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Unless you have experience of aromatherapy and the use of essential oils, you may not be familiar with some of the terms or expressions which are used on the Sedona Aromatherapie website.  Although I have tried to use both Latin (in parentheses) and English names of botanical plants and essential oils, where appropriate, it has not always been possible to do so and, in addition, there may be other terms with which you are unfamiliar.

For this reason, I have added a glossary of the aromatherapy terms that I use.  It is not intended to be a fully comprehensive guide to aromatherapy and essential oils but I hope that it will help clarify any misconceptions or lack of understanding you may have when browsing the website. Please also take the time to visit my sister website at Aromatherapy Glossary.
A Adulterated - pure essential oils, for the use in aromatherapy and their healing properties, should have no artificial substitutes or additional ingredients added to them.  As some essential oils are difficult to extract, and thus costly, some companies are tempted to ‘add’ or ‘substitute’ (i.e. adulterate) another oil in place of it to increase profits.  Common adulterated essential oils include Rose Otto (rosa damascena) and Melissa (melissa officinalis) which may be adulterated with similar (but cheaper) alternatives which do not possess the same properties.  If the price of these oils seems too good to be true it probably is!

Aldehydes - one of the chemical components which make up an essential oil.  They usually have a powerful aroma and are therefore important to a perfumer.  Some aldehydes are a skin sensitizer in some people.  They are considered to be anti-infectious, tonics, anti-inflammatory and calming to the nervous system.

Antiseptic - preventing infection.  Some essential oils are more effective in helping to prevent the spread of infection and are used specifically for this purpose.

Almond (prunis dulcis) - a carrier oil which is particularly alleviating and nourishing for dry skin.  It helps soothe inflammation and can help in conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and dermatitis.  Some people may be allergic to sweet almond oil.

Apricot Kernel (prunis armeniaca) - a carrier oil which is particularly useful to help with the management of pain and, in skin care, is nourishing for sensitive, mature and dry skins.

Aromatherapie - Aromatherapy in its original (French) form.

Aromatherapist - a person who practices aromatherapy.  A qualified aromatherapist will have haven taken a course in aromatherapy and may be registered with a professional organisation to gain accreditation.  There are no set requirements for a person to set themselves up as an ‘aromatherapist’ in the USA and there is a huge variation in the courses available from online courses, 1 day seminars to lengthier 1 year diploma courses.  The more in-depth a course a person has studied, who they studied with, length of experience and whether they belong to a professional organisation should give you some idea of their expertise. There are a lot of ‘aromatherapists’ out there trying to sell you ‘aromatherapy’ products - but once you start asking questions about essential oils, carriers and the Latin names of essential oils used, for example, they may not know what you are talking about.

Aromatherapy -
Aromatherapy is basically a therapy using the 'aromas' (essential oils) of the plants, and not the use of the plants themselves, to help ‘heal’ any number of ailments (such as back pain, asthma, arthritis, PMS etc) and induce certain moods.

B Babies - any Sedona Aromatherapie blends recommended for use with babies are extremely gentle in their nature.  However, it is your responsibility as a parent to make an informed decision with regard to your baby and should you have any concerns or questions, prior to purchasing any of our blends, please use the contact form.

Bactericidal - preventing the growth of bacteria.  Some essential oils have greater potential than others to prevent the growth of some bacteria and may be useful as a ‘defensive’ mechanism in preventative medicine.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) - a native of tropical Asia, Basil is now found throughout the Mediterranean region in a number of different species.  A name familiar to people for its use as a culinary herb, the essential oil distilled from the plant, for aromatherapy purposes, is from the flowers.  Its uses as an essential oil include digestive complaints, skin care (including bites), respiratory ailments and is reputedly good for ‘clearing the head’ (headaches or mental fatigue).

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) - taking its name from an Italian town, from where the essential oil originated, the Bergamot tree is now to be found in Southern Italy and the Ivory Coast.  It has been one of Italy’s best kept secrets, as little was known about this essential oil, outside of Italy, until recently.  The essential oil is obtained from the rind of the citrus fruit.  It is a very useful essential oil for helping to ‘uplift’ a person’s mood (and is therefore good to use in stress-related instances) as well as being calming.  Other uses include skin care, digestive ailments and respiratory problems.  It is also a photo-sensitive oil and care should be taken with ultra-violet rays (such as sun) because of this.

