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HOW DO ESSENTIAL OILS AFFECT THE BODY? The molecules in essential oils are very small and volatile, meaning they can quickly change into a vapor. When you smell or use an essential oil, you may notice an affect on both the body and the emotions. Many report positive emotions as a result of smelling or using essential oils. When diluted properly and applied to the skin, or used in massage, essential oils can rejuvenate skin, body, and spirit. When diffused into the air, essential oils can have profound restorative effects. Aromatic vapors can refresh respiratory passages, freshen the air, and renew your personal space.

HOW ARE ESSENTIAL OILS MADE? Essential Oil distilleries have classically used steam distillation to produce essential oils. During distillation, steam is directed through the properly harvested and prepared plant material. The hot steam captures the volatile essential oil and is then carried into a cooling unit where it condenses. This condensed steam, called distillate, contains both the essential oil of the plant, and a water portion called hydrosol. The two naturally separate. Like fine wines, the end result is dependent upon several factors which include growing methods (preferably organically grown, bio-dynamically grown, or ethically wildcrafted), geography, elevation, climate, soil conditions, and most importantly, the technique and expertise of the distiller. The amount of essential oil that each distillation yields is dependent upon the plant. Price is usually a reliable indicator of how much oil each crop yields. For example, it takes approximately 40 rose buds to produce a single drop of rose otto essential oil. One milliliter (approximately 28 drops), can cost as much as $48 on the retail market.  Lavender, on the other hand, yields approximately 4 liters of oil per ton of plant. A five milliliter (1/6 of an ounce) bottle of true lavender is typically sold for about $10-$15.   A relatively new method of extraction is called carbon dioxide extraction, or CO2. This process utilizes CO2 as a non-toxic solvent. The required equipment used for this method is quite expensive but yields a higher volume of extract, making more expensive oils such as frankincense, myrrh, and vanilla more widely available. Solvent extraction is another method used to extract essential oils from plants. These oils are called absolutes and are ideal for perfumery. The solvents used are removed after extraction and the absolute smells very true to the plant. Some flowers do not lend themselves to steam distillation and can only be produced via solvent extraction, such as jasmine. Citrus essential oils are cold-pressed from the fresh peel, making it imperative to choose only organic citrus oils. Citrus oils should be used within 12-18 months and can be kept refrigerated if desired.

THERAPEUTIC QUALITY AROMATHERAPY Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils to improve everyday life, enhance pleasure, and transform surroundings. From lifting the mood to refreshing the senses, aromatic plants can offer a sense of well-being for mind, body and spirit. To be truly effective, essential oils must be absolutely pure, genuine and authentic. These terms mean the following: 1) the oil does not contain synthetic fragrances to enhance the scent or adulterants to extend the volume, 2) the oil does not contain less expensive or similar oils as substitutes (such as using rose geranium instead of real rose oil), 3) the oil has not been reconstructed or altered in a laboratory – a process not uncommon in the industry.  For example, a reconstructed “rosemary” essential oil might actually be made of constituents sourced from less expensive eucalyptus and orange oils. Synthetic, adulterated and reconstructed oils, although less expensive, typically do not offer the desired effects. To ensure oil quality and purity, choose only oils that are certified organic or ethically wildcrafted, properly distilled or extracted, originating from a reliable source, and priced according to the therapeutic aromatherapy market rather than the industrial market. It is also essential that the oils are species specific, listing the botanical name after the common name, and indicate the variety and chemotype when applicable.  Pure essential oils are highly concentrated, representing precious plant resources, and should not be used indiscriminately or, in many cases, undiluted on the skin. Most aromatherapists recommend making a 2-5% dilution (meaning that the essential oil is combined with a carrier oil to dilute it down to 2-5% of the total) for skin care or specific effects. Simplers Botanicals® does not recommend internal use of essential oils. While our essential oils are of the highest therapeutic quality, we ask that you never use essential oils internally unless a qualified healthcare practitioner has advised you to do so and has recommended a specific plant genus, species, and specific dosage amount. Please note that some essential oils are toxic if taken internally. You may notice that pure, genuine and authentic essential oils, like Simplers Botanicals® oils, will vary slightly in their scent, viscosity, and color from batch to batch. This is normally a sign of true quality and is best considered a natural variation comparable to the way your favorite fruit changes from season to season.
EFFECTIVE THERAPY BEGINS AT THE SOURCE At Simplers Botanicals®, essential oil selection and production is a process we take very seriously, because we know not all essential oils are created equal. Our products are made for those who appreciate pure, organic, aromatic luxury. From choosing the best growing conditions and location, to carefully crafted artisanal extraction methods, to environmentally sound organic certification, Simplers Botanicals® essential oils possess a potency and vitality not found in average, mass produced “naturals”, industrial quality oils, or synthetic fragrances. Our attention to quality is supported by decades of experience and a passion for pure, beautiful, and authentic botanical products.

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF ESSENTIAL OILS With essential oils, one drop goes a long way. These oils may penetrate the skin and some may cause skin irritation or sensitivity if not properly diluted or if used in high concentrations. Some people have sensitivity reactions to some or all essential oils. Test yourself for sensitivity by applying your dilution in a small quantity to a small area of skin before using on larger areas. The descriptions of essential oils on the following pages reflect just a few of many possible applications. To learn more, take classes or collect a small library of aromatherapy books.

APPLICATIONS BELOW ARE LISTED AFTER EACH OIL THROUGHOUT THE BOOK.  Example: Anise Seed has BCM indicating use in Bath, Compress and Massage
B = Bath C = Compress D = Diffuser I = Inhalation  M = Massage P = Perfume S = Skin Care
(B) Bath. Add a total of 10 to 12 drops of essential oil to an already full bath. Agitate the water to thoroughly disperse the oils before getting in. Foot and hand baths: Put 8 to 10 drops of essential oil into a bowl of warm water. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes.  (C) Compress. Add 8 to 10 drops of essential oil to 2 cups hot or cold water and agitate to disperse oils. Briefly soak cotton cloth, wring and place on skin. Repeat every 15 minutes for up to one hour.  (D) Diffuser. The most effective tool for inhalations, diffusers create a continuous fine mist of essential oils. Turn on diffuser for 5 to 15 minute intervals. (I) Inhalation. Place 1 to 3 drops of essential oil on a cloth, hold near nose and breathe deeply. Or put 3 to 8 drops of essential oil into a bowl of hot water, cover head and bowl with a towel, and breathe deeply for 2 to 5 minutes. Do not use during asthma attacks.  (M) Massage. For a standard 2% dilution, add a total of 12 to 15 drops of essential oil to every 1 ounce of vegetable oil (jojoba, argan, grapeseed, etc.).  (P) Perfume. Absolutes, resins and more viscous oils are ideal for creating personal
fragrances, artistically and imaginatively.

