. Agni is often damped in spring due to windy, damp and heavy environmental conditions. Lemongrass is used traditionally in India for fighting fever and infectious illness as well as to calm the nervous system.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses lemongrass tea and essential oil to reduce phlegm and excess dampness in the body. Lemongrass essential oil achieves these feats because it has dry and warm qualities.
try these recipies!
Veriditas Botanicals all purpose surface cleanser
4 ounces white vinegar
4 ounces water
20 drops lemongrass
25 drops scots pine
12 drops lavender
14 drops lemon
This cleans surfaces floors and also supports our health during the spring months.
Make your own bug spray!
30 drops Lavender
20 drops peppermint
15 drops Lemongrass
30 drops Eucalyptus citridora
Mix the oils in a 4 oz spray bottle. Add 1 Tablespoon of vodka or vinegar then top off with water.
Sore muscles and joints massage oil:
Use 1 oz organic and unrefined sesame or jojoba oil and add:
8 drops ginger
4 drops lemongrass
5 drops helichrysum
8 drops peppermint
Massage into the affected areas or use on the whole body for a detoxifying and nourishing skin treatment.
Niaouli is a relative of the tea tree plant and shares its broad range of practical uses. It has a slightly sweet, fresh, musky and medicinal aroma. Naiouli is more gentle, less drying and softer in scent then tea tree making it an excellent option for many people with sensitive skin. Niaouli is a great alternative to tea tree essential oil as it has many similar properties. It is a powerful antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic and great immune stimulant. It is good for the respiratory system and helpful for allergies. Niaouli paired with lavender can help protect and heal the skin from radiation burns during radiation therapies. It is great for burns, cuts and bug bites when applied to the skin. It is considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing making is safe for use with diverse populations
Niaouli is used in Veriditas Botanicals signature line of wellness formulas in the Acne Treatment, Athlete’s Foot and Eczema Treatment. In these formulas it acts to fight fungi, virus and bacteria and calm the skin. Added to water it makes an effective antiseptic wash for minor cuts and skin irritation. It is great for opening the sinuses and improving focus. The essential oil is immune stimulating and increases circulation to the area it’s applied. When added to salt scrubs, dry brush or massage oils it helps fight off illness. For a simple immune boosting treatment simply apply a few drops spread on the skin moments before jumping into the shower. This is perfect for households and individuals already suffering from the symptoms of colds and flues.
It blends well with eucalyptus, rosemary, Douglas fir, Scotch pine, cedar, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime. Niaouli has a medicinal scent which is not suitable for most perfumes, however, it is ideal for antiseptic, acne and upper respiratory blends.
Niaouli is a common tree found in Australia. It has a soft bark and pink heart wood with deep penetrating roots. It produces fragrant flowers and even the leaves themselves are anti-bacterial. The leaves have been used to help disinfect water and as an antibiotic for rheumatism, respiratory fevers and other ills. Niaouli is rich in the oxide 1,8 cineole and alcohols. 1,8 cineole is also found in rosemary, eucalyptus, ravintsara and many other essential oils with that specific cooling minty scent.
Dry brushing and salt scrubs are amazing for improving the health of the skin. It removes dead skin cells and stimulates flexibility and improved detoxification of the skin and underlying tissues. It also has power benefits for the lymphatic system which is a circulatory system in the body which is responsible for our immunity. Combining dry brushing or salt or sugar scrubs with essential oils enhances the benefits.
10 drops Naiouli (MQV)
10 drops Ravintsara
10 drops Eucalyptus radiata
Apply several drops of this mixture onto the dry brush then dry brush head to toe for immunity, respiratory health and beautiful skin.
Acne treatment with Niaouli:
Dilute 1-3 drops niaouli into a small amount of witch hazel and apply directly to the acne with a q-tip. Repeat this 3 times a day.
Orange Blossom Hydrosol (Citrus aurantium) from Cassablanca, Morocco:
Orange Blossom Hydrosol is one of the finest aromas on the planet. This hydrosol has a scent so amazing that it evades description; however, I will attempt to describe its brilliance as a perfectly balanced, flowery, orange sweetness. The Princess of Nerola, Italy had an obsession with Orange Blossom Hydrosol and used it to scent her regal attire and in her legendary baths. The scent became wildly popular amongst the elites and has since been known as Neroli. For hundreds of years Orange Blossom has been highly valued and is used in many of the world’s finest perfumes and colognes.
Orange Blossom Hydrosol is good for oily and mature skin. It is a natural astringent, anti-bacterial, which perfectly addresses oily, congested and blemished skin; promoting cellular regeneration, hydration and balanced skin tone. Orange Blossom Hydrosol reduces fine lines and wrinkles as well as hydrating the skin. It is mood enhancing, bright, stimulating yet centering for the mind. It can be used as an antiaging facial and skin toner, in mist diffusers, baths, homemade lotions and shampoos, as a gentle cleanser, perfume and in skin care.
True hydrosols are becoming increasingly rare as they will be organic, free of preservative and have no additives. It is a common mistake to assume that hydrosols are simply water with essential oils added this could not be further from reality. Orange Blossom Hydrosol is a product of distillation and there is nothing added to it. The scent and beneficial properties are infused into the water in the process of distillation. The beautiful flowers of the Bitter Orange Tree are delicately harvested and placed into the still. Steam passes through the flowers and condenses into a nearby chamber separating the fat soluble compounds into the essential oil and the water soluble compounds into the hydrosol. The hydrosol will have trace amounts of essential oil but will also contain water based compounds not present in the essential oil. Therefore, a hydrosol cannot be made at home by adding water and essential oil together; the hydrosol will have a unique chemistry relative to the essential oil. A trace amount of essential oil can be found with-in the hydrosol which enhances its amazing aroma.
Orange Blossom Hydrosol will be similar in scent to the essential oil known as Neroli, but with a much lighter aroma than the super potent essential oil. The Orange Blossom Hydrosol is non-toxic, safe for all populations and suitable for use in foods and drinks. Because the scent is so much lighter than the essential oil, hydrosols can be used in large quantities for luxurious baths, and a full body spray down. It is perfect for using on clothing as the scent will be with you as a sophisticated perfume or cologne which will not leave any grease or oil.
