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Whole Plant Synergies



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Whole Plant Synergy Blends


  Basil Balance Encouraging Forgiveness

Inner Peace
  Letting Go of Fear Magnificent Serenity

Whole Plant Synergies
When an aromatic plant is distilled to extract its essential oil components, hot steam acts like a solvent, and carries out a large variety of chemical constituents from the crushed, fresh plant. As the steam condenses and cools, two liquids are present. There's a larger amount of water, in which the water soluble components (primarily water soluble acids) are found. Often called a flower water, the technical name is aromatic hydrosol or hydrolat. This hydrosol contains a tiny percentage of dissolved essential oil.

Usually floating on top of the hydrosol is the essential oil of the plant, made up of the water insoluble chemical compounds from the plant. The tiny amount of essential oil found in solution in the hydrosol is different in chemical make up from the concentrated pure oil from the same distillation process.

By combining the two liquids - hydrosol and essential oil - from the same plant, and emulsifying them so that the oil and water mix, we have a liquid that embodies the full fragrance and chemistry of the distilled plant: thus, a whole plant synergy. They are preserved with grapefruit seed extract and have a one year shelf life. Store in a cool place out of the direct sun.

All whole plant synergies (below) are available in a 2 oz. amber spray bottle, unless otherwise noted.



Angelica
Angelica   (Angelica archangelica)

Cost: $11.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: rich, herbaceous, musky with a peppery note

Planet: Sun

Note: base

Influence on the mind and emotions: helps one deal with stress—related disorders, fatigue and nervous tension, as well as giving strength to a discouraged heart and an overwhelmed mind; a good general tonic.

Key qualities and character: stimulating, dispersing, relaxing, restoring, strengthening and fortifying.

Traditional uses and folklore: used as a major anti-infective and antidote to poison since the early Middle Ages in Europe; grown extensively in monasteries (and named after the Archangel Michael) and employed as an aid to digestion, to treat respiratory ailments and promote fertility; often used to flavor alcohol, as a perfume ingredient and candied for confectionery, especially in France and Spain.

Skin care: good tonic for lifeless and congested skin and for inflamed irritations.

Precautions: photo-sensitizing and not to be used during pregnancy or by diabetics.

Ingredients: aromatic hydrosol of certified organic Angelica root from Canada, essential oil of wildcrafted Angelica from India, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

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Sweet Basil   (Ocimum basilicum)

Cost: $12.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: clear, warm, herbal, spicy-sweet with an anise note.

Planet: Mars

Note: top

Influence on the mind and emotions: an excellent nervous system tonic, it is useful for increasing concentration and clarity, reducing mental fatigue, and dealing with mental stress and tension.

Key qualities and character: uplifting, awakening, clarifying, stimulating, optimism and strength.

Traditional uses and folklore: in India it is used for respiratory problems, as an antidote for insect bites and as a preventive against epidemics; in China it’s used for stomach and kidney problems; and in Europe Basil has been used for neuralgia, skin problems and nervous conditions. The oil has been used in cosmetics, perfumery and to flavor food.

Skin care: its tonic action is helpful in cases of congested skin, as an insect repellant, and helps to control skin eruptions.

Precautions: avoid during pregnancy; possible sensitization in some individuals; and an irritant to those with sensitive skin. Use in moderation.

Ingredients: aromatic hydrosol of certified organic Basil from Washington State, certified organic European Sweet Basil from Bulgaria, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

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Chamomile Combination
German (Blue) Chamomile
Matricaria recutica (M. chamomilla) and Roman Chamomile Anthemis nobilis (Chamaemelum nobile)

Cost: $11.25

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: (German) pungent, herbaceous with a seaweed note; (Roman) sweet, warm, herbaceous with a fruity note.

Planet: both Sun and Moon

Note: middle

Influence on the mind and emotions: soothing for all stress-related complaints; calms the mind and assists with developing a relaxed, patient, empathic serenity.

Key qualities and character: peaceful and healing (both); strong and cooling (German) combined with harmonizing and spiritual (Roman).

Traditional uses and folklore: used by the ancient Egyptians for intermittent fevers; one of the Saxon’s sacred herbs: in use around the Mediterranean area and in Europe for over 2000 years, especially to deal with nervous complaints, digestive issues, liver problems, sleeplessness and children’s illnesses; has been used in cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, care products and to flavor food and alcoholic drinks.

Skin care: excellent skin cleanser; useful for all skin problems, especially when the skin is dry, inflamed, sensitive and compromised.

Precautions: some authorities advise to not use during the first trimester of pregnancy; generally non-toxic and non-irritating, though may cause dermatitis in some individuals.

