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Spearmint

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional. Never take essential oils internally.

Name- Mentha spicata

Contraindications- There are no specific contraindications for Spearmint, other than the usual suggested reduction in dilution if pregnant or using with a child. Despite Spearmint being used in many foods, as with all essential oils, it is NOT safe to take internally.

Uses/good for- Spearmint is gentler than Peppermint, thus can be useful with children and those with sensitive skins. It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, which make it useful when treating infections. Spearmint is also calming on the digestive system, particularly useful for flatulence and bloating. Spearmint is also a mood booster, and can help with concentration and focus.

 

 

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Orange

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional. Never take essential oils internally.

Name-Citrus sinensis

Contraindications- Phototoxic, so do not use if the skin will be exposed to strong sunlight or a tanning bed after use.

Uses/good for- Useful for inflammation, and digestive discomfort. Orange, in common with other citrus oils, is a mood lifter, and can help when feeling down emotionally. It is gently calming and can reduce anxiety.

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Geranium

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional. Never take essential oils internally.

Name- Pelargonium graveolens

Contraindications- Avoid when pregnant.

Uses/good for- Main use is for menstrual and menopause problems, but also good for balance when things are out of sync (mentally, emotionally and physically). Also useful for fungal and bacterial problems, and skin problems such as eczema.

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Myrrh

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional. Never take essential oils internally.

As we are still in the festive season I thought this month I would talk about Myrrh. It comes from the dried resin of the Commiphora myrrha tree, and is native to the Middle East and Northern Africa. It has a long history of use, including as part of the embalming process in Ancient Eygpt, and to help Greek soldiers feet to heal

Name- Commiphora myrrha

Contraindications- None.

Uses/good for- Myrrh is good for respiratory problems, especially coughs and colds, and can relieve congestion. It also supports the digestive system, and can help with upset tummies, indigestion, and diarrhoea. It can also help wounds heal faster.

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Benzoin

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional.

Name- Styrax benzoin

Contraindications- None

Uses/good for- Benzoin is a tree resin, and is a relaxing oil, relieving worries, nervous tension and stress. It is a useful oil for the respiratory system and clearing the lungs, and also urinary tract infections. This oil is also useful for helping cracked skin on hands or feet.

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Lemon

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional.

Name- Citrus limon

Contraindications- may be phototoxic, so care needs to taken with use when going out in the sun or using a sunbed

Uses/good for- A useful oil for depression and lifting the spirits. Lemon oil is also used for acne, colds and flu, travel sickness and dealing with verrucas. Mentally clearing can be supported by Lemon oil.

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Cedarwood

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional.

Name- Cedrus atlantica

Contraindications- None

Uses/good for- Cedarwood oil is useful for lymphatic drainage, and is mildly diuretic. It can be helpful for helping with oily skin and acne. Cedarwood oil gives strength in times of crisis and helps you to stand firm, restoring a sense of certainty on a spiritual level.