Aromatic hydrosols can add a great deal of depth to foods and drinks. Many gourmet and traditional ethnic foods use Rose or Orange Blossom Hydrosol. All hydrosols keep best when in a cool environment away from sunlight. It is safe to ingest but it is best to consume a maximum of one or two ounces at a time but keep in mind that a small amount of hydrosol will add a great deal of flavor. Orange Blossom Hydrosol is used primarily in traditional Middles Eastern cooking but it is also incredible in champagne, martinis, sorbet, flavored honey, lemonade, cakes, and more. It is best added when it will not be cooked or exposed to high heat.
After cleansing mist 3-6 time on the face then apply you serum or lotion. This will balance skin tone and texture, nourish, hydrate and refresh dry skin and repair mature skin decreasing irritation and fine lines.
For a relaxing drink:
1Tbsp. Orange Blossom Hydrosol
8 oz. mineral or sparkling water.
Bathe like Royalty:
Draw a bath
Add 1 cup Epsom salts (Saltworks is best, if you haven’t tried them you’re in for a treat)
Add 2-8 Oz of Orange Blossom Hydrosol!!
1 Tbsp. Orange Blossom Hydrosol
3 drops Frankincense
Add into a misting Aromatherapy diffuser. This is a beautiful scent which will be uplifting to our mood, fight bad microbes, and bring us a feeling of prosperity and abundance. Guests will all exclaim “It smells amazing in here!!!”
Orange, Sweet Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) from Argentina
Orange essential oil can add joy and brightness to any day. It uplifts and refreshes with a citrusy sweet scent that is widely loved. In fact, it is one of Veriditas Botanicals most loved essential oils. Children especially love the scent of orange essential oil and it is a sure way to bring a smile to their beautiful faces. This essential oil is 100% pure certified food grade organic and is often used in food flavoring or in water. When thinking of oranges we often think of words like happy, joyful, bright, uplifting and cheerful and for good reason. It has a mood enhancing effect that brings joy and is antidepressant. This oil is non-toxic and can be used with people of all ages for a delightful experience.
Orange essential oil is used in aromatherapy primarily for its effect on the psyche and emotions. Great for depression, anxiety, improved communication and increased happiness. It is used in many sleep formulas like the Sleep Aid Wellness Formula because it helps reduce agitation, restlessness and calms the swirling thoughts which prevent deep relaxation. Orange can also be used as a mild digestive aid. It is anti-septic and makes a great addition to cleaning blends to brighten the home. It can be used to combat oily and congested skin when used in combination with a carrier or lotion.
Orange essential oil is orange-ish yellow in color. It blends well with lavender, grapefruit, neroli, lemon, clary sage, peppermint, cinnamon, clove, frankincense, myrhh, Scotch pine, rose. It is best to only take 1-5 drops per day internally and to dilute it with a carrier when used on the skin to avoid irritation. This essential oil also is mildly photosensitizing. It is best not to use before sun bathing or on areas of skin which will be exposed to direct sunlight with-in the next 2 hours. Orange essential oil is far less photosensitizing then its citrusy friends bergamot, grapefruit or lemon.
In Ayurveda orange essential oil is used to reduce vata related anxiety and for kapha stagnation as it help bring motivation. It is light and dry in nature helping balance the heavy and damp character of spring.
In TCM (Tradition Chinese Medicine) it helps break up stagnated chi, is calming and promotes energetic circulation through the liver and related channels. It calms ‘shen’ also known as the mind and helps open the free flow of chi in the liver, stomach and intestines.
2 Ounces ylang ylang and or lavender hydrosol
5 drops rose geranium
10 drops orange
10 drops lavender
This is an excellent bedroom and linen spray as it is relaxing and beautiful. These oils and hydrosols with their amazing natural aromas help calm the mind and improve sleep.
10 drops sweet orange
5 drops clove
5 drops cinnamon bark
This blend will have powerful beneficial properties for the body and home. It is anti-bacterial, antiviral, uplifting and immune boosting. Applying this blend to the feet will boost immunity and fight bacteria, yeast and wart. Used in house hold cleaners and aromatherapy diffusers this blend smells great and fights microbes.
15 drops orange
5 drops clary sage
7 drops rose geranium
10 drops frankincense
This blend is mood boosting and stress reducing! It can be used in a massage oil or lotion to increase joy and calm. Great blend for the diffuser and can bring cheer to any home or office.
Add 1 -3 drops orange essential oil to any chocolate recipe! Orange essential oil is an excellent flavoring for cupcakes, cakes, brownies or homemade chocolate bars. It is amazing in juice and very tasty when combined with a drop of lemon essential oil in water.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) from France
Veriditas organic Peppermint comes from the Diois Valley in Provence, France. see video here:
Peppermint is a supremely refreshing, minty delight with a cooling aroma and powerful benefits for the body. Peppermint is one of the best-selling essential oils and is found in many foods, soaps, cosmetics, tea and herbal remedies. It has a broad range of therapeutic uses as an effective pain reliever, reduces bloating, nausea and relieves congestion. It is stimulating for the mind and antidepressant. Peppermint is anti-viral and anti-fungal and also an insect repellant. Peppermint is one of the best-selling essential oils in the world and is found in many foods, teas, herbal formulations, bug sprays, soaps, cosmetics, muscle salves and more. As a small example Altoids, each one contain 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. (making them “curiously strong”!!!)
Peppermint is one of the best summer essential oils. Putting peppermint on the back of the neck instantly cools the body and keeps away bugs. It induces sweating (diaphoretic) which aids in the cooling of the body. Peppermint from Veriditas Botanicals is 100% food grade certified organic and can be used in drinks, foods and herbal blends as a flavoring with some desirable side effects. Peppermint is known for its ability to relieve nausea, gas, indigestion when taken in foods, inhaled or applied to the abdomen. It tastes great with a drop in water, lemon aid, mojitos, cookies and cakes, and more. To make a cooling spritzer just add peppermint to water in a spray bottle or better yet add it to the lavender hydrosol and spray on the skin to cool the body.