Ingredients: aromatic hydrosol of unsprayed Roman Chamomile from Eastern Europe, essential oils of certified organic German and Roman Chamomile from Bulgaria and Italy respectively, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

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Complete Citrus   (Citrus aurantifolia, C. aurantium, C. bergamia, C. junos, C. limon, C. reticulata and C. sinensis)

Cost: $15.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: very complex and energizing, with great depth due to the number of oils: the quintessence of citrus.

Planet: Sun

Note: top

Influence on the mind and emotions: the citruses in general impart optimism and improve the mood; due to its complexity, this combination is an interesting blend of both familiarity and novelty.

Key qualities and character: the citruses are joyful and uplifting, warming and energizing, peaceful and balancing.

Traditional uses and folklore: citruses have been employed as food, beverage and fragrance for millennia.

Skin care: general tonification.

Precautions: photo-sensitization and may be an irritant for those with sensitive skin.

Ingredients: to the ingredients of both the Complete Orange and Lime Whole Plant Synergies are added the following essential and cold-pressed oils: certified organic Wild Forest Petitgrain from Madagascar, certified organic Bergamot from Italy, Yuzu from Korea, certified organic Lemon from Argentina, certified organic Pink and White Grapefruit from South Africa, unsprayed Green Mandarin from Italy and certified organic Red Mandarin from South Africa.

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Geranium   (Pelargonium graveolens)

Cost: $11.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: sweet, floral, strong, rosey with herbaceous undertones

Planet: Venus

Note: middle regulator

Influence on the mind and emotions: tonic to the nervous system, lifts the spirits, balances emotional extremes, soothing, revitalizing, excellent for easing all the negative manifestations of stress.

Key qualities and character: harmonizing, feminine, balancing, comforting, neutral to slightly warming, gentle and powerful healer.

Traditional uses and folklore: as a protective herb in Medieval Europe; flowers were once used in love sachets; planted around cottages to repel evil spirits; used as a fragrance in soaps and perfumes.

Skin care: useful for all skin types due to its ability to balance sebum production; good over all skin cleanser with anti-inflammatory, astringent, and moisturizing properties; improves blood flow; has antiseptic and anti-fungal action.

Precautions: the essential oil may cause irritation to sensitive skin (though not usually in the dilution of the synergy).

Ingredients: unsprayed aromatic hydrosol of Geranium from the United Kingdom, certified organic essential oil of Geranium from Madagascar and South Africa, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

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Juniper   (Juniperus communis)

Cost: $ 8.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: refreshing, peppery, sweet/pungent, balsamic, slightly woody

Planet: Sun / Jupiter

Note: middle

Influence on the mind and emotions: strengthening tonic for the nervous system, especially when feeling emotionally depleted and intellectually fatigued; gently stimulating and revitalizing, especially after social interaction; supportive of the spirit in challenging situations; and excellent for dealing with all aspects of stress.

Key qualities and character: strengthening, protective, purifying, replenishing, renewing, cleansing, and stimulating.

Traditional uses and folklore: to ward off contagious diseases; burned during purification and healing ceremonies; taken to replenish tired spirits; one of the earliest used aromatics: burned as an incense at funerals and for ritual cleansing; used by traditional societies wherever found growing for both medicinal and religious purposes.

Skin care: cleansing detoxifier, astringent, circulatory tonic, rubefacient (increases local capillary circulation), anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, mild analgesic, and toner for all skin problems.

Precautions: avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy, and in the presence of kidney disease.

Ingredients: wildcrafted aromatic hydrosol of Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulum) from New Mexico, certified organic essential oil of Juniper from Nepal, coconut emulsifier, and grapefruit seed extract.

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Lavender    (Lavandula angustifolia)

Aroma: classic, clean, light floral with herbaceous, balsamic, and powdery undertones

Planet: Mercury

Note: middle sedative

Influence on the mind and emotions: balances unstable emotional states, calms and soothes the nervous system, restores equilibrium, harmonizes extremes, stabilizes the physical, etheric and astral bodies (Rudolph Steiner), soothes the spirit, and restores the body / mind after emotional and mental turmoil and exhaustion.

Key qualities and character: balancing, calming, harmonizing, normalizing, cleansing, embracing, and healing.

Traditional uses and folklore: favorite of Romans in their baths; strewn on floors on festive occasions; used by midwives to aid in childbirth; found in every Medieval monastery garden; used in potpourris, sachets, soaps, perfumes, sleep pillows, to scent linens and deter moths; dedicated to Hecate; and used by Hildegard von Bingen to maintain a pure character.

Skin care: suitable for all skin types, applicable to all types of skin conditions of all ages, cell regenerator, excellent for damaged and weathered skin, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic.

Precautions: best not used during first trimester of pregnancy

Ingredients: All five Lavender Whole Plant Synergies [see below] contain certified organic French and / or USA Lavender aromatic hydrosols, coconut emulsifiers, and grapefruit seed extract.