The suggested guidelines for diluting essential oils found below and throughout this book are based on typical dilutions used by many massage and aroma therapists as well as feedback we have received from our customers over the years. The “carrier” is typically a vegetable oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil, or a lotion, such as an organic lotion product that does not include petroleum by-products. Please note that the # of drops used is highly subjective and based on individual preferences and tolerances and should be carefully monitored and modified based on your own needs and goals. When in doubt, start out with fewer drops and increase gradually as needed to achieve desired results.

Rose Hydrosol Skin Types: dry, normal, sensitive, damaged, mature, hyperreactive. Properties: cooling, rejuvenating, humectant, balancing to emotions. Considerations: mature skin, PMS, menopause, mood swings, emotional upsets, opening the heart, self-motivation. Applications: apply just before facial oil or moisturizer, add to bathwater to relax and revive, use for feelings of support in times of stress, add to a cold compress and apply over tired eyes.
Rose Geranium Hydrosol Skin Types: dry, combination, sensitive, overactive, hyperreactive. Properties: cooling, humectant, balancing to skin and emotions. Considerations: PMS, menopause, hot flashes, sunburn, broken capillaries, dry skin, rashes, emotional upsets. Applications: facial toner, spray on face and body during hot flashes, add to shampoo or conditioner, apply to itchy skin.
Add hydrosols to… Aloe vera gel for a lightly scented and soothing lotion. Honey for a decadent and moisturizing facial. Clay for an aromatic facial mask. Bathwater for babies (1/4 – 1/2 tsp per bath)

THERAPEUTIC AROMATIC HYDROSOLS Hydrosols are pure floral waters created during the steam distillation of fresh, aromatic plants. Milder than essential oils, they are rich in water-soluble elements of plant medicine. Most aromatic sprays on the market are not pure hydrosols, but rather essential oils or fragrance added to water with an emulsifier. True hydrosols are naturally soothing and moisturizing, and may help support the skin’s natural defenses. A wonderfully fragrant addition to holistic skin care, hydrosols are a safe and gentle way for children, elders, those with sensitive skin, and highly-allergic individuals to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. Application: Mist face and body any time throughout the day. Use after cleansing and before moisturizing. Hydrosols can be used as a skin toner, in the hair, and as a delicate perfume.
Frankincense Hydrosol Skin Types: mature, oily, overactive, sensitive, stressed. Properties: rejuvenating, calming, anti-stress, balancing, uplifting. Considerations: after-sun care, emotional soothing, sensitivities, mature skin, enhancing contemplation. Applications: use as a facial toner for mature skin, spray onto face and body during emotional upset, apply before yoga or meditation to enhance practice, add to a warm compress during times of PMS.
Lavender Hydrosol Skin Types: all types, including damaged, fragile, and sensitive. Properties: cooling, rejuvenating, calming. Considerations: sunburn, dry skin, sensitivities, rashes, itchy skin, irritated skin, feelings of stress and tension, PMS, diaper rash, tantrums. Applications: apply in a plane or other dry environments, add to a cold or hot compress, use after shaving or hair removal, add 1/2 tsp to bathwater to calm and soothe, spray to clear the air of feelings of anger and tension in the home, office, or car.
Neroli Hydrosol Skin Types: oily, sensitive, overactive skin; may be too astringent for dry skin. Properties: astringent, rejuvenating, anti-stress, calming. Considerations: overactive skin, broken capillaries, feelings of stress, during detox programs. Applications: use as a facial toner for oily and overactive skin, apply to overly-oily scalp or itchy skin, add to a cold or hot compress or spray on abdomen for soothing effect, spray onto face and chest for calming effect (combine with Simplers Botanicals® Neroli Perfume for best results).