Peppermint is featured in many of the Veriditas Botanicals Wellness Formulations including Canker Sores, Mental Clarity, Pain Relief, Sinus Congestion, Bug Off Concentrate, Gingivitis Treatment and Gumdrops. As you can see peppermint is useful in a variety of different blends everything from oral health to mental clarity and pain relief. Peppermint has become a staple in toothpastes and has an affinity for oral health. It fights bacteria, odor, and yeast and decongests which is why it’s featured in the Gumdrops and Gingivitis Treatment. The Gumdrops, Gingivitis Treatment or peppermint be used on floss, toothbrushes and in mouthwash especially helpful after a onion filled lunch. It’s used in the Pain Relief blend for its analgesic (topically numbing), anti-inflammatory and circulatory benefits. It also acts as a driver to push the helichrysum, the other main component in this blend, deeper into the tissues for a deeper faster effect. The peppermint brings that cooling yet warming sensation on the skin drawing fresh blood and circulation to heal the area. Peppermint is also in our best best-selling blend, mental clarity, because of its ability to invigorate the mind, improve focus, memory and open the lungs and sinuses.
Peppermint acts in the body as a bronchial dilator and vasodilator, meaning that it “opens” up the lungs and veins, bringing more air in the lungs and more blood to the brain. Therefore, Peppermint acts as a great mental stimulant and is believed to improve memory. In Japan and Germany, Peppermint and Lemon oils are used in the workplace to increase efficiency and productivity! Therefore, Peppermint is a great remedy for sleepiness, fatigue, mental doldrums, a hangover, and even to keep you alert while driving
Peppermint blends well with many different essential oils and will always add a minty aroma which tingles in the nostril as it is inhaled. It blends well with eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, rosemary, spearmint, Wintergreen, grapefruit, palmarosa, ravintsara, and many more. The chemistry of peppermint reveals that menthol, an alcohol, is its main component which gives it its health benefits and minty aromatics.
Peppermint is used by many people undiluted with no troubles but often times these individuals who are familiar with essential oils and understand their sensitivity to the oils. For people who find peppermint to be too strong for direct application (children or elderly), Peppermint can be used in a 5-20% dilution in lavender, oils, lotions, etc.. For children seven and under and the frail elderly just 10-20 drops per ounce in a carrier oil is sufficient. If too much peppermint is applied to the skin it will feel very minty. If one does not enjoy this effect, apply a carrier oil to the area such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, even olive oil then wipe the area with a paper towel and the sensation will go away immidiatly.
-To improve Mental Clarity, fatigue or stress add 2 drops Peppermint, 2 drops lemon, 2 drops basil and 2 drops rosemary to a small cloth. Place cloth close to nose and inhale 5 deep breaths.
For a more intense treatment:
Caution: Please do not get any oils near the eyes; if peppermint is rubbed onto the eyes put 1 Tablespoon of olive oil on a paper towel and rub peppermint with the olive oil.
-For pain relief, sore muscles or fresh bruises use 2 drops of peppermint on the skin. This may cause a burning sensation, so if you have sensitive skin, add 1 drop of peppermint to 1/4 cup of pure lotion, and then apply.
-For heartburn place 1 drop of Peppermint essential oil on hand and lick the drop of oil and drink a glass of water. Peppermint neutralizes stomach acid and therefore, works well for hyperacidity, gastric reflux, heartburn, etc.
-For nausea place 3 drops peppermint and 3 drops lemon on a cloth. Bringing the cloth close to the nose and take 5 deep breaths and repeat as needed.
-For headache rub 3 drops peppermint and 3 drops lavender to the back of the neck. Dilute in 2 Tablespoons of lotion if you have sensitive skin.
-For sinus congestion mix 2 drops peppermint and 2 drops Eucalyptus globulus into 10 drops olive oil. Rub mixture into nostrils with Q-tip. Or use inhalation method by putting 2 drops on a cloth and drawing in 5 deep breaths.
Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) from Madagascar
Ravintsara is a large evergreen tree which resembles linden and has a reddish bark which is highly aromatic. It has a minty, fresh, grounding and herbaceous scent which opens the lungs and deepens our breath. This is the best essential oil for shingles, is a powerful antiviral and nerve tonic. Its beautiful scent and powerful healing properties have been recognized for the last 500 years as an immune enhancing oil and respiratory aid. Ravintsara is one of the key ingredients to our Shingles Formula.
Ravintsara essential oil is widely used as an immune stimulant and antiviral. Applying ravintsara essential oil to swollen lymph nodes in the neck and under arms is an excellent way to reduce the recovery time from colds and flu. It’s refreshing scent also aid the respiratory system by breaking up and expelling excess mucus and congestion. It is commonly used alone or in blends for sinus infections, allergies and bronchitis. It’s mild in odor compared to eucalyptus and peppermints but has its own unique way of boosting the quality of breath. This essential oil is also good for reducing stress and calming the nerves and is helpful for restlessness, anxiety and nervous fatigue or exhaustion. It is the best essential oil for shingles and herpes simplex.
There is much confusion between Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) and Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora). These two plants are different trees all together and produce essential oils with different chemistry. Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) which is available from Veriditas Botanicals contains more of a compound called 1,8 cineol, sabinene and a-terineol. You may recall that 1,8 cineol is a primary component of rosemary and has excellent properties for aiding respiratory health and the skin. Despite ravintsara’s botanical name it is very low in camphor and thus is non-toxic, non-irritant and does not cause harm to the body. The essential oil of ravintsara can be used internally for short periods of time to enhance flavor of natural herbal cold and flu syrups like elderberry and others and has an immune enhancing effect especially as an anti-viral. Ravensara (Ravensara aromatic) is used exclusively in Veriditas Botanicals wellness formulas specifically the Shingles Treatment and the Cold Sore Treatment.
In Ayurveda ravintsara is considered to be dry and light in nature and is great for reducing kapha type congestion which is especially prevalent in spring. It also enhances the immune system through building ojas which is the fuel which brings inner fire, energy, and healthy immunity.
In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) it is supportive of lung health by balancing wind heat and cold. It helps remove damp heat from the liver and gallbladder channels as well. Is disperses damp heat from the skin and generally is indicated for removal of heat toxins.
