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Jun
16

Top 25 Essential Oils


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Top 25 Essential OilsTop 25 Essential Oils

This list of the Top 25 Essential Oils from Natures Garden reviews some of our favorite essential oils. Not only do we quickly run over each of their beneficial properties, but we have quite a few recipes that incorporate these essential oils wonderfully. Some recipes utilize an oil’s unique properties to enhance the quality of the product. Other recipes use the oil to scent the product to create a natural fragrance that is unique and lovely. Regardless of the reason to add essential oils, you will find that this additive is as wonderful for bath and body products as it is for room scenting.

Top 25 Essential Oils Bergamot Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot essential oil has been said to have many beneficial properties, such as soothing skin irritation, relieving stress, cleansing the skin, and even more! This oil would be perfect for creating soy candles, soaps, and other DIY projects.

Top 25 Essential Oils Blood Orange Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Blood Orange Essential Oil

The blood orange essential oil is a perfect choice for bath and body creations or even DIY home scenting. These products will be enhanced by the aphrodisiac, uplifting scent as well as the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities.

Top 25 Essential Oils Cassia Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Cassia Essential Oil

Cassia essential oil has a scent that is similar to cinnamon. Plus, this oil has some benefits that would be great for your homemade bath and body products. For example, this oil has been said to possess antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.

Top 25 Essential Oils Cedarwood Virginiana Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Cedarwood Essential Oil

The Cedarwood essential oil has a multitude of amazing benefits that include the skin and hair growth. So, this oil would be a nice addition to any kind of body products.

 

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Cedarwood Virginiana Essential Oil Beard BalmSince this oil is good for promoting hair growth, it is perfect for our Beard Balm Recipe! This recipe contains all kinds of ingredients that are great for beard care and this essential oil is one of these ingredients.

Top 25 Essential Oils Cinnamon Leaf Ceylon Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Cinnamon Leaf Ceylon Essential Oil

This cinnamon leaf essential oil is an energizing scent with some calming properties. This oil has been known to have a warm, calming effect on the body that eases aching muscles. So, this would be wonderful in a bath and body product to use after a long, tiring day.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Citronella Java Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Citronella Java Essential Oil

It is well known that citronella is a mosquito repellent and the essential oil is just as potent. Plus, this oil can be moisturizing when mixed with a carrier oil, to make it safe for skin use.

Top 25 Essential Oils Clove Buds Native Distilled Essential Oil

Clove bud essential oil has a strong, unique scent that is perfect for homemade cosmetic products. Plus, this essential oil has known benefits, like reducing skin issues like warts, wrinkles, or sagging skin or the antiseptic qualities. So, this essential oil would be wonderful for a natural skin care product.

Top 25 Essential Oils Eucalyptus Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Eucalyptus Essential Oil

This strong scented essential oil is perfect for scenting a room or even body products. Breathing this oil has been shown to clear sinuses and relieve asthma. Further, this oil is considered to be an insect repellent. Also, bath and body products can benefit from eucalyptus, as it is thought to be a muscle pain reducer.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Foot Balm RecipeThe Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe not only has all the benefits of this scent but would be great for reducing muscle pain. If you have been on your feet all day, then this is the foot balm for you!

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Fir Needle Siberian Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Fir Needle Siberian Essential Oil

This essential oil is perfect for cleaning cuts and scrapes as well as the air. First, this essential oil has been known to be great for naturally purifying the air. Plus, this oil is great for the skin, as it is an antiseptic that promotes healing. So, this is perfect to add to recipes from candles to body products.

Top 25 Essential Oils Gurjun Balsam Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Balsam Essential Oil

This Gurjan Balsam essential oil has a wide variety of benefits and uses, but the most interesting for projects are the antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and stress reducing properties. These effects make this essential oil great for creating calming scented candles, as this oil has been said to reduce stress hormones, or cleansing bath and body products, as this oil is said to have germ eliminating abilities.

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavandin Grosso Pure Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Lavandin Grosso Pure Essential Oil

Lavandin Grosso essential oil is a hybrid of spike lavender and true lavender that creates a plant all it’s own. This essential oil has been said to prevent infections in cuts, relieve inflammation, and reduce marks on the skin. So, this oil would be perfect in bath and body creations.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Soap RecipeThe Snowball Soap Recipe contains both lavandin and peppermint essential oils. This provides both soothing properties of peppermint and the skin loving properties of lavandin. An added bonus to this recipe is that this essential oil combination smells just like our Jack Frost Fragrance Oil. So, this is a perfectly natural way to scent your soap!

