The essence of a plant acts as a natural defense mechanism; it protects the plant from bacteria, fungi, pests, heat and cold. In fact, the essence of a plant actively participates in the plant's development. There are no two plants that smell exactly alike and the properties of each are unique, which is why the essential oils derived from these plants offer so many benefits.
Scientist believe the grapefruit tree developed as a mutation from the pomelo fruit...
Parts Used: rind
Source: cold expression from the fresh peel of the fruit from the cultivated tree which often grows over 10 metres tall and is believed to have derived from a cross between a large citrus fruit called a pomelo (Citrus maximus) and the sweet orange (Citrus sinesis).
The alluring fragrance of hyssop attracts bees and adds a sweet smell to the honey...
Parts Used: leaves and flowering tops
Source: steam distillation from the leaves and flowering tops of the perennial, almost evergreen sub-shrub that grows up to 60 cm in height. It is native to the Mediterranean region and temperate Asia.
This highly scented herb also goes by the name “Everlasting”. This is due to the fact that the flowering tops retain their color even after they have dried out when the plant has matured...
Parts Used: flowers
Source: 1. essential oil by steam distillation from the fresh flowers and flowering tops of the evergreen plant native to the Mediterranean area and Asia. 2. an absolute (and concrete) are also produced by solvent extraction.
Juniper berries are used to make gin. They are also roasted and used as a coffee substitute ...
Note: Middle – 30
Parts Used: dried berries from shrub
Source: steam distillation of berries of the evergreen shrub native to the northern hemisphere. A lower grade oil with a harsh aroma is extracted from the needles and wood. Always use juniper berry oil for perfumery and aromatherapy.
Lavender's relaxing properties are used on lions and tigers in zoos to keep them calm ...
Lavender has a sweet, floral-herbaceous aroma that is calming, uplifting and refreshing.
Nature:balancing, soothing, purifying
The multitude of qualities lavender possesses makes it an indispensible oil; a must for any essential first aid kit. It is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative and detoxifier. If only one essential oil is affordable, choose lavender - it is safe, versatile and gentle.
Ideal in a skin cream or undiluted for burns, scalds, insect bites and wounds.
Principal Actions: Extensive properties for skin care; muscular and rheumatic aches and pains; uplifting and soothing for stress-related conditions.