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Beyond aromatherapy, we must remember that we require plants for our very breath of life..........educate people who have forgotten about our special alliance with plants.-Roberta Wilson

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Essential Oil Profile: Cypress

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) Latin Name: Cupressus sempervirens Family: Cupressaceae Plant Part: Twigs & Needles Method: Distillation Note/Element: Note: Middle. element: Water, Metal Functional Groups: Alcohol, Aldehyde, Ester, Terpene Type: Relaxing Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vata, Kapha Scent: Woody, smoky For skin Type: Oily Cautions: Not during pregnancy, Avoid w/ estrogen dependent conditions such as endometriosis, cysts and cancers. Not to use if have high blood pressure. Physical Uses: Hemorrhoids, perspiration, varicose veins, cellulite, sore muscles, colds, coughs, menstrual and menopausal problems, heavy menstrual flow, bleeding gums, paper cuts. Mental/Emotional Uses: Strengthening, grounding, grief, stress and tension. Other Uses: Deodorant, perfumery, styptic Blends Well With: Needle/Cone, Peel, Seed, Spice, Wood Oils. Possible Substitutions: Blue Cypress References: Lawless, Julia, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy, Shaftesbury, Dorset, Element Books, 1997. Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home...

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Essential Oil Profile: Cypress Blue

Blue Cypress(Callitris intratropica) Latin Name: Callitris intratropica Family: Cupressaceae Plant Part: Twigs or Wood Method: distillation Note/Element: Note:Top/Middle Element: Wood, Metal Functional Groups: Terpene, alcohol, lactone and ketone. Type: Relaxing ayurvedic dosha (Balances): Pitta Scent: Sweet, woody, slightly floral, slightly smoky, fruity, notes of lemon and cedar. For Skin Type: Sensitive  Cautions: Not during pregnancy. Physical Uses: Inflammation, warts, burns, rashes, cuts, paper cuts, sore muscles and joints, insect bites, psoriasis, skin moisturizer. Mental/Emotional Uses: Soothing, centering, balancing and grounding, stress, anger, developing intuition, releases pessimism, helps us to feel empowered, Other Uses: Insect repellent, men's aftershave, meditation, dream pillows. Unusual in that this blue oil comes from the wood rather than the flower such as Chamomile blue. Perfume fixative. Blends Well With: Flower, Fruit, Needle/Cone, Wood, Other...

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Therapeutic Benefits of Coriander

 Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum) When I think about coriander the seed of the cilantro plant comes to mind.  Some of the research I read use the two words interchangeably. The Encyclopedia Britannica refers to it as Spanish cilantro. Native to the  Mediterranean and Middle East. Uses go back to Ancient Egypt and China.  "Records of the use of coriander date to 5000 bce (Before Common Era). The seeds are yellowish brown and have a mild, fragrant aroma and aromatic taste similar to a combination of lemon peel and sage. The seeds contain from 0.1 to 1 percent essential oil; its principal component is coriandrol." (Encyclopedia Britannica) A clinical study from Germany's University of Hamburg Medical Center was made and confirmed that an ointment...

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