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Cistus comes from a rose that has a soft, honey-like scent.
Elemi distilled from the gum of a tree originating in the Philippines. Traditionally, it has been used in Europe in salves for the skin and is included in celebrated healing ointments such as baume paralytique. Elemi was used by 17th-century physician J.J. Weacker on the battle wounds of soldiers. It belongs to the same botanical family (Burseraceae) as frankincense and myrrh. Elemi is highly regarded today for soothing muscle pain associated with exercise and for protecting the skin.
Frankincense well known during the time of Christ for its anointing and healing powers; is stimulating and elevating to the mind and hlps in overcoming stress and despair. Considered a holy anointing oil in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. Frankincense is now being researched and used therapeutically in European and American hospitals.
Galbanum referred to in the book of Exodus: "And the Lord said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight:" (Exodus 30:34). Galbanum was traditionally used for both medicinal and spiritual purposes. It is recognized for its antiseptic and body-supporting properties.
Helichrysum has been studied in Europe and may promote tissue regeneration; supports healthy skin, nerves and circulation. Scores 17,430 on the antioxidant ORAC scale.
Hyssop another Biblical oil, noted for its antiseptic properties. (Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalms 51:7) It has been studied for supporting the respiratory system.
Lavender the most versatile of essential oils, Therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin; has also been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects; exudes a calming, relaxing and balancing (physcially and emotionally) fragrance. The French scientist Rene Gatterfosse was the first to discover these properties when he severely burned his hands in a laboratory explosion.
Lemon has antiseptic-like properties when diffused. It contains 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant. It may serve as an insect repellent and may be beneficial for the skin. Add two drops to soy or rice milk for purification or combine with peppermint (Mentha piperita) to provide a refreshing lift. Use for removing gum, oil, or grease spots. Add to food or soy or rice milk as a dietary supplement or flavoring. CAUTION: Citrus oils should NOT be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours.
Lemongrass used for purification and digestion. Research was published in Phytotherapy Research regarding topically applied lemongrass and its powerful properties. Lemongrass scores 17,765 on the antioxidant ORAC scale developed at Tufts University.
Myrrh referenced throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The Arabian people used it for wrinkled, chapped and cracked skin. It contains one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes, a class of compounds that has direct effects on the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdala, the seat of our emotions; its widely used in oral hygiene products.
Orange rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene. It also brings peace and happiness to the mind and body. Caution: Citrus oils should NOT be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours. May be added to food or rice milk as a dietary supplement.
Peppermint one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion; may improve gastric motility and digestive efficiency; has been studied for its ability to improve concentration and mental activity. Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint's effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint's role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint's ability to improve concentration and mental activity. Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied pepermint's ability to directly affect the brain's satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. Massage on the stomach or add to water or tea for supporting normal digestion. Apply to bottom of feet to cool off on a hot day. Rub on the temples for a calming effect, or place several drops on the tongue as an invigorating pick-me-up. A wonderful flavoring and preservative. Caution: Avoid contact with eyes, mucus membranes, or sensitive skin areas. Do not apply neat to a fresh wound or burn.
Sage has a spicy, herbaceous aroma. It has been recognized for its ability to strengthen the senses and vital centers of the body and to support metabolism. It is helpful for supporting the respiratory, reproductive, nervous and other body systems. Sage may help in coping with despair and mental fatigue. It is used traditionally in Europe for the skin and to cleanse and purify the home from negative influences.
Sandalwood high in sesquiterpenes and has been researched in Europe for its ability to oxygenate a part of the brain known as the pineal gland, the seat of our emotions. The pineal gland is responsible for releasing melatonin, which enhances deep sleep. Sandalwood is similar to frankincense oil in supporting a healthy nervous and circulatory system. It was used traditionally for skin revitalization, yoga and meditation.
Spikenard highly regarded in India as a perfume, medicinal herb, and skin tonic. Prized at the time of Christ, it was used by Mary of Bethany to anoint the feet of Jesus before the Last Supper. This relaxing, soothing oil helps nourish and regenerate the skin.
Valerian this root has been used for thousands of years for its calming, grounding and emotionally balancing influences. During the last three decades, it has been clinically investigated for its relaxing properties. Researchers have pinpointed the sesquiterpenes, valerenic acid and valerone as the active constituents that exert a calming effect on the central nervous system. German health authorities have pronounced valerian to be an effective aid for occational restlessness and sleep disturbances.
Western red cedar has antiseptic-like properties and is nourishing to the skin. This is a clear oil and can be used as an alternative to mothballs by adding to wood chips or cotton balls and placing in closets or dressers away from clothing.
Ylang Ylang may be extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation. This native flower of Madagascar and the Reunion Islands is symbolic of love, and the fragrant, pale yellow petals are often strewn across a marriage bed; its soft, floral scent is often used in men's fragrances as an alternative to the sweeter and more feminine rose.
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