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) - used for centuries in the Far East, from where it is a native, Black Pepper is known for its culinary uses.  The essential oil is extracted from its peppercorns and is useful in helping muscle pain and digestive ailments and for combating colds. 

Blend - although each essential oil carries its own unique therapeutic properties, a combination of essential oils ‘blended’ together can increase the capacity to heal.  That is why we offer a ‘blend’ of essential oils in a carrier, rather than use them individually.  And that is why you should seek advice from a qualified aromatherapist when consulting about a particular ailment, essential oil or aromatherapy product!

Bubble bath base - we use a very basic ‘bubble bath base’ with no added fragrances in to which we add our essential oil blend.

C Cacao - The kernel seeds of cacao produce theobroma oil (theobroma cacao), better know as cocoa butter.  The tree is a native of South and Central America and was first cultivated to make cocoa butter in 1695.  There are a few steps involved including fermenting, washing and drying the seeds before hulling, roasting and hot expressing the oil from the roasted seeds.  The result - cocoa, cocoa butter - and ultimately chocolate!

Carcinogenic - something which has the potential to cause cancer.

Cardomon (elettaria cardamom) - an essential oil extracted by steam distillation of the dried seeds of the herb.  Previously used extensively as a domestic spice, it also has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine.  Its current aromatherapy uses include use for indigestion, vomiting, cramp, anorexia, colic, flatulence, dyspepsia, mental fatigue and nervousness.  It is native to the tropical region of Asia.

Carrier (oil) - used to apply essential oils to the skin, as most essential oils are too powerful to be applied directly to the body.  A lot of the carrier oils which we use at Sedona Aromatherapie have their own therapeutic properties, in addition to that of the essential oils and blends are created with this in mind.

A carrier does not necessarily have to be a (massage) oil.  Other carriers which we use in our blends are bubble bath, shampoo, white lotion (face; body; foot), bath salts and distilled water.

Our candles and soaps are also natural ‘carriers’ for the essential oils used in them too.

Chamomile - see Roman Chamomile

Children - children are very sensitive but also very open.  Any blends which Sedona Aromatherapie recommends for use with children use very gentle essential oils.  It is assumed a ‘child’ is aged 3 years or over and it is your responsibility as a parent to make the choice for your individual child and your circumstances.  If you have any doubts or concerns, an aromatherapy consultation would be more in-depth and ‘personalized’ to your child’s circumstances.  Please use the contact form for any questions or concerns before purchasing any of our products if you so wish.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) - it is important to distinguish if the essential oil you are using is cinnamon leaf or cinnamon bark essential oil.  Cinnamon bark essential oil is a lot ‘stronger’ (due its chemical components) and is a skin irritant, so it is cinnamon leaf essential oil which has its use in aromatherapy (and which we use in all of our Sedona Aromatherapie blends).  The Cinnamon tree is a native of several countries including Sri Lanka, India and Madagascar.  The essential oil is known for its aphrodisiac properties as well as being useful for digestive complaints, muscle pain, poor circulation, and infections and colds.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) - not to be confused with common sage (salvia officinalis) or Spanish sage (salvia lavandulifolia), Clary Sage is the preferred essential oil for use in aromatherapy, due to its low toxicity in comparison to other sage oils.  A herb from which the essential oil is extracted from its flowers and leaves, Clary Sage is a popular choice for ‘women’s problems’,  skin care, nervous tension and is also an aphrodisiac!  It is also bactericidal oil.  Care should be taken if mixing with alcohol as it may produce a ‘narcotic’ like state with nightmares.

Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum) - the clove is thought to have originated from Indonesia.  Essential oil is water distilled from the buds (and leaves; steam distillation of the stalks and stems).  Clove bud oil is the favored essential oil for aromatherapy use.  It can be used for skin care, digestive complaints\and muscle and joint pain, amongst others.

