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Healing, Spiritual and Magical Properties of Essential Oils (A – B)

Allspice (Pimenta officinalis)

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Aroma

Fresh, warm, spicy, sweet

Overview

Allspice has an affinity with the digestive system.

Blends Well With

Bay, black pepper, cistus, coriander, geranium, ginger, lavender, neroli, opopanax, patchouli, ylang ylang

Herbal Miscellany

Columbus originally brought allspice back to Europe thinking it was pepper, hence the name Pimenta. The term “allspice” refers to its aroma that resembles a blend of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and black pepper.

Precautions

Oil Specific: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.

Healing Properties: Aids in Digestion; Anesthetic; Anti-inflammatory; Antiseptic; Helps the Body Resist Infections; Promotes Healthy Gums

Spiritual Properties: Increases Determination; Increases Energy; Uplifting

Magical Properties: Courage; Love; Luck; Prosperity

Allspice is associated with the element of fire and the planet Mars. It is masculine in nature.

Allspice belongs to Aries in Zodiac Correspondences. It is associated with the crystals Bloodstone, Diamond, and Garnet. It’s color is dark red.

 

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Amyris (Amyris balsamifera)

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Aroma

Soft, woody, warm, musty

Overview

Local fisherman and traders call it “candlewood” because of its high oil content and common use as a torch.

Blends Well With

Cedarwood, citronella, ginger, ho wood, lavender, oakmoss, peru balsam, ylang ylang

Herbal Miscellany

Also known as West Indian Sandalwood. It has been used as a cheap substitute for East Indian Sandalwood (Santalum album). However they have different aromas and viscosities.

Precautions

Oil Specific: None known.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

Healing Properties: Antiseptic; Muscle Relaxant; Sedative

Spiritual Properties: Blessing; Meditation; Spirituality

Magical Properties: Attraction; Love; Protection; Purification

Amyris is associated with the planet Juniper. It is associated with the 6th Chakra (Third Eye). It’s color is Indigo.

Amyris is associated with the crystals amethyst, calcite, lapis lazuli, and sapphire. It’s element is Earth.

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Angelica Root (Angelica archangelica)

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Aroma

Sharp, green, herbaceous, with peppery overtones

Overview

In Chinese medicine angelica is associated with the reproductive system.

Blends Well With

Citrus oils, clary sage, oakmoss, opopanax, patchouli, vetiver

Herbal Miscellany

Take caution using angelica oil before outdoor activities as it may attract insects.

Precautions

Oil Specific: Avoid while pregnant. Phototoxic.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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Anise Seed (Pimpinella anisum)

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Aroma

Fresh, sweet, spicy, licorice-like

Overview

Anise seed has a long history of use as a spice and medicine. Raki, a popular drink in Turkey, is flavored with the seed. Writings by Pliny suggest anise as a morning pick-me-up.

Blends Well With

Bay, black pepper, ginger, lavender, orange, pine, rose

Herbal Miscellany

Do not confuse Anise seed oil (Pimpinella anisum) with Anise Star oil (Illicium vernum) which is produced from the fruit of a tree. Anise seed oil will crystallize at cool temperatures due to the anethole content in the oil.

Precautions

Oil Specific: Avoid while pregnant or breast-feeding. May cause skin irritation.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

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Aroma

Fresh, warm, spicy, herbaceous

Overview

Basil is a sacred plant in India, and used in ayurvedic medicine. It has been used as a strewing herb to reduce odors, and has many culinary applications.

Blends Well With

bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, fennel, ginger, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, and neroli

Herbal Miscellany

Basil has many aromatic properties. Ocimum is derived from the Greek word osme, which means to smell.

Precautions

Oil Specific: Avoid in epilepsy or while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

Bay Laurel

Aroma

Strong, spicy, medicinal, herbaceous

Overview

Bay oil was very popular with the Romans. They thought bay was a symbol of wisdom, peace, and protection.

