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Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)

By Ann C Wooledge
on June 01, 2012

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii) Essential oil.  

We recommend that all essential oils be used diluted and with the proper education provided to you by your health care provider or certified aromatherapist. There are many places you can purchase essential oils, but we recommend that you consult with an educated provider or purchase blends from educated providers. Essential oils are powerful medicines and when used incorrectly can cause harm. Please read our Disclaimer before using our products.

Although some websites will say that this oil is a skin irritant and to avoid use in pregnancy. Our research did not find this to be an issue, in fact, one of our favorite aromatherapy textbooks, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, by Shirley and Len price refers to Palmarosa as being a "uterotonic oil which facilitates delivery" and they provide what they call the "Boudoir" blend as follows:

Thyme essential oil - Thymus vulgaris ct (chemotype) geraniol - 3 ml (there are 5 ml's to a teaspoon)

Palmarosa essential oil - Cymbopogon martini - 3 ml

Clove (it doesn't say leaf or bud, but they are much the same) - Syzygium aromaticum: 0.5 ml

Vegetable carrier oil: 13.5 ml

Instructions: "6 to 8 drops massaged over the belly several times a day to stimulate labour if the mother is post-term. Or the same quantity over the lower back every half hour during labour itself."

Our favorite book on essential oil safety is well...Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Tony Balacs. They have comments concerning the constituent geraniol and refers to oral dosing, which we do not recommend regardless of the oil unless under the advice and guidance from an aromatherapy professional who has demonstrated hours of education and expertise. They also state that geraniol may have the potential to lower blood pressure. They consider Cymbopogon martinii to not be a skin irritant nor sensitizer, not phototoxic with no cautions or warnings noted.

Once I finalize the blend for the Candida that we used for the yeast overgrowth, I'll put it up on the website for sale with all of the ingredients declared. Plus, we will be adding Palmarosa to our Bugz Off essential oil blend so it can be used for dust mites and most likely for bed bugs - but I'm still finishing up the research and testing on that one.

Keep ALL essential oils out of reach of children or pets, dilute prior to use. Use and store in the amber dropper safety caps provided. Keep out of sunlight or high temperatures. Do not take orally without proper supervision by a healthcare provider and/or certified aromatherapist.

Herbal Pets Insect Deterrent Spray - DEET-Free

By Ann C Wooledge
on April 26, 2010

You will enjoy the light lemon scent, but please do not spray directly into or close to your animal's face, eyes or nose. Dogs and horses both have long noses, which means they have more olfactory bulbs than we do and are sensitive to aromatic molecules - such as essential oils. I spray our two dogs (both 50+ pounds) liberally throughout their body area and around their necks - especially under their collar. Fleas usually come up to the collar on their way to the eyes to drink. I spray my hand and pat down the facial and ear area of the dogs. Abby, the Golden Retriever, will go rub her nose in the grass a minute but Brit, the Brittany Spaniel, seems to enjoy the spray down. I think he knows it keeps the fleas and flies off of him. I think they both just enjoy the rubbing that goes with it. On small dogs, do a skin test first by spraying a small amount on the belly where there is less hair and leave overnight. If there is no adverse reaction such as a rash or red area, then apply by spraying your own hand and patting down the dog. The bottle will provide an easy-to-use spray that can be applied easily over the entire body.This product also provides a good deodorizing scent to your pets.

DO NOT USE ON CATS!! Cats cannot metabolize essential oils and you may not see the damage, but the possibility of organ damage is high - according to most references I've read.

Herbal Insect Deterrent Lotion - DEET-Free

By Ann C Wooledge
on April 26, 2010

The perfect synergy - a thick, emollient cream to soothe sun-parched skin that includes our powerful blend of herbal insect repellent essential oils proven effective literally all over the world. Simply smooth this cream over your entire body and enjoy the double benefits of an insect repellent and top notch cream. Always do a patch test on the inside of your elbow prior to first time using a new product.

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