EO of the Month
South Africa. Now also comes from Egypt, Morocco, France,
Italy and Spain. The Rose Geranium from the Reunion Islands, called
“Bourbon”, is considered the best.
Plant parts used:
Leaves and sometimes leaves and flowers.
“The name Pelargonium is derived from the Greek
word palargos, or stork, since the fruit is thought to
resemble a stork’s bill.”1
Poland, pelargoniums have special significance and are considered a
‘symbol of hope’ and ‘protector of the home’.”2
“According to a Muslim legend, the rose geranium was created
when the prophet Mohammed hung his shirt on a mallow branch after
bathing in a river. The mallow plant was so honored and happy that
‘she slowly transformed herself into a lovely flower with leaves
that were richly perfumed’ – the rose geranium.” 2
with night-scented flowers, has reportedly been used during Zulu
courtship rituals in South Africa. According to van der Walt,
‘During courtship, the young [Zulu] men rub a mixture of this root
powder and fat of hippopotamus or python on their faces to charm the
opposite sex’.” 2
leaves can be used in baked goods, fruit preserves and to flavor
floral, rose-like scent with a hint of citrus, mint and spice. Used
often in perfumery because of its pleasing scent.
Analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antidiabetic,
anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrizant, deodorant,
dilates bile ducts of liver for detoxification, diuretic,
emmenagogue, hepatic, insecticide, regenerative, rubefacient,
sedative, styptic, tonic, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge, vulnerary,
Mental, emotional and spiritual effects:
Uplifts, calms, soothes, relaxes and balances. Good for
grief, shock, trauma, anxiety, depression, nervous exhaustion,
stress and insomnia. Reconnects us to our emotions, spontaneity,
creativity and ability to feel pleasure and enjoyment. May help
release negative memories. Provides spiritual protection. Enhances
relationships helping to return to love. Assists in the return to
Balances hormones (do
NOT use while pregnant),
adrenal gland stimulant, aphrodisiac, regulates blood pressure. Good
for nervous tension, stress, PMS, menopause, menstrual cycle
irregularities, fluid retention, breast engorgement, circulatory
problems (improves blood flow), liver problems such as jaundice,
hepatitis and cirrhosis, gingivitis, digestion, insomnia, stress
headaches, neuralgia, pancreas imbalances, lymphatic congestion,
diarrhea, gall stones, nose bleeds and other hemorrhaging and sore
throat. Regenerates tissues and nerves.
Heals wounds by reducing inflammation and infection. Good
for cellulite, insect bites, eczema, acne, burns, scarring, stretch
marks, enlarged veins, lice, shingles, ringworm, herpes, rosacea,
broken capillaries, hemorrhoids, inflamed skin, dry skin, mature
skin and sebum balance. Delays wrinkles. Helps cuts to stop
bleeding. Insect repellent.
Benzoin, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, citronella, clary sage,
clove, cypress, fennel, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine,
juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa,
patchouli, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang
Do NOT use while pregnant. Consult with your physician if you have
adrenal gland issues, because Rose Geranium stimulates the Adrenal
for Healing the Spirit
by Gabriel Mojay
by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
by Nita Morrow Hill
Essential Oils Desk Reference
by Young Living Essential Oils
The Fragrant Heavens
by Valerie Ann Worwood
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless
Let us take a rest and enjoy nature.
is one of the fastest growing industries in
the new millennium, gaining wide popularity
in the United States. From scented candles
to fragrant massage oils to hydrating skin
care to scented
bath & shower products,
aromatherapy has captured the attention of
the American public.
BEWARE of products with scents that are
laboratory made! Most grocery store products are not
made of 100% pure essential oils or extracts. These
products have no healing properties at all. In fact,
they can potentially harm your health. READ THE
LABEL and buy from a reputable company!!!
See my recommendations for
purchasing oils at
the bottom of this page.
have both a physiological and
psychological affect. They have the
potential to detoxify and heal the
physical body, as well as release and balance thoughts and
emotions, and open pathways to higher
oils have the potential to alter bodily
processes, oxygenate the brain, and restore
normal functioning of the physical body.