Cold Expression - see distillation

Cornmint (Mentha arvensis) -
a native plant of Europe and some parts of Asia, Cornmint essential oil is usually used in lesser preference to Peppermint essential oil for aromatherapy purposes.  Essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the flowering herb.  It is usually dementholized (i.e. menthol is removed) as it would be solid at room temperature if not.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) - the Cypress tree gives up its essential oil from it needles and its twigs and in ancient times was considered to be of great value as a medicine.  It is native to the eastern Mediterranean region but can be found in various places in the world including England, France, Spain and North Africa.  It is found here in Sedona, Arizona but it should be noted that this is the Arizona Cypress tree.  Its essential oil is useful for skin care, respiratory problems and nervous conditions amongst others.

D Diuretic - some essential oils may increase your need to frequent the bathroom to urinate more often!  This is a good thing in that your body is trying to eliminate any unnecessary ‘waste’ but you should be aware of blends which carry this caution in case your schedule does not allow for you to readily use the bathroom!

Distillation - a method by which the ‘essences’ of the plant are extracted to result in essential oils, flower waters or some other by-products.   Methods of distillation include mainly steam distillation but some oils, such as those from the citrus family, are obtained by cold expression. In some instances, the stills used to distill the plants are really no different than those used centuries ago.  Larger distilleries use more sophisticated equipment - but in either case the basic principles are still the same.

E Eczema - a disease of the skin causing itching and inflammation, resulting in irritated ‘red’ patches which are subject to forming sores.

Epilepsy - some essential oils are contra-indicated (i.e. advised against using) in the case of someone who suffers from epilepsy.  However, the small quantity of essential oils which we use in our essential oil blends minimises any potential risk but you should be aware of any blends which carry this caution in order to make your own informed choice.

Epsom salt - a white crystalline salt which takes its name from the town of Epsom in England which is famous for its mineral waters.

Essential oil
- the ‘life blood’ of a plant which is found in the glandular hairs, glands, vein or sacs.  Extracted from flowers, leaves, trees, roots and fruit, it is these ‘essences’ which provide a plant’s ‘perfume’ or ‘flavor’ and, once distilled, the end product of an ‘essential oil’ contains the healing properties used in aromatherapy.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Smithii) - distilled from the leaves and twigs of the native Australian Eucalyptus tree, Eucalyptus essential oil comes in many different varieties, Eucalyptus Smithii being my preferred variety, due to its gentle nature.  The essential oil is useful in treating colds and sinus complaints, amongst other things.

Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) - a carrier oil which is useful for dry skin, psoriasis, eczema and wound healing.

F Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) - a herb which is native to the Mediterranean region, and particularly at home near the sea, Fennel essential oil is distilled from the seeds of the plant.  Used superstitiously in ancient times to ward off evil spirits, Fennel does have scientific uses in the more modern world.  The essential oil is useful in skin care, digestive disorders and in helping disorders of the female reproductive system.  

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) -
the essential oil is extracted from a tree that has been used for centuries.  A favorite essential oil for meditation (due to its calming properties), Frankincense is useful in skin care also, particularly for the more mature skin.

G Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) - a favorite essential oil to substitute commercially the more expensive rose oil, the Geranium plant is a very aromatic herb.  It is a favorite essential oil of women, not just due to its scent, but its healing properties help with a variety of ‘women-related’ problems as well as being excellent for skin care problems too.  Native to South Africa, it is now cultivated worldwide, although the ‘best’ Geranium essential oil reputedly comes from Egypt, Reunion (Bourbon) and Russia.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale/officinalis) - Also common in usage as a spice, Ginger is a native of Asia.  Its essential oil is extracted from the roots of this herb and is useful for digestive complaints, muscle pain and for colds.  It has been used for centuries and its usage is common in Chinese medicine.

Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi) - grapefruit essential oil is extracted from the peel of a citrus fruit which has essentially being cultivated as a hybrid (citrus maxima and citrus sinensis).  California is now the main producer of this essential oil and it is gentle enough to be used with children.  Its properties include those in the use of skin care, depression and colds and it is a useful antiseptic and bactericidal oil.  Unlike a lot of other citrus oils, it is not phototoxic.

H Hazelnut (Corylus avellana) - a carrier oil which is useful for dry skin, nourishment of the skin, astringent properties and stimulation to the circulation.  It is thought to be absorbed by the skin very quickly.

High Blood Pressure - some essential oils, due to their nature, may increase the risk of higher blood pressure.  However, in the quantities of essential oils we use in our blends this risk is minimal but should you suffer from high blood pressure you should be aware of blends which carry this caution and make your own informed choice.

