Aromatherapy’s Armory: The Essential Oils

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Since ancient times, different scents have been known to have different therapeutic effects. They can be great for home, office, or anywhere it might be useful to influence the mood. Here’s a partial list of what scents to use and when.
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Sandalwood

Sandalwood is meditative, but it’s more a ‘straightening the back’ hit than a ‘now let’s disappear into the All’ hit. Known for being sensual yet centering.
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Cinnamon Bark

Don’t just think about cinnamon toast. This bark has bite, and there’s a reason cinnamon is associated with fire. It can be a skin irritant; handle with care. Often used in combination with frankincense.
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Myrrh

Natural myrrh resin is one of the oldest known perfumery materials. The oil has a spicy, balsamic and warm aroma. Aromatherapy benefits include centering, aphrodisiac, visualizing.
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Lemon

When it comes to lemon oil, cold-pressed is better oil than distilled. It can cause skin irritation if not diluted and burning of the skin if applied right before exposure to the sun. As aromatherapy: refreshing, cheering and uplifting. .
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Patchouli

This intense aroma can be described as earthy, rich, woody and spicy. As aromatherapy: aphrodisiac, soothing, sensual.
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Vanilla

As aromatherapy, vanilla produces a deep calm, comfort and balancing effect.
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Frankincense

Light, aetherial at best, yet masculine. Scent of the spirit not the soul. As aromatherapy: deep calm, visualizing, antidepressive, meditative.
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Rose Otto

Intense rose oil. Feminine, but powerful; suggests a woman, not some little girl. As aromatherapy: romantic, uplifting.
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Sweet Basil

Hard to describe due to range of products. As aromatherapy: refreshing, uplifting, energizing.
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Bay

As aromatherapy: visionary, purificatory, wards off evil.
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Wild Chamomile

As aromatherapy: soothing, antidepressive, nurturing, calms the nerves.
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Spearmint

Just as you might imagine. Spearmint energizes both mind and body. As aromatherapy, it refreshes, cools and vitalizes.
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