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil

Lavender is both well known and well loved. This essential oil has been said to relieve stress, calm anxiety, and promote better sleep.  Plus, this plant based oil is perfect for skin care! Lavender essential oil has been known to restore skin complexion, help heal the skin, and even reduce acne.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil BalmThe Soothing Baby Non Petroleum Jelly Recipe is a perfect way to utilize the healing natural of lavender essential oil.  Plus, this recipe is perfect for sensitive skin as it is natural and skin loving.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil Lip BalmSince lavender essential oil has been said to help the skin heal, we thought it would be perfect for lip care. So, we created the White Chocolate Lavender Lip Balm Recipe that has a unique and delicious flavor, as well.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil PowderNot only is lavender great for the skin, but it has a wonderful scent. Our Natural Lavender Vanilla Body Powder Recipe takes advantage of this beloved aroma to create a perfectly scented body powder.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil Bath Tea

This recipe is a great choice for someone looking for ideas on how to get rid of a sunburn overnight. This oil is perfect for the Sunburn Relief Bath Tea Recipe because it helps promote healing in the skin. Plus, the calming scent is perfect for relaxing in a nice bath.

Top 25 Essential Oils Lemongrass Guatemalan Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Lemongrass Guatemalan Essential Oil

This essential oil is perfect for natural body products! Among this oil’s many benefits are headache reduction, bug repellent, and skin healing properties. So, this would be a very beneficial oil for the skin or for creating a natural bug repellent.

Top 25 Essential Oils Lime Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Lime Essential Oil

This lime essential has a fresh scent that is bright and sweet. Plus, this oil is a natural disinfectant! So, this oil would be perfect in household cleaners or in bath and body products.  Plus, this essential oil would be perfect for cleaning the air in a natural candle creation.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Lime Distilled Essential Oil Foot PowderAnother great way to utilize this essential oil’s beneficial properties is the Stinky Feet Foot Powder Recipe. This bacteria eliminating power combined with the anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil creates the perfect foot powder!

Top 25 Essential Oils Litsea Cubeba Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

This essential oil has a bright, citrus scent that is similar to a lemon. Plus, this oil has been known to have some wonderful healing properties as it fights infections and kills harmful microbes. So, this is another great cleansing essential oil that would be great for all kinds of natural products.

Top 25 Essential Oils Orange Midseason (5 Fold) Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oil Orange Midseason (5 Fold) Essential Oil

This essential oil is perfect for creating natural household cleaners! Not only does this oil possess a clean, citrus scent, but this essential oil has been said to have antibacterial properties. Plus, this would be a nontoxic way to clean your home!

Top 25 Essential Oils Patchouli Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Patchouli Essential Oil

This essential oil is a strong, relaxing scent that can be great as a natural scent for products. Plus, this oil has properties that can help issues related to inflammation or fungus, as well as assist your body in healing. So, this essential oil would be great for all kinds of homemade recipes.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Patchouli Essential Oil Massage Recipe

This essential oil was included in our Sensual Massage Oil Recipe to add a calming scent with anti-inflammatory properties. This can be used to relieve inflammation related issues, such as rashes or eczema. Also, this recipe uses the lavender essential oil, too! This is perfect to add to the relaxing mood of a massage.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Patchouli Essential Oil Conditioner Recipe

Furthermore, the Patchouli Infused Hair Conditioner Recipe is perfect for hair products! This oil has been known to be great for hair growth and preventing hair loss! Also, this recipe includes lavender and grosso, which have been know to help with hair loss and prevent dandruff on the scalp. So, this is a great homemade hair care product.

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Essential Oil

This peppermint essential oil has a cool, relaxing scent that is wonderful for the body. This aroma would be perfect for creating calming room scenting products. Plus, this essential oil has some wonderful benefits that can be beneficial in bath and body recipes.  his oil is great for calming sore muscles, relieving headaches, and much more!

