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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 and Subtle Properties 
Dillweed  Anethum graveolens  Helps digestive disorders. Calms nervous states accompanied by headache and sweating. Emotion: Helpful when feeling overwhelmed. Induces a lightness of feeling which allow cares to fall away. Encourages harmony. Aroma: Sweet, spicy, herby and powerful. 
Elemi  Canarium luzonicum  An aromatic used by Ancient Egyptians; useful for infected cuts and and the preservation of drying, wrinkled skin. Relieves nervous exhaustion and stress. Emotion: Has a grounding yet joyous effect on the mind. Instills a feeling of peace. Aroma: Spicy and fresh.
Eucalyptus  Eucalyptus globulus  Used for congestion, hay fever, and muscular aches. Fights virus and bacteria. Protective during epidemics. Emotion: Balances mood and reduces mental exhaustion. Creates a feeling of space. A fragrance of renewal. Aroma: Fresh, camphoraceous, spicy-minty. 
Fennel  Foeniculum vulgare  Diuretic cleansing action clears toxins from the body. Counteracts the effects of alcohol and is useful for recovering alcoholics. Emotion: Energizes, comforts and enlivens the mind. Induces calmness and courage. Aroma: Warm, sweet, aniseed-like, peppery-spicy. 
Fir Needle  Abies sibirica  Helpful for respiratory congestion and asthma. Relieves muscular aches due to rheumatism or arthritis. Emotion: Has a warming and grounding effect. Useful for yoga, meditation and psychic work. Relieves anxiety and stress. Aroma: Fresh, balsamic, cool pine forest 
Frankincense  Boswellia carteri  Eases bronchitis and colds. Rejuvenates mature skin. Emotion: Elevates and soothes the mind and opens it to intuition and inner guidance. Slows breathing and deepens meditation. Helps break links with the past. Promotes peaceful sleep. Aroma: Deep, rich, balsamic and spicy. 
Galangal  Alpina officianarum  Also known as "Chinese ginger" or "East Indian root." Antiseptic and bactericidal, it combats digestive upset and nausea. In India it is employed in perfumery. Emotion: Galangal aids psychic development and is used in magick for protection and luck. Aroma: Spicy, fresh.
Galbanum  Ferula galbaniflua  Aids poor circulation, muscular aches and rheumatism. Useful for bronchitis and chronic coughs. Aphrodisiac. Emotion: Calms erratic moods. Grounding. Removes psychic blockages. Slightly etherial quality deepens meditation. Aroma: Strong, herbaceous, dry-woody. 
Geranium  Pelargomia graveolens  Useful for PMS; reduces water retention. Helps reduce physical reactions to stress when used in massage. Emotion: Balancing, invigorating and uplifting. Can be a source of support in breaking an addiction. Eases mood swings. Aroma: Heady, rich floral with a hint of rose.
Ginger  Zingiber officinale roscea  Best known as a digestive aid, it has a warming action on the stomach. Eases symptoms of colds, flu, travel sickness and morning sickness. Anti-inflammatory. Emotion: Warms the emotions, sharpens the senses and aids memory. Aroma: Spicy and warm with a hint of lemon. 
Grapefruit  Citrus paradisi  Good for oily skin. Promotes hair growth. Stimulates the appetite. Diuretic properties may help with cellulite. Emotion: Balancing and uplifting. Boosts confidence and alleviates procrastination, frustration and bitterness. Aroma: Fresh, bright and bitter-sweet.  
Grapefruit, Pink  Citrus paradisi New addition - information coming soon.
Helichrysum  Helichrysum stoechas Improves the energy flow through the meridians - the channels running throught the body. Relieves migraine. An ingredient in anti-smoking blends. Emotion: Alleviates depression, fears and phobias. Lessens the effects of shock. Aroma: Powerful, deep, tea-like undertone.
Hops Humulus lupulus  Good for insomnia, nervous tension and neuralgia. Relieves menstrual cramps and supports female estrogens. Used to ease spasmotic coughs. Emotion: Strongly relaxing. Reduces stress and sexual tension. To be avoided when depressed. Aroma: Rich, pungent, heavy and spicy.
Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis  A strengthening tonic with stimulating properties useful for convalesence. Helps clear the lungs and ease tightness in the chest. Emotion: Has a powerful effect on the mind; increases alertness and clarity. Encourages awakening and acceptance. Aroma: Sharp, woody and penetrating.
Jasmine Absolute Jasminum grandiflorum Soothes and hydrates dry skin. Eases postnatal depression. A sensual aphrodisiac. Emotion: Stimulates imagination and dreams. Inspires grace and sensitivity. Strengthens the bond between mother and child. Aroma: Rich, floral, heavy and exotic. The "King" of oils.
Juniper Berry  Juniperus communis  Relieves symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. Repells ticks and fleas. Emotion: Strengthening when emotionally drained. Clears the mind of negative thoughts. Refreshing and restoring. Supportive to those in the "helping" professions. Aroma: Fresh, warm, woody-pine needle.
Labdanum Cistus ladaniferus Useful in the treatment of dry skin and wrinkles. Sedative to the nervous system. Emotion: Stimulates the psychic centers. Raises consciousness and encourages visions. Used in meditation, yoga and ritual. Promotes sleep. Aroma: Warm, pungent, rich, balsamic.
Lavender Lavandula officinalis A favorite plant grown in the gardens of monasteries. Relieves headache, insomnia, PMS, muscular aches and nausea. Emotion: Good for depression, indecisiveness and emotional conflict. Encourages gentleness and acceptance. Aroma: Warm, fresh, floral and sweet. 
Lemon Citrus lemon Good for oily skin. Aids arthritis, sore throats, colds and flu. Used to relieve high blood pressure and poor circulation. Refreshing when the temperature is high. Emotion: Reduces nervous tension and restlessness. A clarifying brain stimulant. Promotes concentration. Aroma: Sharp, bright and clean.
Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus Long used in India for fever and infectious disease. Helpful for sore throats and respiratory infections. Emotion: Refreshes the mind and stimulates awareness. Useful remedy for mental fatigue and loss of concentration. Aroma: Fresh, grassy, tenacious and lemony.
Lime  Citrus aurantifolia  A digestive stimulant to encourage appetite. A tonic for the immune system; restores energy after illness. Eases cough and sinusitis. Emotion: Refreshes a tired mind. Energizing and revitalizing when depressed. Aroma: Intensely fresh, strong, rich and sweet. 
Marjoram Thymus mastichina Ancient Greeks reputed it with promoting long life. Useful for tired, stiff muscles after strenuous exercise. Emotion: Stills an overactive mind and soothes turbulent emotions. Calming and comforting when feeling overwhelmed. Aroma: Warm, spicy, penetrating. 
Myrrh Commiphora myrrha Excellent for skin preservation. Invigorates the immune system and helps quicken recovery from disease. Emotiom: Has a cooling effect on heated emotions. Facilitates reflection, visualization and deep meditation. Reduces fear. Aroma: Haunting, warm, bitter-spicy.
Myrtle Myrtus communis  Symbol of love and immortality in ancient Greece. Anti-bacterial when diffused during cold season. Good for smoker's cough. Aphrodisiac. Relieves insomnia. Emotion: Soothes feelings of anger. Clarifying and strengthening. Aroma: Fresh, cool, camphor-like.
DISCLAIMER: This table is for information purposes only and is not intended for diagnosis, prescription or medical advice in the treatment of specific medical conditions. Consult with a health care professional, especially during pregnancy.

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