 Avoid in pregnancy or epilepsy  Use in moderation and highly diluted; may be a potential skin irritant ! May be photosensitizing
CARDAMOM   Elettaria cardamomum Sweet, spicy scent with woody-citrus undertones and warming and energizing properties. Useful for digestive massage. An exotic addition to perfume. Blends well with rose, orange, tangerine, fir, ylang, neroli. BCDMP
CARROT SEED   Daucus carota      !     Warm, earthy-woody aroma. Specific in skincare formulations for revitalizing and rejuvenating mature skin. Helps harmonize skin tone and soothes sensitive skin. CMS
CEDAR, ATLAS   Cedrus atlantica      True Atlas cedar has a ‘ripe’, woody-fruity aroma with soothing and grounding effects. Useful in cellulite and lymph massage blends. Blends well with wood oils, bergamot, cypress, jasmine, juniper, neroli, ylang. BCM
CHAMOMILE, GERMAN   Matricaria recutita Velvety blue floral oil with an intense, pungent, warm aroma. High in chamazulene, it is soothing for sensitive or dry skin. Useful for digestive massage, or in a compress or massage blend for joints and muscles. BCMS
CHAMOMILE, MOROCCAN BLUE   Tanacetum annuum      Intensely sweet scent and deep blue color with the most chamazulene of all the blue oils. Soothing respiratory aromatherapy. Excellent in topical blends for dry or sensitive skin, or in massage blends for muscle aches. BCDIMS
CHAMOMILE, ROMAN   Chamaemelum nobile Sweet, relaxing, apple-like aroma. Soothing aromatherapy during times of PMS, stress, hyperactivity, and to promote rest. Excellent in massage blends for muscle tension. Gentle for use with children. BCDIMS
CINNAMON BARK   Cinnamomum verum           Deeper and sweeter scent than the leaf oil with warming and energizing properties. Exotic fragrance component. Potentially irritating to the skin and best used either highly diluted or in a diffuser blend. DMP
CINNAMON LEAF   Cinnamomum verum           Sharp, spicy scent with warming and energizing properties. Useful in muscle and digestive massage blends. Blends well with ylang, orange, mandarin, ginger, balsams. CDMP
CISTUS   Cistus ladaniferus           Also known as labdanum or rockrose. Spicy, musky, somewhat woody scent with comforting effects. Useful in lymph massage blends. Tones mature skin and useful for oily skin. Often used as a fixative in men’s fragrances. Blends well with citrus, pine, lavender. BMSP
ANGELICA ROOT   Angelica archangelica       !    Spicy, earthy-herbal aroma with warming and energizing qualities. Revitalizing respiratory aromatherapy. Useful in cellulite and lymph massage blends. Use in moderation. BCDIM
AMMI VISNAGA   (Khella seed)       ! Commonly used as respiratory aromatherapy. Useful in blends for chest massage. IM
ANISE SEED   Pimpinella anisum           Spicy, sweet, warming aroma. Useful in massage blends for menstrual cramps, digestion, and chest rubs. BCM
BALSAM PERU   Myroxylon balsamum variety pereiae Rich, earthy, vanilla-like aroma with warming, comforting, and grounding effects. Useful aromatherapy for respiratory considerations, and a soothing effect during times of nervousness and stress. Emollient for dry skin. Blends well with florals, petitgrain, rose, patchouli. BCIMSP
BASIL, SWEET   Ocimum basilicum      Fresh, sweet, ‘green’ scent. Uplifting, clarifying, and energizing aromatherapy during times of nervousness, fatigue, and stress due to mental overwork. Helpful for digestive massage. Blends well with lavender, bergamot, lime, geranium, oakmoss, hyssop, peppermint. BCDM
BAY LAUREL   Laurus nobilis            Strong, spicy, energizing, herbaceous aroma. Diluted in a scalp rub, it refreshes hair follicles. Excellent for lymph massage. Blends well with pine, cypress, juniper, lavender, citrus, spice oils. BCDIM
BENZOIN   Styrax benzoin Sweet, vanilla-like aroma with warming and comforting properties. Excellent emollient for dry skin. Soothing aromatherapy during times of nervousness. Fixative and preservative for perfume blends. Diluted for pourability in 50% ho leaf oil (Cinnamomum camphora), a very mild general tonic similar to rosewood. BIMSP
BERGAMOT   Citrus bergamia      !     Fruity-floral citrus with relaxing, refreshing, and uplifting qualities. Useful aromatherapy for feelings of support during times of sadness, nervousness, and seasonal wellness. Recommended for oily and overactive skin. May cause photosensitivity. BCDMP
BLUE CYPRESS   Callitris columellaris      A blue-hued Australian oil with a woody, spicy, smoky scent. Excellent base note for perfumery and a nice alternative to sandalwood. Soothes dry and itchy skin. BSMP
CALENDULA CO2   Calendula officinalis Warm herbal aroma. This extract is known for its exceptional skin soothing and rejuvenating properties. Approximately 45% more concentrated than the herbal infused oil. Diluted for pourability in 75% organic jojoba oil. MS
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 Avoid in pregnancy or epilepsy  Use in moderation and highly diluted; may be a potential skin irritant ! May be photosensitizing
FENNEL, SWEET   Foeniculum vulgare      Warm, spicy, sweet aroma similar to anise with energizing and cleansing properties. Helpful in massage blends during times of nausea, indigestion, PMS, and menses. CDM
FIR, BALSAM   Abies balsamea           Fresh, energizing, green forest aroma. Useful aromatherapy for sinus and respiratory considerations, and in adrenal massage blends. BCDIM
FIR, BALSAM ABSOLUTE Abies balsamea       Woody, balsamic and coniferous aroma with jam-like sweetness and great tenacity. Unique choice for perfumery. Diluted for pourability in 10% organic grain alcohol. Blends well with citrus, cistus, lavender, oakmoss, frankincense, rosemary, clary sage, thyme, vetiver, floral oils. MP
FRANKINCENSE CO2   Boswellia carterii Rich, sweet, complex aroma traditionally used for ceremonial incense and perfumery. Good addition to formulations for mature and dry skin. Soothing aromatherapy for a calming effect during times of nervousness, and promoting deep breaths. Blends well with geranium, neroli, pine, spruce, vetiver, petitgrain, myrrh, bergamot, cinnamon, tangerine. BDIMSP
GERANIUM, ROSE   Pelargonium x asperum      Earthy, flowery, rose-like scent with uplifting and balancing properties. Excellent for all skin types, especially oily skin. Helpful aromatherapy during times of stress, nervousness, fatigue, PMS, and menopause. Used in massage blends for water retention and circulation. Blends well with rose, lavender, clary sage, neroli, patchouli. BCDIMSP
GINGER CO2   Zingiber officinale           Sharp, spicy scent with warming and strengthening qualities. Useful in digestive massage blends, and for fatigue, muscles, and soothing effects. Blends well with frankincense, grapefruit, cedar, rose, neroli, patchouli. BCM
GINGER, FRESH   Zingiber officinale           Made from fresh wet roots rather than the typical dried roots for a warm, sparkling aroma with zesty-citrus notes. Useful aromatherapy during times of stomach upset. Beneficial and warming in massage blends for cramps, sluggish digestion, muscle fatigue, and inspiring romance. A favorite top note of natural perfumers. Blends well with citrus, cedar, florals, patchouli, frankincense, cinnamon, clove, vetiver, sandalwood, spearmint. BCDIMP
GRAPEFRUIT   Citrus x paradisii      !     Light, sweet, refreshing citrus with energizing and uplifting properties. Useful in blends for oily skin, fatigue, and for feelings of support during times of stress. Blends well with palmarosa, citrus, ginger, cypress, geranium, lavender. CDMS
HELICHRYSUM   Helichrysum italicum      Also known as everlasting or immortelle. Distinctive warm, herbal aroma with pungent undertones. Well known for its skin rejuvenating properties. An excellent choice for facial formulations. Soothing in massage for muscles and joints. Blends well with lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus citriodora, yarrow, chamomiles. BCMS
CISTUS ABSOLUTE Cistus ladaniferus           Warm, woody, spicy, and chamomile-like aroma with a notable resinous “cold smoke” effect. Used in perfumery, the absolute is an essential ingredient in amber bases. Blends well with citrus, clary sage, oakmoss, cinnamon, lavender, juniper, pine, fir, florals, vanilla. MP
CITRONELLA   Cymbopogon winterianus           Tart, lemony aroma traditionally used in outdoor sprays. Specific for oily skin, perspiration, and as a room deodorizer. May be a skin irritant in strong dilutions. DMS
CLARY SAGE   Salvia sclarea      Unusual nutty-musky, herbaceous aroma with calming, uplifting, and euphoric effects. Inspires romance. Helps balance dry, oily or sensitive skin. Useful massage during times of PMS, cramps, menopause, and for feelings of calmness and support. BCDIMS
CLOVE BUD   Syzygium aromaticum           Spicy, warming, and energizing aroma that counters fatigue. Use in less than 1% dilution for massage. Excellent diluted in water as an air spray. CDMS
COCOA ABSOLUTE   Theobroma cacao Chocolate lovers will adore this natural extract. Dark brown with a rich, bitter, and liqueur-like aroma. Smelling the oil is said to help curb the craving for sweets. Exotic accessory base note for perfumers. Diluted for pourability in 70% organic grain alcohol. IMP
COPAIBA COPAL   Copaifera officinalis Known as the “Frankincense” of South America, this tree resin is distilled and used similarly. Sweet, energizing, woody-balsamic aroma refreshes respiratory passages. Useful for digestive massage. Comforting to muscles and joints. Add to skincare blends for rejuvenation. BCDIMSP
CORIANDER SEED   Coriandrum sativum      Sweet, herbal, uplifting, and warming aroma. Useful in massage blends for digestion, muscles, and joints. Good choice as an aromatic replacement for endangered rosewood. Blends well with clary sage, bergamot, neroli, jasmine, ginger, needle and spice oils. BCDIMPS
