ROSE (Rosa Centifolia, Rosa Damascena)
Appearance: A hybrid bush
Part Used: Petals
Extraction: Solvent extraction produces concrete or absolute rose essential oil. Steam distillation produces oil and rosewater.
Effects on the mind: Anti depressant, sedative to the nervous system, feminine oil used to help women suffering from post natal depression, or breakdown of a relationship. Aphrodisiac.
Effects on the body: Invaluable for female reproductive problems, regulates menstrual cycle and cures dry and sensitive skin
Blends well with: Jasmine, neroli and lavender
Special precautions: high aroma, use sparingly. Avoid during first four months of pregnancy.
BERGAMOT (Citrus Bergamia)
Appearance: A small citrus tree with an attractive round green fruit which is too bitter to eat. The essential oil which is pale green in colour is taken from the rind of the fruit and is a very strong disinfectant type oil
Part Used: Fruit
Effects on mind: Sedating, yet uplifting, making it good for depression and anxiety, reviving and soothing.
Effects on the body: Fights bacteria, fungi and viruses. Combats urinary infections and is invaluable for cystitis and vaginal discharges. Tonic for the digestive system, alleviating wind, colic, indigestion and loss of appetite. Excellent for skin problems especially ones connected with stress. Increases production of white blood cells, which helps the body to fight off infection eg. throat and flu infections.
Blends well with: Lavender, Cypress, Chamomile and other citrus oils
Special precautions – phototoxic. Do not apply to skin prior to sunbathing as it increases photosensitivity of the skin which in turn accelerated sun-tanning causing burning.