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The presentation of this informational material on Essential oils is offered for its educational value.  This material is not considered all inclusive or complete and is not guaranteed as accurate.  Prior to any use of an essential oil please consult a certified aromatherapy professional or licensed medical professional.  Many pure oils may be contraindicated for individuals with certain medical conditions.  Never consume a pure oil without the supervision of a professional. Some pure oils may cause topical irritation of the skin, most should be diluted prior to topical applications, especially if using an absolute, pure essence or co2.

Allspice

  • Allspice is also known as plimento berry, plimento leaf, Jamaica Pepper, clove pepper, myrtle pepper and pimento.
  • Allspice botanical name is (Pimenta Officinalis).
  • Allspice oil is commonly extracted from the berry via steamed distillation and has a coco brown color similar to the color of the berry.
  • Allspice oil has a thin consistency and in perfumery terms would have a middle note and is said to have a strong initial aroma with a sweet yet spicy essence and hints of cinnamon & clove.
  • Allspice Essential oil has been used in relation to calming arthritic pain, improving muscle tone, reducing general body stiffness, reducing muscular and gastric cramping, reducing nervous tension & exhaustion, and reducing neuralgia.


Ambrette Seed


  • Ambrette Seed oil is also known as musk mallow, musk seed and hibiscus mochatus.

  • Ambrette Seed botanical name is Abelmoschus Moschatus.
  • Ambrette Seed oil is commonly extracted with the use of a solvent or CO2 extraction.  The oil has a pale yellow color and a medium consistency.
  • Ambrette Seed oil in perfumery terms has a middle note and its initial aroma is medium with a musky, woody essence and rich floral undertone.
  • Ambrette Seed oil has been used in relation to calming aches, reducing stiffness, improving blood circulation, lowering blood pressure and improving mood.



Amyris

  • Amyris oil is commonly referred to as West Indian Sandal wood oil.
  • Amryis oils botanical name is Amyris Balsamifera
  • Amyris oil is commonly extracted from the wood of the plant via steam distillation.  Amyris oil is pale yellow with a thick consistency and a base perfumery note.
  • Amyris oil has a mild aroma which may include a warm sweet essence of vanilla and a  woody cedar like character.
  • Amris oil is primarily used as a perfumery, it also is known to have antiseptic and sedative properties as will as uses as a fixative.



Angelica Root

  • Angelica Root oil is also commonly referred to as the angelica archangelica, or better known as garden angelica, angelique, archangel.
  • Angelica Root oils botanical name is Angelica Archangelica
  • Angelica Root oil is commonly extracted from the seed via steam distillation.  It is a pale yellow oil with a thin consistency and a base perfumery note.
  • Angelica Root oil is medium to strong in strength and has a herbaceous essence.
  • Angelica Root oil has been used in relation to improvement of exhaustion, water retention, gout, dull skin and toxin build-up.

Anise

  • Anise oil is commonly referred to as aniseed and sweet cumin.
  • Anise oil botanical name is Pimpinella anisum.
  • Anise oil is commonly extracted from the seed via steam distillation.  Anise is a clear oil with a thin consistency and a top perfumery note.
  • Anise oil has a clear sent of sweet licorice and is medium in strength.
  • Anise oil has been used in relation to muscle aches, flu, cough, clods, and bronchitis.


Atlas Cedarwood

  • Atlas Cedarwood is also known as Cedrus Doedara, Cedrus Atlantica, and Cedrus Libani.
  • Atlas Cedarwood oil botanical names are Cedrus Deodra, Cedrus Atlantica and Cedrus Libani. 
  • Atlas Cedarwood oil is commonly extracted from the plants wood via steam distillation.  Atlas Cedarwood is a light golden oil with a medium consistency and an oil feel.
  • Atlas Cedarwood oil in perfumery terms is a base note and is medium to strong in strength with a wood sweet essence.
  • Atlas Cedarwood oil has been used in relation to arthritis, acne, bronchitis, stress, coughing, cystitis, dandruff and dermatitis.



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Get Massage Smart staff article last updated 5 9 2014

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