Essential oil of sage
To capture their oils, the clary sage (salvia sclarea) and dalmatian sage (salvia officinalis) are both distilled. I prefer clary sage, and I love oil of sage mixed with lavender for a classic cleansing effect. It is often recommended with lavender and rosemary as a hair conditioner. It is a stimulant to the skin and helps heal breakouts because of its cooling effect. It is effective on normal, blemished, or over-hydrated skin. Sage is great in the bath and is an effective deodorant.
It is wonderful in organic toners and astringents and has a clean scent, demonstrated in our nourishing facial cleanser, a fabulous organic cleanser featuring rosemary and sage. I also like it in the bath with lavender and juniper for a relaxing, pleasant, detoxifying experience.
Sage is antiseptic, healing, disinfectant, astringent, so is used in sick rooms, directly on insect bites, and as a mouthwash. Clary sage is used to regulate hot flashes for women during menopause. The essential oil is used as an anti-depressant. Because it is euphoria-producing, it is also known to be an aphrodisiac.
Clary sage oil has a high content of linalol. Pure essential oil of clary sage is very expensive, often used in organic skin care products for older women to maintain youthful appearing skin.
Essential oil of fennel
Fennel is known for being antiseptic, toning, weight-reducing, diuretic, and anti-bacterial. It contains potassium and sodium. Fennel has been used to scent soaps and perfumes for centuries. It is a stimulant and great in an organic cleanser or astringent. It’s a featured ingredient in our Balancing Facial Toner, a wonderful organic toner that balances, nourishes and tones skin. I find it is one of the best essential oils to inhale during menstrual cramping. It is also reputedly beneficial in building confidence and dependability. (See fennel herb.)
Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil is oil distilled from the lavender flower. Today, the largest percentage of the blooms goes into perfume products. One acre of lavender yields 15 to 20 pounds of oil. It is very popular and enjoyable to put a few drops in a bath or to simply enjoy as a perfume.
Peppermint oil is probably the most popular essential oil in the world. Its high content of menthol makes it both very soothing and cooling. It is an anti-depressant, stimulates the mind, and yet helps calm an overactive mind. Tisserand says, “If you think too much, or have a hot head, it will cool you down.” [Tisserand, The Art of Aromatherapy, p. 272.] Peppermint is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antitoxic, used as an organic cleanser, and is used for varicose veins and aching muscles. I like it in aftershaves, cleansing products and organic skin care products, shampoos, and for an invigorating bath. Go easy. A drop or two will do. I have irritated my skin putting too much in a bath. I like to use it when I fly to keep me refreshed in addition to my organic face mists. I find that using the peppermint oil “aromatherapeutically” and drinking lots of water help prevent the negative effects of traveling.
Dilute peppermint oil; do not use “neat” or full strength; 2% is often enough.
Essential Oil of camphor
Camphor is anti-inflammatory, helps stimulate the skin, reduces pain, and acts as a sedative. A gum, it is a very soothing ingredient at low levels in organic skin care products. It makes a nice addition to many perfumes and calms the mind. It is used to reduce tired and sore muscles. It is excellent in organic cleansers for its clean and classic scent.
Essential oil of vetiver
Vetiver oil is produced from distilling the plant’s roots. Vetiver oil is a wonderful organic skin oil. It is stimulating to the skin and a humectant that brings moisture to your skin from the air. It is especially beneficial in a organic skin oil for people over 35. Years ago, almost all perfumes had vetiver.
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