Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella is native to and cultivated in Sri Lanka, particularly in the south of the island. Another variety of citronella, which is grown in Java, Vietnam, South and Central America - Cymbpogon winterianus -...

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus, a member of the family Myrtaceae, originally comes from Australia and Tasmania, but has been introduced to many other countries in the past two centuries, now being cultivated in Brazil, China, Spain, California...

Carrot Essential Oil

The carrot plant, a member of the Umbelliferae family, needs little introduction. A bright orange-red root vegetable with distinctive, feathery leaves, it is easy to grow, cheap to buy, a staple vegetable in the...

Benzoin Essential Oil

Benzoin is the resin obtained from the tree known as Styrax benzoin, a relative of Styraxjaponicus, or the snow bell tree, belonging to the family Styraceae. The tree is native to Borneo, Malaya and...

Parsley Essential Oil

Parsley is either grown as a biennial or a perennial, although the latter will not live for many years. It is native to the Mediterranean area, but now grows extensively throughout Europe and in...

Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black pepper is the dried seed of the plant, a vine-like climber that belongs to the Piperaceae family and is grown for commercial purposes mainly in India and Indonesia. Its use as a spice...

Cumin Essential Oil

Cumin is an annual herb, a member of the plant family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) to which several other aromatic herbs such as parsley, coriander and dill also belong. Cumin originally comes from Egypt but has...

How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils work on two distinct levels, the psychological and the physical. Imagine some of your favorite aromas. How do they make you feel? Certain smells can trigger happy memories of places or people,...

Fennel Essential Oil

Fennel is a tall, graceful member of the Umbelliferae family and, although native to Mediterranean countries, grows freely throughout Europe. The plant is widely used in cookery, where its feathery leaves and celery-like stems...

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary sage belongs to the family Lamiaceae (Labiatae). It originally comes from Syria, but has been growing in Britain since the sixteenth century. It is an elegant plant with hairy leaves, growing to approximately...