Friday, July 17, 2009

Other Uses For your favorite Essential Oil

Water Filter
add a few drops of your favorite oils like lemon pepermint or clove to the post filter side of a water purification system this will not only add to the purification process but add to the taste of the water.

Dishwashing soap
use one of your favorite oils like lavender, lemon, bergamot, or orange in your dishwashing soap to add fragrance and antiseptic properties to the soap.

add a 5 ml bottle of your favorite oil to a gallon of paint to counteract the smell of the paint the oil will completely disipate in the drying process and not leave any oil spots on the walls.

Essential oils add to the cleanliness and fragrace of your laundry but you may also be interested to know that adding 20-25 drops of eucalyptus to each load will effectivly eliminate your dust mite population. another great benifit of using oils is that in place of toxic fabric softeners you could use a damp wash cloth with 10-12 drops of a favorite scent. melaleuca works great here.

more to come if you use oils lets know what you use them for and how.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Artemisia (Armoise) Oil

Artemisia (Armoise) Oil
Nepali Name: Tite Pati
Artemisia vulgaris L.
Traditional Uses:

The botanical classification of this genus, of some 200 species, was derived from Artemisia, the sister and wife of the Greek/Persian King Mausolus, and ruled after his death in 353 BCE. In the ancient Greek text of Dioscorides, Artemisia is mentioned as a remedy for expelling intestinal worms, and thus its name "wormwood". Artemisia has a long history of use in herbal medicine especially in matters connected to the digestive system, menstrual complaints and the treatment of worms. In Asian traditional medicine, Artemisia is used as a method of correcting breech presentation. The leaves have an antibacterial action and are also said to be appetizer, diuretic, haemostatic and stomachic. Not to mention, the leaves, placed inside the shoes, are said to be soothing for sore feet. In the Himalayas of Nepal, leaf of Artemisia is rolled up into the nostril to stop nosebleeds. Artemisia essential oil, works as insect repellant. Diluted oil is used to kill insect larvae.

Artemisia was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans both medicinally and in religious rites and was thought to be a love charm centuries ago. The Indian tribes of North America prepared parts of this plant to treat sore throats and bronchitis.

Artemisia afra is one of the oldest and best known medicinal plants, and is still widely used today in South Africa by people of all cultures. The list of uses covers a wide range of ailments from coughs, colds, fever, loss of appetite, colic, headache, earache, intestinal worms to malaria. Artemisia afra (roots, stems and leaves) is used in many different ways and taken as enemas, poultices, infusions, body washes, lotions, smoked, snuffed or drunk as a tea. A not so common use is to place leaves in socks for sweaty feet (Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk 1962). Artemisia afra has a very bitter taste and is usually sweetened with sugar or honey when drunk.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Anise Seed

Anise Seed

Interesting Facts: Several spices have been called anise. The native of Egypt, Pimpinella anisum, is anise seed or aniseed, while China is the source of Illicum verum, star anise. In the past, dill, caraway and fennel seeds were confused with aniseed. The seeds have been used widely in cooking, and are popular in spicy cakes. The “oil of anise” is often used in artificial licorice, and gives its distinctive taste to liqueurs such as anisette and raki. Aniseed is used in many processed foods and in cough medicines, and is often included in pet foods for the flavor it imparts.
Medicinal Use: Anise seed oil is a natural decongestant. Anise seed oil may assist in colic, indigestion, cramps, flatulence, vomiting, diarrhea, bile secretion, muscle aches, spasms, rheumatism, pulmonary congestion, bronchitis, asthma, colds, flu, cardiovascular function, frigidity, and impotence. Anise seed oil has estrogen-like properties and may induce menstruation, ease painful periods, menopause problems, stimulate milk flow and aid delivery.
Safety Information: Caution for those with hypersensitive skin or with skin problems. Avoid Anise seed oil in endometriosis and estrogen-dependent cancers.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Angelica Root Oil

Angelica Root

Angelica archangelica

Plant profile: Angelica is an herb that has been highly regarded in Western herbal tradition since medieval times, angelica is now cultivated for essential oil extraction in countries including Germany and Hungary. The entire plant is aromatic. Angelica grows to about six feet (2 meters) high and has beautiful spherical heads of small flowers. The pungent root has been used in herbal medicine for hundreds of years as a general cleanser and detoxifier.
Fragrance profile: Angelica is sweet and aniseed-like, with a rich, warm, and woody note that is released as it evaporates.
Main Uses: Angelica eases muscular aches, soothes arthritic joints and rheumatic pains; eases indigestion problems and wind and improves poor appetite; an overall energy tonic and revitalizer, especially in the springtime.
Safety information: Angelica essential oil is phototoxic. After any application to the skin, avoid direct exposure to strong sunlight or a sun bed for twelve hours. Angelic oil is best avoided in pregnancy.

Skin:Relieves skin irritation.

Muscles: For use aginst arthritis.Helps with gout.Helps with rheumatism. Helps with water retention.Respiratory: Helps with bronchitis. Helps with coughs.

Digestive: Helps to prevent flatulence. Helps digestion.

Nervous System: Relieves migraines.Relieves fatigue.Helps with stress-related disorders.Helps with nervous strain.

Immune System: Fights viral infections, common cold and influenza.
Massage: Works as an effective massage oil.
Other Uses: Helps with dysmenorrhoea.

Blends Well With: Patchouli· Vetiver· Clary Sage

Monday, July 13, 2009

Ajowan Seed Oil

Ajowan Seed Essential Oil Bishop’s Weed : (Carum Copticum )Botanical Name : Carum CopticumFamily Name : UmbelliferaeCommon Name : Ajwain, Copticum, Carum CopticumPart Used : Fruit, Pharm Name : Fructus Ajowani

Ajowan Oil is produced form the seeds of Ajowan. Ajowan Seed Oil is either colorless or brown. It has various medicinal uses. Especially in Unani medicines. It is valuable as anti-spasmodic and anti-microbial agent. The Pure Ajowan Oil extracted from the well-grown seeds of Ajowan is used as a stimulant tonic.

Ajowan oil is used as a tranquilizer or for whooping cough and toothaches in India . Ajowan seed oil is also of assistance to those suffering from a sore throat. Ajowan Oil is used in Medicines & Pharmaceuticals and as seasoning in soups and Salad. Ajowan oil is anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-nausea, and a tonic. Traditional uses for Ajowan oil In Ayurvedic, which is the traditional healing system of India ; Ajowan is used primarily to aid digestion. For those who occurrence disorders of the circulatory system, Ajowan oil can be of help as well as an aid in the treatment of stomach disorder diarrhea.

Ajowan seeds a common Indian spice were used traditionally in food preparation and medicinaly, this belong to spices and specially in Indian dishes. Ajowan also called as bishop's weed is cultivated in black ground specificaly along the riversides in India and also in the regions of Iran, Egypt and Afghanistan. It's a little bush grown throughout the year. Ajowan seeds have proteins, carbohydrates, fatty minerals, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, and niacin. Ajowan essential oil is exacted by steam distilments of the crushed seeds of Ajowan.