Whether you are new to the world of Aromatherapy or a seasoned user, there are a lot of essential oils out there, and it is nearly impossible to know everything about all of them. So, each month I will discuss two essential oils, information about where they come from, some of their amazing properties and what they can be used for. I will go in order from Ajwain all the way to Ylang Ylang, so follow me on this essential oil journey!
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Originated in India, Ajwain is a warm and spicy oil that is steam distilled. The botanical name of the variety we use is Trachyspermum copticum. This oil goes by several other names, including Ajowan and Carom. Ajwain is a top/middle note oil and blends well with Parsley, Sage and Thyme.
Some of the properties of this oil include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and insecticide. A few recent studies have found that Ajwain is extremely powerful as an antioxidant and targets harmful particles, due in large part to the fact that it contains the chemical thymol. Another reason why this oil can be beneficial during cold and flu season is that it can help open up the airways and possibly relieve stuffy noses. If you would like to use Ajwain for this, try adding a drop or two to an inhaler or diffuser.
Reminiscent of baking during the holidays, Allspice has a distinct sharp and spicy aroma that is similar to that of Cinnamon and Clove. Steam distilled from the Pimenta dioica plant, this oil originates in the West Indies. Allspice is a middle note oil and combines well with Black Pepper, Coriander, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang and citrus oils.
Some of the properties for this oil include analgesic (minor pain relief), antiseptic (protects minor wounds from infection) and antioxidant. Allspice is used in massage application to help relieve the effects of arthritis, joint pain and stiffness. It can be beneficial to add a drop or two to diffuser blends, as this oil can help relieve mild coughing and cold symptoms. If using in a diffuser or other fragrancer, it is recommended that you combine with another oil, as the aroma of Allspice can be quite strong and a mucus membrane irritant. For the same reasons, be sure to dilute in high concentrations when applying topically for muscle relief.