 
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Dalmation Lavender

Cost: $10.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Ethically wildcrafted essential oil of Lavender from Croatia.

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Lavender Mailette

Cost: $11.25

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Unsprayed essential oil of Lavender (variety Mailette) from France.

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Lavender Potpourri

Cost: $12.50

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

A mixture of the Three Lavenders (below) plus certified organic Lavender essential oils from highland France and Kashmir.

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Three Lavenders

Cost: $11.50

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

A mixture of Dalmation Lavender, Lavender Mailette and Wild Lavender essential oils in equal amounts.

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Wild Lavender

Cost: $10.50

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Certified organic essential oil of Lavender from Bulgaria.

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Lime   (Citrus aurantifolia)

Cost: $ 8.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: citrusy, fresh, sharp, sweet / tart and fruity

Planet: Sun

Note: top

Influence on the mind and emotions: stimulates and refreshes where the mind is tired and the emotions are blunted and/or apathetic.

Key qualities and character: activating, stimulating, uplifting and refreshing.

Traditional uses and folklore: flavoring and fragrance for soaps and perfumes

Skin care: astringent, tonifying, refreshing, especially helpful for oily and problem skin, antiseptic and anti-viral

Precautions: may cause photo-sensitivity in strong sunlight, and may be irritating to very sensitive skin

Ingredients: aromatic hydrosol of Lime from Mexico, certified organic cold-pressed oil of Lime from the USA, unsprayed essential oil Lime from Brazil, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

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Complete Melaleuca   (Melaleuca alternifolia, M. ericifolia, M. leucodendron and M. quinquenervia virifolia)

Cost: $11.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: Aroma: penetrating, fresh, camphoric, green, slightly sweet and fruity

Planet:  n/a

Note: top

Influence on the mind and emotions: same as Tea Tree; stimulating; clears thoughts; helps balance body and mind; reviving and aids concentration.

Key qualities and character: same as Tea Tree; stimulating, balancing and clearing.

Traditional uses & folklore: same as Tea Tree; drunk as a beverage in the Middle East (Niaouli); used throughout the east as a remedy for stomach problems, infectious respiratory ailments and various skin diseases (Cajeput).

Skin care: same as Tea Tree; firms tissues and aides in healing skin eruptions and insect bites.

Precautions: may be irritating to those with sensitive skin.

Ingredients: to the ingredients of Tea Tree Whole Plant Synergy are added the following essential oils: unsprayed Nerolina from Australia, unsprayed Cajeput from Spain and wildcrafted Niaouli from Madagascar.

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Melissa (Lemon Balm)   (Melissa officinalis)

Cost: $11.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: sweet, fresh, lemony, herbaceous with floral undertones

Planet: Jupiter

Note: middle

Influence on the mind and emotions: calming and uplifting; instills a positive outlook; helps one deal with physical manifestations of emotional upset; balancing to vacillating emotional states; increases understanding and sharpens memory; and is an excellent heart tonic, especially in instances of shock.

Key qualities and character: comforting, calming, protecting, revitalizing, soothing, strengthening, supportive and stabilizing.

Traditional uses and folklore: a Medieval favorite, Carmelite water was used to ease nervous headaches and improve the complexion; Paracelsis called it the elixir of life; and used extensively in Europe to renew one’s energy, strengthen the mind, and prevent baldness.

Skin care: soothing anti-inflammatory, ant-allergic, cooling and anti-viral.

Precautions: may irritate very sensitive skin, especially the face, unless diluted further.

Ingredients: certified organic aromatic hydrosol of Melissa from the USA, unsprayed essential oil of Melissa from the United Kingdom, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

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Mint (Peppermint and Spearmint)     (Mentha piperita & Mentha spicata)

Cost: $ 8.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: bright, clean, fresh, penetrating (the Peppermint is camphorous and sharp and the Spearmint is sweet and grassy).

Planet: Mercury / Venus (Peppermint) & Venus (Spearmint)

Note: top

Influence on the mind and emotions: Peppermint: stimulating and cooling, it helps counter mental fogginess and lack of focus; excellent for stress, tension, overwork; unblocks stuck emotions and helps increase concentration and memory. Spearmint: stimulates a tired mind and helps mitigate effects of travel and sea-sickness; can bring back childhood joys and memories.

Key qualities and character: clarifying, stimulating, awakening, penetrating, energizing, clearing, strengthening and vivifying.

Traditional uses and folklore: Roman and Greek physicians used it to fortify and stimulate; major flavoring ingredient in foods and beverages throughout recorded history; part of the ancient Egyptian incense Kyphi; in the Bible it was used as a tithe and a tribute, as well as on the floors of synagogues; Christians dedicated it to the Virgin Mary; the Arabs drank the tea to ensure virility; and throughout Europe, mint was used as a remedy for mental exhaustion and headaches.

