Author: DiffuserEssentials

Essential Oils

Vetiver essential oil (Vetiveria ziznoides)

Sources: Indonesia, Caribbean Islands, Sri Lanka Extraction: Steam distilled Note: Base Scent: Earthy, woody, musky Key points:  Insomnia Thick, not suitable for nebulizers Fixative, good in a blend Properties: analgesic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, stimulant Uses:  insomnia, anxiety, depression, stress, insect repellant Cautions:  Generally thought to be safe …
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Thyme essential oil (Thymus vulgaris)

Sources:  Mediterranean Europe and Africa Extraction: Steam distilled Note: Middle Scent: strong, sweet, herbal Key points:   Good antiseptic Useful for respiratory diseases Properties:  antiseptic, anti-bacterial, antispasmodic, expectorant, insecticide, stimulant Uses:  stimulate immune system, disinfectant, colds, flu, sinusitis, coughs , increase mental clarity Cautions: Do not use during pregnancy. Do …
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Pine essential oil (Pinus sylvestris)

Sources: US, Europe Extraction: Steam distilled Note: Middle Scent: Fresh, balsamic, woody, forest Key points:  Useful for colds and sinusitis May help hangovers Natural air freshener Properties:  expectorant, analgesic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, disinfectant, insecticide, stimulant Uses: Coughs, colds, sinus infections, hangovers, mental fatigue, air freshener, flu Cautions: Possible skin …
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Ravensara essential oil (Ravensara aromatica)

Sources: Madagascar Extraction: Steam distilled Note: Top Scent: Camphor, herbal Key Points: Good for viral diseases Do not confuse with Ravintsara Properties:  expectorant, antiviral, antibacterial, analgesic, antiseptic Uses: treat viral diseases, flu, immune stimulant, coughs, colds, fatigue Safety: Do not use during pregnancy.  Limited safety data available.  

Aromatherapy Courses

Aromahead Institute:  Offers a variety of online training courses. You can take a free introductory class to essential oils.  They also offer a 235 hour course which qualifies you to become a certified aromatherapist. Open College:  An Australian online educator offers a certificate in Aromatherapy with a curriculum that covers …
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Marjoram oil (Origanum majorana; Origanum hortensis)

Sources: Hungary, Spain, Egypt Extraction: Steam distilled Note: Middle Scent: Warm, sweet, woody, camphor Key points: Warming Useful for colds and respiratory diseases May substitute for tea tree oil (Schnaubelt) Properties: analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-viral, expectorant, sedative, anaphrodisiac Uses: colds, coughs, bronchitis, influenza, headaches, tension, anxiety, asthma, menstrual issues, insomnia, …