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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.

Balsam, Peru

  • Balsam Essential oi is commonly referred to as Balsam Tree, Balsam of Peru, Balsam of Tolu, Tolu, Tolu Opobalsam. 
  • Botanical name is Myroxylon pereirae.

  • Peru Balsam oil is commonly extracted with steam distillation.  The oil has a thick consistency with a dark brown color.
  • Peru Balsam oil is said to have a Base note in perfumery terms and a medium initial aroma with  earthy, sweet and balsamic essence.
  • Peru Balsam oil has been used in relation to bronchitis, cough, flu, chapped lips, sensitive skin and rashes.

Basil

  • Basil essential oi can commonly be referred to as common basil, French basil, sweet basil or Thai basil. 
  • Botanical name is  Ocimum basilicum.
  • Basil oil  is commonly extracted with steam distillation.  The oil has a thin consistency and clear color.
  • Basil oil is said to have a Top note in perfumery terms and a medium initial aroma with sweet licorice-like essence. 
  • Basil oil has been used in relation to exhaustion, colds, flu, bronchitis, muscle aches, insect repellent, insect bites, and gout.


Bay

  • Bay essential ol is commonly confused with Bay Laurel Oil which are very different distinct oils.  Commonly referred to as Bay West Indian Oil.
  • Botanical Name is Pimenta racemosa.
  • Bay oil is commonly extracted from the leaves with steam distillation.  The oil has a thin to medium consistency with a deep golden color.
  • Bay oil is said to have a Middle note in perfumery terms and a medium to strong initial aroma with a distinctive fruity & spicy yet medicinal essence. 
  • Bay oil has been used in relation to hair & scalp care, particularly dandruff as well as; sprains, strains, poor circulation and neuralgia.


Bay Laurel

  • Bay Laurel essential oil is commonly referred to as Laurel Leaf oil or Sweet Laurel and often confused with Bay oil, although they are different distinct oils.
  • Botanical Name is Primenta racemosa.
  • Bay Laurel oil is sommonly extracted from the leaves with steam distillation.  The oil has a consistency and clear color.
  • Bay Laurel oil has a Top note in perfumery terms and a strong to medium initial aroma with fruity, fresh and camphorous essence.
  • Bay Laurel oil has been used in relation to tonsillitis, amenorrhea, flu, clods and loss of appetite. 

Beeswax Absolute

  • Beeswax absolute is an animal based oil and is unique among essential oils.
  • The Botanical Name of the honey bee that makes beeswax absolute is Apis Millifera. 
  • Beeswax absolute is commonly extracted from the honey comb wax with the use of a solvent of CO2.  The oil has a medium consistency and a interestingly deep golden brown color.
  • Beeswax absolute has a Base note in perfumery terms and a mild to medium initial aroma with rich, floral and honey essence.
  • Beeswax absolute has been used in relation to perfumery, fragrance and diffusion.


Bergamot

  • The Botanical name is Citrus Bergamia
  • Bergamot essential oil is commonly extracted from the citrus peel or rind with a cold (press) extraction method which produces the highest quality essential oil.  Bergamot is also extracted using a steam distillation method. 
  • The essential oil has a thin consistency and a golden green color.
  • Bergamot oil has a Top note in perfumery terms and a medium aroma with a fresh citrus essence.
  • Bergamot oil has been used in relation to abscess, cystitis, cold sores, boils, psoriasis, halitosis, loss of appetite, depression, anxiety, and oil skin.

Bergamot Mint

  • Commonly referred to as Lemon Mint 0r Eau de Cologne Mint.
  • Botanical name is Mentha citrate.
  • Bergamot Mint oil is commonly extracted from the leaves with steam distillation.  The oil has thin consistency and clear color.
  • Bergamot Mint oil has a Top note in perfumery terms and a medium to strong aroma with a fresh, citrus and fruity essence.
  • Bergamot mint oil is used in relation to perfumery and fragrance industry.

Birch

  • Botanical name is Betula alba.
  • Birch oil is commonly extracted from leaf buds with steam distillation.  The oil has a medium consistency and is has a pale yellow color.
  • Birch oil has a base not in perfumery terms and has a balsamic essence.
  • Birch oil is used as an analgesic, antiseptic, astringent, depurative, disinfectant, diuretic, febrifuge, insecticide and tonic.
  • Birch oil should be avoided when pregnant.

Black Pepper

  • Botanical name Piper Nigrum.
  • Black Pepper oil commonly extracted from the pepper corns with  steam distillation.
  • Black Pepper oil has a thin consistency and a clear color.
  • Black Pepper oil has a medium note in perfumery terms with a medium strength initial aroma and a crisp, fresh, pepper corn essence.
  • Black Pepper oil has been used in relation to aching muscles, muscle cramps, poor circulation, arthritis and sluggishness.


Blue Cypress

  • Botanical name Callitris Intratropica.
  • Blue Cypress oil is commonly extracted from the needles via steam distillation.
  • Blue Cypress oil has a thin consistency, most commonly has a clear or pale yellow color but it can occasionally have a pale blue hue depending its source. 
  • Blue Cypress oil a Top to Medium not in perfumery terms and a medium aroma with a fresh, sweet, cedar essence with notes of lemon.
  • Blue Cypress oil has been used in relation to asthma and arthritis and also as a fixative fragrance.


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Get Massage Smart Staff Article Last Updated 26 9 2014

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