Hypericum (Hypericum perforatum) - also known as St John’s Wort.  This is a carrier oil used in aromatherapy.  Its therapeutic properties include use on burns and inflammations, nerve conditions, wounds involving nerve damage, sores and ulcers.

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) - a plant which is native to the Mediterranean region and parts of Asia, essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from its leaves and flowers.  It is useful for digestive and respiratory complaints and for skin care.  However, it is a moderately toxic oil which should not be used in pregnancy, epilepsy and with high blood pressure.

J Juniper (Juniperus communis) - essential oil from the Juniper tree is obtained from its berries, needles (and wood, although not usually recommended for aromatherapy use).  Native to the ‘cooler climatic’ regions of the world (such as Scandinavia, Europe and Northern Asia), Juniper essential oil is useful as an antiseptic and diuretic, as well as aiding detoxification (a useful addition to our ‘Never Again’ aromatherapy remedy for this reason!).  It has a number of other uses including skin care, colds and to guard against infection - it used to be burned in French hospital wards for such reasons. 

L Lavender, true (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis) - an evergreen shrub, familiar to the majority of people, from whose aromatic, purplish colored flowers we distill the essential oil.  Native to the Mediterranean region, it is not to be confused with spike lavender (lavandula latifolia) and lavandin (lavandula x intermedia), both plants which produce their own essential oils with some differing properties.  It is one of the most versatile of essential oils and can be used for any number of problems.

Lemon (Citrus limon) - the essential oil obtained from the fruit of the lemon tree is extracted by cold expression, rather than steam distillation.  It is a familiar sight in the Mediterranean but also common in the warmer states of the USA, such as California and Florida.  It is a good essential oil for colds and for the skin.

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) - an aromatic grass, native to Asia, the Lemongrass was traditionally used extensively in Indian medicine.  The essential oil is distilled from the grass and is useful for skin care, muscle pain and to help lift headaches and stress-related conditions.

Laurel (Bay) (Laurus nobilis) - a native of the Mediterranean region (and used in the ancient city of Pompeii in perfumery making), its leaves were used by the Greeks and Romans to crown victories.  Its dried leaves and branches are distilled to produce the essential oil.  Used in aromatherapy for digestive complaints and for treating viral infections.

Litsea (Litsea cubeba) - see May Chang

M Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) - extracted from the rind of the fruit of the tree, Mandarin essential oil is a citrus oil which is a favorite of children due to its calming and ‘feel good’ properties.  It is a native of the Far East and probably takes its name from the ‘Mandarins of China’ to whom the fruit was traditionally presented as a gift.  It is more commonly know by the name of Tangerine here in the USA, although the name Mandarin is in more common usage in Europe. Its uses include digestive complaints, skin care and nervous system disorders.  Due to its gentle nature (and effectiveness in certain areas of pregnancy), it is often used by pregnant women to help with pregnancy complaints.

Marjoram (Origanum marjorana)
- traditionally used as a culinary herb, Marjoram is a plant which is native to the Mediterranean region.  Its essential oil is derived from its flowers and it is useful in muscle pain, respiratory problems, digestive complaints and stress-related problems.

May Chang (Litsea cubeba) - a native Asian beauty, the essential oil is obtained from the fruits of this tropical tree.   Its uses include skin care, digestive complaints and its uplifting fragrance makes it a good choice for nervous complaints.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) - known to have been used in the ancient city of Pompeii, Myrrh is thought to have originated from north-east Africa and south-west Asia.   Essential oil is obtained by the steam distillation of crude myrrh.  Its uses include those for skin care, respiratory and digestive problems.

Myrtle (Myrtus communis) - native to North Africa, Myrtle was used in the ancient city of Pompeii as a perfumery ingredient.  The essential oil is distilled from the leaves and twigs of the plant.  A skin care lotion in the sixteenth century, called ‘Angel’s water’, used the plant as one of its main components.  Its aromatherapy uses include skin care, treatment of colds and flu, asthma and other respiratory conditions.