10 drops ravintsara
10 drops eucalyptus globulus
10 drops Scotch pine
This blend used with direct palm inhalation or in an aromatherapy diffuser is an excellent way to clear the lungs and sinuses of congestion and bring more breathing space to the body.
20 drops ravintsara
10 drops lavender
In ½ ounce tamanu oil
Apply to the effect lesions and areas of irritation. This is very similar to the Singles Treatment blend from Veriditas Botanicals which contains ravensara and foraha oil so you can buy this blended or make it yourself. This is an extremely soothing and effective anti-viral treatment for the pain and outbreaks associated with shingles. Treat at first signs of outbreak or when tingling or pain occurs. Apply liberally to painful areas 2-3 times a day. Avoid contact with the eyes.
Immunity booster blend:
20 drops ravintsara
10 drops eucalyptus globulus
10 drops lavender
5 drops tea tree
5 drops rosemary cineol
In ½ Ounce carrier oil.
Apply this over areas of major lymph nodes the neck, underarms and inner thigh. The essential oils will soak into the lymph stimulating the immune system and promoting detoxification. This blend also smells very nice and reminds me of the garden. This blend can be combined with dry brushing for similar health benefits and smooth skin.
Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
Roman Chamomile is known for being deeply soothing, calming, and has passed the tests of time for effectiveness for many health related troubles. It has a strong aroma which is unique with sweet, somewhat apple like scent. Roman Chamomile is very relaxing and reduces stress, anxiety, improves sleep, helps PMS, asthma, allergies, antispasmodic and calms hyperactivity. It is a safe, non-toxic, non-irritating essential oil good to use with pregnancy, children and the elderly. It can be used in baths, compresses, diffusers, direct inhalation, massage and skin care. Roman Chamomile has over a thousand years of use in herbalism and is very reliable and effective. Roman Chamomile is in the same family as Ragweed and some individuals with Ragweed allergies will be hypersensitive to Roman Chamomile.
Roman Chamomile can be used on its own or in blends for a wide variety of complaints. It has a soothing effect to the whole nervous system and can be used to alleviate insomnia, headaches, reduce stress, calm hyperactive children and adults. In the muscular system it is anti-inflammation, helps cramps and spasms, restless leg syndrome, relieves tense muscles and is good for sprains and bruises. Roman Chamomile is great for the skin and can be applied in cases of eczema, dermatitis, acne, fungal infection, wound healing and psoriasis. This wonder oil is a good women’s herb and helps with PMS, sore breasts, cramps and postpartum depression. Roman chamomile is soothing for the emotions and psyche and promotes inner peace, calm, reduces stress, anxiety, anger, frustration, nervousness and hyperactivity.
The essential oil is produced from the flowers and made using steam distillation. The essential oil is clear to yellow in color and rich in esters. Esters are chemical compounds which can be found in many essential oils made from flowers and it has calming, antispasmodic and skin healing properties.
Chamomile was used by the Saxons, Romans, ancient Greeks, and throughout the middle ages. To this day Roman Chamomile is still often planted as an aromatic and medicinal ground cover for lawns and gardens. The flowers were picked and dried and used in compress and tea for wound healing, antimicrobial and calming properties. Medieval monks used this perennial herb as ground cover to create healing gardens where emotionally unsettled persons could lay and find greater calm and peace. Currently its properties are well established and it is used in lotions, soaps, detergent, hair treatments, muscular and anti-inflammatory preparations.
Dry and Sensitive Skin:
Mix the following in equal parts into a glass bottle.
This blend helps sooth and heal dry and sensitive skin.
Massage oil for sore muscles, spasms and tension:
4 drops Roman Chamomile
8 drops Peppermint
10 drops Lavender
5 drops Helichrysum
In 2 Oz of carrier oil.
This blend can be used for full body massage or self-massage into areas of tension, pain or spasm. The blend is powerfully anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, stress reducing and aids in quickening healing of soreness and tension.
Rose Geranium akes an amazing Hydrosol. Used for cooking and deserts, and flavoring cocktails. Check out the Marvel Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota- they use our Rose Geranium Hydrosol in 2 of their famous drinks. So does the Bachelor Farmer upstairs:) (my 2 favorite hangouts!)
Rose Geranium is often uses to scent soaps and is found in almost every skin care product on the market. This beautiful oil is uses as a “skin softening” agent and as a heavenly perfume.
This geranium has been named “rose” geranium because it has many of the natural chemicals found in True rose oil. Popular during the Victorian area, Rose geranium was often worn in the hair of women and fresh cuttings were offered in finger bowls at formal dining tables, and used to flavor candies, cookies and ice-creams.
Today, Rose geranium is used as an indispensable therapeutic oil. It is one of the best skincare oils, offering relief from congested and oily skin.
Earthy, flowery, rose-like scent with uplifting and balancing properties. Excellent for all skin types, especially oily and overactive. Useful aromatherapy during times of stress, nervousness, fatigue, PMS and menopause. Used in massage blends for water retention and circulation. Blends well with rose, lavender, clary sage, neroli, patchouli.
Other uses in blending:
Stretch marks, Acne, congested skin and Eczema
For oily or irritated skin, add rose geranium to your moisturizer to help restore softness, elasticity and balance.
In your steam shower: Place 2-4 drops of Rose Geranium in your steam-head and create a steam bath filled with roses instantly.
Hair Care : add 40 drops to an 8oz bottle of shampoo or conditioner for oily hair. This will give a long lasting scent of rose to your hair. Add 40 drops Rosemary and 20 drops peppermint for faster and thicker growth. Add 40 drops of Ylang for shine. Add 20 drops of Sandalwood or Veriditas Yeast treatment for Dandruff.
Veriditas Distills our Organic Rose Water drop by drop in traditional still. Organic means we grow and distill without any of the additives or essences that many other commercial brands use. We sell only the very essence of the rose petals from which it is made. A very small amount of rose water can transform a range of sweet and savoury dishes: try adding a teaspoon or two a watercress soup, for example, or making a sugar syrup to soak cakes, flavour fruit salads or fold into creams and desserts.
Rose Otto Hydrosol (the hydrosol is the water that comes out of the distillation of a plant.)
