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Yarrow

YARROW ESSENTIAL OIL


Quick Overview

Milfoil  (Yarrow essential oil) is used for a wide variety of complaints, including chest infections, digestive problems and nervous exhaustion. The Chinese use Yarrow Oil for menstrual problems and in Scandinavia it is used for rheumatism. Yarrow essential Oil is also helpful for skin problems such as acne, oily skin, and to help reduce scarring.
 

Botanical Name: Achillea millefolium
Yarrow Essential Oil is credited with having an energy similar to that of the earth. This may seem extreme to some, but most aromatherapists agree that it is a balancing, uplifting oil with practical applications on gynecological issues, wounds and open sores.  
 

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Dried herb

Country of Origin: Bulgaria

Cultivation Method: Wildcrafted


Blends Well With: Cedar Atlas, Chamomile , Black Spruce, Fir, and Vetivert.
 

Scent: Herbaceous, dry, with a woody back note
 

Contraindications: Non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitization in some individuals. Do not use while pregnant.

About the Oil
The essential oil of yarrow is dark blue/green, due to the strong  presence of the chemical component, chamazulene, also present in some of  the chamomile oils. Yarrow essential oil has a fresh, herbaceous, green aroma.
 

Aromatherapy Notes
As with other Blue oils, the oil becomes blue in the distillation process, as anti-inflammatory matracin turns to chamulzine.


Traditional Uses

Yarrow has a long history as a medicinal herb, which according to legend goes back to Achilles, who used it to heal wounds inflicted by the sword during the wars with Troy. 


Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature

The therapeutic properties of yarrow oil are anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, diaphoretic, digestive, expectorant, haemostatic, hypotensive, stomachic and tonic.
 

Safety

Do not use yarrow oil during pregnancy. Prolonged use may cause headaches and may irritate sensitive skin. 

Ylang-Ylang

YLANG-YLANG ESSENTIAL OIL

Quick Overview

Used throughout the fragrance industry. Ylang ylang is also known for its sedative properties.
 

Botanical Name: Cananga odorata
This extremely fragrant essential oil has a calming effect on the mind and body and is used in cases of frigidity and impotence. It has a wonderfully balancing and stimulating effect on the skin, to correct sebum production and is also used to stimulate hair growth.
 

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Freshly picked flowers

Country of Origin: Madagascar

Cultivation Method: Certified Organic


Blends Well With:  Bergamot, Cassia, Chamomile-Roman, Clary Sage, Clove Bud,  Eucalyptus-Lemon (Citriodora), Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, May  Chang (Litsea cubeba), Mandarin, Neroli (Orange Blossom), Myrrh, Orange,  Palmarosa, Patchouli, Balsam, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tuberose, and Vetivert.
 

Scent: Tropical, fruity, fatty, sweet, and floral
 

Contraindications: Non-toxic, non-irritant, a few cases of sensitization reported.  Use in moderation, since its heady scent can cause headaches or nausea.
 

About the Oil
Ylang-ylang oil is extracted from the freshly picked flowers by water or steam distillation. The first distillation is called Ylang-ylang extra, which is the  top   grade. An absolute and concrete are also produced by solvent extraction.


Aromatherapy Notes
This extremely fragrant essential oil has a calming effect on the mind and body and is used in cases of frigidity and impotence. It has a wonderfully balancing and stimulating effect on the skin, to correct sebum production and is also used to stimulate hair growth.


Traditional Uses

In Indonesia, the flower petals are strewn upon the bed on wedding nights. The oil was once a popular ingredient of hair preparations in Europe and was known as macassar oil. The word "anti-macassar" originated from this, since an anti-maccasar was used to keep hair oil from staining upholstered furniture.


Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature

Antidepressant, antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine and sedative.


Safety

It is classed as a non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil.