Essential Oils of the Month
Bergamot Mint essential oil has a citrus fresh aroma with gentle mint undertones. Ideal for calming stress, anxiety and digestive discomforts including nausea. Also beneficial for winter respiratory problems and sore muscles.
Petitgrain essential oil is a lovely choice for your New Year's blends. Uplifting yet relaxing it's great for nervous exhaustion, anxiety and for beating the January blues. Also great for the skin, boosting immunity and easing digestive problems.
Fir Needle essential oil is ideal for winter ailments & Christmas fragrancing. Warming, invigorating, and cleansing, it’s great for respiratory issues, aches and pains, boosting the circulation and fighting physical and emotional fatigue!
Mandarin essential oil has a sweet, bright, orangey, citrusy scent that we all know well! It’s a great oil to use as we move into Autumn not least because of its association with the colour orange, like our beautiful Autumn leaves, but also because it's a lovely therapeutic oil to support and uplift us through change, which is what this season is all about!
Ahhh, Rosewood essential oil! A ‘hug in a bottle,’ this nurturing aromatherapy oil is wonderful for the mind, body and soul. A sweet, but sophisticated oil, it’s often used in perfumes – most notably Chanel No 5.
Palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martinii) is most well known for skincare, but also has a multitude of other uses! Originating from India and Pakistan, the oil has a long history of use in traditional Ayurvedic medicine and skincare. Like last month’s oil, Lemongrass - and also Citronella - Palmarosa belongs to a family of tall, herbaceous, scented grasses (Poaceae), and is now cultivated in Indonesia, Africa and Brazil, as well as the Indian sub-continent.
Lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon citratus) is the absolute embodiment of ‘Summer' - having a strong citrusy scent with earthy undertones which reminds us of the great outdoors!
Star Anise essential oil (Illicium verum) is a wonderfully festive scented aromatherapy oil, with a warm, sweet liquorice scent, slightly reminiscent of fennel oil. It is distilled from the beautiful star shaped fruits of a tall evergreen tree that is native to northeast Vietnam and southeast China.
Organic Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon) is a wonderfully versatile aromatherapy oil. The best oil is cold pressed from the peel of the fruit, which is harvested from the lemon tree that originates from Asia – but is now naturalised throughout the Mediterranean. Lemon essential oil is mainly produced commercially in Sicily.
Citronella (Cymbopogan nardus) is a tufted perennial grass, with a very fibrous root system. It grows wild and is cultivated in Sri Lanka and other tropical areas. Citronella essential oil is steam distilled from the plant's scented leaves and is yellow, brown in colour, often with a green/yellow hue. Cymbopogan nardus, often grown in Sri Lanka, is known as the 'Ceylon type', whereas Cymbopogan winterianus, often grown in the Far East, is known as the 'Java type'. Both have slightly different proportions of constituent elements. Cymbopogan nardus essential oil contains approximately 60% geraniol and this floral element is dominant in its initial aroma impact. The oil has an unmistakable fragrance, being at once woody and lemony, with sweet and floral, grassy, herbaceous elements and a hint of camphor. It has a real array of scent levels and ranges.