Blends Well With

Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, ginger, juniper, lavender, orange, patchouli, pine, rosemary, ylang ylang

Herbal Miscellany

The nymph Daphne escaped Apollo’s attentions by being transformed into a tree. Since Apollo could not have her as his wife he took this tree, the bay laurel, as his emblem.

Precautions

Oil Specific: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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Bay West Indies (Pimenta racemosa)

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Aroma

Sweet, spicy, balsamic, medicinal

Overview

West Indian bay is the main ingredient for the fragrance bay rum, and is also used in many hair tonics.

Blends Well With

Bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, nutmeg, orange, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Herbal Miscellany

Bay is used in many fragrances for men, including aftershaves and lotions.

Precautions

Oil Specific: Not for internal use. Avoid while pregnant, and if suffering from kidney or liver conditions.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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Benzoin Resin (Styrax tonkinensis)

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Aroma

Soft, sweet, warm, vanilla-like

Overview

Benzoin has been used for centuries in Asia and India as an incense and perfume.

Blends Well With

Black pepper, copaiba balsam, coriander, cypress, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, juniper, lemon, myrrh, rose, sandalwood

Herbal Miscellany

Benzoin is an excellent fixative for perfume and soap blends adding a rich, sweet note.

Precautions

Oil Specific: Avoid while pregnant. Not for internal use.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

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Aroma

Fresh, spicy, floral, citrus

Overview

Bergamot has a long history of use in potpourri and perfume recipes.

Blends Well With

Chamomile, citrus oils, coriander, cypress, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, neroli, nutmeg, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, violet, ylang ylang

Herbal Miscellany

Despite the fact that the bergamot fruit is inedible, the oil has many culinary and house hold uses. It is the characteristic flavor of Earl Grey tea, and is used as a fragrance for pipe tobaccos.

Precautions

Oil Specific: None known.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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Bergamot Mint (Mentha citrata)

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Aroma

Soft mint, green, slight citrus aroma

Overview

This oil is believed to be emotionally uplifting and calming.

Blends Well With

Basil, citrus oils, geranium, lavender, rose, ylang ylang

Herbal Miscellany

Bergamot mint contains linalool and linalyl acetate, which gives this oil properties similar to lavender.

Precautions

Oil Specific: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

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Aroma

Dry, spicy, woody, sharp

Overview

Black pepper is one of the oldest spices. Its uses date back to the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians.

Blends Well With

Cardamom, clary sage, clove, frankincense, geranium, lavender, juniper, marjoram, myrrh, orange, nutmeg, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, vetiver, ylang ylang

Herbal Miscellany

Egyptians utilized black pepper in the embalming process.

Precautions

Oil Specific: Avoid with homeopathics, in kidney or liver disease, and while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.

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Black Spruce (Picea mariana)

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Aroma

Fresh, pine-like with balsamic top notes, and a slightly sweet undertone. Black Spruce oil has a sweeter aroma when compared to other needle oils.

Overview

Black spruce essential oil has a fresh aroma and is often added to homemade cleaning products both as a fragrance and active ingredient.

It is utilized in aromatherapy for its opening and soothing attributes when added to a massage oil or inhalation/diffuser blend.

Constituents

Ester rich, Bornyl acetate, beta-pinene, alpha-pinene, camphene

Blends Well With

Amyris, benzoin, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, galbanum, lavender, lemon, oakmoss, palo santo, petitgrain, pine, rose, rosemary

Herbal Miscellany

Native to the boreal forests of North America, Black Spruce is an evergreen coniferous tree that is cultivated for use as a pulp wood.

Other Spruce oils on the market: Hemlock Spruce (Tsuga Canadensis), Norway Spruce (Picea abies), Red Spruce (Picea rubens), White Spruce (Picea glauca)

Precautions

Oil Specific: None known. Oxidized oil should be avoided and may cause skin irritation.

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