N Neroli (Orange Blossom) (Citrus aurantium var. Amara (flos)) - the blossoms of the orange tree produce neroli essential oil, named after a ‘princess of Nerola’ in Italy, who wore its scent as a perfume.  Its properties include being an aphrodisiac…

O Orange Sweet (Citrus sinensis) -orange essential oil is obtained through cold expression of the fruit of the orange tree, as with a lot of citrus essential oils.  Native to the Far East, the orange tree is now cultivated extensively throughout the world and its sweet smelling fragrance is intoxicating and uplifting to the senses!

Organic - that which relates to or derives from living matter; produced without using chemical fertilizers or artificial chemicals.  This term is used quite loosely in the cosmetic and skincare industry with no set legal requirements within the USA.  It is advisable to check out if an ‘organic’ product really is organic.

P Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii) - a native of Pakistan and India, Palmarosa is often used as a substitute to adulterate the more expensive rose essential oil, although its plant family is the same as that as Lemongrass (cymbopogon citratus). The essential oil is extracted from the grass and its uses include skin care, digestive disorders and stress-related conditions.  

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) -
originally from the tropics of Asia, Patchouli essential oil is obtained from the leaves of the herb.  It is good for use in skin care and for stress-related conditions.  Believed by some to be an aphrodisiac, its scent is exotic to some but not so to others, so it would depend on personal preference for use in this case!

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) -
native to Europe, but now found world wide, this herb produces an essential oil, as well as being a popular culinary addition.  Menthol is the dominant element of this essential oil and in addition to its skin care qualities, it is a useful addition in dealing with gastric and stomach upsets.

Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara (fol)) - Petitgrain essential oil is distilled from the leaves of the orange tree, which gives us bitter orange and orange blossom (neroli) oil too.  A native to the Far East, the orange tree is now found throughout the Mediterranean region, from where the best Petitgrain essential oil is obtained (especially France).  The properties of the essential oil include skin care and it is a good oil for lifting the mood for stress and depression.

Pine (Pinus sylvestris) - pine essential oil is extracted from the tree’s needles and is particularly useful in helping respiratory problems and muscle pain.  It is also in common usage in ‘air fresheners’ and the true essential oil (not commercially produced synthetics) used in these products helps fight against bacteria, viruses and is antiseptic.  Native Americans used the pine tree to fight against scurvy, lice and fleas.  A ‘cold climate’ native to Eurasia but now to be found in similar climatic regions such as Europe, eastern USA, Russia and Scandinavia.

Phototoxic/photosensitive - some essential oils, particularly (but not all) those which belong to the citrus family, can increase a person’s sensitivity to sunlight and other forms of ultra-violet light (e.g. sun beds) and thus increasing the risk of sunburn and other related skin problems.  Although this risk is extremely minute in the quantities which we use in our blends, we wish to make you aware of the possibility, where applicable, to ensure that anyone who may be particularly susceptible to sunburn or skin problems can make an informed decision.

Pompeii - discovered by us on a recent trip to Italy, Pompeii was the ancient Italian town which was ‘buried’ under the lava flow of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.  Immaculately preserved for centuries as it lay undiscovered and forgotten about, until excavations began in earnest in the 1700s under Charles III, Pompeii was known to grow and use a lot of the herbs and flowers used in modern day aromatherapy.

Pregnancy - some essential oils are indicated not for use in pregnancy, although they would have to be used in large quantities to produce harm to a mother-to-be and baby.  However, we wish to make you aware of even any minimal potential risk, where applicable, in the use of certain essential oils in our blends (indicated where applicable) in order that you are able to make an informed choice about your own particular circumstances.  In many cases, essential oils are very useful in pregnancy and we have developed some blends with this in mind.  However, if you have any concerns or questions, prior to any purchase, please use the contact form.

Phthalates - a group of chemical compounds used in plastics and health and beauty products. 

R Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) - a herb from which the essential oil is obtained from the flower heads. Used for over 2,000 years in Europe and the Mediterranean, it is a gentle oil which can be used with children.  It has a variety of uses including insect bites, skin care, insomnia and toothache, amongst others.

Rose Otto (Rosa x damascena) -
the essential oil we obtain from this flower is probably familiar to everyone.  Native to Asia, the rose is familiar sight in English country gardens and is personally one of my favorites!  Rose is also believed to have been the first flower from which an essential oil was obtained (10th century Persia) - and is also one of the most expensive essential oils due to the difficulty in extracting the oil from its petals.  Well-known for being the traditional ‘flower of love’, as its aphrodisiac properties have proven!

