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Essential Oils A-C:

Venus Rising Essential Oils A-C
Listed below are some of the traditional properties and subtle aromatheraputic effects of essential oils. The information has been extracted from a number of published sources. Read how to use essential oils on Anita's Essential Oil Safety page. To learn more about essential oils, consult one of the books on her Essential Oil Bibliography.
Essential Oil Botanical Name  Traditional & Subtle Properties 
Agarwood or Aloeswood  Aquilaria agallocha  Also known as "oud," it is the most sacred of oils. Emotion: Used for nervous disorders, obsessive behavior and exhaustion. Highly prized in Buddhist meditation, bringing closer communication with the spiritual. Aroma: Exquisite, rich, sweet, woodsy. 
Amber  Pinus succinefera  Sufi medicine recommends amber for any problem associated with the heart. Emotion: Encourages harmony, balance, inner knowing and inspiration. Wear to dispel overbearing people. Aroma: Warm, resinous. 
Amyris  Amyris balsamifera  Known as "West Indian" or "poor man's sandalwood," amyris is often used as a fragrance fixative. It is unrelated to true sandalwood. Emotion: Strengthening and centering, its calming effect is good for nervous tension. Aroma: Dry, musty, woody. 
Angelica Root  Angelica glauca  Aids detoxification of the body. Helps build physical strength and is excellent for convalesence. Emotion: Facilitates insight and enhances meditation. Helps face difficult problems. Encourages strength, stamina and focus. Aroma: Earthy, herby-green, rich. 
Anise, Star  Illicium verum  Called "Chinese" anise. Used in Chinese medicine for over 1,300 years for stimulating the digestive system. Eases pre-menstrual tension. Emotion: Enhances emotional balance and sense of humor. Relieves stress from over-work. Aroma: Warm, spicy, sweet licorice-like.
Balsam, Peru  Myroxylon pereira  Soothes nervous tension and stress. Used for respiratory disorders. Emotion: Encourages calm, comfort, peacefulness and warmth. Cushions against emotional storms that may impede the spiritual voyage. Aroma: Rich, sweet and vanilla-like balsamic. 
Basil, Holy  Ocimum santicum  In India it is held sacred to the Hindu gods Krishna and Vishnu. Used for headache and over-worked muscles. Emotion: Boosts confidence and courage. Improves memory, concentration and decision-making. Aroma: Warm, rich, sweet-herbaceous and pungent.
Bay, Laurel  Laurus nobilis  Also known as "sweet bay." The Romans saw it as a symbol of wisdom. Relieves rheumatic pain especially when combined with rose and juniper. Antiseptic. Emotion: Warms the emotions; has a mild narcotic effect. Aroma: Powerful, spicy-medicinal. 
Bay, West Indian  Pimenta racemosa  Used extensively in fragrance work, notably in "Bay Rum" cologne from Dominica. A scalp stimulant, it promotes hair growth. Sedative to the autonomic nervous system. Emotion: Relaxing, calming, warming. Aroma: Fresh, spicy and sweet-balsamic. 
Benzoin  Styrax benzoin  A natural preservative and cell regenerator. Used for skin care. Emotion: Calms nervous tension and stress. Clears negativity and releases depression. Can provide a pathway to understanding when all is in confusion. Aroma: Sweet and vanilla-like. Rich and warm.
Bergamot  Citrus bergamia  Used in Italian folk medicine for many years. Aids Sleep. Eases the symptoms of PMS and menopause. Emotion: Encourages concentration, confidence, strength and laughter. Opens the heart to cosmic joy. Aroma: Sweet, fruity with a spicy undertone. 
Blue Milfoil/Yarrow  xx New addition - Information coming soon.
Cajeput Melaleuca cajeput Highly regarded in the East for colds and throat infections. An excellent antiseptic for the respiratory tract. Emotion: Clears thought and dispels sluggishness. Puts the mind and body back into balance. Aroma: Camphoraceous; similar to but milder than eucalyptus. 
Camphor, White Cinnamomum camphora Used in incense in Borneo and Sumatra to keep away malevolent spirits. A traditional preventative of infectious disease. Aids convalesece. Emotion: Encourages freedom of the spirit and enlightenment. Aroma: Sharp, pungent and camphoraceous.
Cardamom  Elettaria cardamomum Helpful with digestive problems of nervous origin. Eases PMS and headaches. Emotion: Clears confusion, is refreshing, uplifting and invigorating. Warms the senses when weak or tired. Aphrodisiac. Aroma: Spicy, aromatic and penetrating with floral undertones.