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Lip Balm RecipeThis Chocolate Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe includes real peppermint oil for its amazing effects. First of all, this oil is perfect for helping heal chapped lips and leaving a cool feeling. Plus, the oil has been known to work as a lip plumper. This could be a great lip balm for ladies looking for fuller lips.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Face MaskAlso, this oil is great for the Candy Cane Facial Mask Recipe! First of all, the scent of the peppermint oil is a perfect choice for a candy cane. This pure mint scent smells strong and true! Plus, this oil is a cool and relaxing, which is wonderful for a homemade facial.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Winter Balm

Of course, Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe contains the cooling sensation of peppermint oil. Just like in the other peppermint oil lip balm recipe, this recipe is wonderful for masking bad breath and may even lead to more plump lips!

Top 25 Essential Oils Petitgrain Extra Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Petitgrain Extra Essential Oil

This essential oil is considered to be an uplifting scent with antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Thus, this product would be perfect for handmade soaps, natural deodorants, or any sort of bath product to add some extra cleansing ability.

Top 25 Essential Oils Pink Grapefruit Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil

This oil has a bright, energizing scent that would be perfect for naturally scenting your home. Plus, this essential oil contains tons of Vitamin C, which is great for skin. This vitamin helps protect your skin from the effects of aging and help some of the damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays. So, this is a perfect oil for enhancing any bath and body product recipes!

Top 25 Essential Oils Rosemary Tunisian Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Rosemary Tunisian Essential Oil

Rosemary is an amazing additive for skin care products! This oil is great for blood circulation and promoting clear skin. Plus, this essential oil is an anti-inflammatory. Thus, this oil has been known to ease redness, puffiness, and irritation, as well as reduce acne and excess oils. So, Rosemary Tunisian Essential Oil would be a perfect addition for facial cleansers.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Rosemary Tunisian Essential Oil Recipe

One perfect way to use this essential oil is the Activated Charcoal Mask Recipe. This recipe uses herbs and oils that are perfect for promoting clear, healthy skin. Not only does this recipe contain that properties of rosemary, but there are other ingredients, such as activated charcoal, that are perfect natural cleaners.

Top 25 Essential Oils Star Anise Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Star Anise Essential Oil

Anise can be used to create all kinds of natural bath and body creations. Plus, it has been known to help to treat acne, oily skin, psoriasis, and spotted and damaged skin. Also, it helps to bring a beautiful glow to your skin and keep it smooth and soft. Plus, this essential only has a lovely scent that is similar to black licorice.

Top 25 Essential Oils Sweet Fennel Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Sweet Fennel Essential Oil

Another great essential oil is one made from fennel. This oil has an interesting scent that is perfect for naturally scenting products. The scent is similar to the anise essential oil with the distinct sweet and spicy aroma. Plus, fennel would be great for hair products as it has been known to treat an itchy scalp and reduce any bumps on the scalp.

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Sweet Fennel Essential Oil Mask Recipe

One way that you can use this essential oil is our Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe! This recipe is a natural and herbal creation that is perfect for refreshing and moisturizing your face. Plus, the fennel essential oil in this recipe provides a unique scent that is entirely natural. Furthermore, this recipe contains the added properties of the lavender essential oil!

Top 25 Essential Oils Tangerine Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Tangerine Essential Oil

This tangerine California essential oil is often used in skin care products for its anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. Plus, this oil is wonderful for stress relief. So, Tangerine California Essential Oil would be perfect for creating bath and body products that are cleansing and relaxing!

Top 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Essential Oil

This natural essential oil is best known for its medicinal uses, as it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, analgesic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. So, tea tree can be used for treating toenail fungus, yeast infections, the flu, chest congestion, persistent body odor, sunburns, herpes, vaginal infections, ear infections, scabies, pulmonary inflammation, and many infections of the mouth and nose.

Top 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Australian Essential Oil RecipeThe Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe is a great way to moisturize your feet and make sure that they are free of nasty foot odor. So, this recipe has two fantastic functions!

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Essential Oil

Since tea tree oil is perfect for destroying fungus and bacteria, it makes sense to use this essential oil in soap. The Peppermint Cold Process Foot Soap Recipe is a perfect recipe for removing foot issues, like athlete’s foot for example.

 

 

Top 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Essential Oil Soap RecipeWhile many people need tea tree oil to solve foot fungus or odor, there are a ton more instances where a regular Tea Tree Soap Recipe would come in handy. For example, this soap can come in handy for treating acne, cuts, ringworm, skin bumps, bug bites and fungal infections.