Skin care: capillary constrictor good for removing toxic congestion; ant-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-microbial, anti-fungal; and good for oily and itchy skin.

Precautions: shouldn’t be used in conjunction with homeopathic remedies; not for use at night since it can cause wakefulness; do not use if pregnant or on small children; and can be irritating to sensitive skin.

Ingredients: unsprayed aromatic hydrosol of Oregon Peppermint, essential oils of unsprayed Willamette Valley Peppermint and certified organic USA Spearmint, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

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Myrtle    (Myrtus communis)

Cost: $10.50

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: clear, slightly sweet, penetrating, camphoraceous/herbaceous

Planet: Venus

Note: middle

Influence on the mind and emotions: related to both the Eucalyptuses and the Melaleucas, Myrtle is more sedating and calming, and may help soothe anger and irritation.

Key qualities and character: peace, victory, immortal love; regulating and harmonizing.

Traditional uses and folklore: the Egyptians used it for nervous spasms, the Romans for urinary and respiratory tract infections, the Greeks as an aphrodisiac and the Europeans as an anti-catarrhal, antiseptic, and as a major ingredient of “angel’s water,” a 16th century skin tonic; used in skin care, love potions, as a victory crown (in the ancient Olympics), in wedding bouquets and as an ingredient in eau-de-cologne.

Skin care: with its antiseptic and astringent properties, it is excellent for oily and problem skin.

Precautions: none

Ingredients: aromatic hydrosol of unsprayed Red Myrtle from France, essential oil of wild Green Myrtle from the Balkans, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

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Neroli (Bitter Orange Blossom)   (Citrus aurantium)

Cost: $16.50

Size: 1 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: rich, sweet, warm, exquisite floral that is slightly euphoric

Planet: Sun

Note: top

Influence on the mind and emotions: both tonifying and sedating, it relieves chronic stress; soothes highly emotional states; redirects energy towards feelings of peace; helps calm overactive mental states and is conducive to meditation and prayer.

Key qualities and character: soothing, calming, loving, spiritual, pure and confident.

Traditional uses and folklore: the flower symbolizes innocence and secure love; petals have been used in cosmetics and eau de cologne; floral water has been a part of various European and Middle eastern cuisines; taken as a tea for nervous afflictions; included in bridal bouquets to calm nervous apprehension; employed as a flavoring and considered to stimulate the heart chakra.

Skin care: stimulates the growth of healthy new cells; regenerating for all skin types, especially for the problems of aging skin; anti-inflammatory and good for weathered and sensitive skin.

Precautions: none

Ingredients: ecologically ethical aromatic hydrosol of Orange Blossom from Morocco, unsprayed essential oil of Neroli from Tunisia, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

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Bitter Orange   (Citrus aurantium)

Cost: $10.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: radiant, tangy, warm, refreshing, citrusy

Planet: Sun

Note: top

Influence on the mind and emotions: dispels tension through relaxation and regeneration; comforting nerve tonic; encourages positive thoughts; and helps keep spirits bright during the winter months.

Key qualities and character: energizing, warming, uplifting, resolute and zesty.

Traditional uses and folklore: seen as having an affinity for the liver; symbol of innocence and fertility; used to strengthen the digestion; and considered a good children’s scent.

Skin care: circulatory and skin tonic, gently detoxifying, good for congested problem skin, and used to prevent aging issues.

Precaution: photo-sensitizing and can irritate sensitive skin in high doses.

Ingredients: ecologically ethical aromatic hydrosol of Orange Blossom from Morocco, unsprayed cold-pressed oil of Bitter Orange from the Island of Dominica, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

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Complete Orange   (Citrus aurantium & C. sinensis)

Cost: $11.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: the warm tangy freshness of Bitter Orange mixed with the sweet zesty fruitiness of Sweet Orange joined with the rich exquisite floral aroma of Neroli combined with the fresh floral—woody scent of Petitgrain. Altogether a lovely evocation of the full range of Orange aromas.

Planet: Sun

Note: middle to top

Influence on the mind and emotions: a mixture of the attributes of Neroli and Bitter Orange, with the sunny and optimistic Sweet Orange and the self-confidence and inner vision of Petitgrain.

Key qualities and character: warming, happy, restoring, balancing, peaceful and loving.

Traditional uses and folklore: same as Bitter Orange and Neroli, with the addition of Petitgrain, which has been extensively used as a fragrance ingredient in soaps, perfumes and cosmetics, employed as a deodorant and hair rinse, and as an aid to convalescence.

Skin care: the addition of Petitgrain brings further toning, especially for problem skin prone to excessive perspiration.

