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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

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

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

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 (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 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

The cinnamon tree belongs to the Lauraceae family and provides commerce with two different oils; cinnamon leaf essential oil and cinnamon bark essential oil. The former oil is the type used in aromatherapy, whereas oil from the bark contains a very high concentration of cinnamic aldehyde which is a powerful skin irritant, therefore this particular type of cinnamon oil should not be used in aromatherapy.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , | Monday, August 6th, 2012 - 12:03

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…

Benzoin essential oil can be derived from various Styrax species which originate in several geographical locations. Styrax benzoin is known commercially as benzoin Sumatra due to its origin, and Styrax tonkinensis is called benzoin Siam. Due to the low quantities of benzoin oil produced from Styrax tonkinensis together with its popularity in the perfumery industry, benzoin Sumatra tends to be the one found most commonly in the aromatherapy market. Read more…

Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , | Friday, May 4th, 2012 - 1:38
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