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Natural / Essential Oils

Essential oil is a product obtained from natural raw materials, either by distillation with water or stem, or from the epicarp of citrus fruits by mechanical processing, or by dry distillation. The essential oil is subsequently separated from the aqueous phase by physical means.

Essential Oils are volatile and can be used for therapeutic treatment. It is best to use essential oils as external remedies only. They blend well with oils and ointments suited to external application, which are absorbed readily through the skin and vaporize easily for inhalation.

Natural Essential Oils Vs Synthetics.

The objective of the artificial fragrance is to duplicate the scent of the flower and not that of the essential oil. it has to be emphasised that synthetic fragrances do not have any of the therapeutic properties of the the essential oil. Natural Essential Oils have a life force, an additional impulse which can only be found in essential oils extracted from parts of plants.

Essential Oils Safety Guidelines

Sensitive Skin: A few essential oils may cause skin irritation, for those people who have very sensitive skin. Put a few drops of the essential oil mixed with the base oil on the skin, and put a plaster on the same. Leave for a hour. If irritation or redness occurs, reduce the concentration of the oil by adding more of the base oil.

Some essential oils are photo toxic, they cause skin pigmentation when exposed to direct sunlight. Angelica root, bergamot, cumin, ginger, lemon, lime, loveage, mandarin and verbena are few such essential oils
Neat Application essential oils must always be applied by diluting it in a carrier oil. oils such as lavender, ylang ylang, sandalwood can be used directly.

Avoid hyssop, rosemary, sage and thyme if suffering from high blood pressure

Avoid fennel, hyssop, rosemary and sage essential oils if suffering from epilepsy, as they have powerful action on the nervous system.

During pregnancy its best not to use any essential oils, because of the sensitivity of the growing child.

Avoid angelica oil in case of diabetes

         essential oils          eucalyptus oil


Natural Oils

Natural Oils are Eucalyptus Oil and Winter Green Oil (Joint Pain Oil).

Eucalyptus Oil

The essential oil of eucalyptus is obtained from the leaves and the branches of the eucalyptus tree, Eucalyptus globulus', also known as the fever tree. A steam distillation process is used to extract the oil from the tree parts, and some 110 pounds of the plant material is required to produce about two pounds of oil. The medicinal properties of the oil were most likely first discovered by the Aborigines, the native inhabitants of Australia. (where the tree is originated from) They had used the oil as a remedy for skin problems and fevers. Modern herbalists rely on the oil to treat these conditions as well as colds and other respiratory ailments. The oil is a fine decongestant and has stong germicidal and antibacterial effects.

The principal active ingredient in eucalyptus oil is "eucalyptol" which has strong germicidal and disinfectant propterties. It also functions as a diuretic, lowers blood sugar and helps to relieve coughs and fevers. Eucalyptus oil is an effect analgesic and is often used in preparations designed to relieve muscle, nerve and joint pains. On a psychological level, it helps to combat exhaustion and dispels mental sluggishness.

For a sense of well being, a few drops of a blend of eucalyptus and massage oils have a cooling and stimulating effect on both mind and body. Just apply to pulse points. It also improves and detoxifies a sauna room, a place used for pyschological purposes besides beautification reasons. Place three drops of the oil in a ladleful of water and pour over the the hot stones.

For wounds and abscesses, the strong germicidal effects of the eucalyptus oil can help heal wounds, burns ulcers and insect bites or stings. Place a few drops of the essential oil on a dressing before covering the area with it. To suppress coughs, make a chest compress with the eucalyptus oils and a massage oil and it will help loosen phlegm and improve lung functions. Eucalyptus oil is also great for the use in a sickbed enviroment. Five drops of the oil in a diffuser will kill germs in the air and reduce the numbr of airborne bacteria.

For external uses:

To lower a fever with a eucalpytus calf wrap. Add five drops of eucalyptus essential oil to one quart of lukewarm water. Soak linen or cotton cloths in the mixture. Then wrap the cloths around your calves and secure with dry cloths. Calf wraps should be used only when the feet are already warm.

For dandruff, mix ten drops of eucalytus oil with your shampoo. Massage well into scalp and wait a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.

To alleviate cold symptoms, place a few drops of the eucalyptus oil on a handkerchief and deeply enhale the aroma when needed.

To relieve sinus and chest congestin, combine five drops of eucalyptus oil with one drop of peppermint oil. Add crushed eucalyptus, peppermint, coltsfoot and comfrey herbs. Mix them well and then stick into a clean cotton sock. Knot the end tightly and place inside your pillowcase overnight. The aroma of the herbs will help relieve congestion.