CYPRESS   Cupressus sempervirens           Balancing, warming, and energizing aroma from the evergreen family. Useful in massage blends for circulation and cellulite. Excellent aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. BCDIM
EUCALYPTUS CITRIODORA   E. citriodora      !     Pleasant lemon-scented variety of eucalyptus. Useful for muscle and joint massage, and a must for massage therapists. Commonly used in outdoor sprays. BCDIMS
EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS   E. globulus      Penetrating, camphorous aroma with energizing and cooling properties. Commonly used as aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. Helpful in massage blends for circulation, muscles, and joints. Excellent diluted in water as an air spray. BCDIM
EUCALYPTUS RADIATA   E. radiata The most gentle aroma of all eucalyptus species. Useful aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. Perfectly suited for skincare, daily use while body brushing, in the sauna, or in chest rubs. Gentle for use with children. BCDIMS
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LEMON   Citrus x limon      ! Clean, refreshing and uplifting aroma said to enhance mental clarity. Beneficial in oily skin preparations. Useful in lymph and circulatory massage blends. Excellent diluted in water as an air spray. BCDIM
LEMONGRASS   Cymbopogon citratus      !     Pungent, uplifting lemony aroma with an earthy undertone. Stimulating scalp treatment, good room deodorizer and commonly used in outdoor sprays. May cause skin irritation in high concentrations. BCDIMS
LEMON VERBENA   Lippia citriodora      !     Soothing aromatherapy during times of nervousness and restless sleep. Useful in massage blends for cramps and indigestion. True, unadulterated lemon verbena is a rare find. CDIMP
LIME   Citrus x aurantifolia      !    Cool, bittersweet citrus. Soothing aromatherapy during times of stress, sadness, and nervousness. Useful for digestive massage. Interesting fragrance addition for perfumery. CDIMP
LITSEA MAY CHANG Litsea cubeba       Sparkling, fruity-sweet and lemon-like aroma distilled from the pepper-like fruits of an Asian tree. Useful in digestive massage, in skincare blends for oily skin, and for respiratory considerations. Add to a diffuser to invigorate, uplift, and promote creativity. Blends well with citrus oils, florals, lavender, basil, geranium, rosemary. CDIMPS
MANDARIN   Citrus reticulata variety mandarin     !   A light, orange-like oil with a sweet, almost floral aroma. Calming and soothing for children. Useful for relaxing and digestive massage, and aromatherapy for feelings of support during times of nervousness. BCDIMP
MANUKA   Leptospermum scoparium Also known as New Zealand tea tree. Sweet and gentle medicinal aroma with calming and soothing properties. Excellent skincare oil with a broad spectrum of uses. Useful aromatherapy for a calming effect during times of nervousness, respiratory considerations, and seasonal wellness. BCDIMS
MARJORAM, SWEET   Origanum majorana      Tranquilizing, cool-woody, herbal aroma. Soothing in massage blends for PMS, muscles, chest rubs, and digestive massage. Useful aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. The aroma promotes rest especially during times of grief. BCDIM
MELISSA   Melissa officinalis           Commonly known as lemon balm. Complex, tart lemon aroma with calming and uplifting properties. Useful aromatherapy for a soothing effect in times of emotional shock, grief, sadness, and restless sleep. Soothing in digestive massage. Blends well with floral and citrus oils, lavender, geranium, rose. BCDIMP
HYSSOP   Hyssopus officinalis variety decumbens      Warm, spicy aroma reminiscent of lavender with sweet, camphorous overtones. Calming and refreshing aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. Use during times of stress and general fatigue. Blends well with citrus, lavender, clary sage, rosemary, geranium, myrtle, bay. CDIM
INDIAN SANDALWOOD Santalum album Rare, true Indian sandalwood sustainably cultivated in Australia. Soft, powdery, sweet, woody, balsamic, and cashew-like with outstanding tenacity. The aroma is said to lift the spirit to heaven. An excellent, soothing addition to facial and skincare formulas. A musthave for perfumery. Blends well with florals, clove, lavender, bergamot, cocoa, oakmoss, cistus, patchouli, vetiver and just about everything else. BCDIMSP
INULA   Inula graveolens      Clarifying, emerald green classic. Excellent aromatherapy for sinus and respiratory considerations. Use this potent and somewhat rare oil in moderation. DIM
JASMINE ABSOLUTE   Jasminum officinale or J. grandiflorum Intense, heady floral with uplifting effects. Useful aromatherapy for feelings of support during times of sadness, nervousness, and restless sleep. Beneficial in massage blends for menstrual cramps or muscle tension. Traditional perfume of romance and sensuality. Blends well with most floral, wood and citrus oils. BMP
JASMINE SAMBAC ABSOLUTE   Jasminum officinale The warmer, fruitier sambac variety is an exotic favorite. Sultry and animalic floral excellent for perfumery. BMP
JUNIPER BERRY   Juniperus communis          Uplifting, energizing, woody-sweet aroma. Cleansing tonic for oily skin. Useful in massage blends for a calming and rejuvenating effect during times of stress and fatigue, and for cellulite and muscles. Avoid if you have a history of kidney problems. Blends well with lavender, citrus, needle oils. BCM
LAVENDER   Lavandula angustifolia A gentle oil with a soft, floral, herbal scent known for its calming, relaxing, and soothing effects. Considered the most universally useful essential oil, it is a must-have for every home aromatherapy kit. Beneficial in blends for soothing muscle and joint massage, and skin rejuvenation. Excellent aromatherapy for feelings of support during times of stress and nervousness, and to promote rest. May be applied undiluted to the skin. Gentle for use with children. BCDIMSP
LAVENDER ABSOLUTE Lavandula angustifolia Incredibly sweet, floral-herbaceous, rich aroma that smells very true to the plant. Dark green, viscous, and ready for perfumery blending. Blends well with bay, cistus, vetiver, patchouli, oak moss, clary sage, pine, geranium, citrus. MP
LAVENDER, SPIKE   Lavandula latifolia      Stronger than true lavender with an energizing, camphorous aroma. Specific for oily skin. Useful in massage on the neck and shoulders during times of tension and stress. BCDIMS
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 Avoid in pregnancy or epilepsy  Use in moderation and highly diluted; may be a potential skin irritant ! May be photosensitizing
OSMANTHUS ABSOLUTE   Osmanthus fragrans Bold, fruity, honeyed floral with spicy undertones. This very viscous oil is used in perfumery in amber, musk and floral bases, Orientals, and tea perfumes. Blends well with woods, florals, citrus, herbs and green notes. MP
PALMAROSA   Cymbopogon martinii Sweet, soothing, rosy-floral aroma. Rejuvenating for dry, oily and mature skin and scalp. Useful aromatherapy during times of stress and nervous exhaustion. Blends well with geranium, cedar, petitgrain, florals. BCDIMS
PATCHOULI   Pogostemon cablin Very distinctive, earthy-sweet, persistent aroma with warming and calming qualities. Soothing in formulations for mature, oily, and dry skin and scalp. Inspires romance and sensuality. Blends well with cocoa, jasmine, neroli, rose, wood oils. BCDIMSP
PATCHOULI RESERVE   Pogostemon cablin         A surprisingly light and unique patchouli grown in Madagascar in limited supply. Uplifting, sensual, and fresh woody-earthy aroma exquisite for perfumery, especially in oriental, meditation, and romance blends. Soothing in skincare blends for mature and sensitive skin. Blends well with woods, citrus, and floral oils. BCDIMSP
PEPPER, BLACK   Piper nigrum          Fresh, warm, spicy scent with energizing qualities. Useful aromatherapy for respiratory considerations, and in massage blends for muscles and digestion. Makes an interesting addition in small quantities to perfume blends. Blends well with frankincense, marjoram, lavender, florals and spices. CDMP
PEPPERMINT   Mentha x piperita      Strong, minty aroma with cooling, refreshing, and energizing effects. Useful aromatherapy for clarity, for feelings of support during times of sadness, respiratory considerations, and nausea. Soothing for digestive massage. Blends well with eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, rosemary, mints. CDIMS
PETITGRAIN   Citrus aurantium Fresh citrus-floral scent with spicy green undertones. Distilled from the leaf, twig, and buds of the bitter orange tree. Soothing and supportive aromatherapy during times of sadness, fatigue, and nervousness. Blends well with many oils and is a favorite of perfumers. BCDIMP
PINE, WILD SCOTCH   Pinus sylvestris      Penetrating, energizing, clarifying evergreen scent. Aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. Useful in massage for adrenal fatigue, muscles and joints. BCDIM
RAVINTSARA   Cinnamomum camphora      Camphorous, pungent aroma similar to eucalyptus. Originating in Madagascar, this oil has traditionally been used in France as aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. Useful in massage blends for muscles. The aroma promotes rest. BCDIM
MUGWORT   Artemisia herba alba           Also known as armoise. Pungent, potent sage-like aroma. Useful in formulations for skin rejuvenation, and as aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. Light-headedness may result from excessive inhalation. Warning: contains thujone. Use in moderation. For external use only. CMS
MYRRH CO2   Commiphora myrrha      A thick, resinous oil with a rich, heavy aroma. Used since antiquity to revitalize the spirit. Useful and rejuvenating for mature and dry skin and scalp, and as aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. Blends well with frankincense, juniper, mandarin, geranium, mints, spices, lavender. BCIMSP
