Essential oils are considered by many to be “nature’s pharmacy.” Their long tradition of use in fostering well-being crosses cultures and extends back thousands of years. You, too, can benefit from these natural essences through the use of single essential oils or blends.
Our oils are 100% pure and of therapeutic-quality. You can be sure that when you use a Plantessence™ essential oil, you are getting the best nature has to offer!
The potential uses of our individual oils are described below, but this is only a starting place to get to know each oil. Nature is amazingly creative, and most oils have effects too numerous to list outside of an aromatherapy reference book. While the FDA prohibits health claims about essential oils, there is no prohibition against appreciating nature’s bounty and educating ourselves about the potential of essential oils to help us restore and revive radiant well-being at all levels of our being—body, mind and spirit.
Plantessence™ Individual Oils Cautions/Contraindications
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea, Canada)
The needles, leaves and branches of this evergreen provide an essential oil that is known for its stress-relieving effects. It can help alleviate arthritic, back and muscular pain. It has a significant history of helping to reduce urinary tract infections and as a central nervous system tonic. It also has a long history of use in helping relieve respiratory congestion, asthmatic conditions, bronchitis, sinusitis and coughs, and is effective for fever and flu. It calms the body while stimulating the mind.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia, bergaptene-free, Italy)
This essential oil is extracted from the rind of this citrus fruit. Normally, photosensitive, the oil has had the bergaptene removed so it is safe for use on skin in sunlight. This essential oil is commonly used to help alleviate anxiety, stress, and depression. It is a significant mood elevator. It is also excellent for skin conditions, especially eczema and psoriasis. It is analgesic, antibacterial, antiparasitic, anti-infectious, and anti-inflammatory, among other qualities.
Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana, Canada)
The essential oil is extracted from wood chips. It is antiseptic, antispasmodic, and astringent, and is a circulatory stimulant, diuretic, and expectorant. It is especially effective for coughs, sinusitis, respiratory congestion, rheumatism, arthritis, and muscle aches. It stimulates the kidneys and bladder, and is excellent for reducing nervous tension and stress.
Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus, Sri Lanka)
Extraction of this oil is from the leaves and stems of the citronella plant. Although it is widely used as an insect repellant and deodorizer, this oil has a host of other uses including as an antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antiseptic remedy. It is effective for use to counter fatigue, clear the mind, alleviate depression, soothe digestive complaints, and reduce headaches and migraines.
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea, China)
Extracted from the buds and leaves, this oil is antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anticonvulsive, and antidepressant. Throughout history it has been known as an effective aid to vision and eye problems. It is calmative, a good nerve tonic, and an overall relaxant. It helps relieve bloating and gas, and is a good all-around digestive aid. It may provide relief from menstrual problems and bolster uterine health, is said to be effective for helping lower blood pressure and increasing circulation, metabolism and oxygenation. It has been used to alleviate problems with dandruff, acne and boils, inflamed skin, muscle spasms, cramps, migraines, and many other conditions.
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens, France)
This oil, made primarily from the needles of this tree, is antiseptic, antibacterial, analgesic, astringent, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. It is considered a respiratory tonic, and is widely used as a diuretic, vasoconstrictor, and detoxifier, especially encouraging greater lymph drainage. It helps relieve menstrual cramps and pain, has many benefits for the skin especially in reducing scarring, and is said to help reduce cellulite and foster weight loss. It is a decongestant, so it is good for bronchitis and other respiratory conditions. It is uplifting while also calming the mind and emotions, so it can help to reduce irritability, anger and tension.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata, Australia)
This is the most commonly used form of eucalyptus essential oil. The oil is extracted from the woody part of the plant and leaves. It is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. Because it is an expectorant, it is good for coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis and chest congestion, and is also commonly used for viral infections, mucus membrane inflammation, fever, and poor circulation. It has a long tradition of use with skin ailments, including burns, blisters, wounds, lice, and insect bites. It is also effective in reducing nervous tension.