For muscle aches and pains, mix ten to fifteen drops of the eucalytus oil and two oz. of sweet almond (or grapeseed oil). Massage into muscles in a circular motion.

Take care with using too much of eucalpytus oil. It can potentially irratate the skin, so e sure to use the exact amount specified with recipes. Combing eucalytus oil with massage oil reduces the chance of irratation. Keep eucalyptus oil away from children under the age of six. Do not use on sun burn skin or wide open wounds.

natural oils kodaikanal          winter green oil


Winter Green Oil (Joint Pain Oil)

Wintergreen oil is extracted from Gaultheria procumbens of the Ericaceae family and is also known as checkerberry, teaberry and gaultheria.

It relieves Joint Pain, Back Pain, Bone Pain, Muscle Pain, Blood Clotting, and all other muscular pains.

How to Use
Use Winter green oil along with coconut oil in the same ratio (1:1) mix and apply.

Common Names
Wintergreen, Teaberry, Mountain Tea, Spice Berry, Checker-berry, Partridge-berry

Common Uses: Wintergreen Essential Oil has a history of use as a pain reliever. It is also believed to increase the speed of healing for skin disorders, and when added to lotions, acts as a natural moisturizer.

  almond oil           citridora oil


Essential Oils

Some of the essential oils are Almond Oil, Citriodora Oil (Hair Oil), Citronella Oil, Clove Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Olive Oil , Sandalwood Oil, Tea Tree Oil and other oils are Jasmine Oil, Lavender Oil, Neam Oil, Rose Oil, Vetriver Oil.

Almond Oil

Almond oil is extracted from the dried kernels of sweet almonds. Almonds are grown in many regions of the world, with California being the largest producer. The use of almond oil has been found to be since many centuries, and in many traditional forms of medicines. It was and still is popularly known as Roghan Badam in Ayurveda, and Tibb Yunani, the Greco-Persian system of medicine. As sweet almond oil for skin has many therapeutic and lubricating uses, it is widely used as an essential oil for skin care.

Almond Oil for Skin Care

Almond oil is one of the prominent carrier oils, or ingredients, in many beauty and cosmetic products. Its nourishing properties make it a valuable skin care ingredient. Almond oil has a slight yellowish tinge to it, with a very particular sweet odor. It is a heavy oil that makes it an excellent emollient. When applied directly or as a carrier oil into the skin, it gets quickly absorbed. It is a popular spa oil, as it is not very greasy or strongly fragrant. Almond oil for skin lightening is widely used, as regular use clears the skin, making it soft and supple. Massaging helps to restore the skin's pH balance by preserving moisture lending it a glow.

Uses of Almond Oil for Skin

People with dry skin find its high lubricating quality very useful, as the oil gets absorbed quickly in the skin and helps to repair dry, cracked and flaky skin. This oil is used by many who have suffered skin allergies and want to prevent further moisture loss. It has proved to be a soothing agent for treating skin allergies and inflammation. It can smoothen hard skin, especially on the elbows, knees and heels. Chapped skin, or minor wounds and infections can also be treated with almond oil.

Dark circles under eyes is something that most men and women have to deal with. The daily tiredness of a busy life, bad food habits and not enough sleep always exhibit primarily through weary, tired looking eyes. Skin under the eyes is very delicate, and usually the first one to lose moisture. A daily application of almond oil under the eyes every night and a light massage will enhance the skin under the eyes. Massage will help increase the blood circulation, this in return will make the skin under and around the eyes look and feel hydrated and moisturized. Mix a little honey with almond oil and massage under the dark circled eye area. This will not only reduce puffiness but will make the skin under the eyes lighter and brighter.

Being a rich source of vitamin E, ritualistic use of sweet almond oil will reduce the number and delay the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It is best to apply almond oil at night after thoroughly cleaning the face and neck. One can do it every alternate day, or just twice in a week. Almond oil contains natural antimicrobial properties, which help prevent the spread and growth of bacterial infections responsible for acne, wounds or other skin infections. It will also help reduce and lighten dark spots and other facial scars. Its emollient property will rejuvenate and tighten the skin. It also heals sunburn and evens out the skin tone.

citrinella oil          clove oil

Citriodora Oil (Hair Oil)

25 grams of this oil mixed in 100 grams Coconut oil or other oils, aids to check premature falling and greying of hair. It helps to grow new hair, it makes the hair smooth and soft, it prevents and cures dandruff and helps to keep the scalp cool.