MYRTLE, GREEN   Myrtus communis      Fresh, camphorous scent somewhat like eucalyptus. Useful for oily skin, and as aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. Gentle for use with children. Nice alternative to tea tree. Blends well with lavender, clary, ginger. BCDIMS
NEROLI   Citrus aurantium True orange blossom is a rich, delicate, warm floral with deeply soothing effects. Tonifying for most skin types, but especially mature skin lacking vitality, as well as oily skin. Useful aromatherapy and massage for a soothing and calming effect during times of sadness, nervousness, restless sleep, PMS. Blends well with many oils, including chamomiles, jasmine, ylang, rose, geranium, woods and citrus. BCDIMSP
NIAOULI   Melaleuca quinquinerva viridiflora Milder sister of tea tree with a more medicinal aroma. Soothing for skincare, and gargles. Useful aromatherapy for respiratory considerations and seasonal wellness. Blends well with eucalyptus, rosemary, needle oils. BCDIMPS
NUTMEG   Myristica fragrans           Warm, spicy and sensual. Useful in massage blends as an energizing muscular tonic. Lovely in exotic perfumes and holiday blends. BCDIMP
OAKMOSS ABSOLUTE   Evernia prunastri      Deep, tenacious, green aroma used in perfumery for its fixative properties. Diluted for pourability in 10% organic grain alcohol. MP
ORANGE, BLOOD   Citrus sinensis      ! Sweet, rich, and juicy raspberry-citrus aroma for a soothing effect during times of sadness and stress. Useful for digestive massage and in blends for supporting rest. Lovely in perfumery. Blends well with spices, florals, frankincense, lavender, clary sage. BCDIMSP
ORANGE, SWEET   Citrus sinensis      !      Sweet citrus with calming and relaxing effects. Excellent aromatherapy for a calming effect during times of stress, sadness, nervousness, and seasonal wellness. Useful in massage blends for digestion and cellulite. BCDIMS
OREGANO   Origanum vulgare           Spicy-herbaceous, energizing aroma reminiscent of the warm Mediterranean sun. Useful aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. Skin irritant; best used highly diluted. DI
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SPRUCE, BLACK   Picea mariana       Sweet, forest-fresh, energizing aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. Useful in massage blends for adrenal support and soothing effects during times of stress. BCDIM
TANGERINE   Citrus reticulata variety tangerine      ! Cheerful, bright and sweet citrus aroma with soothing effects. Useful aromatherapy for feelings of support during times of nervousness and restless sleep. Beneficial in massage blends for children’s tummy, digestion, lymph, water retention, and detox. Add to blends to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Blends well with citrus, spices, lavender, ginger, florals, clary sage, frankincense. BCDIMSP
TEA TREE   Melaleuca alternifolia Penetrating and clarifying medicinal aroma. Excellent choice for skincare with a broad spectrum of uses. Helpful in gargles, sitz baths, and scalp preparations. Mild and suitable for use with children. BCDIMS
THUJA Thuja occidentalis       Also known as cedar leaf or white cedar. Can be used to comfort warts by adding 1-3 drops in an ounce of carrier oil. Warning: contains thujone. Use in moderation. For external use only. S
THYME, LINALOL   Thymus vulgaris linalol           Sweet aroma milder than red thyme. Useful in skin preparations, gargles, and chest rubs. The linalol chemotype is gentle for use in skincare and with children. BCDIMS
THYME, RED   Thymus vulgaris thymol          Warm, intense herbal aroma with energizing properties. Useful aromatherapy for respiratory considerations, fatigue, and a feeling of support. A potential skin irritant that should be used highly diluted. DIM
TONKA BEAN ABSOLUTE   Dipteryx odorata Rich, warm, sweet, powdery and reminiscent of sweetgrass with a nutty caramel undertone. A great fixative and non-floral alternative for introducing warmth and sweetness to a blend. Diluted for pourability in 70% organic grain alcohol. Blends well with cocoa, vanilla, lavender, clary sage, bergamot, cinnamon, oakmoss, benzoin, lemongrass, vetiver and geranium. MP
TUBEROSE ABSOLUTE   Polianthes tuberosa Truly authentic, heavy, sweet, and powerful honey-like floral with a slightly spicy and balsamic undertone. Inspires sensuality. Used in extravagant floral perfume types. Diluted for pourability in 50% organic grain alcohol. Blends well with woods, resins, florals, vanilla, tonka, spices. MP
TULSI HOLY BASIL   Ocimum sanctum        Considered a sacred plant in India for purification of mind and body, and to heighten spiritual awareness. Uplifting, clarifying, licorice and clove-like aroma. Useful aromatherapy for refreshing respiratory passagess or when health and wellness are a focus. Commonly used in massage blends during times of stress or nervousness. CDIMS
ROSE ABSOLUTE   Rosa damascena Deep, sweet floral with an aroma true to the flower. Uplifting aromatherapy in times of emotional stress, grief, and sadness. Inspires romance and sensuality. The main rose oil used in perfumery. Blends well with citrus, florals, resins, spices, vanilla, vetiver, patchouli. IMPS
ROSE OTTO   Rosa damascena Very complex, sharp floral aroma. At least forty rose buds are needed to produce one drop! Rejuvenating for all skin types, especially mature and dry skin. Soothing aromatherapy for a calming feeling during times of stress and grief. Useful in massage blends for PMS and menopause. High content of natural rose wax causes the oil to solidify at room temperature. Hold in pocket or hands for a few minutes to help liquefy the oil. Rose water, or hydrosol, is also produced during the steam distillation of rose otto (try Simplers Botanicals® Therapeutic Rose Hydrosol). BCDIMSP
ROSEMARY   Rosmarinus officinalis cineole      Fresh, uplifting, herbaceous aroma that inspires confidence and creativity. Useful aromatherapy for respiratory and sinus considerations, and focusing the senses. Energizing in massage blends for muscles and joints, circulation, and scalp care. Combines with eucalyptuses, needle and citrus oils, myrtle, ravintsara, mints. BCDIMS
ROSEMARY   Rosmarinus officinalis verbenon      Crisp, lemon rosemary is surprisingly relaxing unlike camphor and cineol chemotypes. Useful aromatherapy for sinus considerations. Popular in formulas for skin rejuvenation. CDIMS
SAGE   Salvia officinalis      Pungent, warm herbal scent. Useful aromatherapy for respiratory considerations, focusing the senses, and grief. Nice in foot baths and oily hair and scalp preparations. Skin rejuvenating. Use in moderation and avoid use with children. CDIS
SANDALWOOD, AUSTRALIAN   Santalum spicatum This sustainably grown and harvested species is used similarly to Indian Sandalwood. Warm, woody, and musky base scent with a light, spicy top note. Excellent addition to facial and skincare blends. Useful aromatherapy for a soothing feeling during times of tension, stress, and nervousness. Inspires romance and sensuality. Blends well with most floral, wood and citrus oils. BCDIMSP
SANDALWOOD, INDIAN   (See Indian Sandalwood) SPEARMINT   Mentha spicata Sweet, minty and joyful aroma somewhat milder than peppermint. Clarifying and energizing. Useful in morning baths to refresh muscles and awaken the senses. Good choice for children. BCDIM
SPIKENARD   Nardostachys jatamansi Deep, refined, earthy scent with sweet undertones. True to valerian family, the aroma provides a calming effect during times of stress, emotional tension, and helps promote rest. Useful in massage blends to support digestion and nerves, and in formulas to soothe dry skin and scalp.
TURMERIC CO2   Curcuma longa      Warm, woody, mildly spicy aroma uplifts the spirit. Warming and comforting to muscles and joints. Useful for digestive massage. Use highly diluted in skincare blends for rejuvenation. CIMS
VANILLA ABSOLUTE   Vanilla planifolia Sweet, pungent, and true vanilla bean aroma with woody, animalic, and liquor-like undertones. Comforting, soothing, and sensual. Very dark and viscous. Best warmed before use. Used in floral, woody, citrus and spicy blends. BMP
VANILLA CO2   Vanilla planifolia Familiar, rich, sweet aroma softens all blends and inspires sensuality. This premium extract from Madagascar is naturally thick, light-colored, and resinous. Hold in pocket or hands for a few minutes to help liquefy the oil. Combines well with vetiver, spice, resin and citrus oils. BMP
VETIVER   Vetiveria zizanoides Earthy, deep and exotic aroma with sweet undertones and comforting, grounding effects. Excellent in blends for oily skin, muscular massage, and a calming effect in times of nervousness. Used as a fixative in perfumery, especially for men’s fragrances, it blends well with lavender, rose, jasmine, oakmoss, ylang, citrus and wood oils. BCIMSP
VIOLET LEAF ABSOLUTE   Viola odorata Distinctly and intensely green, soft, earthy, leafy aroma with a delicate floral note. Used in topical blends for skin rejuvenation, and as aromatherapy for respiratory considerations. Diluted for pourability in 33% organic grain alcohol. Blends well with tuberose, florals, clary sage, basil, spices. IMP
WINTERGREEN   Gaultheria fragrantissima           Fresh, sharp, minty aroma nearly identical with birch. Useful massage for athletic recovery of muscles and joints. Soothes skin and scalp. Always use in dilution to avoid skin irritation. BCM
YARROW   Achillea millefolium      Soft, full, cool blue aroma said to promote feelings of courage. Specific for dry and sensitive skin. Useful for muscle and joint massage. BCDIMS
YLANG YLANG   Cananga odorata Intensely sweet, heady, tropical floral with great tenacity. Calming, relaxing, and sensual aroma. Useful in topical preparations for oily or dry skin and scalp. Excellent aromatherapy for times of sadness and nervousness. A good fixative, it blends well with clary sage, jasmine, bergamot, vetiver, rose, citrus, spice and wood oils. BCDIMSP


