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Essential Oil of the Week: Bergamot

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Emily Villanueva
Bergamot is one of the most popular oils in the fragrance industry. It is derived from the fruit peel or rind of the bergamot fruit, which is actually inedible. It is in the citrus family of scents, but is a tinge more spicy and floral than the orange, lemon, or grapefruit. It is considered one of the "all-important" top notes in perfumes and colognes, and was considered a trendy personal fragrance during the Napoleonic times.
Italy and Mediterranean countries are the biggest producers of bergamot. It is thought that Columbus found the bergamot tree in the Canary Islands and brought it back to Italy. Bergamot has many household and culinary uses; for example, it is the reason for Earl Grey Tea's distinct flavor (black tea + bergamot essential oil = Early Grey Tea)! It is also a popular air freshener and potpourri ingredient, and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to assist the flow of vital energy. 
Medicinally, it has been documented to fight heartburn, upset stomachs, digestive issues, sleeplessness, and oily or troubled skin. It is also purportedly great for those suffering from depression and anxiety too, as its scent is simultaneously relaxing and uplifting. 

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Essential Oil of the Week: Armoise Mugwort

Posted on October 10, 2014 by Emily Villanueva

 

Armoise Mugwort, or Artimisia Alba, originated in India and Morocco. Its essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of the mugwort plant, a very popular plant for medicinal purposes with reddish purple stems and reddish brown flowers that sprout in the summer.

The color of Armoise Mugwort essential oil is usually dark yellow and of thin consistency, and it has a really strong and powerful aroma-- fresh, green, camphoraceous, and almost bittersweet. Because of this, it blends well with other herbaceous oils like patchouli, lavender, rosemary, and pine.

It is reputed to have anti-spasmodic, carminative, diuretic, and stimulant 

Blends well with: Patchouli, Lavender, Rosemary, Pine, Clary Sage and Cedarwood .

Common Uses: The chemical structure of Armoise Mugwort includes thujone, and is reputed to have anti-spasmodic, carminative, diuretic, and stimulant properties. Historically, it has been used to expel worms, control fever and for digestive disturbances.

History: Also known as White Wormwood, the herb has been used throughout Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean basin.

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