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Australian Essential Oils Guide 2020

By on September 8, 2020

 

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the byproducts of extracting the various compounds from australian plants by pressing or steaming the various roots, seeds, flowers, bark, leaves or fruit. Plants use these scents to ward off predators, to attract insects for pollination and other self-serving functions. In order to create a single 15ml bottle of 100% pure essential oil, it can require several pounds of raw plants to capture the essences of the plant. But distilling these gifts from the earth, brings the benefits and enjoyment into your home.

The History of Essential Oils

So you might be asking, where did essential oils come from? Their history is quite old and remarkable, stretching all the way back to 4,500 B.C. to the era of Pharaohs in ancient Egypt. Egyptians began to cultivate plants and harvest their essential oils to be used in mummification and embalming. Around 400-500 B.C. on the battlefields of Greece, soldiers carried Myrrh essential oils to counter infections. Hippocrates known as the (father of medicine), documented the effects of over 300 plants and said, “a perfumed bath and a scented massage everyday, is the way to good health.”

In 1910, French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé was working in his perfume laboratory when an accident occurred and caused burns to his hands and arms. After rolling around in the grass to extinguish the flames, he treated himself with lavender essential oil. Almost immediately, his pain began to subside and he healed at a remarkably quicker pace than previous injuries without the usual scarring. After this incident, he began researching the healing properties of essential oils and in 1937 released his book “Aromathérapie”, which was the first use of the word Aromatherapy.

Essential oils have had their roots in medicine for centuries and their effects have been well documented along the way. Even today, many pharmaceutical drugs are based on natural substances and essential oils that can aid in a wide variety of illnesses and health problems.

How To Use Essential Oils

The last time you visited a spa, you probably noticed the scent of Tea Tree or Eucalyptus in the air that helps one to relax and take in the moment. You can have these experiences at home as well! To enjoy essential oils, we recommend utilizing diffusers, ionizers or oil burners, but there are a variety of uses in your home to take advantage of.
Diffusers are a great way to enjoy aromatic essential oils. By placing essential oils in water atop a ceramic bowl above a candle in the traditional method or with an electric diffusers is the modern method to diffuse the essences of nature.

You can dab a little directly on your body, but avoid sensitive skin areas. The most common areas are the top of the head, behind your ears, neck and the soles of your feet.
If you need to freshen up a specific area, like a gym bag or garbage can, you can simply place a few drops on a cotton ball and place inside.
A few drops on your carpet inside your car will do wonders to make your car smell amazing.
Essential oils are essential to massages! Add a few drops of Lavender Oil or Cedarwood to a carrier oil as a moisturizer or massage oil.

Essential Oil Safety

Remember that essential oils are concentrated and very potent, so please use them sparingly to begin with. It’s very easy to add a few more drops if you don’t achieve your desired results. Here are a few tips we recommend to safely use essential oils.

Don’t use essential oils topically prior to going out in the sun. Certain oils can dramatically increase your skin’s sensitivity to UV light.
If you have any irritation from use directly on your skin, it’s recommended to apply V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or pure vegetable oil to the affected area to dilute the essential oils themselves.
Do not use essential oils during pregnancy. There has been limited research into the effects of essential oils on developing fetus, it’s best to avoid use while pregnant.
Do not put essential oils on sensitive skin areas around the eye, ears, or nose.
It is always best to consult your doctor prior to using essential oils directly on your skin.

These are a few areas to be careful when starting your essential oils journey, but we hope our essential oils guide helps you become a pro in no time!.