AIR REFRESHING Lemongrass, Citronella, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus globulus, Rosemary cineole, Juniper, Oregano, Clove, Thyme Red, Lemon, Litsea May Chang, Tulsi Holy Basil, Simplers Botanicals® Fortify and Protect, Purify Air and Home, Breathe Here Now

CELLULITE MASSAGE Cedar Atlas, Cypress, Grapefruit, Geranium, Juniper, Niaouli, Tangerine, Fennel, Sage, Eucalyptus citriodora, Lemon, Lavender, Lavender Spike, Sweet Orange, Simplers Botanicals® Detox and Renew

CHILDREN (Always dilute oils properly) Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Mandarin, Palmarosa, Eucalyptus radiata, Tea Tree, Spearmint, Green Myrtle, Thyme linalol, Vanilla, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Manuka, Neroli, Rose otto, Simplers Botanicals® Therapeutic Hydrosols, Deep Restful Sleep

CIRCULATORY MASSAGE Rosemary cineole, Juniper, Ginger, all Cinnamon, all Cedar, Cypress, Geranium, all Pine, Black Spruce, all Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Basil, Vetiver

DEODORANT all Sandalwood, Frankincense, Vetiver, Myrrh, Spikenard, Patchouli, Lavender, Tea Tree, Copaiba, Simplers Botanicals® Clear Skin

DIGESTIVE MASSAGE Peppermint, Anise, Basil, Cardamom, Coriander, Fennel, Orange Sweet, Black Pepper, Bergamot, German Chamomile, Cinnamon Leaf, Lemon Verbena, Lime, Mandarin, Marjoram Sweet, Melissa, Ginger, Angelica, Spikenard, Copaiba, Blood Orange, Turmeric CO2, Litsea May Chang, Tulsi Holy Basil, Simplers Botanicals® Blissful and Bright