 

 

Natures Garden sells our essential oils for external applications only.  In the above written post, we discussed how wonderful they are and the many various uses across different industries.  Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice.  Please consult your doctor before using any of this information for treatment purposes.  We provide this data for educational purposes only.

Jan
10

Patchouli Uses


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patchouli herb cut and siftedPatchouli Uses

Traditionally, patchouli has always been a valuable element to the eastern Asia and India incense industry.  However, it was not until the 1960’s that both patchouli oil and patchouli incense rose in popularity in Europe and the United States.  This climb in demand was majorly contributed to the hippie movement of that time.

Because the hippie movement focused on a more natural and simpler way of living, many hippies wore the scent of patchouli because it signified nature.  Although it may be argued patchouli was worn to cover up the smell of weed.  This pungent yet unique aroma has a heavy musty and earthy odor that was easily distinguished.   Hippies wore this scent to stand up to the conservative environment of that time.  They saw this scent as a way of marking themselves as new age thinkers; a then outside of the box notion.  Not only did the aroma embrace the new age thinking, but also the sought after change for the world.  Patchouli however, is more than just the time capsule scent of the hippie era.

Patchouli has an array of versatile uses. It is used in the medical, skincare, perfume, home scenting, dietary, and even cleaning industries.  Depending on how you plan to use patchouli, the form differs in the type of patchouli you need.

Patchouli is available in many different forms.  You can use patchouli as an herb.  The herb is readily available in whole leaf form or in the c/s form which means cut and sifted.  Patchouli is also available as an absolute and an essential oil.  Synthetically, patchouli is accessible as fragrance oil as well, and you will be able to also find varieties of the fragrance too like Sweet Patchouli fragrance oil for example.

A vital component to the perfume industry, patchouli is considered a chypre.  A chypre is regarded as a group of related fragrances with specific top notes, middle notes, and bases notes denoting them.  This group is distinguished as a contradiction of a citrus accord (typical the top note- first one smelled) and the woody base (the anchor for the fragrance).  A very popular fragrance group for both feminine and masculine smells, patchouli is considered fundamental in various scents.

Perfumery/ Scent Industry:

This widely used scent is a foundation for many perfumes and fragrance oils.  It is considered a base note from which many different fragrances are layered and formulated.  Because of the fact that patchouli oil actually improves with aging, many perfumeries favor working with the eldest oils to ensure a full bodied, longer lasting scent in their end aromas.

One of the best attributes of the scent of patchouli is that it easily blends with a variety of other fragrance notes.  These other scents are basil, geranium, vetiver, cedarwood, clove, rose, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood, bergamot, juniper, and pine; just to name a few.

In India, authentic Indian shawls carried the prevalent scent as well as Indian ink.  Some examples of items in the United States that have been scented with patchouli are:  paper towels, laundry detergents, herbal sachets (in oil form and herb form), candles, incense, bath and body products, cosmetics, and even toys.  A little fun fact about patchouli: Mattel, a large toy company, once used patchouli oil in their product line to scent an action figure character named Stinkor.

Medicinal/Healing:

The amazing medical advantages of patchouli have been used by the people of the Orient for millennia.  Patchouli has long been used as an insect repellant (insecticide), aid in digestive conditions (digestive aid for nausea, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, hemorrhoids), combat infections (anti-infectious, natural anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic), and is even used for snake bites (antitoxic).  Patchouli can even help to speed up the time it takes to heal a wound, or insect bite.

Patchouli can be used as an excellent diuretic.  Not only does it help the body to release excess fluid and water retention, but it can also be used to assist in weight loss.  It is believed that the aroma of patchouli even helps to reduce appetite.

It is also believed that by simply inhaling the aroma of patchouli, it can help to reduce hypertension.  This method works by sending the brain messages through the limbic system which can directly control the nervous system.  Through means of aromatherapy, patchouli can help to control heart rate, blood pressure, and can moderate breathing.

Patchouli also works as a feel good tonic.  Affecting the overall health and well being of a person, patchouli assists in the feel good mood of a person.  But, patchouli powers don’t stop there, it also assimilates toxins as well and helps to remove them from the body with it diuretic ability.

The scent of patchouli is also documented and believed to help fight anxiety and depression.  This is because the aroma supposedly helps to relax the mind and keep it in the present.  Patchouli is considered to clarify thought and release mental anguish of the uncontrollable while balancing the emotions.

