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Amyris (Amyris Balsamifera)
This Amyris is wildcrafted in India and is part of the Rutaceae family.
It is often referred to as being similar to sandalwood which many are familiar with.
Amyris is steam distilled from the bark of fallen and dried trees.
Amyris contains valerianol (22 percent), beta-eudesmol (17 percent), gamma-eudesmol (11 percent) and elemol (10 percent).Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety(United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 212.] Caryphyllene, cadinene and cadinol. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 82.]
Cautions and contraindications
Safety Information: Tisserand and Lawless both indicate that Amyris Oil appears to be non-toxic. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 212.] [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 82.]
Amyris is used to help lift the spirit. I use it for clients with depression. It is also an excellent choice in a blend for diffusing during meditation. If you like making natural perfumes you will love this as a fixative.
Amyris oil has antiseptic, sedative, decongestant and emollient properties.
Our Sweet Orange oil is cold-pressed from certified organic orange peels from South Africa.
Growing & Harvesting method: Certified organic expressed
Perfumery Note: Top
Aroma: Sweet, citrusy, tangy, intense, concentrated
Aromatic Intensity: 3-4
Scent Group: Citrus
Colour: Yellowy orange to dark orange
Perfume Note: Middle
Blends well with: other citrus oils, vetiver, sandalwood, amyris, cedarwood, lavender, florals such as ylang ylang, geranium, rose, cinnamon and clove and other spices.
Chemical Composition: Around 93% Limonene, 2.8% B Myrcene and .08% a-Pinene
As Patricia Davis points out so eloquently - with the orange tree producing orange oil, neroli and petitgrain, "what generosity of spirit this tree offers us".
Orange oils creates an uplifting happy atmosphere. Use it when you are feeling sad or down. It nourishes and creates happiness. Children love the aroma of orange oil.
Sweet orange oil is cited in research as an antidepressant, antispetic, anstispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, digestice, lumphatic, stimulant, sedative, as well as being antimicrobial, antispetic and anxiolytic.
You may wish to use sweet orange in formulations with other oils to support swollen tissues, cellulite, acne or dry and irritated skin, as well as rough or calloused skin (Battaglia, S., Complete Guide to Aromatherapy)
Sweet orange can be used in foot baths, baths, massage, skin care, compresses, diffusion or inhalation.
Chakra: Linked with the solar plexus and sacral chakras.
Astrology: Leo, Saggitarius
For antiseptic or supercial infection care blend at a ratio of 1:1 with lavandula angustifolia at a total blend ratio of 3% diluted in carrier oil.
For holistic emotional wellbeing consider diffusing with grapefruit, melissa leaf, palmarosa or ylang ylang, chamomile, jasmine or a blend of all at an equal part ratios. If using topically dilute to a maximum ratio of 3%.
Cautions/Contraindications: Generally considered safe (GRAS) however may cause skin irritation so always best to dilute
Citrus oils are easily oxidised. It is often best to keep them in a fridge. Ensure that the bottle does not have too much air in it. Personally if I have purchased a 10ml bottle and find myself with say 3 ml left, I will decant that into a smaller bottle to extend shelf life to prevent oxidisation. You will smell when oils are rancid. If your orange oil becomes rancid over the years, simply put into a spray bottle with some distilled water and use as an antibacterial spray in your shower or toilet areas.
Happy Spring to you from our Harriet Herbery Headquarters!
To celebrate the season of Spring we have sent off The Apothecary Box filled with goodies.
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the frogs are croaking and so many plants are waiting to grow to bring you great medicine in your garden!
To celebrate the amazing work from Save The Bees Australia, we have partnered with them this season to bring you organic Borage seeds. Borago Officinalis is one of the kindest plants for bees. The nectar regenerates every few minutes making them a haven for our bee friends. Every borage seed you plant will contribute to saving the planet! And you can read more about this beautiful medicine below to see how it can help you too!
