The following words are widely used when discussing essential oils.Analgesic: this is pain-relieving, for mild and sever pain, for shoulder pain, knee pain,back problems, muscle pain. An agent that relieves or diminishes pain.
Antidepressant: this lifts the mood, for depressed people. An agent that is uplifting and counteracts melancholy.
Anti fungal or fungicidal: this inhibits mold and fungi growth. An agent that resists or destroys fungi.
Anti infectious: this prevents uptake of infection.
Anti inflammatory: this helps to reduce and prevent inflammation.
Antispasmodic: this relieves muscle spasm in smooth muscle. An agent that prevents and eases spasms and relieves cramps.
Antiseptic: this is cleansing and prevents the development of microbes.
Aphrodisiac: this increases sexual desire. An agent that provokes sexual interest and excitement.
Astringent: this contracts blood vessels and body tissue. An agent that contracts, tightens and binds tissues.
Calming: this produces a sedative or tranquilizing effect.
Carminative: this reduces intestinal spasm, settles the digestive system. An agent that settles the digestive system and the expulsion of gas from the intestines.
Cicatrizant: promotes healing of scar tissue.
Cephalic: this is stimulating and clears the mind.
Decongestant: this reduces or relieves congestion.
Deodorant: this destroys or inhibits odors.
Digestive: this aids the digestion of food.
Diuretic: this aids urine production.
Expectorant: this expels mucus in the respiratory system.
Febrifuge: this helps reduce fever. An agent that cools and reduces high body temperature.
Immune stimulant: this stimulates the correct function of the immune system.
Hormone influencer: this is a tonic of the hormone system. An aent that stimulates the action of hormones.
Rubefacient: this is warming and increases blood flow.
Sedative: this slows down functional activity and lessens excitement, calming. An agent that reduces nervousness, distress, or agitation.
Stimulant: this has an uplifting effect on the body. An agent that stimulates the physiological functions of the body.
Tonic: strengthens and enlivens the body or parts of the body.
Reference: Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. 2nd edn, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
© 2017, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy has been one of the most helpful guides in my line of work. For 20 years, this book has helped me create, understand, and expand my world of Aromatherapy.
Recently, Valerie Ann Worwood released the 25th Anniversary edition of her book, all new and updated. An advanced copy was sent to me for a review to compare the original to the new edition. Out of several tweaks, these changes caught my attention:
All these changes and additions provide a wide array of help and aid to all of those involved in the natural therapeutic world, whether a newcomer or a seasoned practitioner. Providing the Latin name helps identify and classify our essential oils, revamped blends as well as new blends add a whole world of possibilities, and the addition of the warnings add a much-needed category to each essential oil that help to provide cautions that may not have been known to many before. At the same time, the book maintains its simplicity that makes it so essential. It is easy for someone new to pick up the book and easily understand and not be over-complicated, while it also serves as a quick reference guide that almost all seasoned veterans can use and rely on. It is easy for anyone to read while still maintaining lots of vital information.
I recommend this book to everyone interested in aromatherapy. It’s easy to read, has helpful tips and tricks, and contains a vast amount of vital information. Whether you’re new to the industry, a seasoned practitioner, or a homeowner with a love for aromatherapy, this book is perfect for you.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments
© 2016, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
With Father’s Day rapidly approaching, we find ourselves with the same dilemma of always: What do we get them? Another neutral color shirt? A new razor identical to the last? These are the same mundane gifts we’ve been giving them all their life, and maybe this time we can spice it up a bit more than they’re use to.
If the man of the house is exhausted during the day, but has a hard time sleeping at night, creating two products will help them get through the day. One for the evening and one for their morning shower.
The Morning Shower Gel
There’s nothing more comforting than an old standby — like those jeans that always seems to make you look thinner, or that pasta dish that always gets rave reviews. One of my favorite old standbys is Lemon oil. I turn to it for all kinds of things!
This essential oil is very versatile — providing relief for everything from insomnia, to tummy troubles, to problems concentrating, to circulation issues, and more. In fact, Lemon has been used to battle both physical and emotional ailments ever since the 12th century!
Thanks to its natural antibacterial properties, Lemon oil can help you win the fight over acne and insect bites. And speaking of your skin, it will also combat all of that sebum that makes your face look like an oil slick.
Between fun days at the beach, evening barbecues with the family, and nighttime camping trips with friends, is there any wonder why we look forward to this season all year long?
But there’s something about summer that we definitely don’t look forward to — bugs. Mosquitoes and other insects thrive during the warm summer months. They’re not just annoying, though. They’re also capable of spreading infections and other dangerous diseases. If you really want to enjoy your summer, you’ve got to figure out a way to win the battle over bugs.
Luckily, the right blend of essential oils can be your best weapon!
Most people assume that you’ve got to slather yourself with stinky, chemical-laden sprays to truly fight off bugs. However, I’ve come up with a special bug repellent recipe that smells as great as it works. Best of all, when you make some of this special blend at home, you can rest easy knowing that everyone will be protected, without relying on toxic ingredients.