Carrot Seed Daucus carota Considered excellent for skin preservation; assists in removing wrinkle lines. Beneficial for PMS. A tonic for the liver and gallbladder. Emotion: Relieves feelings of stress and exhaustion. Aroma: Dry-woody and somewhat earthy. Deep and strong.
Cassia  Cinnamomum cassia Called "kuei pi" in Chinese medicine which employs it for vascular disorders. A substitute for the more expensive cinnamon. Emotion: Excellent for exhaustion. Relieves depression and feelings of weakness. Stimulating and energizing. Aroma: Woody, spicy, cinnamon-like.
Catnip Nepeta cataria Also called "cat mint," its oil is anti-infective. Useful against respiratory ailments and viral infections such as herpes. Helps relieve inflammation. Emotion: Eases nervous depression and anxiety. Aroma: Herbal and green.
Cedarwood, Atlas Cedrus atlantica  Atlas cedarwood oil has been used for nervous tension and stress-related conditions, arthritis and respiratory congestion. Emotion: Promotes spirituality, balance and calm. Builds endurance and strengthens certainty. Aroma: Warm, camphoraceous, woody-balsmic.
Cedarwood, Himalaya  Cedrus deodora  Also called "Tibetan" cedarwood, it is the least toxic of all cedar oils. Good for respiratory infections and oily skin. Emotion: Increases self-respect and integrity. Balances meditative relaxation and intuitive work. Calming. Aroma: Sweet, balsamic, rich and penetrating.
Cedarwood, Virginia Juniperus virginiana  Also known as "red" cedarwood. Acts as a decongestant. Alleviates symptoms of bronchitis. Antidepressant and aphrodisiac. Emotion: Elevating and grounding. Protective and strengthening. Enhances spirituality and meditation. Aroma: Woody, balsamic, sweet. 
Chamomile, Blue Matricaria chamomilla  Known as "blue" chamomile for its high percentage of azulene, a potent anti-inflammatory. Emotion: Relaxing, soothing, balancing and calming. Helps release suppressed anger associated with the past. Aroma: Deep, sweet, warm, herbaceous. 
Chamomile, Roman Anthemis noblis  Anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory. Good for low back pain. Calms irritable effects of PMS and menopause. Soothing to the stomach. Emotion: Eases anxiety. Bestows a sense of patience and peace. Calms the mind. Aroma: Warm, sweet, fruity and apple-like. 
Champaca Absolute  Michelia champaca  The fragrant flower known as orange or golden champaca is a variety widely used in incense and perfumery. Originating in India, it is still planted on the grounds of Hindu temples. Emotion: Promotes happiness and bolster self-esteem. Aroma: Sweet and rich.
Cinnamon Bark Cinnamomum zeylanicum One of the oldest spices known to mankind. A popular aphrodisiac and antiseptic in India and Europe. Emotion: Eases tension, strengthens the nerves and invigorates the sense. Encourages confidence and generosity. Aroma: Sweet, camphoric and spicey-hot.
Citronella  Cymbopogon nardus  An excellent insect repellent. Used in traditional Chinese medicine for rheumatic pain. Emotion: Has a balancing and uplifting effect on the mind. Eases feelings of depression. Purifying and revitalizing. Aroma: Fresh, grassy, woody-sweet and lemony.
Clary Sage Salvia sclarea Alleviates PMS and menstrual pain. A nerve tonic when feeling exhausted. Emotion: Has a euphoric quality that is good for relief of depression. Encourages vivid dreams and dream recall. Aroma: Spicy and peppery, hay-like, bittersweet and warm. 
Clovebud Eugenia carophyllata  Used in vaporizer during infectious illness to disinfect the air. Aphrodisiac. Emotion: Has a positive and stimulating effect on the mind. Strengthens memory and lifts depression. Good when feeling weak and lethargic. Warming. Aroma: Refreshing with a sweet spicy note.
Coriander Seed  Coriandrum sativum  Has a long history of use; the seeds were found in Tutankhamen's tomb. Relieves headaches. Stimulates appetite. Emotion: Encourages creativity. Uplifting and refreshing. Aids memory and relieves tension. Aroma: Fresh, pungent, woody. Slightly musky with a floral undertone. 
Cypress Cupressus sempervirens Relieves PMS, hot flashes, hormone imbalance and irritability. Antispasmotic action eases coughs. Emotion: Lessens anxiety associated with transition. Encourages self-assurance. Removes psychic blocks. Aroma: Sweet-balsamic, smoky and tenacious, woody and warm. 
DISCLAIMER: This table is for information purposes only and is not intended for diagosis, prescription or medical advice in the treatment of specific medical conditions. Consult with a health care professional, especially during pregnancy.

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