Friday, January 17, 2014

Citronella

Cymbopogon nardus steam distilled from a resilient grass.  Has a rounded lemon citrus scent, though it is much softer than actual Lemon.   Has subtle wood tones.   One of the world's dominant insect repellents before the introduction of DDT. Many commercial repellents contain Citronella Ceylon, and it is often used in combination with Cedarwood to produce a pleasant smelling natural insect repellent.  Blends well with most oils, but specifically well with Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemon, Orange, Lavender and Pine. 

CAUTIONS:   Possible dermal irritation and sensitization.  Always dilute.  More suitable for diffusing and inhalation. 

CHARACTER: "The Lucky Charm" Cleansing, bright, fresh, nourishing,  laughter, having fun    

ETHERIC COLORS: Tannish Orange tinged Red, Yellow
GEM:   Carnelian, Citrine, Crazy Lace Agate, Yellow Jasper
CHAKRA:  1
MUSICAL NOTE: Treble D
PERFUME NOTE: Top  
Blending Factor:  1
ELEMENT:  Air, Fire  
ASTRO:  Venus
ENERGY TYPE: Predominately 1 

USED FOR THESE POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES: joy, light-hearted, well-being, just happy to be alive.

USED TO HEAL THESE NEGATIVE ATTRIBUTES:   Fatigue,  Depression,   Gloomy, repellent to psychic attacks of unpleasant people;

USED TO HEAL THESE PHYSICAL STATES:  Excessive perspiration, oily skin & hair, arthritis pain, colds, flu, headache, healing of wounds

PROPERTIES: antiseptic, deodorant, insecticide, parasitic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, tonic, stimulant

PERSONALITY:
+Warm, friendly, always ready to comfort and solace under their wing.
+They help one to feel "lucky", although it is more  with having more access to basic common sense.
+They are a paragon of common sense, but with a witty charm.
+They seem to attract helpful spirits and banish negative ones.
+Seem to vibrate on a higher plane and can bring you there.
-If negative, can seem to take life too seriously

BLENDS:   Pirates,  Tomahawk, 

ARCHETYPES:  CAREGIVER, MAGICIAN, STORYTELLER,   DREAMER


Monday, February 11, 2013

Hyssop


Hyssopus officinalis-- distilled from the fresh flowers, stems and leaves. There are at least 4 chemotypes.  The herb has been traditionally used for at least a thousand years for its antiseptic and anti-infectious properties. Blends with all CITRUS, CLARY SAGE, FENNEL, GERANIUM, MYRTLE, SAGE, BAY, LAVENDER, CEDAR.

Generally considered non-irritating and non-sensitizing.   

CHARACTER:    "Sword of Expulsion" uplifting, Freedom, Purification, Protection, Expansion 
ETHERIC COLORS: Blue, Pink, Gold, Greenish Orange        
CRYSTALS/METALS:  Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Tin           
CHAKRA: 4, 3
PERFUME NOTE: Top to Middle
ELEMENT:  Fire, Metal            
ASTRO:   Jupiter, Cancer, Sagittarius
ENERGY:  Hot and dry; Type 3, 4
              
USED FOR THESE POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES:  Concentration, focus, creativity, clarity of thought optimistic, confident of self and the future, calm, relaxed, centered, sharpen awareness
Strengthen one's sense of personal boundaries.

PERSONALITY: 
+ Aristocratic air, defender of freedom; good for people who feel stuck in their lives and yearn for more freedom - freedom of self expression
+ Leads out of traps and cul-de-sacs, see the bigger picture.
+  Freedom of movement in the body as well as in its deepest metaphorical sense.  
+ Helpful for goal setting, planning, and to discover strategies that get you from where you are to where you want to be.
+ I create my own reality. I am responsible for the decisions I make in my life.      
  + Clears the type of shame that keeps us from accepting the gifts that will allow growth to full potential.  "I release the shame that holds me back."

USED FOR THESE NEGATIVE ATTRIBUTES: anxiety, fatigue, nervous tension, grief, confusion, trauma,  insomnia, stress,  pessimistic, gloomy, brooding, blaming, feeling sorry for yourself, feeling unworthy
"Purge me with Hyssop and I shall be clean."