Rosa damascena – Bulgaria
Rose Hydrosol is a wonderful toner for all skin types, used to rebalance PH after one has used a cleanser and before applying a moisturizer. Hydrosols are extremely moisturizing and great for mature skin and preventing wrinkles. Rose makes a practical and suitable body splash, anti-anxiety spray, deodorant, and room freshener. Suitable for food and cosmetic use, Rose Otto Hydrosol is a classic water used in the highest skin care products, Persian cooking, and baked goods, and is an aphrodisiac dating back thousands of years.
Rosemary cineol (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. cineole) and Rosemary Verbenon (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. verbenone) from France
Rosemary essential oil has a refreshing, clean and vibrant herbaceous smell which is reminiscent of a beautiful garden. Rosemary has been associated with memory and love since the early days of the ancient Egypt. It is a familiar evergreen shrub which grows all over the world and loves coastal regions. It was known by the ancient Greeks as ‘dew of the sea’. Rosemary essential oil is used extensively for respiratory, memory, skin care and circulatory health. It has a widely loved scent which fills the air in the coastal cliffs of Italy and in magnificent herbal gardens around the world.
Rosemary essential oil has many uses and is in many of Veriditas Botanicals wellness formulas including: acne treatment, varicose vein treatment, mental clarity and sinus congestion. Rosemary essential oil is used alone and in blends to help the air pathways of the body function smoothly. This includes aiding in removal of excess mucus and allergens, opening the sinuses and lungs and helping with cold and flu. It brings additional clarity to the mind and has been highlighted for thousands of years for its memory improving power. It is great for reducing mental fatigue, improving focus, lifting vitality, and bringing additional circulation to the brain. It is great for studying, writing reports, doing research, yoga, athletics, and excellent safe option for anyone suffering from impaired memory and limited mental clarity.
Rosemary brings additional circulation to the area to which it’s applied especially to the localized skin. This makes rosemary essential oil a classic choice for helping with varicose veins, congested skin, cellulite, and areas of limited circulation or energetic stagnation. Rosemary essential oil known for use in hair treatments. It fights dandruff, greasy hair, stimulates the scalp for better chance of hair growth and is generally good for the hair and scalp. Rosemary is also great for aiding in reduction of muscular spasms, aches, pains, cramping, headaches, arthritis and rheumatic pains. Rosemary essential oil is used topically on the abdomen to reduce gas, constipation and to stimulate digestion.
Veriditas Botanicals is proud to offer two different 100% certified organic varieties of Rosemary, Rosemary cineol and Rosemary verbenone. These two varieties are the same genus, species and carry the same Latin binomial but are different chemotypes meaning that they are selected for their abundance of specific organic compounds in this case cineole or verbenone. The difference is clear when one takes time to enjoy their aromas them side by side; the cineol is more minty then the more herbaceous and fresh/ green verbenone. The cineol chemotype is more cooling and stimulating in scent and has an affinity for respiratory/ circulatory health; verbenone has some interesting ketones and is much better for skin care. Spacifically for reducing puffy eyes, and amazing skin tone regeneration and elasticity. Also, acting as a mucolytic in sinus and lung formulas.
Rosemary has a long history of use in food, medicine and sacred traditions. The early use of this herb was not in essential oil form but was as a whole herb which was burned in religious ceremony as an anti-microbial and scared incense. In the old days considerations of sanitation was much different then today and the burning of rosemary and other cleansing herbs was a way to prevent illness and provide a beautiful aromatic atmosphere. Rosemary was burned in the middle ages to prevent the spread of the plague and other illness. The essential oil of rosemary will have a more potent antimicrobial effect then the whole herb and thus we can get the same effect by using a few drops of rosemary essential oil in an aromatherapy diffuser. The herb of rosemary is still used in culinary arts worldwide and as a digestive and stimulant.
Rosemary essential oil is very safe and non-toxic and can be used diluted with children and the elderly. Looking through my resources some books state that it should not be used during pregnancy while other list it as safe for pregnancy. It should not be used with epileptics.
Rosemary essential oil blends well with peppermint, lavender, lemon, Douglas fir, Scotch pine, lemongrass, tea tree, helichrysum, eucalyptus, sandalwood, cedar, frankincense, myrrh and ravensara.
In Ayurveda rosemary is an excellent oil for finding balance during spring time as it deepens and improves breathing, is stimulating and decongesting for the skin, respiratory system, muscles and the mind. It reduces excess kapha which is the heavy and wet elements commonly encountered in spring time.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it empowers the mind known as ‘shen’ and works as a tonic for stimulating the flow of chi (life force energy) and blood. This is great for helping with stagnated chi, congestion and with cold achy joints.
Spring fields Room Spray:)
15 drops lavender
15 drops rosemary (cineol or verbenon)
10 drops peppermint
10 drops lemon
10 drops lime
5 drops spearmint
These can be added to a 4 Oz spray bottle topped with water for an amazing air mist which refreshes any space with spring aromas. This blend can be added to 3-4 Oz of carrier oil for an amazing refreshing and stimulating massage oil which reduces aches and pains and improves detoxification and circulation.
Deep conditioning hair treatment:
3 drops Rosemary verbenon (cineol will work also but verbenon is best)
2 drops ylang ylang
3 drops lavender
Add in a small dish with ½ Oz coconut oil (grapeseed and other carrier oils are also suitable for this treatment). Massage the oil into your dry hair and scalp and let it sit for minimum of 20 minutes, it’s best if its left in overnight. When washing out it is best to apply your shampoo while the hair is dry as the water will create a barrier between the oil and your hair and scalp. Rinse and repeat until oil is washed out. This will make your hair amazing and everyone will comment on how vital and healthy the hair looks. Great for dry hair or scalp, dandruff, improving thin hair, frizz and is a must for people with beautiful thick hair.