Precautions: same as Neroli and Bitter Orange. Sweet Orange is also photo-sensitizing; Petitgrain has no precautions.

Ingredients: same as Bitter Orange and Neroli Whole Plant Synergies plus certified organic cold-pressed oil of Sweet Orange Italy and unsprayed essential oil of Petitgrain bigarade (the oil is from the leaf of the Bitter orange tree) also from Italy.

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Rose

Aroma: in general—deep, rich, sweet floral that is warming, uplifting and tenacious. The Damask is slightly spicy, the Cabbage is spicy and honey-like, the Bourbon is complex with fruity and musky undertones, and all four together is exquisite.

Planet: Venus

Note: middle to base

Influence on the mind and emotions: all roses help one deal with relationship issues (good for visualizing positive, loving connections); lift the heart and ease stress; helps one deal with grief, melancholy and loss, as well as lack of confidence in one’s desirability. The Damask Rose is especially helpful for fear of loving or not being loved, broken-heartedness and emotional crisis. The Cabbage and Bourbon Roses address issues of sexuality, fear of letting go and lack of motivation.

Key qualities and character: Damask: loving, harmonizing, comforting, caring; gentle, peaceful, euphoric. Cabbage and Bourbon: passionate, harmonious, reassuring, comforting and soothing.

Traditional uses and folklore: this was the first flower distilled (primarily for the aromatic hydrosol known as Rose water and used extensively in food and cosmetics) in 10th Century Persia; metaphysically, the red and white roses were symbolic of different stages of alchemical work and attainment (as well as the symbols of the royal houses of Lancaster and York in England); often called the Queen of flowers; the Romans strewed petals on the bridal bed; in the mystical Christian tradition St. Dominic had a vision of the Virgin Mary and received the first rosary, each bead scented with rose; the Greeks considered the rose as originating from the blood of Adonis, the Turks the blood of Venus and the Arabs the sweat of Mohammed; and the rose has been used by many cultures to invoke the sacred feminine, as an aid to meditation, an aphrodisiac, and as a symbol of purity and divine love.

Skin care: has a tonic and astringent effect upon the capillaries; for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive, aging, reddened and itchy; cell rejuvenator, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.

Precautions: best not used during the first trimester of pregnancy, but otherwise one of the safest oils.

Ingredients: all the Rose whole plant synergies are in a base of certified organic aromatic hydrosol from Bulgaria, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

 
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Cabbage Rose, France   (Rosa centifolia)

Cost: $10.95

Size: 1 fluid oz. spray bottle

Absolute of Rose from France.

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Cabbage Rose, Morocco   (Rosa centifolia)

Cost: $11.95

Size: 1 fluid oz. spray bottle

Ecologically ethical Absolute of Rose from Morocco.

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Damask Rose (Rose Otto)   (Rosa damascena)

Cost: $14.95

Size: 1 fluid oz. spray bottle

Ecologically ethical essential oil of Rose from Bulgaria.

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Rose Medley   (Rosa spp.)

Cost: $13.95

Size: 1 fluid oz. spray bottle

A blend of various roses: Apothecary from the Ukraine, Cabbage from France and Morocco, and Damask from Bulgaria

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Three Rosemarys    (Rosmarinus officinalis, chemotypes borneal/camphor, cineole and verbenone)

Cost: $ 8.95

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: warm, penetrating, invigorating, herbaceous with woody / camphoraceous / balsamic notes

Planet: Sun

Note: middle

Influence on the mind and emotions: a mental stimulant that improves memory, perception and confidence; good for nervous exhaustion, stress-related disorders and debility; helps one deal with general lethargy and mental fogginess.

Key qualities and character: healing, stimulating, restorative, centering, strengthening and invigorating.

Traditional uses and folklore: ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans considered it a symbol of regeneration, the Moors a deterrent to pests; the Europeans burned it as incense and used it as a fumigant in sick rooms; rosemary was one of the ingredients of Marseilles vinegar, used by thieves to protect themselves from plague; used medicinally to strengthen the nerves and memory and for a wide range of complaints of the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems, as well as muscular pain and scalp disorders; extensively used soaps, colognes, cosmetics and in food and drinks both as flavoring and preservative.

Skin care: astringent and stimulating; especially useful on dry, mature and sluggish skin; good for skin eruptions, scalp problems, microbial and insect damage, and issues exacerbated by poor circulation; the aromatic hydrosol was a major ingredient of Hungary water (circa 1370) which was used to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin.

Precautions: do not use if pregnant, epileptic, in the presence of high blood pressure, or on small children; usually non-irritating in dilution.