USED FOR THESE PHYSICAL STATES:  bruises, cuts, wounds, dermatitis, eczema, asthma, bronchitis, cough, sore throat, gout, MS, headache, rashes, indigestion, neuralgia

PROPERTIES: antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant,   sedative, stimulant, tonic  

   

ARCHETYPES: RULER, PROTECTOR, ADVOCATE

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Birch



Betula Lenta, steam distilled from the bark, leaves and twigs.  Has a sweet, sharp, minty scent that is very fresh.  Sweet Birch not to be confused with white birch or birch tar is also and variously known as Black Birch, Cherry Birch, Mahogany Birch, or Spice Birch and is a native to North America. It is often confused with Wintergreen which is now used more often as its aroma and actions are similar in many respects. Blends well with CEDAR, FIR, COPAIBA, SANDALWOOD, SPRUCE, ROSEWOOD. 
CAUTIONS: Use sparingly on the skin and as with all essential oils, well diluted. Large dosages may cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Not suitable for the very young because of its naturally occurring constituents.

CHARACTER: "Truth Sayer", Grounding, Reality, Compelling, Stability, Structure, Renewal, Igniter
ETHERIC COLORS: Red, Deep Orange, Green, Silver
CRYSTAL/GEM:   Garnet, Hematite, Onyx, Blue Lace Agate, Dumortierite 
ELEMENT:   Water
PERFUME NOTE:  Top
ASTRO: Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Sun
ENERGY TYPE: 4, 1

USED FOR THESE POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES: Passion, Energy

 USED FOR HEALING THESE NEGATIVE STATES: Timid, fear

USED FOR HEALING THESE PHYSICAL STATES:  Sore muscles, sprains, painful joints, psoriasis, inflammation, fevers

PROPERTIES: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, tonic, antispasmodic

PERSONALITY:
+Assists in shattering illusions. Sometimes this personality can be difficult to be around because of their natural authenticity.
+Will stand up for themselves and their principles and values.
 + Highly adaptive and able to sustain harsh conditions.   +Courageously takes root and starts anew to revive the landscape where no other would before.
+ Asks us to philosophically go where no other will go (voluntarily or otherwise).
+ Encourages to take root in new soils and light our lives with the majesty of our very presence.
  "Shine, take hold, express your creative expanse, light the way so that others may follow."
  + Serves our fellow man with a fire in their heart. They do it because of their values and love.
+They remind us that even if our spirits are dampened by the set backs in life, we can always catch fire from the spark of passions that drive us to divinity.
-If negative, will allow others to determine what happens whether they agree with it or not.



ARCHETYPES:    LIBERATOR, PUPPET, VISIONARY, PIONEER, INNOVATOR

  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

May Chang (Litsea Cubeba)


Litsea cubeba-- Steam distilled from the fruits.   Widely used in the perfume and soap industries, providing a lemon-scented base note, often used to "anchor" the scents of the true citrus top notes that are far too fleeting. Has floral as well as citrus notes. BLENDS WITH: Ammi Visnaga, Palmarosa, and Vetiver, as well as the true citrus oils, Lavender, Chamomile, Frankincense, Basil, Bergamot, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood and Ylang-Ylang.
 Lemongrass occasionally has an unfavorable methyl heptenone note not present in Litsea. However, the sweet lemony high notes are virtually the same. For this reason it may be that Litsea is preferable to Lemongrass. The price difference is negligible and the citral content is virtually the same.  
Very strong scent. 

CAUTIONS: Possible skin irritant; dilute well. 

CHARACTER:  "Ray Of Sunshine" Chinese Goddess.  Lighthearted, Child-like, Joyful, Uplifting, Refreshing, Enlivening, Enlightening, Rejuvenating

ETHERIC COLORS: Lime Green tinged with Magenta-Orange

GEMS: Citrine, Yellow Jasper, Amphibolite, Aragonite
PERFUME NOTE: Top to Middle
ENERGY TYPE: 1, 2

 USED FOR THESE POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES:  calming, mental clarity, uplift moods, cheerful

PERSONALITY: It is considered sweeter and softer than lemongrass.   
 + Open to the world and all that it is in it
+Breath of fresh air on a summer’s day.  
+Lively and casual—unbothered by the struggles and strains of living.
 +Inspires intimacy, feeling close and involved with life. All things in Life matter.

