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Essential Oil Properties

Although Stoney River makes no specific claims about the benefits of essential oils, the following oils are reputed by many to have these qualities. Even so, we know that they smell wonderful.

Anise oil is produced via the steam distillation of its seeds. Its scent is sweet and spicy, resembling black licorice and is in fact used as a flavoring in some toothpastes, beverages and tobacco! Its aroma invigorates a tired mind, lifts up a heavy spirit and encourages balance which makes it great for reducing stress. It is also known for encouraging sweet dreams. Use it in a bath or in a diffuser, aroma lamp, or another method to inhale the aroma. On a physical level, anise oil has traditionally been used to ease migraines, bronchitis, dry coughs, muscular aches and spasms. It is also helpful for colic, nausea and indigestion. Inhale the aroma and rub the diluted oil over the stomach and intestinal area for maximum relief.

Bergamot oil is an emerald to olive-green color with a fresh citrus, slightly spicy aroma. It's very uplifting and balancing, helping to alleviate anxiety, depression, fear and listlessness, and encourages a restful sleep. On a physical level, bergamot works as an antiseptic, and helps fight against colds, flu, urinary tract infections, respiratory and mouth infections. It also quite helpful in alleviating herpes, shingles, acne and varicose veins

Cedarwood has a pleasant woody, balsamic aroma that is long-lasting. It is produced by steam distillation of the wood. Cedarwood is a wonderful choice when coming home after a stressful day. On a physical level, cedarwood has traditionally been used to help stop hair loss. Use it with jojoba oil and massage scalp before bed and leave on through the night. Wash hair the next morning. Cedarwood is also thought to help with cellulite when applied topically. It is a great pulmonary antiseptic, having a drying action on mucous. Use it as a support oil to help ease respiratory infections, lung congestion and bronchitis via inhalation. Cedarwood can help with cystitis and can be applied topically (diluted) over the bladder area or added to a bath for a soak. It works well with acne and dandruff since it is an astringent oil.

Cinnamon Leaf oil is derived from the steam distillation of its leaves. It is a super oil for enlivening the senses. It is a warming oil In the physical realm, cinnamon can help ease colds and flu as well as disinfect an environment that has been exposed to these. It is a circulatory stimulant, helping to restore heat to the body. Cinnamon oil is also used to ease muscular spasms and pain as well as rheumatic pain. Inhale the aroma to help with nausea and indigestion.

Eucalyptus The leaves and mature branches of the eucalyptus tree are steamed distilled to produce the oil. Its fresh, camphor-like scent is uplifting and mentally stimulating, aiding in concentration. Eucalyptus is a great expectorant and decongestant and is used in many popular chest rubs. It is the go-to oil for respiratory infections, bronchitis, sinusitis and lung congestion since its great at removing excess mucous and decreasing inflammation. Make your own chest rub using it in a carrier oil and possibly in a blend with other essential oils (rosemary, peppermint, frankincense). What makes it more valuable is its antiseptic and antimicrobial aspects, which aid in relieving colds, flu. A great idea is to put it in a spray bottle diluted with water and spray the room or environment during and after illness to help stop the spread of infection. Eucalyptus has a myriad of other uses and can be used for bruises, headache, swollen lymphs, migraines, skin infections and sprains.

Lavender one of the most popular oils in aromatherapy, has a floral, sweet and herbaceous scent. It is a wonderful antidepressant and central nervous system. Lavender is a great remedy for headaches and migraines, and also cleanses, detoxifies and stimulates lymphatic flow, which makes it a wonderful addition to a massage. It can help slow a rapid heart beat, ease muscular pains and aches and sooth menstrual cramps and PMS. Lavender is a great support oil bronchitis, sinusitis, throat infections and coughs, since it acts as an expectorant and has a soothing effect on mucous membranes. It's a wonderful tissue regenerator helping with many skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, cuts, and scars. Used with Tea tree oil, it can be a wonderful remedy for acne. A drop of lavender can also soothe insect bites.

Lemon oil, like most citrus oils, is produced from the cold expression of its rind. Its aroma is very uplifting, and clears and revitalizes the mind as well as the parasympathetic nervous system. Definitely a rejuvenating oil. Lemon works well as a digestive aid as it increases slow digestion and helps with indigestion, heartburn, and constipation. Lemon is also an immune stimulant and a wonderful disinfectant against airborne microbes when diffused or inhaled. It can help fight colds and flu, and has a cleansing effect on the respiratory tract, helping with sinusitis and bronchitis. It soothes a sore throat and can be effective against tonsillitis. Put a couple of drops in warm water and gargle. Make sure not to swallow any of the mixture! Lemon is very useful for skin ailments of an eruptive nature, such as cold sores and mouth ulcers, since it contains properties that counteract and heal them. It also has properties that help alleviate fungus flesh growths, thus making it effective against warts and boils. Finally, lemon stimulates blood and lymphatic flow, which makes it a great detoxifying oil.