Skincare/ Body Care

Patchouli is quite popular in skincare products because of its versatility.  Patchouli helps to inhibit wrinkles and sagging in the skin.  This is because patchouli oil is actually a very effective tissue regenerator.  The use of the oil on your skin encourages the growth of new skin cells, which then replace the damaged ones; keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful.  It is due to these same benefits that patchouli oil can even assist in the fading of scars, and can even help with the reduction of cellulite.

A powerful astringent that even tones the skin, patchouli works to eliminate any surplus of fluids from the body’s tissues.  Plus, with patchouli’s antiseptic powers, it is able to find the source of inflammation, and cool it down.  This is why patchouli is a compelling substance in fighting and preventing mild acne occurrences, even lessening the changes for a return breakout.  The same can be said for other skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.

Becoming ever so popular in the 1960’s as a deodorant, patchouli works great at masking body odors.  Patchouli essential oil can even be to eliminate scalp disorders like dandruff.

Natures Garden provides this information about patchouli for educational purposes only.  Nothing we mention should be construed as medical advice or for medical treatment purposes.   Please consult your doctor before using any herbs for treatment or other medicinal purposes.

Jan
10

Patchouli


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patchouli essential oil Facts about Patchouli

In America, when most people hear the word patchouli, they immediately think of hippies, universal love for one another, and tie dyed peace signs. But patchouli is so much more than that and has quite an interesting history.

Deriving its name from the Tamil language (the official dialect of Singapore and Sri Lanka), patchouli means “green leaf”.  A robust and extremely fragrant plant; especially when rubbed, patchouli’s scent has been used for centuries in perfumes.

Belonging to the genus Pogostemon, patchouli is a green, leafy herb that is in the mint family.  Growing best in hot, tropical climates; patchouli thrives when it is not in direct sunlight and has the potential of reaching a height of 2-3 ft.  Contrary to common belief, patchouli is more than just leaves; the plant also has flowers that bloom in late fall.  These flowers produce seeds that can be harvested to produce even more patchouli plants.

There are two ways to grow patchouli.  The first is to attain cuttings from the mother plant.  These cuttings are then rooted in water and will cultivate additional patchouli plants.  The second way to grow patchouli is to plant the seeds of the flowers.  The only hesitance with this way is that patchouli seeds are very small and have to be handled with great care.  These seeds are extremely fragile and can be easily crushed, deeming them useless.

When it comes to harvesting patchouli, the leaves of the plant can be collected several times in one year.  However, the strongest scent/oil comes from the top 3-4 pairs of leaves in the patchouli plant.  In order to attain the extraction of patchouli essential oil from these leaves, the leaves must go through a steam distillation process.  This is typically achieved with dried patchouli leaves.  However, there are some claims that to achieve the highest quality of patchouli essential oil, fresh leaves should be distilled.  Ideally, close to where the leaves are harvested, ensuring true freshness.

There are other ways to obtain patchouli essential oil.  One is through a fermentation process.  This process involves bundling the dry patchouli leaves and allowing them to ferment for a long period of time.

The essential oil of patchouli is a rich, earthy aroma with a woody yet minty undertone.  One of the most notable characteristics of this essential oil is that it actually improves over time.  The two most sought out components of patchouli essential oil are patchoulol and norpatchoulenol.

Although, it is true that patchouli essential oil is vital to the perfume industry, patchouli also had another massive worth in history.  Patchouli is believed to be an insect repellent.  It was common place for silk traders of the oriental to pack the valuable silk that they were trading with dried patchouli leaves.  Not only did the leaves prevent the mating of moths on the traders’ silk, but also hindered the moth from laying eggs on the precious silk as well.

This practice, which had started as a means of protection for the silk, ended with patchouli being considered an affluent scent.  Historians now hypothesize that due to the fragrant nature of patchouli; much of the traded silk acquired the aroma during the long travel.  Before long the distinguished scent of patchouli marked authenticity in traded fabric goods although the vast majority did not know what it was called.

One of the possible explanations as to why patchouli was considered an upscale scent to Europeans of that time is due to a notable historical conqueror.  The infamous Napoleon Bonaparte attained some of these patchouli scented cashmeres, through his vast travels to Egypt.  He then brought them back to France.  This mysterious scent of patchouli and its origin were kept secret, and it was not until the year 1837, that the smell and the source were identified to the remainder of the western world.