Aromatherapy Tips

Roman or German Chamomile

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Aromatherapy Tips | Comments Off

German Chamomile (Matricaria recuitita) is distilled in places from S Africa, Nepal, Egypt, Chile, Germany, Hungary, and Slovenia.  A great deal of research has gone into the selection and breeding of Chamomile plants with a high content of (-)alpha bisabolol, the main anti-inflammative component of this essential oil.  It’s very gentle quality makes it a soothing, healing addition to face and body oils.  It’s also very effective for healing burns and for use during acute stages of infection.  A drop added to chamomile tea can soothe gastric pain. A notable difference between German...

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Thyme for Thyme

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Aromatherapy Tips | Comments Off

Different geographical locations determine the chemical composition of certain types of plants, resulting in different chemotypes.  The timing of the harvest of a plant also has a direct influence on its chemical composition.  Not every plant can adapt to various growing areas, therefore do not produce chemotypes.  Some common plants that contain various chemotypes are members of the mint (Labiatae) family, rosemary, basil, tarragon, sage, melissa, valerian, and thyme. Let’s talk about the broad range of chemotypes found in thyme (thymus vulgaris).  The term vulgaris means “common”...

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Thyme for Rosemary

Posted by on Jul 14, 2012 in Aromatherapy Tips | Comments Off

Different species of a particular plant can produce an essential oil of a different composition.  Did you also know that there are cases where plants of the same botanical species can also produce an oil of distinctly different compositions?  This phenomenon is called chemical polymorphism.  Two such examples are rosemary and thyme. The reason for this phenomenon is not totally understood. However, geographical location, climate, and genetics are 3 contributing factors. In labeling these oils, the Latin name of the plant is followed by the chemical component  most characteristic to that...

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