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) - ‘the dew of the sea’ (its latin name translation) is traditionally found near the sea and produces an essential oil from its pale blue flowers.  A popular member of herb gardens.  Good for skin conditions but also known to aid mental fatigue.

Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) - this tropical tree is native to the Amazon region.  Steam distillation of the wood chippings produces the essential oil but due to continuous felling of the South American rainforests and the production of the essential oil is contributing to damage to the environment.  Used in aromatherapy for skin care, nervous conditions and colds.

S Saponified - the end result of turning (fat) into soap by a certain process.

Sandalwood (Santalum album) -
an expensive essential oil due to the fact it takes 30 years before the Sandalwood tree is ready to give up its true essential oil.  Originally from tropical Asia, India is the main essential oil producer, although there has been some recent controversy over obtaining Sandalwood oil elsewhere due to the extraction of the essential oil leading to possible extinction of the tree in this area of the world.  The debate continues over this.  Sandalwood has been used for centuries as a an incense, due to it’s calming an meditative qualities and is also good for use in skin care and respiratory complaints.  Sandalwood is also reputedly a proven aphrodisiac!

Shampoo base - we use a very basic ‘shampoo base’ which has no added fragrances in to which we add our essential oil blend.

Steam distillation - see distillation

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) - a carrier oil which is moisturizing for the skin and useful for those with some skin disorders such as acne.  The oil used for aromatherapy purposes should not be confused with that used in culinary purposes (which is highly refined) and similarly that used for culinary purposes should not be used in aromatherapy (it has been tried!)

Sweet Almond (Prunis dulcis) - a carrier oil which is particularly nourishing for dry skin and for those with skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.

Synthetic - a synthetic oil is one that has been ‘put together’ from other sources and passed off as the true product.  The perfume industry frequently uses synthetic fragrances to substitute as it is cheaper to do so, hence a higher mark up in profit.  Synthetic oils may in fact contain chemicals that will cause an allergic reaction.  There is no substitute for a true essential oil for aromatherapy uses - a synthetic will not contain the healing properties of the plant from which it was ‘extracted’.

T Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) - a native of Australia and from where the only true melaleuca alternifolia is still to be found; although other varieties of the melaleuca family are found elsewhere in the world. The Aborigine people have used the properties of the Tea Tree for years.  It gives up its essential oil from its leaves and twigs.  It is particularly useful for respiratory problems, skin care and to protect the immune system.

Theobroma cacao (theobroma oil) - cocoa butter - see cacao

Toxicity - some essential oils are more toxic than others; that is to say they contain a greater potential to cause harm.  In simple terms ‘toxicity’ can be translated as ‘poisoning’ if used incorrectly or in large quantities.  The majority of essential oils, when used correctly and responsibly by someone who knows what they are doing, are harmless and classed as non-toxic.  However, in some instances, care may need to be considered more; for example lower quantities of essential oils are used for pregnant mothers, babies and children and the elderly and in some medical instances such as epilepsy, high blood pressure etc.  In addition, due to some essential oils’ complex chemical make-up and possible higher toxic levels, extreme care should be used or, in some cases, not use these oils at all in the use of aromatherapy.  At Sedona Aromatherapie, we only use essential oils which we consider are suitable for aromatherapy use and advise you of any cautions with regard to a particular blend.

V Volatile - changing easily to vapour, such as in the case of essential oils.

W Water (distilled) - we use distilled water in our blends, as oppose to tap water, as distilled water has no impurities or chemicals added to it.  It has been purified by means of ‘distilling’ i.e. heating, vaporizing, cooling, condensing and collecting the ‘finished product’ to produce ‘distilled’ water.

White lotion base - we use a very basic ‘white lotion’ which has no added fragrances in to which we add our essential oil blend.  Our supplier supplies us with a different ‘white lotion’ created specifically for body, face or feet, so as to be most effective in the area to which it is intended to be applied.

Y Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) - a tropical tree, native to Asia, from which whose flowers give us the essential oil; known for its skin care and aphrodisiac properties, amongst others!
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