Many people think of lavender as nothing more than 'old lady' perfume and I have to confess that I once thought that way myself. Now it's one of my favourite essential oils and it has so many uses. It's derived from the flowering tops of the plant and has a lovely, clear, light, floral odour.
Lavender is a calming, soothing and relaxing oil which can be used to induce sleep and relieve stress. One of the most important physical uses of Lavender is for the relief of muscular pain and it is often used in massage blends for this purpose.
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Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) is probably best known as a culinary herb. It grows freely throughout most of Europe but is most at home growing close to the sea. Its Latin name is formed from two words, Ros and Marinus, which translates as 'Dew of the Sea'. It's probably one of the most important plants of the Labitae family in aromatherapy terms, second only to Lavender. Scent-wise, it blends well with Basil, Cedarwood, Citrus Oils, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Melissa, Peppermint.
Rosemary oil is derived from the flowering tops and leaves of the plant using the extraction method of steam distillation. Its odour is strong, penetrating, herbal and clear - and bears a similarity to that of Frankincense.
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There are several types of Chamomile oil. The most commonly used are German Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla) grown mainly in Egypt and
Morocco and Roman Chamomile (Anthemis Noblis) in England , France, Hungary. It's an aromatic herb with feathery leaves and small white flowers. The oil is extracted from the flower heads using the method of steam distillation, producing a strong oil with a very distinct odour. Of the two varieties discussed, German Chamomile is the stronger and, therefore, the more expensive.
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February is said to be the month for love, but we don't have to limit ourselves just to Valentine's Day to be romantic....with the help of essential oils we can have many more romantic evenings (or days) throughout the year. Once you've chosen suitable oils and stored them correctly (i.e. in a cool dark cupboard or box) they can be used for many occasions.
Some essential oils are considered to have more affinity with women than men, and vice versa, so with this in mind we can create a 'feminine' blend and a 'masculine' blend.
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