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata, India)
This essential oil is extracted from tree resin. It is analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressive, anti-infectious, and anti-inflammatory, and is also a digestive and expectorant. Frankincense has long been revered for its restorative, uplifting and clarifying effect on the mind and relaxing, soothing effect on the body. For these reasons, and because it is said to be excellent for centering and balancing the emotions, it has a long history of use in meditation, yoga and spiritual practices. It is excellent for relieving the symptoms of asthma and generally for relieving chest congestion. It helps ease nervous tension, reduce the symptoms of stress and elevate the mood. It is used for wound healing and for relief from all kinds of skin ailments. It is also is known as an “anti-aging” oil for use in skin creams.
Geranium – Bourbon (Pelargonium graveolens, China)
Of the several types of geranium oil, this is the finest quality, with an exceptional rose-like scent and powerful therapeutic effects. It is analgesic, antibacterial, anti-diabetic, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and astringent. It’s a great decongestant, stimulates the liver and pancreas, helps with digestion, stimulates wound healing, increases circulation, and helps balance the adrenals, pancreas and liver.
Grapefruit – Pink (Citrus racemosa, Mexico)
Made from the rind of the fruit, this oil, like most essential oils, is antiseptic and analgesic. It’s great for elevating mood and so countering depression, and for providing an overall energy boost. It is known as the “dieter’s friend” because it a digestive stimulant but suppresses cravings for sweets. It also eases muscles soreness and fatigue, helps reduce the severity of colds and flu, and combats jet lag, and eases nervous exhaustion. It is valued in the beauty industry for bringing shine to the hair and a glowing healthful look to the skin. Women love it as a cellulite reducer. It’s also a diuretic.
Ho Wood (Cinnamomum camphora, Mexico)
The essential oil come from the leaves and wood and helps stimulate cells and support the immune system. It helps speed wound healing, can lessen scars, and soothes dry, sensitive or inflamed skin. It calms both the mind and body. It is effective against colds and flu, helps with headaches, and eases sore throat. It is widely used in the fragrance industry.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, France)
Extracted from the flower, this oil is the most commonly used and safest of all essential oils. It’s analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic. Among other uses, it helps with muscle pain, nerve pain, arthritis, rheumatism, bruises, and sprains. It helps to relieve restlessness and agitation, insomnia, migraines, cystitis, and depression. It promotes menstruation, reduces the symptoms of PMS, stimulates appetite, relieves upset stomach and gas, improves the skin and helps with skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis, encourages hair growth, and soothes the symptoms of allergies including hay fever. It may help hypertension and is known to help control pain after surgery. It is an insecticide and also helps relieve the pain and swelling of insect bites. It is a potent mood elevator and stress reducer.
Lemon (Citrus limonum, Italy)
The essential oil is extracted from lemon rind and has a wide range of therapeutic effects. It is anti-anemic, antibacterial, anticoagulant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, and antiviral, among other beneficial effects. Lemon is also an immune stimulant. It is effective for poor circulation, cellulite, varicosities, thrush, colds and flu, bronchitis, gout, warts, headache and many other ailments. It also stimulates the pancreas, promotes mental clarity and acuity, and is even said to help combat the negative effects of the aging process, especially in terms of reducing facial wrinkles and lines. It also helps clear acne.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus, India)
Extracted from the leaves, lemongrass oil is known from clinical studies to have anticancer properties. It is also analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. It can be both sedative and invigorating in nature. It is soothing to the nervous system and mind, but stimulating to the thyroid. It is commonly used to alleviate cellulite, inflamed arteries, and excessive perspiration, and to reduce pain and soothe bruises and sprains. It is useful against skin parasites, and is used as an insecticide. It is effective for skin conditions, especially for acne and as an astringent for oily skin. It stimulates lymph flow and may improve circulation.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin, Indonesia)
This oil is made from the leaves of this plant. It is widely used to help with skin ailments, from dry or chapped skin to eczema and dermatitis. It generally has anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties, and studies show it promotes sleep. It is an anti-inflammatory, and helps prevent infection in wounds. It is considered to be effective with sexual problems, from low libido to impotence. It is a good insect repellant, particularly against mosquitos.