Ingredients: aromatic hydrosol of Rosemary from France, essential oils of certified organic Rosemary from Portugal (borneol/camphor type) and South Africa (verbenone type) and wild from Tunisia (1.8 cineol type), coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

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Tea Tree   (AMelaleuca alternifolia)

Cost: $11.50

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: clear, fresh, camphoric, herbaceous, medicinal

Planet:   n/a

Note: top

Influence on the mind and emotions: helps one deal with shock; “first aid in a bottle."

Key qualities and character: purifying, healing, detoxifying, strengthening, protective.

Traditional uses and folklore: the Australian Aborigines have used the leaves topically and internally for millennia to treat infected wounds and respiratory problems; used in World War II military first aid kits in tropical areas; extensively scientifically researched, Tea tree is currently used in dental practice and in deodorants, soaps and natural disinfectants and air fresheners.

Skin care: very cleansing; anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune boosting; good for all skin problems caused by microbes; helpful for alleviating dry scalp and dandruff and said to help give some protection against the negative effects of radiation therapy upon the skin.

Precautions: do not use undiluted upon the skin as it may cause sensitization in some individuals.

Ingredients: aromatic hydrosol of certified organic Tea Tree from Australia, essential oil of certified organic/biodynamic Tea tree from Australia, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.

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Yarrow   (Achillea millefolium)

Cost: $ 9.95

Size: 1 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: green, fresh, herbaceous, slightly camphoric and sweet/sharp

Planet: Venus

Note: top

Influence on the mind and emotions: nerve tonic—strengthens and revitalizes whole system; helps keep psychological equilibrium intact; balancing during hormonal changes and shifting energies; instills a sense of security and uplifts the spirits. Key words and qualities: balancing, grounding, opening, restorative, revitalizing, strengthening and protective.

Key qualities and character: balancing, grounding, opening, restorative, revitalizing, strengthening and protective.

Traditional uses and folklore: used as a battle medicine to staunch wounds (Achilles healed his tendon with the herb); the Chinese viewed the plant as sacred, using the dried stalks in their I Ching divination (Yarrow was seen as the perfect balance between Yin and Yang); European cultures also associated Yarrow with both divination (if placed under one’s pillow, will bring a dream/vision of one’s true love or future spouse) and protection(with the power to ward off evil spirits) and has also been used as a digestive bitters.

Skin care: anti-inflammatory, cell regenerating, analgesic, astringent skin tonic for oily, damaged and problem skin; tonifies and conditions the scalp and stimulates hair growth.

Precautions: possible sensitization in some individuals.

Ingredients: aromatic hydrosol of Yarrow from Bulgaria, certified organic essential oil of Blue Yarrow from the USA, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.


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Whole Plant Synergy Blends


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Basil Balance   (Ocimum basilicum (chemotype linalool), Citrus bergamia, Pelargonium graveolens, Salvia sclaria and Pimpinella anisum)

Cost: $ 13.85

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: this blend creates a spicey, sweet, heady scent with fruity, floral, licorice and herbaceous undertones.

Planets: Mars, Venus, Moon/Mercury and Sun

Notes: top, top to middle and middle

Influence on the mind and emotions: Basil is known as the premier aromatic nerve tonic, and brings balance and strength. Bergamot is both calming and uplifting, instilling balance and composure. Geranium is regulating and normalizing, bringing the mind and emotions into balance. Clary Sage is relaxing and comforting, helping one handle stress. Anise is warming and calming, a tonic to the body’s physical and emotional aspects.

Key qualities and character: uplifting and clarifying, refreshing and encouraging, balancing and healing, harmonizing and restoring, tonifying and regulating.

Traditional uses and folklore: Basil, originating in India, has been used for millennia as a medicine (especially in Ayurveda{the traditional medicine of India} and in traditional Chinese medicine), and as a culinary herb (especially in Italy and France). Bergamot is named after the Italian city of Bergamo in Lombardy (where the essential oil was first produced), and has been a mainstay of traditional Italian folk medicine for the treatment of fever and infections. Geranium is actually an aromatic Pelargonium, native to North Africa, and was traditionally used to treat wounds and tumors. Clary Sage, a European native, was referred to, during the Middle Ages, as ‘Oculus Christi’ or “Eye of Christ”, and was used as a nerve tonic and to flavor alcoholic beverages. Anise, coming from the Middle East, was used by all the ancient civilizations as a carminative and digestive aid, and later by the Turks and Europeans to also flavor various alcoholic beverages.

Skin care: a refreshing and tonifying antiseptic useful for most skin conditions.

Precautions: do not use if pregnant, or in cases of high estrogen production. Slightly photo-sensitizing, so do not expose skin to bright sunlight immediately after using.

Ingredients: certified organic aromatic hydrosol of Basil from Washington State, certified organic aromatic hydrosol of Geranium from California, essential oils of certified organic European Sweet Basil from USA, certified organic Geranium from Malawi, certified organic Clary Sage from France, and unsprayed Anise from Hungary, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.