 USED TO HEAL THESE NEGATIVE ATTRIBUTES nervous tension. stress despondent, uncaring or uncared for, non-feeling, fatigue, anxiety

USED TO HEAL THESE PHYSICAL PROBLEMS:  indigestion, lower back pain, chills, headaches, travel sickness, acne, dermatitis, greasy skin,  high blood pressure,  bronchitis, allergies, asthma

PROPERTIES: anti-spasmodic, inflammatory anti-viral, regenerative, astringent, antiseptic, stimulant, tonic. insect repellent, antifungal antibacterial


 ARCHETYPES: GODDESS, CHILD (ALL),  DIVA, MIDAS, ALCHEMIST

Monday, February 4, 2013

Angelica



Angelica archangelica distilled from the root and sometimes seeds.  Peppery, rich, herbal, earthy, woody and musk animal odor. Blends   well with: Cedarwood, Guaiacwood, Sandalwood, Juniper, Bergamot, Citrus, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Vetiver.

CAUTIONS: Possible sensitivity, Photo Toxic.  Avoid with Diabetes or Pregnancy.  Dilute well.

CHARACTER:  "Healing Angel" Awakening, Protection, Restorative
ETHERIC COLORS: Deep Green, Gold
ORIENTAL:  Cold and damp conditions
CRYSTAL/GEM: Green Tourmaline, Moss Agate, Bloodstone
CHAKRA: Links 1 to 7, 7 to 8, 3
ELEMENT: Fire, but connects with all
PERFUME NOTE:  Middle to Base
Blending Factor=1
ASTRO:  Sun 
ENERGY TYPE: 4, 1     

USED FOR THESE POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES: Grounding, Compassion, Supporting Spiritual growth, Open Heart center, Aid through transitions including job loss, health, home and death

USED FOR THESE NEGATIVE TRAITS: fatigue, stress, unhappy, feeling unloved, fatigue, nervous aggression

USED FOR THESE PHYSICAL STATES:  Purify blood, stomach problems, Infectious diseases, respiratory, gout, rheumatism, edema, congested skin, coughs, migraine, nausea, sinus, asthma, arthritis, circulation

PROPERTIES:   immune stimulant, diuretic, antispasmodic, expectorant

PERSONALITY: Draw close to angelic forces that are receptive to our needs.  The revealing sword of Michael cutting through pretense and falsehoods, bringing us into the light.  Yet has compassion and an understanding of all our failings. Allows us to feel secure enough to connect with physical or emotional parts of ourselves we have cut off through trauma or fear. Angelica opens the way to healing, and gives a feeling of lightness and strength as it roots us to the ground and uplifts our spirits. Opens the heart to healing, useful for animals who have ‘switched off’ through abuse of trust.
Soothes ragged nerves and hysteric tendencies especially in mares.
Reconnects  with the innocence of childhood.
Relieves fear or anger that arises from a trauma in early childhood.


ARCHETYPES:  Angel, Lover, Caregiver, Healer




  


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ravensara



Ravensara aromatica  distilled from the leaves. Has a medicinal scent - camphorous with fruit notes. Blends with Bay, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, clary sage, cedarwood, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, marjoram, pine, rosemary sandalwood, tea tree, thyme and lemon. It is considered devoid of toxicity and most indispensible along with LAVENDER. The key constituents are 1.8 cineole, sabinene, and alpha-terpineol. 

 CAUTIONS: Appears to be non-toxic at low doses.  Dilute before use on skin.  Most effective for inhalation and diffusing.