Botanical Name: Borago officinalis L.
Other Common Names: Starflower
Habitat: Borage thrives in a calcareous and nutrient-rich soil.
Description: Borago officinalis is an annual plant of the Boraginaceae family (the borage or forget-me-not family). It self seeds so well that it is often considered a perennial.
The plant is covered with stiff coarse hairs which can be quite prickl, and it can grow up to 90 cm high .
The large star-shaped flowers are in sparse clusters. They have five petals that are purple at first but then turn blue.
My daughter and I love picking the flowers and putting them into ice cube trays. Grab your favourite glass and enjoy your water with flower cubes! They look spectacular!
The leaves, flowers and the oil extracted from the seeds are used in herbal medicine. The leaves and flowers are usually used fresh. If you are drying the herb, use it within a year as it will lose its medicinal effects quite easily after that.
Borage oil is said to assist in regulating the hormonal system, lowering blood pressure and cholesteral levels. Borage is great for the immune system and may help to prevent allergies, premenstrual problems and prostate disorders.
The herb has been used traditionally as an herbal remedy to treat cystitis, urinary tract infections, kidney inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, catarrh, pneumonia, tuberculosis and gastritis.
Externally, borage is traditionally used to assist itchy inflamed skin, rashes, arthritis, gout and some wounds.
Cautions & Contraindications:
Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. People suffering from epilepsy, schizophrenia or those taking the drug Phenothiazine are cautioned not to take Borage.
Some plants of the Boraginaceae family may cause inflammation and skin dermatitis so be careful when harvesting and drying the plant.
Yarrow is one of my favourite herbs especially with children! Traditionally, yarrow is used for rashes, itchy skin and other skin issues. You can use it in many other ways too but for this cream - this is why it's included.
The exquisite and precious Helichrysum Italicum oil is also added to this cream. It smells beautiful and is another of my favourite plants for the skin. It is traditionally used topically as a powerful anti inflammatory. This combination of plants in this herbal cream make it perfect to use after you've been busy in the garden planting all your new seeds!
Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis
What a joyous oil this African Orange is. And it's certified organic! Sweet orange is one oil that should be in everyone's home. It's friendly around children and is uplifting and bright.
Sweet orange essential oil can be applied topically, as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or through your diffuser. Because of its potential phototoxic effects, it should always be diluted and topical applications should be avoided prior to sunlight exposure.
Sweet orange oil, along with grapefruit oil, contains the highest percentage of limonene, a natural compound, which has been studied for its chemopreventive effects to support cancer treatment. A study led by Mei University in Japan found that using orange oil reduced the dosage necessary for patients suffering with depression.
The main chemical constituents of Orange Oil are: Limonene, Monoterpene Hydrocarbons (β- Myrcene and α-Pinene), Alcohols (Citronellol, Geraniol, and Linalool), and Aldehydes (Neral).
Sweet orange is an stimulant, digestive, detoxicant, anti-inflammatory, analgestic, sedative, antiseptic, expectorant, bronchodilator, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antioxidant and anti-anxiety.
Grapefruit essential oil can be applied topically, as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or through your diffuser. Because of its potential phototoxic effects, it should always be diluted and topical applications should be avoided prior to sunlight exposure.
As above, grapefruit and sweet orange oils contain the highest percentage of limonene, a natural compound, which has been studied for its chemopreventive effects to support cancer treatment. A study led by Mei University in Japan found that using orange oil reduced the dosage necessary for patients suffering with depression.
Grapefruit is a diuretic,, stimulant, , antiseptic, lymphatic, and tonic substance.
I had an old witchy friend of mine over recently and we were chatting away as I was making this blend. I wanted something that was calm and relaxing yet sprang into action for the Spring Season.
We were smelling all the chakra blends and talking about each chakra and how they resonated so well but we both felt this new synergy blend Ascendance seems to lift all the energy and all the chakras up.
Enjoy this from inhaling from the bottle or diffusing. I hope it cheers and clears for the Spring Season!