Sinus and respiratory health blend:
10 drops rosemary
10 drops peppermint
10 drops eucalyptus globulus
10 drops lemon
Blend together in small container to carry with you and use as needed. If you desire feel free to add ½ -1 Oz carrier oil and use like a vapor rub, I use this combination neat on my skin as I enjoy the minty sensation. Direct palm inhalation is the best method of opening up congestion. Put 1-4 drops into the palm of the hands rub them together and cup them in front of the nose and inhale slowly and deeply 3-5 times. This would also be perfect in an aromatherapy diffuser. This blend is very similar to the sinus congestion blend and mental clarity so you can do the same treatment using these expertly formulated blends.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) from France:
Sage has a familiar earthy aroma used in cooking and herbal healing. The name comes from the Latin word ‘salvare’ which means ‘to heal’ or ‘to save’. The Sage essential oil can be used as a strong respiratory antiseptic, air purifier, mucolytic, vulnerary, antimicrobial and supportive of women’s health. In blends it can slow excess perspiration, balance oily skin, and is good in foot baths and to treat oily hair. Sage is used in compresses, diffusers, massage oils, skin care, encourages inner focus, and grounding. Sage is used in the Cellulite Reduction and Scar Prevention and Treatment blends.
Sage is high in Ketones, so please use it highly diluted and responsibly.
Sage essential oil has several contraindications and is not safe for use in pregnancy, with young children or the elderly. Sage essential oil contains an organic compound known as thujone which is known to be toxic to the kidneys and nervous system when too much is used. Any individual prone to seizures or epilepsy or who is experiencing other nervous system disorders would be wise to avoid Sage essential oil and instead use the fresh or dried herb in teas and culinary preparations. Sage can also be drying or possibly irritating to the skin. Those with sensitive skin should use a 5% or less dilution (<30 drops per Oz.).
Sage has a long history of use as a medicinal and culinary herb. During the Renaissance Sage was used as a cure all and the herb was found in tea, food, incense, compresses, and baths to fight illness, boost immunity, decongestants, anti-inflammatory, and is an antioxidant. The historical records show that Greeks and Romans used it widely, considering Sage to be sacred for its healing properties.
Sage blends well with Eucalyptus Globulus, Cedar Atlas, Juniper Berry, Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, Ravinsara, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lavender, Bergamot and more. Generally when sage is used in a blend it is a minor note and only a small amount is used relative to the other oils in the blend.
Sage comes in many varieties, each one has a different Latin name. Clary Sage, White Sage and Sage are the most commonly seen in the essential oil market. Each one will have a unique scent and medicinal profile. Sage (Salvia officinalis) grows all over the world but much of it comes from Europe and Asia Minor. The leaves are harvest and distilled to produce the essential oil and hydrosol. Sage and Clary sage ARE COMPLETLY different in their chemistry – see chemistry chart on how to use.
Air Purifier and Respiratory Support Diffuser Blend:
1 drop Sage
2 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
2 drops Peppermint
10 drops lavender
This diffuser blend will purify the air and support respiratory health. It will have a minty and earthy aroma which boosts memory and focus as well as kills germs.
6 drops Sage
3 drops Mugwort
10 drops Lavender
6 drops Helichrysum
10 drops Foraha Oil
In 25 drops Rosehip Seed Oil.
This is used to prevent and heal the appearance of scars up to 6 months after the scar has formed. After the scab has formed, massage area up to 3 times per day. Use 2 -3 drops per small area. Or use the Veriditas Scar Treatment and prevention!
Sandalwood ( Santalum spicatum) from Australia
Sandalwood essential oil has a deep, woody, spicy scent which has been revered and loved for thousands of years. The sandalwood is widely used as a base in perfumes and colognes and is an aphrodisiac. Australian sandalwood at Veriditas Botanicals is sustainable and is superior quality oil. This oil is regenerative for the skin and a powerful aid for bringing a balanced mind and opening the heart. Sandalwood is one of the best oils to use in combination with meditation and prayer to deepen intuition and balance. Sandalwood incense is burned world round and is used in sacred settings as well as for pleasure and joy of its aroma.
Sandalwood is used in the eczema treatment from Veriditas Botanicals line of Wellness formulas highlighting its skin healing properties. It is calming, soothing, regenerative, anti-inflammatory and balancing for the skin. Sandalwood centers the mind with its grounding woody presence bringing centered, calm, aware and contented mind. This is why sandalwood has been used in meditation for 4000 years or more. It deepens our intuitive wisdom by bringing peace and tranquility. It is good for balancing anxiety, mental fatigue, stress, nervous tension. Sandalwood is also supportive of strong immunity and can be employed to fight illness.
Sandalwood is non-toxic, non-irritant, and safe for all populations. Sandalwood has the longest shelf life of any essential oil and improves as it ages. Sandalwood like wine can be stored and vintage for one of the world’s finest scents. Aged sandalwood takes a robust royal aroma which unfurls and reveals its legendary fragrance. It is used as a base to fix perfumes or can be used individually as an enjoyable fragrance. In India the traditional perfumes are called attars and are all infused into a base of sandalwood oil making sandalwood indispensable for these exotic treasures.
There are several species of sandalwood available in the market place today these are: Santalum austrocaledonica from India, Santalum album from India, santalum paniculatum from Hawaii, santalum spicatum from Australia. At Veriditas Botanicals we offer an amazing certified organic sandalwood Santalum spicatum sustainably made in Australia. Sandalwood is a very slow growing tree taking 25 to 35 years to reach maturity. This slow growth cannot keep up with the demand for sandalwood around the world and has led to many of these sandalwood trees becoming endangered or threatened. It is very important to know the source of your sandalwood in order to avoid cut, adulterated or illegally harvested sandalwood. You can always be sure that Veriditas Botanicals has all the best sustainable and organic essential oils.
Sandalwood has a profound and sacred place in history and religion. In China present and ancient the sandalwood incense is used at funerals and to honor the ancestors. In Asia it was used as incense, oil, and paste in ceremonial traditions throughout Asia’s diverse spiritual landscape. Hindu, holy people in India extensively use a yellow sandalwood paste is applied to the center of the forehead in religious gatherings and also as a way of greeting guests and family into the home. The incense is burned in large amounts at funerals and weddings in a sacred fire. It has been used in cosmetics, perfumes, ceremony and meditation. Throughout Indian history sandalwood has been used medically for the respiratory, urinary infection and revitalization of the skin. Sandalwood is considered to be sacred by many groups and is used in worship to evoke an auspicious atmosphere.