FATIGUE Black Spruce, Cedar Atlas, all Pine, all Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary cineole, Manuka, Clove, Geranium, Juniper, Hyssop, Basil, Ginger, all Citrus, Tea Tree, all Thyme, Tulsi Holy Basil, Simplers Botanicals® Focused and Aware, Blissful and Bright, Women’s Rhythm and Flow

FACIAL REJUVENATION all Chamomile, Lavender, Helichrysum, Neroli, Rose otto, Palmarosa, all Sandalwood, Rosemary verbenon, Carrot Seed, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Cistus, Green Myrtle, Ylang, Sage, Calendula, Violet Leaf, Simplers Botanicals® Argan Facial Treatments, Therapeutic Hydrosols, Tamanu, Argan, Jojoba and Rose Hip Seed Oils

FLUID RETENTION MASSAGE all Pine, Tea Tree, Geranium, Angelica, all Citrus, Black Spruce, Simplers Botanicals® Detox and Renew, Women’s Rhythm and Flow

HAIR/SCALP  Tea Tree, all Lavender, Bay, Lemongrass, all Chamomile, all Rosemary, Myrrh, Ylang, Palmarosa, Cedar Atlas, Clary Sage, Cypress, Spikenard, Patchouli, Thyme linalol, Sage, Wintergreen, Simplers Botanicals® Argan, Jojoba and Rose Hip Seed Oils

JOINT AND TENDON MASSAGE Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Eucalyptus citriodora, all Chamomile, Lavender, Yarrow, Copaiba, Turmeric CO2, Simplers Botanicals® Arnica and St. John’s Wort Infused Oils

LYMPH MASSAGE Bay, Cistus, Angelica, Juniper, Rosemary cineole, Geranium, Cedar Atlas, Grapefruit, Patchouli, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange Sweet, Ravintsara, Tangerine, Simplers Botanicals® Detox and Renew MEDITATION Frankincense, all Sandalwood, Cedar Atlas, Myrrh, Patchouli, Vetiver, Spikenard, Copaiba, Simplers Botanicals® Frankincense Hydrosol, Mind • Body Meditation

MENOPAUSE Clary Sage, Geranium, Frankincense, Lavender, all Rose, Simplers Botanicals® Rose Geranium and Rose Hydrosol, Deep Restful Sleep, Women’s Rhythm and Flow

MENSTRUAL CRAMP MASSAGE Anise, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram Sweet, Lavender, Ylang, Lemon Verbena, Clary Sage, Yarrow, Mandarin, Rose Geranium, Simplers Botanicals® Women’s Rhythm and Flow

MENTAL CLARITY Peppermint, Rosemary cineole, Lemon, Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus globulus, Sage, Litsea May Chang, Simplers Botanicals® Focused and Aware, Breathe Here Now

MUSCLE MASSAGE all Lavender, all Chamomile, Helichrysum, Wintergreen, all Eucalyptus, Marjoram Sweet, Rosemary cineole, Ginger, Juniper, all Pine, Ravintsara, Black Pepper, Yarrow, Ylang, Mandarin, Vetiver, Copaiba, Turmeric CO2, Simplers Botanicals® Arnica, St. John’s Wort and Calendula Infused Oils

NAUSEA/MOTION SICKNESS   Peppermint, Ginger, Mandarin, Patchouli, Tangerine, Cinnamon Leaf, Melissa NERVOUSNESS Neroli, Vetiver, all Rose, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Orange Sweet, all Chamomile, all Sandalwood, Petitgrain, Mandarin, Spikenard, Melissa, Manuka, Marjoram Sweet, Ylang, Bergamot, Frankincense, Copaiba, Blood Orange, Tulsi Holy Basil, Tangerine, Simplers Botanicals® Neroli and Rose Perfume Oils, Therapeutic Hydrosols, Calm Within, Mind • Body Meditation

OILY SKIN Simplers Botanicals® Clear Skin, all Lavender, Niaouli, Tea Tree, Thyme linalol, Rosemary verbenon, Palmarosa, Vetiver, Grapefruit, Green Myrtle, Moroccan Blue Chamomile, German Chamomile, Rose Geranium, Yarrow, Cistus, Lemongrass, Litsea May Chang, Simplers Botanicals® Neroli and Rose Geranium Therapeutic Hydrosols

ORAL CARE Niaouli, Tea Tree, Manuka, Fennel, Myrrh, Clove, Peppermint, Orange, Simplers Botanicals® Breath Essence OUTDOOR Tea Tree, Citronella, Palmarosa, all Eucalyptus, all Cedar, Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Manuka, Patchouli, Tulsi Holy Basil PMS all Rose, Clary Sage, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot, Lavender, Frankincense, Neroli, Jasmine, Ylang, Sweet Marjoram, Simplers Botanicals® Therapeutic Hydrosols and Perfume Oils, Women’s Rhythm and Flow

RELAXING Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram Sweet, Clary Sage, Ylang, Orange Sweet, Jasmine, Blood Orange, Tangerine, Simplers Botanicals® Therapeutic Hydrosols, Calm Within, Mind • Body Meditation

REFRESHING Spearmint, Peppermint, all Citrus, Basil, Bay, Juniper, Fir Balsam, Hyssop, Rosemary, Litsea May Chang, Tulsi Holy Basil, Simplers Botanicals® Purify Air and Home

AROMATHERAPY FOR RESPIRATORY CONSIDERATIONS Simplers Botanicals® Sinus Oil, Fortify and Protect, Breathe Here Now, Purify Air and Home, all Eucalyptus, all Pine, Fir Balsam, Lavender, Lavender Spike, all Rosemary, Inula, Peppermint, Ravintsara, Tea Tree, Hyssop, Ammi Visnaga, Green Myrtle, Cistus, all Chamomile, Balsam Peru, Cypress, Manuka, Marjoram Sweet, Niaouli, Oregano, all Thyme, Black Pepper, Black Spruce, Violet Leaf, Sage, Copaiba, Litsea May Chang, Tulsi Holy Basil

REST Spikenard, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Neroli, Marjoram Sweet, Lemon Verbena, Jasmine, Melissa, Ravintsara, Blood Orange, Tangerine, Simplers Botanicals® Therapeutic Hydrosols, Deep Restful Sleep, Calm Within

ROMANTIC AND SENSUAL Jasmine, Rose, Ylang, Neroli, all Sandalwood, Tuberose, Vanilla, Fresh Ginger, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, all Simplers Botanicals® Therapeutic Perfume Oils, Mind • Body Meditation SADNESS   Melissa, Peppermint, Clary Sage, all Citrus, Neroli, Geranium, Ylang, all Rose, Jasmine, Marjoram Sweet, Petitgrain, all Pine, all Thyme, Ylang, Blood Orange, Turmeric CO2, Lemongrass, Litsea May Chang, Tulsi Holy Basil, Simplers Botanicals® Therapeutic Hydrosols, Blissful and Bright SCARS Simplers Botanicals® Scar Oil, Helichrysum, Lavender, Mugwort, Sage, Cistus, Neroli, Carrot Seed, Simplers Botanicals® Tamanu, Argan and Rose Hip Seed Oils

