Profiles – Essential Oils

 

Thyme Sweet Essential Oil Profile

by Geoff Lyth

The Thymus genus belongs to the Lamiaceae family and is highly complex, consisting of over 100 different species known by more than 300 common names. The species of thyme used for the production of essential oil is Thymus vulgaris, and is believed to be an improved, cultivated form of the wild thyme which originated in the mountainous regions of Spain and Europe.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , | Thursday, February 6th, 2014 - 2:50

Patchouli Essential Oil Profile

by Geoff Lyth

Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin) is unmistakable, and for those of a certain generation its sweet earthy aroma will often trigger happy memories of the 1960’s and early 1970’s. Adopted by the counterculture that began in the USA and quickly swept the western world, patchouli will be forever associated with hippies, psychedelia, Hare Krishna and marijuana; although not necessarily all of those or in that order!
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , | Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 - 1:11

Frankincense Essential Oil Profile

by Geoff Lyth

Frankincense essential oil is obtained from the hardened oleo-gum resin collected from Boswellia carterii or related species found in the Boswellia family. The genus Boswellia comprises of approximately 23 species, but only about 6 of these exude oleo-gum resin that yields frankincense oil with the beautiful, classical fragrance we are familiar with.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , , , | Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 - 2:12

Cedarwood Virginian Essential Oil Profile

by Geoff Lyth

This particular type of cedarwood essential oil is known botanically as Juniperus virginiana, and strictly speaking this species is not considered a true cedar. As the botanical name indicates it is part of the genus Juniper, which belongs to the Cupressaceae family. There are several cedarwood essential oils extracted from trees of the Cupressaceae family, but few are used much in aromatherapy.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , | Monday, October 7th, 2013 - 6:10

Peppermint Essential Oil Profile

by Geoff Lyth

Peppermint essential oil is derived from the leaves of Mentha piperita, which belongs to the Lamiaceae family. The genus Mentha comprises of over 20 individual species with a diversity of varieties and chemotypes, most of which have aromatic foliage. However, only the essential oil extracted from Mentha piperita and Mentha arvensis (Cornmint), has the sharp, crisp and familiar aroma we associate with the term ‘peppermint’. Read more…

Cypress Essential Oil Profile

by Geoff Lyth

Cypress is the common name given to several genera of evergreen, aromatic trees and shrubs belonging to the coniferous family of Cupressaceae, but only the species found within the genus Cupressus are considered to be true cypress by botanists. The cypress essential oil used in aromatherapy is obtained exclusively from the species Cupressus sempervirens, although it is not uncommon to find inexperienced oil suppliers offering incorrectly labelled cypress oil derived from other species, since several trees in the Cupressaceae family yield an essential oil. Read more…

Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , | Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 - 4:36

Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil Profile

by Geoff Lyth

Although there are several different types of eucalyptus oils available on the market, Eucalyptus radiata essential oil is often the most popular choice for aromatherapists who generally prefer its aroma to that of Eucalyptus globulus. Although the difference is quite subtle, the softer fragrance of the radiata variety can be easily distinguished by most people.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , | Sunday, July 14th, 2013 - 1:16

Palmarosa Essential Oil Profile

by Geoff Lyth

Palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martinii var martinii) is obtained from a sweet-scented grass found growing wild throughout India, especially to the northeast of Bombay and toward the Himalaya Mountains, Nepal and Pakistan. Palmarosa grass is native to Southeast Asia and has been used in medicine and also as an effective insect repellent throughout this region for thousands of years.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - 7:20

Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil Profile

by Geoff Lyth

Sweet marjoram essential oil is derived from the flowering tops of Origanum majorana, which is classified under the Labiatae family along with over 30 other species of ‘marjoram’ within the genus Origanum. This diversity and the fact that origanums have been widely used for both medicinal and culinary purposes over many centuries has led to a certain amount of confusion regarding their correct identification.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , | Saturday, April 6th, 2013 - 7:55
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