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Encouraging Forgiveness (Lavendula angustifolia, Citrus bergamia, Rosa centifolia, Anthemis nobilis, Piper nigrum, Citrus aurantium & Pogostemon patchouli)

Cost: $13.85

Size: 2 fl. oz. spray bottle

Aroma: fresh herbal with sweet citrus and rose notes

Planets: mercury, Venus, Sun

Note: a balance of all 3

Influence on mind and emotions: helps release tension, anxiety, anger and general irritability; assists in calming and uplifting the mind

Key qualities and characteristics: calm and easy self-expression, cooling and uplifting, trustful self-acceptance, unblocking and relinquishing.

Traditional uses and folklore: the oils in this blend are traditionally known to reduce and release anger, thereby allowing forgiveness of self and others to arise. According to Chinese energetics, the cooling aspect of Lavender, Chamomile and Helichrysum help to regulate and harmonize the liver, reducing irritability and tension as well as promoting and maintaining the free and even flow of chi, or vital energy, throughout the body/mind. Rose assists in not only cooling the liver but also nourishes the Heart-yin and restores well-being. Helichrysum is also excellent for removing the stagnant energy of deeply embedded negative emotions.

Skin: excellent for all skin types (especially sensitive and inflamed) and to help heal burns

Precautions: not for use during the first trimester of pregnancy; do not use before exposure to direct sunlight (neither is an issue if one only inhales the aroma)

Ingredients: certified organic Lavender aromatic hydrosol from the USA, essential oils of certified organic Wild Lavender from Bulgaria, ecologically ethical Bergamot from Italy, ecologically ethical Rose Absolute from Morocco, certified organic Roman Chamomile from Italy, certified organic Helichrysum from Corsica, certified organic Black Pepper from India, unsprayed Neroli from Tunisia and certified organic/traditional process Patchouli from Indonesia, coconut emulsifier, and grapefruit seed extract.


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Inner Peace (Lavendula angustifolia, Santalum spicatum, Citrus deliciosa, Salvia sclarea, Rosa centifolia, Citrus aurantium, Anthemis nobilis & Hyacinthus orientalis)

Cost: $13.85

Size: 2oz, spray bottle

Aroma: sweet rich floral with citrus and woody notes

Planets: Mercury, Sun, Venus

Note: a balance of all 3

Influence on mind and emotions: helps to clarify and still the mind; reduces worry, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and self-judgment

Key qualities and characteristics: calm composure, stillness, deep well-being, easy acceptance, optimism and reassurance

Traditional uses and folklore: the oils in this blend are ones traditionally known to help us deal with all aspects of stress. Similar to "Encouraging Forgiveness: above, "Inner Peace" adds the cooling Sandalwood (central to many Asian spiritual traditions) which helps instill an experience of inner unity (where body, mind, emotion and soul/spirit may re-align). This blend is more sedating than "Encouraging Forgiveness."

Skin: suitable for all complexion types (especially chapped, inflamed and damaged); skin infections

Precautions: not for use during the first trimester of pregnancy (not an issue if one only inhales the aroma)

Ingredients: certified organic Roman Chamomile aromatic hydrosol from France, unsprayed Lavender Mailette from France, ecologically ethical Sandalwood from Australia, unsprayed Red Mandarin from Italy, certified organic Clary Sage from France, ecologically ethical Rose Absolute from Morocco, unsprayed Neroli from Tunisia, certified organic Roman Chamomile from Italy and Wild Hyacinth from France, Coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.


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Letting Go Of Fear   (Coriandrum sativum, Cupressus sempervirens, Citru sinensis, Ormensis multicaulis, Melissa officinalis and Citrus aurantium)

Cost: $ 13.85

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: this blend creates a rich, sweet, spicy scent with floral, balsamic, woody and citrus notes.

Planets: Venus, Saturn, Sun and Jupiter

Notes: top, middle, middle to base

Influence on the mind and emotions: Coriander is uplifting and refreshing, bringing creativity and confidence; Cypress is soothing and centering, contributing strength and direction; Sweet Orange is uplifting and positive, adding resolute courage; Ormensis is relaxing and soothing, bringing grounding and wisdom; Melissa is both calming and uplifting, instilling a positive outlook; and Neroli is relaxing and loving, offering emotional tranquility.

Key qualities and character: motivating and encouraging, protective and wise, warming and energizing, mindful and calming, supportive and peaceful, and calm and spiritual.