When sprayed mixed in water it wards of mosquitoes. It has a strong lemon note.

Citronella Oil

Citronella oil is one of the essential oils obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon. The oil is used extensively as a source of perfumery chemicals such as citronellal, citronellol and geraniol. These chemicals find extensive use in soap, perfumery, cosmetic and flavouring industries throughout the world.

Citronella oil is also a renowned plant-based insect repellent. Mix with water and spray in office room, kitchen and A/C Cabin. It is a natural insecticide. It expels flies, mosquitoes, bed bugs and cockroach. It emits natural fragrance whole day.

Clove Oil

It is a natural analgaesic and antiseptic used primarily in dentistry for its main ingredient eugenol. It can also be purchased in pharmacies over the counter, as a home remedy for dental pain relief, mainly toothache; it is also often found in the aromatherapy section of health food stores. The oil produced by cloves can be used in many things from flavouring medicine to remedies for bronchitis, the common cold, a cough, fever, sore throat and tending to infections.

There are three types of Clove Oil

1) Bud oil is derived form the flower-buds of S.aromaticum. It consists of 60-90% eugenol, eugenyl acetate, caryophyllene and other minor constituents.

2) Leaf oil is derived from the leaves of S.aromaticum. It consists of 82-88% eugenol with little or no eugenyl acetate, and minor constituents.

3) Stem oil is derived from the twigs of S.aromaticum. It consists of 90-95% eugenol, with other minor constituents.

lemon grass oil           lemon grass


Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass essential oil is an ingredient in many aromatherapy preparations to treat acne, cellulite, and other skin-related conditions. It has astringent, calmative, antiseptic, anti-infectious, and antifungal properties. It can improve muscle tone and reduces excessive sweating and enlarged pores. Great for oily skin and hair. It has a powerful, lemony, grassy aroma. It is used in insect repellents, room sprays, soaps and detergents, and skin care applications.

Health Benefits of Lemongrass Oil

Relaxes Muscles: The most important health benefit of lemongrass oil is its ability to calm and relax the muscles. Its analgesic and sedative properties are extremely useful for pain relief from ailments like headaches, migraines, menstrual cramps and muscle strains. It provides relief from jet lag and stress.

Depression: Lemongrass oil is also useful in relieving symptoms related to depression, anxiety and panic attacks imparted by its antidepressant properties. This is one of the important lemongrass oil benefits.

Edema: Its diuretic property is useful in curing edema and its carminative properties help relieve gas and acidity.

Digestion: Consumption of lemongrass oil improves digestion and eases bowel movements in case of constipation. It also helps in easy digestion and absorption of fats.

Fever: Lemongrass oil has antipyretic properties that helps lower down temperature during high fever and also eliminates fever completely. Its febrifuge properties increases perspiration and eliminates fever.

Infections: The fungicidal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of lemongrass oil make it beneficial in the prevention and cure of fungal as well as bacterial infections, both internal and external.

Clotting of Blood: Lemongrass oil, if applied to injuries that bleed profusely has the ability to speed up the process of blood clotting and prevent excessive loss of blood. The astringent properties impart this life saving quality to lemongrass oil.

Nerve Tonic: Lemongrass grass oil can help cure many nervous system related disorders like Vertigo, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, etc, by strengthening the nerves and the immune system as well.

Anti-Cancer: Research indicates that lemongrass or lemongrass oil can cause programmed death in cancerous cells, without harming the useful cells.

How to use Lemon grass Oil

Add one drop of Lemon grass oil in one cup of tea or one cup of hot water & Mix well and drink.

spices corner kodaikanal          tree oil, olive oil, sandalwood oil


Olive Oil

Olive oil is a fruit oil obtained from the olive (Olea europaea; family Oleaceae), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. It is commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soaps and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps. Olive oil is used throughout the world, but especially in the Mediterranean.

Sandalwood Oil

This is rich and sweet-scented oil, known as an aid to meditation, spritual growth and oddly enough : an aphrodisiac. It acts as a tonic to the immune system and it is often used in urinary track problems. It balances both dry and oil skins and useful in treating acne and in soothing barber's rash.

Sandalwood has been valued and treasured for many years for its fragrance, carving, medical and religious qualities.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil won a reputation as a "Cure All" because of its powerful anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties. It is the first suggestion for athlete's foot, nail viruses and other fungal infections. It is often used in anti acne remedies as well as diffuser to combat the flue and other viral infections. It is often recommended as the remedy fora a vaginal candida infectior. This oil has a distinct affinity for the skin and is one of the few oil which affects against dandruff.


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