Peppermint Supreme (Mentha piperita, India)
This versatile oil is antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiviral, antiseptic, and analgesic. It helps reduce respiratory infections and the severity of colds and flu, soothes nausea and calms the digestive tract, including helping with irritable bowel syndrome. It is also good for liver and gallbladder complaints, and generally relaxes the colon. It can help relieve skin rashes and infections, calms toothache, improves sluggish circulation of both blood and lymph, may help with vertigo, relieves pain, and may reduce migraines and neuralgia. The list of uses goes on and on. . .
Ravensara – Wild (Ravensara aromatic, Madagascar)
This oil is considered excellent for the adrenal glands and has a long history of use for bolstering general immunity. It is considered a general tonic for the body, especially for stimulating sluggish lymph and blood circulation. It is effective for neuromuscular pain, insomnia, headaches, muscle spasms, cramps, fever, swelling and more. It has strong anti-depressant qualities.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis, Spain)
The oil is extracted from the leaves, flowers and flower buds to make an essential oil that is among the most commonly used. Its range of effects is enormous, from stimulating hair growth and treating dandruff to alleviating neuralgia to improving circulation. Like almost all essential oils, rosemary is antibacterial, analgesic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral. It helps relieve congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis; migraines and headaches; and burns, bruises and muscle aches. It serves as a detoxifier, reduces stomach upset, calms an inflamed gall bladder, can help regulate blood pressure, and helps alleviate adrenal exhaustion. It is a potent mood elevator, helping to relieve anxiety and depression and reduce the emotional and mental effects of stress. It is an excellent memory stimulator, and so it is useful for conditions involving memory loss. Studies have shown that it helps improve concentration and cognitive performance.
Sage Dalmatian (Salvia officinalis, Ukraine)
The sage oils are known to be good for sore throats, thrush, bronchitis, coughs, flu, and fever. This oil helps regulate hormones, stimulates circulation, and is a gall-bladder stimulant. It may help reduce PMS problems and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. It eases digestive upsets and pelvic problems, and may help reduce tremors, vertigo, agitation, and nervous anxiety.
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis, Brazil)
This oil comes from the rind of the fruit. It also is one of the most commonly used essential oils. It is antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, antiseptic, and antispasmodic. It helps strengthen the epidermis and promote collagen, reduces stomach cramps and upset, is effective against both diarrhea and constipation, relives sore throat, stimulates the lymph system, and promotes bile secretion and flow. It can also serve as a sedative and stress reducer, helping to relieve insomnia. It can improve the body’s ability to absorb vitamin C, helps relieve fluid retention, and has been studied for anticancer properties and its ability to reduce cell mutation.
Tea Tree (Malaleuca alternifolia, China)
Extracted from the leaves of this tree, this oil is known for everything “anti-“! Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic. . .tea tree is the star of antiseptic oils, evening showing effectiveness against MRSA. It’s an immunostimulant that also is has benefits for neurological functioning. It’s effective for acne, athlete’s foot, eczema, yeast infections, herpes, warts and more. Among other uses, it hleps treat burns and sores, relieves sinusitis and bronchitis, helps reduce varicose veins, soothes toothache, reduces dandruff and other scalp conditions, helps remove skin tags, and is generally effective for most things skin related.
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata, Madagascar)
This oil, extracted from the flowers of this tree, is known as a potent aid to reducing anxiety, fear, anger, nervous irritability and depression. Because of its emotional balancing and centering effects, it has been called the “oil of the heart.” It also helps with insomnia, and is used to treat athlete’s foot, reduce fever, and relieve colds and coughs. It assists with balancing hormones and the adrenal gland, and has been shown to help lower cortisol (stress hormone) and blood pressure. It also has a long tradition of being used to promote luxurious hair and radiant skin.
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* Although the use of essential oils as therapeutic agents goes back far into history and modern research has demonstrated some of their potentially positive biological effects, the FDA does not recognize most essential oils as "therapeutic agents." Health claims cannot be made for any substances other than FDA-approved drugs. The material provided here is for informational and educational purposes. We make no explicit claims that essential oils prevent, treat, mitigate or cure disease. This information is not intended to be complete, nor can its accuracy be fully guaranteed. If you have a health condition, please seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.
Plantessence essential oils and blends are produced and bottled by Carolina Health Options. Integrative Life Solutions, Inc. is the sole authorized distributor of Carolina Health Options’ Plantessence products.
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