High blood pressure, epilepsy, open wounds, diabetes, rashes, neurological disorders, doctor prescribed medications or homeopathic remedies.
How do they get the oils out of the plants? In some cases, it is a simple process. Citrus essential oils, such as bergamot, clementine, tangerine, sweet orange, lemon, litsea cubeba, grapefruit, lime, and mandarin, are usually cold-pressed from the peels. Bergamot and clementine tend to be more expensive than the other citrus oils, however, because the fruits are grown in limited geographical regions and because it takes so many of these tiny fruits to derive a viable quantity of essential oil.
Some plants simply don't give up their fragrances. The essential oils of such plants are so delicate and volatile that any process which separates them from the plant destroys them. Such plants include lily of the valley, lotus blossom, and magnolia. Be skeptical of any vendor claiming to sell pure essential oils of these flowers. Some excellent quality synthetics are available but keep in mind, they are indeed replicas of the real thing. Carnation and violet concretes are available, but be skeptical if the price is lower than the current market price for gold.
Here's a brief guide to essential oils (EO's) and their aromatherapy uses. See our "Pure Essential Oils" for great selection and prices!
EOs reputed to aid memory and recall: Cedarwood, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary
EOs reputed to aid relaxation: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Juniper Berry, Lavander, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Neroli, Rose, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.
EOs reputed to aid alertness: Black Pepper, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang.
...OK, you may be wondering, how can an essential oil (such as ylang ylang) help relax you AND keep you alert? Ylang Ylang and Juniper Berry are among the EOs that have a general balancing effect on the body and mind...
EOs reputed to aid depression: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Sandalwood.
EOs reputed to aid congestion: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary.
EOs reputed to have pain-relieving properties: Cajeput, Chamomile, Ginger, Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, Rose.
EOs reputed to have skin-rejuvenation effects on mature skin: Carrot Seed, Frankincense, Lavender, Jasmine, Myrrh, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose.
Some delightfully spicy essential oils are skin irritants, even when used diluted. These can even burn your skin, so please use caution with these oils and dilute them well in a good carrier oil: Allspice, Birch, Camphor, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, Savory, Thuja, Thyme, Turmeric, Wintergreen.
These are potentially toxic oils. They have limited uses in perfumery, and some people use them to create pesticides. But my advice is "don't try this at home!": Arnica, Bitter Almond, Calamus, Hyssop, Mugwort, Mustard, Pennyroyal, Sassafras.
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! These ARE toxic essential oils, far too strong for use by the hobbyist. General aromatherapy use of these oils may result in kidney and/or liver failure. When these oils enter your system, the breakdown which occurs creates toxic molecules which bind to the cells of the liver and kidneys, destroying them. This is serious, and too scary! Pharmaceutical companies may know how to use these oils to control certain human body functions, but I recommend that anyone else STAY AWAY: Horseradish, Jaborandi, Narcissus, Parsley, Santolina, Rue, Tansy, Tonka Bean, Wormwood. (Synthetic fragrance oils, such as narcissus, don't actually contain any narcissus and probably won't hurt you, unless you have allergies.)
Again, pregnant women need to exercise caution, don't use ESSENTIAL OILS AT ALL, better safe than sorry. The jury is still out on the impact of essential oils on a developing fetus. Sniffing the wonderful aromas of most essential oils won't hurt, and may in fact help keep a pregnant woman's emotions balanced, but direct application of any essential oil to the skin probably should be avoided. Lavender, chamomile, rose, geranium, sandalwood and some citruses (orange, grapefruit) are the safest known essential oils and are probably OK, but please check with your doctor. The essential oils mentioned above are also fine for young children.
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