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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 & Subtle Properties 
Neroli  Citrus aurantium  Rejuvenating to skin. Aphrodisiac. Emotion: Instills feelings of peace. Hypnotic and slightly euphoric. Soothing in highly emotional states, hysteria or shock. Relieves depression. Enhances creativity and self-esteem. Aroma: Haunting, feminine, spicy and bittersweet. 
Niaouli, Nerolidol  Melaleuca quinquenervia  Called "MQV" in Great Britain. Strong decongestant and antiseptic. Good for head and chest colds; energizing and strengthening when you can't stay in bed. Anti-bacterial. Emotion: Stimulating and uplifting. Clears the mind. Aroma: Sweet, fresh, camphoraceous. 
Nutmeg  Myristica fragrans  A tonic for the reproductive and circulatory systems. Regulates the menstrual period and soothes pain. Aphrodisiac. Emotion: A very potent oil. Invigorates and activates the mind encouraging unity, peace, dreams and visions. Aroma: Spicy, light, warm and fresh. 
Oakmoss  Evernia prunastri  This lichen is used as a traditional herbal medicine by Native Americans. Useful for respiratory complaints. A reputed aphrodisiac. Emotion: Uplifting, cooling and calming. Creates a sense of home, attachment, and belonging. Aroma: Earthy, full, slightly sweet. 
Orange, Sweet  Citrus sinesis  Lowers temperature associated with colds or flu. Alleviates insomnia brought on by anxiety. Emotion: Dispels emotional tangles, obsessions and fears of the unknown. Creates a positive outlook. Encourages joy and creativity. Aroma: Fresh, fruity, tangy and sweet. 
Palmarosa  Cymbopogon martini  A skin moisturizer useful for minor skin infections, dermatitis and acne. Emotion: Light, refreshing and clearing to the mind. Relieves stress and lifts the emotions. Instills calm feelings. Discourages a judgmental and self-critical attitude. Aroma: Sweet, floral, lemony. 
Patchouly  Pogostemon spp.  Rejuvenates mature skin and promotes the growth of new cells. Repels insects. A reputed aphrodisiac. Emotion: Brings a sense of the sacredness of life. Balancing. Strengthens objectivity. Helps in the clarification of problems. Aroma: Smoky, herbaceous, earthy. 
Pepper, Black  Piper nigrum  Valuable for loss of appetite. Useful in the first stages of cold or flu. Helps maintain alertness during long distance driving. Emotion: Bolsters courage in stressful situations such as public speaking. Alleviates indifference, frustration and anger. Aroma: Strong, warm, peppery. 
Peppermint  Mentha piperita  Provides relief from head colds and bronchitis when inhaled in steam. Eases neuralgia, muscular pain, nausea and headache. Emotion: Aids concentration and memory. Remedy for mental fatigue and depression. Dispels egoism. Aroma: Camphoraceous, minty, fresh. 
Petitgrain  Citrus aurantium  Known as "bitter orange." Useful for insomnia. Strengthens debilitated states after an illness. Encourages resistance to infection. Emotion: Calms anger and panic. Gives assurance when feeling down. Refreshes the mind. Aroma: Warm, sweet, woody and floral.
Pine Needle  Pinus silvertis  Used with steam inhalation to alleviate colds, sore throats and bronchitis. Balancing to the male endocrine system. Used with massage to relax muscles. Emotion: Peaceful and balancing. Clears negative energy from the aura and the environment. Aroma: Crisp, clean, resinous. 
Ravensara aromatica  Agatophyllum aromaticum  Antiseptic and antiviral. Helps rid the body of toxins produced by cold and flu. Good for respiratory problems. Emotion: Awakens the senses and removes emotional blocks. Promotes high ideals. Relieves insomnia. Aroma: Earthy mixture of clove and eucalyptus. 
Rose Absolute  Rosa damascena  Excellent for skin care. Helps insomnia. Emotion: Inspires divine union between physical and spiritual love. Enhances creativity and appreciation of beauty. Soothes emotions and smoothes relationship difficulties. Aroma: Deep, sweet, flowery. An exquisite perfume. 
