Clove Bud Essential Oil, organic, 5 ml Eugenia caryophyllata
Clove bud oil is most commonly used for tooth aches but is very antimicrobial and antifungal. It is an excellent respiratory and cardiovascular aid. There is some research suggesting it normalizes thyroid function. If diluted (1% essential oil), clove oil can be used on the skin for acne, warts, scars, and parasites. It blends well with basil and cinnamon as well as lavender.
Echinacea is a Native American herb with a long history of use, mainly by the Plains Indians. It is perhaps one of the best known immune potentiators but its efficacy is greatest when taken preventatively rather than after symptoms begin to manifest.
Contains: fresh Echinacea angustifolia root in organic grain alcohol.
Lavender is one of the best known essential oils. It was added to bath water in Roman times and is associated with both cleanliness and deeper forms of hygiene, such as wound care, including serious abscesses. It is antispasmodic and soothing and is believed to lower high blood pressure and relieve headaches. It is non-toxic and non-irritating and blends well with lemon and peppermint when taken to reduce spasms and relax nerves.
Lavender essential oil can be added to shampoo and/or conditioner — approximately one drop per ounce — as well as to ice cream, cheesecake, and rice pudding and many other culinary dishes. It imparts nuance and interest and lengthens the shelf life of the foods, but a little is better than too much.
Contains: certified organic steam distilled essential oil of Lavendula angustifolia from Bulgaria.
Lemon is considered to be one of the adaptogens. It is antifungal, insecticidal, antiseptic, and antimicrobial. It is also a vermifuge, decongestant, febrifuge, and vasoconstrictor. Externally, it can be used to reduce cellulite, acne, and warts. It can be gargled for sore throats or taken internally to promote circulation and reduce the risks of varicose veins, phlebitis, and thrombosis. It is a pancreatic stimulant and lowers blood sugar. It is non-toxic and non-irritating unless used in direct sun when some individuals may exhibit signs of phototoxicity. It combines well with other citrus oils and lavender.
Peppermint is another famous essential oil. It is a neurotonic and chologogue with signficant antimicrobial action. It is antibacterial and antiviral as well as antifungal. It is useful in cases of gingivitis, toothache, nausea, liver congestion, and irritable bowel syndrome. It enhances immunity and can even be used to reduce risks of epidemics such as cholera and yellow fever. On the subtle level, peppermint is believed to increase receptivity and insight and even to promote the ability to prophesize. Obviously, there is much lore surrounding peppermint. In moderation, peppermint is nontoxic and even safe for use during pregnancy. It blends nicely with lemon and lime or other respiratory oils such as eucalyptus.
Contains: steam distilled essential oil of certified organic Mentha piperita.
Rosemary is stimulating and can be used where there is drowsiness and/or sluggish elimination. It is also antifungal and is often considered for used with candida and is especially indicated where there is pulmonary congestion. It has been shown to be clinically effective against staphylococcus and streptococcus. It should not be used during pregnancy or by people suffering from epilepsy. It blends well with many other oils: basil, ginger, lavender, lemon, and peppermint.
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