AROMATHERAPY FOR SEASONAL WELLNESS Simplers Botanicals® Sinus Oil, Fortify and Protect, Breathe Here Now, Detox and Renew, all Chamomile, Lavender, Niaouli, Eucalyptus radiata, Manuka, Ravintsara, Tea Tree, Bergamot, Litsea May Chang

SKIN CALMING Lavender, Moroccan Blue Chamomile, German Chamomile, Calendula, Tea Tree, Rose otto, Palmarosa, Helichrysum, all Sandalwood, Blue Cypress, Simplers Botanicals® Therapeutic Hydrosols and Calendula Infused Oil SKIN REJUVENATION Lavender, Tea Tree, Manuka, all Chamomile, Helichrysum, Cistus, Thyme linalol, Rosemary verbenon, all Sandalwood, Palmarosa, Lavender Spike, Myrrh, Benzoin, Blue Cypress, Balsam Peru, Eucalyptus radiata, Frankincense, Galbanum, Geranium, Niaouli, Juniper, Yarrow, Ylang, Copaiba, Turmeric CO2, Simplers Botanicals® Calendula and Comfrey Infused Oils, Tamanu, Argan, Jojoba and Rose Hip Seed Oils, Fortify and Protect STRESS Neroli, Bergamot, Lavender, all Chamomiles, Geranium, all Rose, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon Verbena, Mandarin, Orange Sweet, Vetiver, Balsam Peru, Petitgrain, Clary Sage, Black Spruce, Lime, Spikenard, Copaiba, Blood Orange, Tulsi Holy Basil, Simplers Botanicals® Therapeutic Hydrosols and Perfume Oils, Calm Within, Blissful and Bright, Women’s Rhthym and Flow, Mind • Body Meditation

STRETCH MARKS Mandarin, Rose otto, Neroli, Palmarosa, Tangerine, Simplers Botanicals® Rose Hip Seed, Tamanu, and Argan Oils

TENSION MASSAGE Lavender, Lavender Spike, Anise, Marjoram Sweet, Roman Chamomile, all Sandalwood, Spikenard, Copaiba, Turmeric CO2, Simplers Botanicals® Deep Restful Sleep, Mind • Body Meditation

BLENDING BASICS Creating your own fragrances is a playful art requiring little more than intuition, imagination, a passion for aroma, and attention to a few simple guidelines. There are no real rules as to which oils blend well together, so feel free to experiment! But remember, your blend will be greatly enhanced by using the highest quality pure plant essential oils you can find. Start small, mixing no more than 3 to 5 oils per blend and blending drop by drop. To get a feel for particular combinations of oils, put the bottle caps together and smell them, or use small strips of coffee filter or blotter paper. Working in a warm room will enhance the aromatic qualities of the oils. If your oil bottles are not equipped with dropper tops, measure oils with a glass dropper, rinsing it in grain alcohol or isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and wiping it off between each oil. Extremely thick oils, such as benzoin and vetiver, may need to be diluted with a little grain alcohol before blending. Scents are categorized as top, middle, or base notes. These categories are based on oil evaporation rates and some essential oils can fit into more than one. Most professional fragrance blends are composed of a balance of oils from these three different categories. Again, there are no rules about which oils belong in which category or how much of each to use, so it is up to your nose and your intuition! This is the art of blending fragrant oils. Top notes (15% to 30% of the blend) have the fastest evaporation rates. These are sharp, penetrating scents that you notice first when you smell a blend. In general, top notes are considered stimulating, light, and refreshing. Middle notes (30% to 50%) are soft and balanced and usually make up the majority of a blend. Middle notes are the heart or “theme” of a blend and are considered harmonizing. Base notes (20% to 50%) Having the slowest evaporation rates, base notes are deep, intense, and heavy and are used in blends as fixatives, helping to slow the evaporation of top notes. Many are resins, gums or woods and may be quite viscous (thick). Base notes are considered relaxing and grounding. You may choose to allow blends to age a few days before adding them to a carrier oil or grain alcohol. If you don’t immediately love your creation, be patient. Blends undergo great transformations as they age, and over time your ‘mistake’ could evolve into an aromatic treasure. To make a perfume, mix the blend with a small amount of vegetable oil (jojoba is ideal), distilled grain or grape alcohol. Store your finished blend in as small a bottle as possible, preferably amber or cobalt blue glass. Blends, and all essential oils, should be kept in a cool place away from direct sun. Be sure to keep detailed notes and label all of your blends so you can reproduce your successes or adjust blends that do not satisfy you. Keep in mind that essential oils tend to vary somewhat from crop to crop, so a reproduced blend may differ slightly from your original.
The following is a categorization of essential oils into top, middle, and base notes. Please note that oils can fall into more than one category.
Base Notes
Angelica Root Balsam Peru Benzoin Blue Cypress Cistus Absolute Cocoa Absolute Copaiba Fir Balsam Absolute Frankincense CO2 Helichrysum Myrrh CO2 Oakmoss Absolute Osmanthus Absolute Patchouli Patchouli Reserve Rose Absolute Sandalwood Australian Sandalwood Indian Spikenard Tonka Bean Absolute Vanilla CO2 Vanilla Absolute Vetiver
Middle Notes
Angelica Root Basil Bay Calendula CO2 Cardamom Carrot Seed Cedar Atlas Chamomile German Chamomile Moroccan Chamomile Roman Cinnamon Bark Cistus Clary Sage Cypress Geranium Rose Ginger CO2 Helichrysum Inula Jasmine Absolute Jasmine Sambac Abs. Lavender Lavender Absolute Lavender Spike Lemon Verbena Litsea May Chang Marjoram Sweet Mugwort Neroli Nutmeg Palmarosa Pepper Black Rose Absolute Rose Otto Rosemary Sage Spruce Tuberose Absolute Tulsi Holy Basil Turmeric CO2 Violet Leaf Absolute Ylang Ylang Extra
Top Notes
Anise Seed Bay Bergamot Blood Orange Cardamom Carrot Seed Chamomile German Chamomile Moroccan Chamomile Roman Cinnamon Leaf Clove Coriander Eucalyptus Fennel Fir Balsam Ginger, Fresh Grapefruit Juniper Berry Lavender Lavender Spike Lemon Lemongrass Lime Mandarin Melissa Myrtle Orange Sweet Oregano Palmarosa Pepper Black Peppermint Petitgrain Pine Ravintsara Spearmint Spruce Tangerine Tea Tree Thyme Wintergreen

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