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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 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

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

Revive, refresh and awaken your mind and body with this wonderful lemon-scented aromatherapy soap combining essential oils of Lemongrass, May Chang and Cedarwood Atlas, infused with moisturising Olive Oil, Palm Oil and Coconut Oil. To luxuriously soothe, pamper and nourish your skin, this natural botanical soap is enriched with the finest Shea Butter – the ultimate in natural moisturising nut butters. Read more…

Article by David Howell | New Products | Tags: , , , , | Monday, January 7th, 2013 - 3:57

There are several varieties of the herb thyme, but the ‘common’ thyme used for the production of thyme essential oil is believed to be an improved, cultivated form of the wild thyme which originated in the mountainous regions of Spain and Europe. This plant is the thymol chemotype of the herb Thymus vulgaris which belongs to the Lamiaceae (also known as the Labiate) family. Read more…

Article by Geoff Lyth | Mind and Body | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Monday, January 7th, 2013 - 3:57

Juniper berry essential oil is derived from the berry-like seed cones of Juniperus communis, which belongs to the Cupressaceae family. The genus Juniper is divided into at least two subspecies with frequent intermediates which can vary in habit from a low, spreading bush to a small columnar, single stemmed tree. Read more…

Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , , , | Thursday, July 5th, 2012 - 3:39

Lemon essential oil is popular in aromatherapy because it has a wonderful, fresh aroma, delivers an impressively large number of health benefits, and is extremely inexpensive. Few essential oils offer the same versatility within the same price range of lemon, and this is probably due to the fact that the fruit and essential oil is produced on a grand scale. After sweet orange, lemon probably ranks second (or joint second with grapefruit) as the most commercially important citrus fruit. Read more…

Vetiver essential oil is extracted from the roots of a grass known as Vetiveria zizanoides which belongs to the same botanical family as lemongrass, citronella and palmarosa. This plant has been appreciated for its diverse range of useful applications since records began, and in some countries such as India its role as a perfume may even precede that of the ubiquitous rose. Although its aroma is not to everyone’s taste, vetiver essential oil has been growing in popularity since aromatherapy re-emerged in the 1980’s. Read more…

Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , , , | Thursday, March 8th, 2012 - 12:19

Sweet orange oil is the most commercially important of the citrus oils and is produced in very large quantities. The majority of oil production is destined for the flavour industry where it is used in juices, soft drinks, candies and pharmaceutical products.

In the early 1900’s the perfumery industry used vast quantities of this oil in fragrance formulations for soaps, detergents, toiletries and perfumes, but over the years sweet orange met the same fate as most of the other citrus oils and was replaced by synthetics.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , | Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 - 6:35
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