Rosemary  Rosmarinus officinalis  Stimulates the heart and promotes circulation. Alleviates rheumatic pain and menstrual cramps. Emotion: Known as the herb of remembrance. Clears the mind of confusion and improves memory. Clarifying, warming and invigorating. Aroma: Penetrating, fresh. 
Rosewood  Aniba roseodora  Used to relieve colds, coughs, infection and fever. Useful for headache, nervous tension and nausea. Eases symptoms of menopause. Emotion: Has a tonic and calming effect on the mind. Eases anxiety and depression. Enhances meditation. Aroma: Woody, spicy, mild rose. 
Sandalwood Santalum album Used for urinary and respiratory infections in the Ayervedic tradition. Emotion: Helps cut ties with the past. Quiets the mind and the emotions. Deepens the connection to Spirit and supports meditation. Encourages wisdom. Aroma: Balsamic, soft, warm and woody.
Spearmint Mentha spicata New oil - Information coming soon.
Spikenard Nardostachys jatamansi "Nard" belongs to the same botanical family as valarian. Useful for migraine, insomnia, stress and tension. Emotion: Inspires devotion and inner peace. Allows surrender of will to the divine. Supports truth and certainty. Aroma: Heavy, woody, earthy, spicy-animal.
Spruce  Picea mariana Relieves muscular aches and pains, poor circulation and respiratory congestion. Emotion: Elevating. Use in diffuser for yoga or meditation. Opens the third eye and crown chakras. Relieves anxiety and stress. Aroma:  Fresh, balsamic, cool, dark and forest-like.
St. Johnswort Hypericum perforatum  Analgesic and anti-inflammatory. It has been used for treatment of burns and bruises, rheumatism, sciatica and arthritis. Emotion: Helps to relieve depression and emotional pain. A chakra balancer. Aroma: Herbaceous and penetrating.
Tangerine Citrus reticula Good for digestive problems, insomnia, nervous tension and other stress- related disorders. A moisturizer for dry skin. Emotion: Brings cheer and light. Assists in adapting to life's changes. Inspires sensitivity and empathy. Aroma: Sweet, fresh, orange-like. 
Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia  Long recognized by indigenous peoples of Australia for its antiseptic quality. Useful for burns, warts, cuts and skin infections. Emotion: Refreshing and revitalizing, especially after shock. Cleansing, purifying and uplifting. Aroma: Warm, spicy, medicinal and aromatic.
Thyme, Red  Thymus vulgaris Fortifying to the lungs and immune system. Emotion: Strengthens the nerves and combats depression. Helps to release mental blockages and trauma. Aids memory and concentration. Enlightening to the mind and to the spirit. Aroma: Intense, sweet and strongly herbal.
Turmeric Curcuma longa  Native to southern Asia where it has been used as both a spice and a common household medicine. Used for menstrual problems in Chinese medicine. Emotion: An aphrodisiac evoking passion and strength. Aroma: Fresh, woody-spicy. Reminiscent of ginger.
Valarian, East Indian Valariana wallachi  Derives its name from the Latin valere "to be well."  The East Indian variety has a more pleasing scent than the western varieties. Useful for hot flashes, migraine and shaking associated with Parkinson's disease. Emotion: Grounding and calming to the mind. Aroma: Earthy, musky.
Vanilla Absolute Vanilla planifolia  Vanilla is an exotic orchard native to Central America. Thought to arouse sexual desire, particularly in women. Its medicinal value is rarely acknowledged today. Emotion: Warming, comforting and gently stimulating; improves confidence and helps dissolve frustrations. Supports happiness and joy. Aroma: Sweet, rich, woody-spicy.
Vetiver Vetiveria zizanoides  Useful for dry or irritated skin. Relieves muscular aches, insomnia, and PMS. Emotion: Referred to as "The Oil of Tranquility." Stimulates the root chakra. Promotes security and patience. Increases the ability to withstand stress. Aroma: Sweet, earthy, smoky undertone.
Ylang-ylang  Cananga odorata The "Flower of Flowers." A relaxing aphrodisiac. Relieves PMS. Emotion: Inspires creativity and the appreciation of beauty. Slightly euphoric. Soothes negative emotions and opens the second chakra. Aroma: Exotic, sweet, heavy and sensual. Called "poor man's jasmine."
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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