Singles V Blended Essential Oils

Blended essential oils are created by blending a variety of single essential oils to create a new recipe. The blending of oils can provide a different experience from the single oil. Blending can neutralize some other components of single oils, so they become a new formula altogether and can’t be viewed as the combination of each individual oil. Check out our Blended Essential Oils below:

Rainforest Mist Oil: One of our best selling products at our Farmer’s Market is a Rainforest Mist Scrub, so we had to create an essential oil version to allow this wonderful combination in more ways than one. To achieve this stunning aroma, we combined a variety of single essential oils:

  • Bergamot
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree
  • Eucalyptus

Sleepy Essential Oil: Essential oils such as Lavender and others have been studied and proven to alter your brainwaves. It can change them from the awake state to the sleep/meditative states of inducing relaxation, calmness and tranquillity. We’ve studied insomnia and single essential oils to create this blend to assist you in the battle for some deep REM sleep:

  • Sandalwood
  • Cedarwood
  • Rose GeraniumLavender
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Frankincense

Single Essential Oils

Singles are exactly as they sound, the single oil from the plant it was derived from and nothing else. Each has its own unique usage, mood, and benefits:

Bergamot Essential Oil: A great aroma to balance the mind and can be beneficial in regenerating skin cells with its high antioxidant content. Bergamot is a citrus-based oil and is believed to help control emotional confusion and ease one’s sense of humor and well-being.

Black Pepper Essential Oil: This peppery/spicy scented oil has a warming and comforting effect, even slight Aphrodisiac tendencies and mentally stimulating.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil: Carrot Seed oil has high levels of antioxidants that are beneficial to the skin and a warm, earthy aroma that is believed to offer a variety of health benefits, including the reduction of stress and anxiety.

Cedarwood Essential Oil: Our much-loved Cedarwood essential oil is warming, uplifting, and has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. There was one case study that suggested the addition of cedarwood oil to traditional acne treatments could be beneficial to reducing breakouts

Cinnamon Essential Oil: Cinnamon is a fantastic compound that contains numerous compounds that are believed to benefit health. That specific compound is cinnamaldehyde, which has been found to reduce inflammation and has antimicrobial traits. We find it to be a wonderful oil to increase circulation, relieve pain, and fight bacterial infections.

Clary Sage Essential Oil: Clary Sage is a flower that originally grew in the Mediterranean Basin, but loves to grow in high-temperature areas. When used in aromatherapy, it can have very calming effects and reduce stress/anxiety. It also has great antimicrobial properties, and in one study clary sage oil help with difficult to treat dermatological infections. Pretty impressive!

Clove Essential Oil: Clove Oil is known for its many health benefits due to the high eugenol content and studies have shown it to have antifungal and antibacterial benefits in respiratory infections. Clove oil also has strong pain-numbing qualities and is utilized by dentists.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil: The most Australian Essential Oil would definitely be Eucalyptus. Perfect for inhaling and clearing any congestion and mucus. Eucalyptus contains powerful elements that keep pathogens away and improves general well being and alleviates the symptoms of the common cold and the flu.

Frankincense Essential Oil: Woody, earthy, regal, with a gentle spicy aroma which results in a very calming and relaxing feeling that’s been used for centuries with meditation and yoga. Frankincense essential oil is often used to de-stress at the end of a day or just to create a wonderful atmosphere in any environment. Promoting healthy cell regeneration and keeps existing cells and tissues healthy.

Grapefruit Essential Oil: The skin of red grapefruit is cold-pressed and very popular in skincare + hair care. Energising and refreshing qualities uplift and nourish positive emotions. When absorbed through the skin it enters the bloodstream and makes its way to the limbic system. The aroma inspires and clears the mind helping to eliminate emotional confusion.

Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender Essential oil helps balance your skin’s natural oil production and also regenerates new cell growth which is perfect if you want to look younger using nature without side effects. If you burn your skin it helps aid in the healing process faster than not doing anything at all. However, it’s also used as the foundation of many pharmaceutical drugs and for people who have trouble sleeping. Science has proven it can alter your brainwaves from the awake state to the dream/sleep state.

Lemon Essential Oil: A powerhouse of medicinal and health benefits with a fresh and sharp citrus aroma of lemon. Studies have shown several benefits to skin health with its ability to strengthen the white corpuscles that defend the body against infection. It is astringent and detoxifying in nature, thereby, effective at helping to shed dead skin cells. With these qualities, it can be beneficial for acne and also great for all types of skin.