Sandalwood is perfect for bringing in grounded, rich woody tones to your essential oil blends and synergies. It blends well with everything under the sun however its value and depth of character make it ideal of combining with your favorite florals like jasmine, rose, lavender, neroli, rose geranium, chamomile, helichrysum, clary sage and ylang ylang. It can bring a woody aroma in tree oil blends perfect for those who need connection to the forests or for men looking for an earthy sophisticated scent. Examples of tree oils include Douglas fir, Scotch pine, cypress, cedar, frankincense, myrrh. It blends well with bright citrus and mint oils also especially with bergamot, grapefruit, sweet orange, peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus. In blending the sandalwood is right at home amongst other earthy roots and herbs such as vetiver, cocoa, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, carrot seed, patchouli, palmarosa sage and more. Sandalwood blends well with almost anything and in the quest for essential oil blends and perfumes sandalwood cannot be overlooked nor overstated.
In Ayurveda sandalwood is sattvic meaning its brings balance in a gentle and wholesome way. It is for balancing excess pitta especially in the skin and mind and reduces excessive thoughts as in the case of excess vata.
10 drops sandalwood
5 drops rose perfume
5 drops cocoa perfume
2 drop vanilla
2 drops bergamot
In ¼ ounce unscented carrier oil like marula, jojoba. Rosehip seed oil can also be used as it will add a rosy scent which blends well with the synergy above.
10 drops sandalwood
5 drops frankincense
5 drops lavender
Blend in ¼ ounce carrier oil and set near your meditation space or carry it with you through the day. The oils in this blend all help bring contentment and calm the body and mind reducing and dispelling stress. These oils also smell amazing and can help bring you deeper into the oceans of peace.
10 drops sandalwood
5 drops Douglas fir
3 drops vetiver
2 drops clove
It has a balanced earthy scent which is an aromatic treat for men and women as a perfume, cologne and for its grounding, balancing effects.
Have you been experiencing dry or congested nasal passages with the change of seasons?
I know I have and opening up a bottle of Sinus Congestion helped to bring me some much needed relief. My favorite method of using this oil is to directly apply it to the inside of my nostrils. Here is a description of my own personal experience.
I placed one drop of oil on each pinkie finger then massaged the oil into the interior of my unusually dry nostrils. I instantly felt a soothing gentle cooling sensation throughout my nose. The minty sweet scent lifted up into the front of my brain. I could feel it fill my lungs and exit my throat with a cooling exhale. On my inhale I experienced my heartbeat; I felt the oil was now circulating through my body. The intelligence of the plants and the body were working together to bring balance and health. I wait a few more breaths and begin to slide into a meditative state as I felt fully able breathe…
The organic essential oils in the Sinus Congestion blend are all respiratory, decongestant, heart opening and lung expanding; it deepens the breath and improves focus and concentration. Made from certified Organic Rosemary Verbenon, Eucalyptus Globulus, Peppermint, Inula, Olive Oil. Apply a drop of sinus congestion in each nostril before using the neti pot to drive the oil deep into the sinus to fight off bacteria and excess mucus. In preparation for yoga class, use Sinus Congestion to allow deep breaths bringing more oxygen to the lungs, muscles and improving concentration. Sinus Congestion can be used to mobilize our bodies healing intelligence before illness strikes and in the midst of a cold or flu. It can be applied to the chest and upper back, diffused in the air or inhaled. The essential oils are diluted in Olive Oil making it safe for use with children and undiluted use on the skin.
One can also put Our Sinus Congestion on the bridge of the nose to help stop snoring at night. Or on children’s chests when colds hit hard with a warm or cool compress.
*All material provided on this site is for informational or educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical provider. We do not diagnose, cure, or prevent medical conditions.
Spike Lavender (Lavandula spica)
Spike Lavender essential oil is not the same plant as True Lavender. The Spike Lavender is more camphorous and more active on the skin then true Lavender. Spike Lavender is specifically for acne, oily skin, burns, promoting respiratory health and is great in massage oils to reduce neck and shoulder tension and headaches. The scent is similar to a blend of True Lavender with Rosemary ct. cineole as it has both the floral, clean, fresh notes like True Lavender and the earthy, minty aromas found in Rosemary. Spike Lavender can be used in bath, compress, diffusers, direct inhalation, massage and skin care. Spike Lavender is best avoided during pregnancy and is not suitable for use with infants.
ke Lavender grows in scrub land between 0 et 600 metres of altitue. It is a large plant with several branchings, each stalk bears many, small flowers. It reproduces itself by seeding. Little used in France because its fragrance is too strong (too camphorated), it does serve in Spain and Portugal as a thinner for oil paints and on porcelain.
Spike Lavender grows in the dry and harsh Spanish deserts. In order to protect itself from insects, infections, and attract pollinators it produces a unique essential oil suited for its environment. The hot and dry conditions make Spike Lavender produce and excrete an essential oil high in camphorous scents and cineole giving it similar scent to Rosemary. Spike Lavender neatly illustrates how climate and altitude can greatly affect the kind of essential oil plants produce to survive and protect themselves from predators and infections.
Spike Lavender is made through steam distillation of the flowering blossoms. The essential oil is light and clear to light yellow or green toned in color. The Spike Lavender has a mild risk for skin irritation and should not be used internally. True Lavender is much more gentle then Spike Lavender and the two are used for different purposes.
Spike Lavender is very nice in blends especially for the respiratory system. It blends well with Lavender, Rosemary, Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Sage, Clary Sage, Cedar Atlas, Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, Cypress, Frankincense. Spike Lavender makes a great addition to soaps, breath blends, shampoos, bug sprays, all purpose cleaners, in salt scrubs and more.
This is an antiseptic and regenerative treatment for acne. Combine the following in a small bottle:
1 drop Thyme ct. linalol
3 drops Rosemary ct. verbenon
3 drops Neroli
2 drops Spike Lavender
Apply a small dab of this mixture directly to the acne.
Wet the skin in the shower and apply 5-10 drops of Spike Lavender neat to the skin making sure to get behind the knees, under the arms, on the abdomen. Massage into the body for 30 seconds to a minute then rinse with hot water for 3-5 minutes and towel off. This is immune boosting, a heart tonic, and good for the respiratory system.