This blend contains Lavender, Frankincense, Marjoram, Lemon and Roman Chamomile. This is now a part of the staple Harriet Herbery Synergy Blends and you will be able to purchase it again in the future. I hope you love it!
Here it is! The first seasonal quarterly box for Winter!
It's filled with beautiful things to support you and your family through the winter season. I hope you enjoy all the beautiful aromas in this box.
So open your box and set the mood. You can light your candle, pop your feet into soak, enjoy a cup of herbal tea and enjoy the aromas of the oils in a diffuser or topical blend.
Read on for further info!
Breathe Synergy Blend - 100% pure essential oil
I have a lovely aromatherapy student Shellie who I am mentoring once a week. She has helped to create this beautiful winter blend which I hope you will enjoy in your diffuser or even directly inhaling from the bottle.
This is a power blend featuring tea tree, cedarwood, eucalyptus and lavender. I recommend only 4-5 drops in a 100ml water diffuser. If you have small children, ensure the blend is being diffused away from them (I keep mine high up on a tallboy).
This is a lovely exotic oil and is beautiful for pain. Given winter is full of aches and pains for many people, I thought it a perfect addition to the box to help soothe tired and achy people :)
Copaiba Balsam has long been used to soothe the joint pains associated with normal aging. It makes a delicate warming addition to respiratory blends, and is a bit more gentle than stronger oils like eucalyptus.
The reasons for using the oleoresin in aromatherapy are that it does less damage to the trees, and it contains more therapeutic compounds than the distilled oil. This is oil soluble.
Copaiba Balsam has a very delicate aroma. It is sweet, smooth and has a creamy-woody scent.
Blends well with sandalwood, vanilla, lime, cedar wood, lavender, black pepper, frankincense, ylang ylang and more.
This is extracted by tree tapping and comes from Brazil.
It is non toxic with no known contraindications or hazards.
It's been shown to reduce reduce lung tumours in studies and displays anti-tumoral activities (Tisserand)
In the winter box you will either have received a packet of Immuni-T or a bag of elderberries.
All herbs are certified organic and there's enough for a number of herbal brews for you!
The Immuni-T contains Lemon Myrtle, Cornflower, Echinacea.
You may wish to use the elderberries as a tea or as a syrup. You can check out our Elderberry Syrup recipe here.
A beautiful hand poured beeswax candle made by Cera Alba Candles. I had to include these. This gorgeous company make such an effort in sourcing ingredients as ethical as possible. They use all Harriet Herbery essential oils in their candle blends and they just smell divine. Enjoy!
Turn on your bath or run a nice foot soak and enjoy these beautiful bath salts from All Things Divine! Featuring beautiful blends created by Emily Pettitgrew the Founder of All Things Divine - all essential oils are sourced from Harriet Herbery. Aren't they yummy!
Sandalwood Hydrosol has a PH of around 5.9-6.0 making it a stable hydrosol that should last up to 18 months if stored correctly in a cool dark place. I keep mine in the fridge. It has a beautiful soft aroma reminiscent of the essential oil. The flavour of it is quite sweet.
Sandalwood enjoys many of the same properties as my favourite hydrosol Cornflower. It's great for skin care and is a favourite for acne, eczema and psoriasis. You can add into your favourite shampoo base and it is also used therapeutically as a mouthwas for gingivitis. You may wish to try blending it with immortelle or a less astringent hydrosol as a toner. It's awesome for rosacea and I like it blended with chamomile or lavender for that purpose. Or of course, you can enjoy it as a room spray! Let me know what you think of it.
How to use the oils
I recommend either diffusing or inhaling from the bottle. If you wish to use topically please always dilute appropriately (2-3% for adults). If you need further assistance please always speak with a qualified aromatherapist. Keep all oils out of the reach of children and store them in a cool, dark space. Never use oils internally unless under the care of an aromatic medicine practitioner.
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