CHARACTER:  "Mysterious Spirit", Cleansing, Unlocking, Versatile, Enigmatic, Paradoxical
 GEMS:  Dumortierite, Garnet, Labradorite, Snow Quartz      
ELEMENT:  Air         
PERFUME NOTE:  Top
ENERGY TYPE: 1, 4

USED FOR THESE POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES: Encourages free flowing energies  
USED FOR THESE NEGATIVE STATES:  Chronic Fatigue, insomnia, lethargy, anxiety, stress
USED FOR THESE PHYSICAL STATES: Flu, respiratory viruses, bronchitis, sinusitis,  asthma, allergies, edema, Shingles, cold sores, cuts, wounds, hepatitis, mononucleosis, bone spurs, athlete's foot facilitating absorption of vital nutrients, such as iron, in the body.
PROPERTIES:  Immune stimulant, anti-biotic, anti-viral, muscle relaxant, analgesic, lymphatic drainer

PERSONALITY:
+Elusive, full of surprises
+Often seems to pass for someone other than what he needs to be or that one would like him to be.
+Impelled by a sense of duty, matured by a profound sense of justice
+Arouses many sentiments, from hate to devotion.
+Acts straight to the point
+Can remain "alone" in the middle of crowds
+Freedom of consciousness and action
+ Loves people for what they are with a genuine Love; Endeavors to lead them to the best of themselves, realizing their own potential
-If negative, may have the urge to possess and hold onto possessions, temptations of wealth and knowledge


BLENDS:    Eucalyptus Grove, Into The Woods,   Shaman, Sunstone, Thunderbird,  Timberline,  Way of the Leaf,  Wood Badge,

ARCHETYPES:  DIONYSIAN SPIRIT (LIBERATOR), ASCLEPIAS, ALCHEMIST, EXPLORER, COMMUNICATOR,   MERLIN the ENCHANTER, SOCRATES, CHAMELEON, SAGE

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Yarrow


 Achillea milleflorum-- steam distilled from the leaves and flowering tops. This plant grows as a weed throughout most parts of the West. Blends with ANGELICA, CEDAR, PINE, MYRRH, FRANKINCENSE, CHAMOMILE. Contains: sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes, caryophyllene, borneol, terpinol, cineole, isoartemisia ketone, camphor, achilline. High in chamazulene.

CAUTIONS: Avoid in pregnancy.  No reports of adverse effects at low doses. Dilute well before use on skin.


CHARACTER:  "Energetic Messenger" Strong, Peaceful, Healing, Cooling,   Uplifting, Balancing, Protective, Nurturing
ETHERIC COLORS: Bluish Mauve into Silver, moving into Gold
ORIENTAL PATTERN:  Rising heat, Internal wind 
CRYSTALS/GEMS:    Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Pyrite       
CHAKRA: 3, 2        
ELEMENT:   Earth, Water
NOTE:  Top            
ASTRO:   Venus
ENERGY TYPE: 2, 4

USED FOR THESE POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES: Opens intuitive perceptions, dreaming, protection  

USED FOR THESE NEGATIVE STATES:  Insomnia, Stress, Feeling Out of Control, Judging oneself unfairly

USED FOR THESE PHYSICAL STATES:  Cramps, Constipation, Seborrhea, Acne, Oily Skin, Rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, digestion, fevers, burns, rashes, ulcers, wounds, sinus congestion, headache, hypertension, varicose veins, colic, cystitis, menstrual problems

PROPERTIES: Anti-inflammatory, Circulatory stimulant, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, detoxifier

PERSONALITY: Longtime energetic messenger of the heavens.  Delicately balances the flow between the yin and yang energies of the sun, moon, and stars.  Then, acts as a conduit for opening intuitive perceptions. I am able to take risks. I allow myself to be myself even if you disapprove. I trust myself. I am able to surrender and allow myself to work through me.
+Very deep and emotionally strong.  
+ Ability to draw out the best in other people.
+ Keep their feelings to themselves, preferring to use metaphors to describe feelings.
+ Down to earth, quite up front, solid in thought.
+ Enjoys philosophy, archaeology, ancient monuments, and architecture.  Fascinated by ancient peoples, past lives.
+Loves unlocking old memories, awakening and actualizing forgotten resonances. 
- If negative, subject to dark moods and heaviness of heart
-May feel  there are important parts of themselves missing--constantly searching for something that would make them complete. Feel they have lost contact somewhere with something important but they don't know what it might be.
-May become frustrated and speak loudly, quite the opposite of their usual behavior.

BLENDS:  Desert Lapis, Dragon Quest,  Eucalyptus Grove, Sage Country, Visudda

ARCHETYPES:   HISTORIAN, ALCHEMIST, WRITER,  CHILD DEPENDENT, VISIONARY,  MESSENGER, PHILOSOPHER