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil: Lemon Myrtle essential oil is used as an antiseptic, disinfectant, and expectorant and is said to be more powerful than Tea Tree. In aromatherapy, it is valued for its fresh scent with uplifting benefits on your emotions and the ability to soothe, body, and mind.

Lemongrass Essential Oil: Lemongrass essential oil is used on the skin as an antiseptic and astringent and is also very useful for oily hair and skin. Lemongrass will firm, cleanse and refine sluggish/dull skin, and with its fresh, earthy and lemony fragrance, it is a perfect choice in lotions and balms. This oil has a nice relaxing quality to soften and de-stress the body and mind.

Lime Essential Oil: Our Lime Essential Oil is cold pressed from Mexico and is 100% pure and very high quality. It has an invigorating and stimulating effect and also used to help mental clarity and encourage creativity. Lime is an essential oil that’s extremely high in Vitamin C which feeds collagen and preserves skin elasticity.

May Chang Essential Oil: Our May Chang Essential Oil is also known as ‘Mountain Pepper’ or the ‘Oil of Tranquility’ and is recognised for its ability to promote physical relaxation and mental calm. May Chang essential oil can reduce digestive issues, relieve cramping and excess gas.

Orange Essential Oil: It has a rich, citrusy scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence for any stressful situation. It is also very rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene which you can read about here.

Palmarosa Essential Oil: This is one for the collection as it provides a uniqueness to blend with others or to use on it’s own! Primarily used in the skin care industry as it has loads of amazing benefits for the skin. By re-establishing the physiological balance of the skin, Palmarosa creates harmony with any skin type or condition. 

Patchouli Essential Oil: This is a grounding, deep, earthy oil that improves with age just like a fine wine! Similarly, if meditation or prayer is a regular habit, patchouli can allow a deeper spiritual connection. For instance, studies have shown it has a sedative effective and is useful for the treatment of sleep problems. Highly effective for skin and the treatment of skin ailments and believed to be a boost for the immune system. 

Peppermint Essential Oil: Refreshing, mentally stimulating, energising and used to enhance the well-being of the digestive and respiratory system. Good as a nerve tonic that helps with mental fatigue and nervous stress.

Pine Scotch Essential Oil: A wonderful, woody, fresh, warm and earthy aroma of our Pine Scotch Essential Oil is reminiscent of a traditional pine forest right in your own home.

Rose Geranium Essential Oil: This oil is an uplifting essential oil which can have an all over balancing effect on hormones, cleansing and of the skin. Not too overpowering but very well balanced. Rose has the highest vibration of any plant and contains a lot of soothing properties for the skin.

Rosemary Essential Oil: Rosemary oil improves circulation, reduces the appearance of broken capillaries and varicose veins. It’s great for mature skin and stimulates cell renewal and improves dry skin, easing lines and wrinkles. It can also aid in clearing acne, blemishes or dull dry skin by fighting bacteria and regulating oil production. 

Sandalwood Essential Oil: A relaxing sedative oil, Sandalwood is one of those luxuries in life you just shouldn’t go without. It is believed to improve mental clarity and has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-viral qualities. It’s similar to chamomile in its very calming to the nervous system and helps to relieve anxiety.

Spearmint Essential Oil: Rich in antioxidants, spearmint may help open and release emotional blocks, leading to a sense of balance and well-being. Also used as a mental stimulant for its energising qualities, it’s slightly fruity scent is softer than peppermint.

Tea Tree Essential Oil: A fantastic oil to use with a wide number of uses. 100% pure quality tea tree oil sourced from Australia. We’ve read countless studies on Tea Tree showing great effectiveness for most of the above ailments. It’s alway nice when you have science to back up what native Australians have known for decades!

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: This oil has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that has made it a romantic favourite. Ylang ylang is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation, therefore using this oil may help with releasing feelings of anger, tension, and nervous irritability. In addition, Ylang Ylang oil has a long history in skin and hair care products.

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