Most directly affect the nervous system and
are antibacterial, and many are antiviral,
immune-supportive, and more.
And yet they also have an effect on the mind, emotions, and
spirit, which interestingly is the direct result of their ability
to physiologically change the central
nervous system and key brain centers.
is intended to primarily affect the mental, emotion
and spiritual aspects of the individual,
addressing issues such as healthy
lifestyle, stress relief,
promoting relaxation, mental focus
meditation and exploring
higher states of consciousness, however,
physical bodily systems are also affected. Only essential oils of
the purest, highest frequency can be used
and these 100% pure essential oils are called
THERAPEUTIC-GRADE essential oils.
a fragrance washes over you and suddenly you
back in time to a treasured moment from long
ago.... That is the beauty, the essence, the
miracle of subtle aromatherapy.
Organic aromas such as freshly baked bread,
a newly mown lawn, the salty sea, or the
sweet smell of the earth after a rainfall
fill our everyday lives. This is the
sensory world of smell, which is one of
the ways our being gives and receives
Aromas have the power to alter
our physical body's chemistry, our emotions, our
thoughts and mental outlook, and our sense of
JOURNEY that aromas take through our body
Aromas are received through the olfactory
system of the nose. The olfactory
membranes under the bony covering of the
nose contain hundreds of millions of
extremely sensitive nerve endings for
receiving and processing aromas. Microscopic
vaporized oil particles from every organic
substance enter the nose and float along
specialized cilia which differentiate each
chemical and respond in kind by generating a
unique code of nervous impulses which are
received by the central nervous system.
These impulses then begin a long but
they are carried to the
(the center of our emotions and memories),
and then to the base of the brain,
which is the pathway between the spine and
higher brain centers, passing between the
pituitary gland (switchboard of the
endocrine system and ALL emotions) and the
pineal gland (regulates our
biological clock and stimulates our inner
vision) and then to a little known part of
the brain called the amygdala, which
stores and releases emotional trauma.
Finally the impulses complete their
journey by entering our gustatory center of the
brain, which is our taste perception. It is no wonder odors, smells and
aromas create such a biological and
molecular chemistry of the essence of a
plant, its essential oil, is diverse and
complicated. Each chemical constituent
a singular effect. For example, oils
containing sesquiterpenes, such as
Frankincense and Sandalwood, are
able to pass the blood brain barrier in the
brain, allowing oxygenation of the pineal
and pituitary glands.
studies conducted at Vienna and Berlin
Universities, researchers found that
sesquiterpenes in the essential oils of
sandalwood and frankincense can
increase levels of oxygen in the brain by up
to 28% (Nasel, 1992). Such an increase in
brain oxygen may lead to a heightened level
of activity in the hypothalamus and limbic
system of the brain, which can have dramatic
effects not only on emotions, learning, and
attitude, but also on many physical
processes of the body, such as immune
function, hormone balance, and energy
levels. High levels of sesquiterpenes also
occur in melissa (lemon balm), myrrh, and
"Essential Oils Desk Reference".
When a combination
or blend of essential oils is
created, the many constituents unique to each plant’s
essential oil is powerful indeed. With a
essential oil blend, one must fully
understand not only the effects of each
singular essential oil, but also the
resulting effect of the synergy of the
combination of essential oils. The gift
of essential oil blends is that a unique
combination of essential oils can be made
specifically for one's needs.
applied to the skin, the plant’s life-force
is absorbed into the body’s fluid
systems which eventually circulates through
the organ and glandular systems of the body
and eventually through all fluids and
tissues of the body. The foot is the most
porous of all the body's skin. Rub a
clove of garlic on the bottom of your foot
and in about 5 minutes you will taste it in your
mouth and “feel” the sensation in your nose!
