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Valerian

VALERIAN ESSENTIAL OIL


Quick Overview

100% pure Valerian Root essential oil is steam distilled from Valerian root grown in India. This is an aromatherapy specialty oil of the highest quality, with a rich, musty & deep aroma, Valerian is highly regarded for its support for sleep and relaxation.
 

Botanical Name:  Valerian officinalis
Valerian is a perennial herb with short rhizomes and aromatic feathery leaves with small pink or white flowers that bloom (in the  Northern hemisphere) from June through September. The plant is native  to Asia and grows up to 1.5 meters high. Also cultivated in Russia, the Baltic   states, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Britain, Scandinavia,   Hungary, China. The plant is also known as common  Valerian, Valerian root, and garden heliotrope.


Method of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Root

Country of Origin: China

Cultivation Method: Wildcrafted


Blends Well With: Cedarwood, lavender, mandarin, oakmoss, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, rosemary.
 

Scent: Warm-woody, balsamic, musky
 

About the Oil
Valerian is derived from a Latin adjectival form of the personal name Valerius. It comes from the Latin verb 'valere' meaning "being  well",  "feeling good", and "having a good morale". This is a reference to the medicinal properties of this plant.
 

Aromatherapy Notes
Base note with a very rich, tenacious, musky, woody, balsamic aroma. Valerian root is one of the most calming herbs in common use. Valerian essential oil is steam-distilled from the rhizomes of Valerian officinalis. The essential oil is an olive-green to olive brown in color with a warm rich earthy odor and a distinct 'musk-like'  character of great complexity. Valerian essential oil bends well with  essential oils of: Cedarwood, Lavender, Mandarin, Dark Patchouli, Petitgrain, Pine, and Rosemary, and Tangerine, and Wild Orange.  
 

Traditional Uses

Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Known to herbalists as 'all heal'. Both Hippocrates and Galen recommended Valerian as a remedy for insomnia.


Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature

Antidandruff, Antispasmodic, Bactericidal, Carminative, Diuretic, Emotionally balancing, Grounding, Hypnotic, Hypotensive, Nervous system depressant, Sedative.


Safety

Non-toxic, non-irritant, possible skin sensitization. Do NOT use  during   pregnancy. Do NOT use in combination with pharmaceutical  sedatives, antidepressants, or alcohol.

Vanilla

VANILLA ESSENTIAL OIL


Quick Overview

Our 100% pure Vanilla 'total' essential oils are CO2 distilled from Vanilla beans grown in Madagascar and Tahiti. The beans and extraction process of the Madagascar variety is  completely certified organic, and a very high 26% vanillin content. This oil has ten to twenty times the amount of vanillin in a 10-fold  solvent extracted resin, and is considered a very high grade oil.
 

The Tahitian vanilla is a relative newcomer to "commercial" product amounts.  It has a wonderfully-sweet vanilla aroma, and in comparison the  Madagascar vanilla could be described as "buttery and smooth". They are  both very nice!


Botanical Name: Vanilla planifolia

Known  as 'bourbon', Mexican, and Reunion Vanilla, this perennial climbing  vine can reach up to 25 meters in height and produces both white,  trumpeted flowers and green pods (also called beans). A native species  to Mexico and Central America, the pods are typically cultivated in  Madagascar and Mexico then shipped to Europe or the United States for  curing. Curing the pods entails first fermentation then drying; it is  this process that enables the fragrance known as true Vanilla to emerge.


Method of Extraction: Hexane Free Extracted (20x)    

Parts Used: Vanilla beans

Country of Origin: Madagascar or France

Cultivation Method: Wildcrafted


Blends Well With: Balsam, Bergamot, Frankincense,  Jasmine, Lemon, Mandarin, Myrrh, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetivert, and Ylang Ylang.


Scent: Floral, rich, sweet, warm, honey, basamic, with a back note of hay


Contraindications: None known
 

About the Oil

This essential oil is distilled using carbon dioxide from the pods  of Vanilla vines organically grown in Madagascar.The CO2 distillation  allows for a pure extraction of the aromatic compounds without adding  heat or pressure. It is 200 times stronger than common Vanilla extract  used for culinary purposes, and 14 times stronger than a "10-Fold" extract. The phenyl esters and other natural chemical compounds make  Vanilla a delicacy for the nose and palate. 'vanillin' is the chemical  constituent that gives Vanilla its unique aroma. Concentrations of this molecule usually make up 2% of the oil, yet this distillation sees 26% vanillin content.

Note: Low-priced Vanilla is most often a solvent extract or a synthetic aromatic while still being labeled as 'essential oil'.
 