Sweet Lime from Mexico
Sweet lime has the unmistakable bright sunny citrus scent of lime. Lime essential oil comes from common limes which are used in cooking, drinks and more. It has a bright uplifting scent evoking a joy and soothing away anxiety and depression. It has calming properties as well making it suitable for use in blends for relaxation, sleep and stress reduction. This mouthwatering essential oil is great for use in homemade soaps, lotions and other body care products and adds a unique fresh scent.
Lime is delicious and brings to mind all the wonderful drinks and foods flavored with limes. The essential oil can be used in drinks and food for flavoring in much the same way as lemon essential oil. Using 1-2 drops of lime essential oil in limeade enhances the lime flavor. A couple drops of lime essential oil in a pot of Thai coconut soup, delicious. When used for food flavoring it is advisable to consumer few than 7 drops a day.
Lime has many similar properties to lemon essential oil. It is anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-fungal. It is a great addition to household cleaners and body care products. It has a drying quality on the skin making it useful in acne blends similar to lemon. Like lemon it is a great mood lifter. The scent of lime essential oil brings a lightheartedness and sunshine into our lives. Lime is great of household diffusers as the scent brings a bright cheerful aroma and outlook as well as keeping you and the family more protected from unwelcome molds, fungi, bacteria and viruses.
Lime in non-toxic, but like other citrus oils used directly on the skin is NOT RECCOMENDED. DILUTE Lime to a 2-5% concentration in a carrier for use on the skin. Lime causes photosensitivity. This means when you apply it undiluted and go out into the sun, the sun may cause a burn that can scar. Please do not apply lime essential oil to sunscreens or apply to the skin within 4-8 hours of direct prolonged sun exposure.
The scent of lime is similar to yet very different from lemon. They share the same bright citrus scent and astringent feel to the skin and sinus but lime is distinct in scent. The lime essential oil blends well with lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, sweet marjoram, ginger, lemongrass, palmarosa, basil, eucalyptus and more.
20 drops lime
40 drops lemon
10 drops lemongrass
10 drops thyme
¼ cup castel soap
3 tablespoons organic vodka vinegar or witch hazel extract in alcohol
Top off with 2-3 oz of water
This creates a wonderful germ fighting cleaner with a bright summery scent!
Summer diffuser blend:
2 drops lime
2 drops lavender
2 drops peppermint or spearmint! (i like spearmint!)
This is an uplifting blend for the diffuser which not only smells great but will uplift the mood, fight germs and open the lungs.
Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides):
Vetiver is one of the most loved essential oils with a robust comforting earthy scent. It is often used in as a base note in perfuming especially in men’s colognes and floral perfumes. Vetiver can be used in aromatherapy for circulation and for comfort and grounding. Use Vetiver essential oil for meditation. a small dot of vetiver rubbed into the forehead calms the mind and brings us into the present. Vetiver is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing suitable for use with all populations remember to use a 0.5- 5% dilution (3-30 drops per ounce of carrier oil) with children, pregnancy and the elderly.
Vetiver is used in the Veriditas Sleep Aid and Men’s Deodorant from the Veriditas Botanicals line of time tested Wellness Formulas. Men’s deodorant kills the bacteria which cause odor and leaves that wonderful scent of vetiver which stays with you through the day. Many men and women have said that they use the so-called “Men’s deodorant” not just for stinky armpits, but as a perfume or cologne. In the Sleep Aid, Vetiver and the Spikenard help to sooth the mind and ground the body before sleep; the Vetiver also works to balance the blend with a deep earthy aroma.
Vetiver is a base note, so its evaporation rate is very slow. It “binds” to the other essential oils, making it stick around for 6-10 hours! (which is why it works on guys hairy armpits so well!)
Vetiver is so thick and viscous that we use a black glass application wand to get the oil out because the oil will not go thru a normal bottle dropper.
The essential oil is usually thick and sappy with a heavy aromatic profile. The thickness of the oil allows its fragrance to remain for much longer than other essential oils as it is slow to evaporate and absorb. Vetiver is often one of the thickest essential oils and also produces a lasting aroma. The heavy scent of vetiver changes and improves with aging! This is a good thing because a bottle of this potent thick oil lasts a long time! When using vetiver in blends just a few drops can fill the whole concoction with its rich earthy scent.
Vetiver is best known for its use in colognes, perfumes and cosmetics. Men’s cologne often employs vetiver as its base oil to “fix” a blend. The base oil in perfuming and blending refers to the essential oils with a heavier molecular weight and will stay aromatic after the light and volatile top notes have evaporated or absorbed. Vetiver blends well with many essential oils especially Lavender, Roses, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Frankincense, Bergamot, Douglas Fir, Scotch pine, Cypress, Atlas Cedar, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Rose geranium and Patchouli.
Vetiver is a grass which forms a complex and dense system of roots which do not go especially deep into the soil. The roots are white to yellow eventually changing to reddish brown as it ages. The roots contain a small amount of essential oil and require a large quantity for commercial production. Vetiver is related to the citronella and lemongrass plants, it grows wild and is cultivated in India, Sri Lanka and Haiti. THE BEST AND ONLY VETIVER we use however is from El Salvador and is made by Nobbs Hydrofustion. See here for info.
The roots themselves take on a beautiful scent and in India the roots are dried and used to weave screens for window screens and mats. It has a great scent and also keeps away bugs and attracts prosperity. Vetiver is used to stop erosion of soil in many countries..
In Ayurveda Vetiver is said to cool pitta and calm vata. This means that it calms anger frustration and cools us in our heated moments and moods. Calming vata is way of saying that it calms anxiousness, anxiety, rapid thoughts. Vetiver is used across India in incense to promote a state of mind conducive to meditation and yoga practice.
2 drops Vetiver
7 drops Rose otto
5 drops Sandalwood
Optional: mix in ¼ ounce carrier oil (jojoba, castor, or marula si best because they are unscented)
These two gorgeous oils have been combined as a tradition perfume throughout India for centuries. Unlike synthetic perfumes this one will absorb into the skin and nourish our body and mind and enlighten the world around us. The combination of these oils is said to attract prosperity and joy.
2 drops Vetiver
5 drops Cedar
10 drops Frankincense
Woody, masculine, deep and refreshing, this blend smells great making you feel good and is sure to attract attention.