Essential oils applied to the feet, the
most porous part of the body, travel
throughout the body and affect the cells,
including the hair, in just 10-20 minutes.
research suggests that because the olfactory
nerves are similar to other nerves in the
body, they may have the ability to form and
transmit intelligent codes of information to
all other parts of the body via
neurotransmitter chemicals in the body.
Recent research suggests that intelligence
occurs not only in the brain but inside neurotransmitters.
There is no doubt that essential oils
inhalation and the direct application to the
skin affect not only the physical body, but
the mind, emotions and spirit. The
potential for healing is enormous with
therapeutic-grade essential oils. We are
only beginning to understand their power and
Usage & Cautions of essential oils, I invite you to explore and
experiment with the oils. Remember, go slow,
inhaling or applying only one or two oils at
a time. Some oils cannot be applied "neat"
to the skin, which means undiluted. Savor each oil and give each one
time for its voice to speak to you. Soon,
you will know the oils intimately. Enjoy!
Learn more at
useful information from
Aurora Health Care.
Ways to use
Essential Oils and the Chakras
a table which is
really a CIRCLE
copyright 1998 Anne
all delicate flower oils
all root oils
any clear crystal
St. John's Wort
blue lace agate
legs & feet
St. John's Wort
all root oils
into the Earth
all root oils
all delicate flower oils
of the information for this table is from:
"Your Essential Nature" by Nita Morrow Hill
"Subtle Aromatherapy" by Patricia Davis
"Using Essential Oils in Subtle Energy Therapy" by Joni
Aromatic Thymes, Winter '99 Volume 6.4
Oils & Supplies
high quality 100% pure absolutes,
genuine attars, ruhs and natural blends.
Many rare oils.
Wholesale prices (minimum order $100). Vast amounts of
information and perfume recipes in their
primarily for perfumers with an emphasis on the
oils of India.
Christoper McMahon has spent years
travelling in India to gain a practical
understanding of the inner workings of India's
ancient and modern fragrance industry. You can
spend hours learning from the website's wealth
of information. Has great contacts with
distillers all over the world. Great personal
customer service too.
ArtisanAromatics - They carry a few
floral Enfleurage oils, which are truly
outstanding. They offer other very high quality
pure oils as well.
Customer service is excellent. Highly recommend
them. Based in Western NC.
Nature's Gift - Marge Clark's site with
100% pure essential oils, absolutes and extracts directly
sourced worldwide. She has an intimate
relationship with distillers and distributors.
Also Marge sells blends, hydrosols, butters, waxes,
carrier oils, salts, and supplies. Lots of useful information there. Have
loved everything she sells. Excellent products, but
has become quite expensive. She has a
practitioner discount, but only if you have a
STATE LICENSE. That rules me out since I no
longer pay those hefty annual dues anymore.
Lotus Garden Botanicals - This is a newly
discovered company in many respects. I ordered
some hydrosols a few years ago, but didn't try
their oils until recently. Wow, what a great
experience! Very personal service and the
quality of the oils I received are superior! I
got a very expensive and rare Pink Champaca, and
it is a delight! I highly recommend this
Aftelier Perfumes -
This is Mandy Aftel's website, which is aimed at perfumers
and chefs. High quality 100% pure
essential oils, absolutes, extracts,
and other perfumer's botanicals. Select line of
natural perfumes, which are truly amazing. She also offers a course in
Natural Perfumery. Mandy Aftel published an
excellent book on making all natural perfumes called "Essence
& Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume",
which I highly recommend if you want to make
blends for scent.
UK - Good quality 100% pure.
Most oils are very
nice, but you are paying for high currency
exchange rates. Also something I do not like is
that they bottle everything in the same 10ml
bottle, so if you purchase a small quantity, say
1 or 2ml, it will have a large air space which
will degrade the oil more quickly.
VERY high quality old-stash Mysore
Sandalwood, as well as Blue Lotus absolute (Nymphaea
caerulea; proper name is Blue Water Lily). Their
Blue Lotus Attar from Thailand sends me into ecstacy,
but they have been out-of-stock for quite some
time, so I don't know if they will get anymore
in. I think it might have been a one-time
distillation. Prices are
high, but quality of these 3 oils is superior.