Aromatherapy Notes

This Vanilla essential oil has a dense, gentle, rich, creamy,  balanced, classic 'vanilla bean' aroma with a slightly spiced undertone.  The CO2 extract has high vanillin content and therefore at most, half  the amount is needed to produce the same aromatic and therapeutic  results expected from most other Vanilla essential oils. Vanilla  essential oil is added in small amounts to many blends to 'round out'  the aromas, bringing a balance and smoothness to natural perfumes and aromatic creations. Vanilla blends well with: Sandalwood, Vetiver,  Balsam and spice oils.
 

Traditional Uses

Vanilla essential oil has been traditionally used as a flavoring agent, an aphrodisiac and to balance the emotions.
 

Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature

Antidepressant, Stimulant. 

Psychology:

  • Calms and relaxes anxiety and nervous tension
  • Soothes the nerves and harmonizes the emotions
  • Uplifting to the spirits
     

Safety

Vanilla is considered non-toxic, a non-irritant and  non-sensitizing, however, this CO2 distillation is very potent and  should therefore only be used in small quantities. If pregnant or  breast-feeding, consult a physician prior to use

Vetiver

VETIVER ESSENTIAL OIL


Quick Overview

100% pure essential oil of Vetiver is steam distiled from from the roots of the  herb organically grown in Sri Lanka. This is a lovely soft and earthy Vetiver...an outstanding variety both aromatically and therapeutically.
 

Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizanoides
Called 'khus khus' and 'khas khas' in its native India, Vetiver is a deeply rooted, perennial tufted grass, with long, thin, rigid leaves extending up to 1.5 meters in height. It is botanically related to Lemongrass and Citronella The grass grows well in low-laying rich marshy soils and is commonly found framing riverbanks in India, Indonesia  and Sri Lanka.
 

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Roots

Country of Origin: India

Cultivation Method:  Wildcrafted


Blends Well With:  Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, oakmoss, opopanax, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang
 

Scent: Sweet, heavy, earthy, woody
 

Contraindications:  Vetiver essential oil is considered non-toxic, a non-irritant and is non-sensitizing.
 

About the Oil
This viscous, brown essential oil is steam distilled from Vetiver grasses organically grown in Sri Lanka.
 

Aromatherapy Notes
This Vetiver has herbaceous middle notes woven with deep, smoky, leathery and rich earth undertones. The aroma (as with Patchouli oil) becomes more complex and smooth with age.


Traditional Uses

Vetiver is known as the 'oil of tranquility' and is part of an ancient Ayurveda recipe used to alleviate thirst, heatstroke, fevers  and   headaches. It is also prepared as a tonic to strengthen the immune system, calm mental hyperactivity, and reducing inflammation and pain in joints.


Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature

Antidepressant (mild), Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Depurative, Rubefacient, Sedative (nervous system), Stimulant (circulatory system), Tonic, Vermifuge.


Safety

Non-toxic, a non-irritant and is non-sensitizing.

Violet Leaf

VIOLET LEAF


Quick Overview

This is a rare, precious, high-quality oil with green, earthy, slightly floral overtones and is considered to have relaxing, soothing, and inspiring properties.
 

Botanical Name: Viola odorata
Violet leaf can be added to massage oils, diffusers, potpourri, lotions, and aromatherapy products, as well as worn as a fragrance.
 

Method of Extraction:hexane free extraction

Parts Used: Leaves

Country of Origin: Egypt

Cultivation Method: Wildcrafted


Blends Well With: Clary Sage, Tarragon, Basil & All Floral Oils.
 

Scent: Herbal, sweet, green, woody with floral backnote
 

Contraindications: Non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitization in some individuals

About the Oil
Thick and viscous, solid at room temperature. Bottle should be placed in a hot water bath in order for absolute to liquefy.
 

Aromatherapy Notes
Has a bright pine and eucalyptus-like   menthol top note, a  slightly sweet, orange-like middle note and   undertones of light wildflower honey and cedar shavings.  


Traditional Uses

Violets were mentioned by Homer and Virgil, and were used by the Athenians "to moderate anger," to "procure sleep" and "to comfort and strengthen the heart." Blue Violet Leaf has been used medicinally for    over two thousand years, and in ancient times, it was used as a treatment for skin cancer, to ease temper and to prevent headache and dizziness.


Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature

It can be used for treating bronchitis, stress headaches, nervousness,   insomnia, rheumatism, poor circulation, and sore throats.  
 

Safety

Non-toxic, non-irritating, but may cause sensitization in some individuals.