Litsea has a wonderful, exotic aroma that is sweet, spicy and warming! The essential oil is derived by the steam distillation of its berries. Litsea’s scent is uplifting yet fortifying and helps ease anxiety and depression as well as fatigue. At the same time, it can be employed to help with insomnia of a nervous origin. Litsea is good for very oily skin and helps heal blemishes and skin inflammations. It can also be used as an insect repellent and to help heal cold sores (use with geranium and tea tree). It is also used to disinfect and deodorize a room.

Orange oil has a wonderful sweet, zesty scent that energizes, revitalizes, uplifts and helps ease nervous tension. It is good for bringing mind and body back into balance. A very "cheering" oil! It increases circulation when applied topically and helps regeneration, making it good for cracked and chapped skin, wrinkles and dermatitis. Orange oil also gets the lymphatic system moving when congested and helps fight colds and flu as well.

Patchouli oil is extracted via steam distillation from its leaves and flowers. It can be stimulating in high doses and sedating in low doses and helps ease stress and nervous tension. It is also grounding and helps sharpen the mind. Patchouli is also good for certain skin ailments as it contains astringent, and anti-inflammatory actions and is a cell regenerator. Use it with jojoba oil on acne, dermatitis, eczema, cracked skin, scars, wrinkles, loose skin and oily hair and scalp. It also helps against athlete’s foot, and other fungal infections.

Peppermint Sharp, menthol fragrance. Analgesic, anesthetic, antispasmodic, astringent, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, insecticide and stimulant. Best avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers as it may discourage flow of milk. On the body, it has a dual action: cooling when hot and warming when cold. As a remedy for colds, it halts mucous and fevers and encourages perspiration. Extremely important for its effect on the digestive system. Has a slightly anesthetic effect on stomach muscles. Good for travel sickness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, colic and nausea. Its stimulating qualities are useful for shock, vertigo, anemia and dizziness. Its cooling and pain relieving action seems to ease headaches, migraines and toothaches. Scanty menstruation, painful periods and mastitis could well respond to this oil. Not much liked by insects.

Rosemary oil has a fresh, herbaceous scent and is well-known for its action on the mental level, sharpening memory and concentration, stimulating and clearing the mind. Rosemary is considered a circulatory tonic and helps detoxify the body. It can help decrease nasal and respiratory congestion, making it useful for sinusitis, bronchitis and may be helpful against infections, colds and flu. Rosemary’s analgesic and antispasmodic properties also aid in relieving muscular aches and pains, headaches, migraines, sprains, tendonitis, arthritis, gout and rheumatic pain. It is one of the top oils recommended for hair loss (along with cedarwood and lavender). Most sources recommend adding about 30 drops of rosemary oil to 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and massage into the scalp before bed for 10 minutes. Do not rinse until the following mornings shower.

Spruce Fresh pine, bitter orange peel aroma. Recommended for relief of stress and anxiety. Also recommended for muscle aches and pains, aching joints, poor circulation, muscle spasms. It is been known to be helpful for bronchitis or asthma.

Wintergreen Very refreshing aroma. Use with caution, this essential oil is approximately 99% salicylate, the main ingredient in aspirin (irritant, sensitizing). Use tiny amounts in muscle/joint blends, patch test. Not recommended for use by those who take aspirin regularly.

Tea Tree is a fresh, spicy and camphorous scent that revitalizes our energy, clears our mind and helps rid us of disturbing thoughts. It's perhaps best known for its work on a physical level. Tea tree oil helps rev up the immune system, which is why it is used to both protect and fight against colds and flu. Actually, it works well with thyme linalool to disinfect a room that has been exposed to bacteria and viruses. Plus, tea tree cleanses the respiratory system and is an expectorant, so is great for bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis, runny nose and tonsillitis. Now for the skin. Probably one of its biggest claims to fame is its use for athlete's foot and nail fungus. Tea tree is a great skin fungus and bacteria fighter and can be used for these previous mentioned conditions plus ringworm, warts, acne, rashes, dandruff, cold sores and cuts. A necessary oil to have with you at all times!

Ylang Ylang oil has a wonderfully sweet, warm, floral scent that uplifts the mood and relaxes the central nervous system. Ylang ylang essential oil is great for the skin as it has a balancing effect on sebum making it a good choice for all skin types. It is also used for acne, insect bites, a dry scalp and for possibly aiding new hair growth. Ylang ylang also helps slow down rapid breathing when inhaled and can ease pre-menstrual tension. 


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