Have tried some of their Frankincense's too and
they are quite nice. Motia Attar nice. Not sure about their other oils, but probably
all good, because they specialize in the exotic oils of
the Middle East. They seem to concentrate on incense
and resins. Some of their prices are quite high,
so be prepared.
Affordable 100% pure essential
oils. Organic, wildcrafted and sustainably
obtained. Practitioner discounts available ($100
catering more to spas than professionals, so
their variety is not as good as it used to be,
but they strive to find best-quality,
sustainable oils. I have known the owner of this
company since the beginning and they have very
mostly high quality 100% pure essential
oils, absolutes and extracts. Information
primarily for perfumers. Most are quite nice,
but some definitely bomb out. I suggest getting
samples before buying larger quantites. And if
you find you like the sample, order more
quickly, because their various batches can be
like day and night in their quality.
LibertyNatural - essential oils,
absolutes, extracts, attars, resins, concretes,
distillate waters, waxes, herbs, tinctures,
supplies and more
at very affordable wholesale prices. However,
purchased are not very good, so I suggest you
buy samples first.. No oil
information except C of A (Certificate of
Analysis) and/or MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).
Mountain Rose Herbs - organic and
sustainable essential oils, herbs and supplies.
I have ordered from them and some good, some not so good.
I think their quality has gone down over the
years. They do have a nice variety of herbs and
voluminous number of articles, especially for
India's essential oils, absolutes and extracts.
Excellent information for perfumers. I have
purchased their oils and think they are 100%
Useful generic information
about each essential oil.
-excellent book list, recipes, articles and
- a lovely site in South Africa with lots of
Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Second Edition),
Salvatore Battaglia, The International Centre of
Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003
*Perfume and Flavor
Materials of Natural Origin, Steffan
Arctander, Allured Pub Corp., 1994
The Perfumer's Bible!
*Essence & Alchemy: A Natural History
of Perfume, Mandy Aftel, Gibes Smith, 2004
Best book to learn the
ancient art of perfumery!
The Art of Aromatherapy,
Robert B. Tisserand, Healing Arts Press, 1977.
Aromatherapy Workbook, Marcel
Lavabre, Healing Arts Press, 1990.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing
Art, Kathi Keville & Mindy Green, Crossing
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils,
Julia Lawless, Element Books Limited, 1992.
The Complete book of Essential Oils &
Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann Worwood, New
World Library, 1991.
Aromatherapy An A-Z, Patricia
Davis, C. W. Daniel Company Limited, 1988.
Subtle Aromatherapy, Patricia
Davis, C. W. Daniel Company Limited, 1991.
Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring
Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils,
Gabriel Mojay, Healing Arts Press, 1997.
The Fragrant Heavens: The Spiritual Dimension
of Fragrance and Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann
Worwood, New World Library, 1999.
Colour Scents: Healing with Colour & Aroma,
Suzy Chiazzari, C.W. Daniel Company Limited, 1
Church Path, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JP, United
Your Essential Nature: A Guidebook of
Essential Oils for Energy Workers, Nita
Morrow Hill, Nita Morrow Hill, Box 771739, Memphis,
Reference Guide for Essential Oils,
compiled by Pat Leatham & Connie Higley, Abundant
Health, 1460 N Main ST #9, Spanish Fork, UT 84660,
1996. Call 888-718-3068 to order.
Aromatherapy: The Essential Beginning,
D. Gary Young, N.D., Essential Press Publishing,
The Healing power of Essential Oils,
Rodolphe Balz, Lotus Light, 1995.
The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews,
Scott Cunningham, Llewellyn Publications, 1991.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential
Oils, Julia Lawless, Element Books
Limited, 1995. (a beautiful picture book)
The Aromatherapy Book, Jeanne
Rose, North Atlantic Books, 1992.