Aromatherapy: The Magic of Peppermint

The mint family contains 25 species  and numerous natural hybrids. Although native to Mediterranean countries and western Asia, many varieties are now cultivated all over the world. These include water mint (Mentha aquatica), field mint (M. arvensis) and spearmint (M. spicata). However, peppermint (M. piperita) – thought to be a natural hybrid between water mint … Read moreAromatherapy: The Magic of Peppermint

Aromatherapy: The Magic of Geranium

The various ‘geranium’ oils used in aromatherapy derive from cultivated species of rose-scented pelargoniums, primarily P. graveolens, P. adoratissimum, P. radens, P. capitatum and hybrid varieties such as P. x asperum. Pelargoniums belong to a family comprising more than 400 species of tender shrubs. A native of South Africa, the geranium is mainly cultivated throughout the world for ornamental … Read moreAromatherapy: The Magic of Geranium

Aromatherapy: The Magic of Palmarosa

Plamarosa (Cympobogon martinii) is a tall, aromatic grass belonging to the same family as lemongrass and citronella. It is native to India and Pakistan, but now cultivated extensively in Madagascar, Indonesia, Brazil and the Comoros Islands. The plant is also closely related to sofia or gingergrass, which grows best on damp, poorly drained soil in … Read moreAromatherapy: The Magic of Palmarosa

Aromatherapy: The Magic of Ylang Ylang

In the Malayan language, ylang ylang means ‘flower of flowers’ – an indeed, no tree produces blossoms with a more intensely sweet and flowery fragrance. Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) is native to south-east Asia, and grows up to 20m tall. The branches are gracefully arched like the weeping willow, and bear glossy oval-shaped leaves and … Read moreAromatherapy: The Magic of Ylang Ylang

Aromatherapy: The Magic of Rosemary

Rosemary is an evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean coast but now cultivated worldwide for ornamental, culinary, medicinal and perfumery purposes. The plant can still be found growing wild in vast masses on the uncultivated hills of Provence. It is also common in parts of Spain, Hungary, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Corsica. The … Read moreAromatherapy: The Magic of Rosemary

Aromatherapy: The Magic of Bergamot

The essential oil bergamot is cold-pressed from the rind of a citrus fruit, Citrus bergamia. Whilst the majority of oil is produces by mechanical means, the finest quality oil is actually hand-pressed. The fruit looks like a small, round, yellowish orange but it is much too bitter to eat as it it, even at its ripest … Read moreAromatherapy: The Magic of Bergamot

Aromatherapy: The Magic of Chamomile

The type of chamomile most often used in aromatherapy is called Roman chamomile (Anthemis noblis), which is also known as Chamaemelum nobile, or ‘noble chamomile’. The oil’s colour varies from clear to very pale blue. German chamomile (Matricaria recutica) is the other type used in aromatherapy, which has a rich, dark blue to green colour and … Read moreAromatherapy: The Magic of Chamomile

Aromatherapy: The Magic of Marjoram

There are two types of marjoram essential oil. The one most commonly used in aromatherapy, Origanum marjorana, better known as ‘sweet’ marjoram, is the oil referred to throughout this website. The other essential oil, Origanum vulgare, is more closely related to thyme and oregano, and although sometimes used for aromatherapy, this has different properties and is only … Read moreAromatherapy: The Magic of Marjoram

Aromatherapy: The Magic of Lavender

Lavender can take much of the credit for the revival and interest in aromatherapy today. At different stages in history lavender has been valued for its impressive healing powers and it is these healing properties that make it one of the most important essential oils. Not only is it a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-depressant, sedative … Read moreAromatherapy: The Magic of Lavender