Traditional uses and folklore: Coriander, once grown in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, has been used since ancient times for medicine (constipation and insomnia), food (the Egyptians called it the spice of happiness), flavoring (of various wines and liqueurs), and in cosmetics (an ingredient of the 17th century French Carmelite toilette water). Cypress, often planted in graveyards, has long been valued as a medicine (astringent tonic), incense (for purification), and for its wood (made into houses, ships, sarcophagi and statues of deities), both in the eastern Mediterranean and in Asia. Sweet Orange, Melissa and Neroli: see their individual profiles above; and Oremnsis, a relatively new essential oil, native to north-west Africa, that is distantly related to the Chamomiles botanically, and for that reason is often called Wild or Moroccan Chamomile.

Skin care: balancing and cleansing tonic to most skin types.

Precautions: use in moderation; a few individuals may be sensitive.

Ingredients: ecologically ethical aromatic hydrosol of Orange Blossom (Neroli) from Tunisia; essential oils of ecologically ethical Coriander Select from Poland, certified organic Cypress from Morocco, certified organic Sweet Orange from USA, ethically wildcrafted Ormensis from Morocco, unsprayed Melissa from the UK, and unsprayed Neroli from Tunisia; coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.


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Magnificent   (Santalum album, Liquidamber orientalis, Citrus aurantium, Rosa centifolia, Dianthus caryophyllus, Jasminum officinalis var. grandiflorum, and Pogostemon patchouli)

Cost: $ 16.00

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: this combination creates a very rich, deep, floral, balsamic scent with sweet, woody, honey and earthy notes.

Planets: Sun, Jupiter, Uranus and Venus

Note: middle to base

Influence on the mind and emotions: Sandalwood instills peace and acceptance through its soothing nature; Amber calms the mind and opens the heart; Neroli uplifts the spirits and imparts peace; Rose supports and nurtures the heart while bringing passionate sensuality; Carnation is comforting and sensual; Jasmine calms the nerves and brings confident warmth; and Patchouli is grounding and balancing.

Key qualities and character: warmth, originality, sensuality, peacefulness, balance, passion and grounding.

Traditional uses and folklore: Sandalwood has been used since antiquity as an incense in religious ceremonies (especially in China and India); Amber has also been used as an incense for centuries (mainly in Asia minor); Neroli and Rose (see their individual profiles above); Carnation (known as gillyflower) was used in Britain (as well as Europe) since the Norman times as a cordial to "comfort the heart" and the petals were bound into chaplets for weddings and coronations; Jasmine, often called the "King of fragrance," has been used as a perfume and in cosmetics throughout the East; and Patchouli has a long history of medicinal use in Malaysia, Japan, India and China.

Skin care: excellent toner for all skin types, especially mature, weathered and inflamed skin.

Precautions: do not use if pregnant.

Ingredients: Aromatic Hydrosols: certified organic Rose from Bulgaria, ecologically ethical Orange Blossom (Neroli) from Tunisia and plantation- grown Sandalwood from India. Essential oils: ecologically ethical Sandalwood from Australia, Amber from Tunisia, unsprayed Neroli from Tunisia, Rose and Carnation Absolutes from France, Jasmine Absolute from India and certified organic/traditionally processed (aged) Patchouli from Indonesia. Other ingredients: coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.


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Serenity   (Lavendula angustifolia, Santalum spicatum, Citrus bergamia, Styrax benzoin, Boswellia carterii, Helichrysum angustifolia, Citrus deliciosa, Ormensis multicaulis))

Cost: $ 13.85

Size: 2 fluid oz. spray bottle

Aroma: clear floral with spicy, woody and sweet citrus notes.

Planets: Sun, Mercury

Note: a balance of all 3

Influence on the mind and emotions: see both "Inner Peace" and "Encouraging Forgiveness" above; calms and focuses.

Key qualities and character: although similar to both "Encouraging Forgiveness" and "Inner Peace," Serenity adds a focusing, stabilizing and nurturing aspect.

Traditional uses and folklore: the addition of Benzoin (which has been traditionally used for those who pursue "spiritual journeys" as it helps steady and focus the mind) and the cooling Frankincense (which has been used to calm the mind while focusing one's spiritual consciousness) add to "Serenity's" usefulness in all spiritual work. All 3 blends are also lovely ways to help you relax and unwind.

Skin care: suitable for all complexion types (especially beneficial for any skin infection or irritation).

Precautions: not for use during the first trimester of pregnancy (not an issue if one only inhales the aroma).

Ingredients: certified organic Lavender aromatic hydrosol from the USA, essential oils of unsprayed Lavender Mailette from France, ecologically ethical Sandalwood from Australia, , ecologically ethical Bergamot from Italy, wild-harvested Benzoin Absolute from Thailand, wild-harvested Frankincense from Somalia, certified organic Immortelle from France, unsprayed Red Mandarin from Italy, wild-harvested Ormensis (Wild Chamomile) from Morocco and certified organic Roman Chamomile from Italy, coconut emulsifier and grapefruit seed extract.


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Note:   Price list updated 12-16-2015



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