Archive | March 2015

Essential Oil Scent Categories


There are many wonderful essential oil scents to choose from when you’re preparing soap, bath & body, and other fragrance crafts. You can even create different scents by combining essential oils together. A good way to help you choose which scents you want to use for any particular crafting projects is to group the essential oils together by scent categories. Essential oils are categorized as Citrus, Herbal, Spicy, Floral, Woody, and Earthy. Some essential oils can fit into more than one category. If you want to combine scents, essential oils from the same category will blend well together.

Citrus:

Bergamot

Citronella
Grapefruit
Lemon
Lemongrass
Lime
Mandarin
Neroli
Orange
Tangerine

Herbal:
Basil
Chamomile
Clary Sage
Eucalyptus
Marjoram
Oregano
Peppermint
Rosemary
Sage
Spearmint
Tea Tree
Thyme

Spicy:
Aniseed
Cardamom
Cinnamon
Clove
Coriander
Ginger
Nutmeg
Pepper

Woody
Cedarwood
Cinnamon
Coriander
Cypress
Fir
Frankincence
Juniper
Myrrh
Patchouli
Pine
Sandalwood
Vetiver

Earthy:
Amber
Angelica
Frankincence
Lemongrass
Patchouli
Sandalwood
Valerian
Vetiver

Floral:
Chamomile
Geranium
Jasmine
Lavender
Lilac
Lily of the Valley
Neroli
Plumeria
Rose
Violet
Ylang-Ylang


You can experiment and see what combinations you like, generally citrus blends well with floral and spicy. Also, woody blends well with spicy and earthy.

Always use precautions when using essential oils because they are highly concentrated which makes them very strong, do not put them directly on your skin, make sure they are diluted first. Do not use any essential oils if you are pregnant.



Bath & Body Herbs


There are many herbs that have beneficial properties and make great additions to soap and other bath products. Some have natural astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory properties. Even herbal scents have effects, some can be uplifting and stimulating while others can be soothing and relaxing. Herbs can enhance the quality of your bath. This is a list of some of the most commonly used herbs and additives in bath & body and soap recipes along with their beneficial properties.

Calendula (Pot Marigold): The orange petals of calendula contain antiseptic and antifungal properties. Calendula is also an anti-inflammatory and soothes and protects irritated and damaged skin.

Chamomile: In addition to having a sweet apple-like fragrance, chamomile also has anti-inflammatory properties and is very soothing and relaxing.

Citrus Peel: The peels of orange, lemon, and lime are natural exfoliants and have astringent properties. They also have a strong uplifting scent. Their bright colors add a great visual to bath & body preparations like bath teas and scrubs.

Green Tea: Green tea contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that it can protect the skin against sun damage.

Lavender: Known for it’s wonderful soft floral scent, lavender provides antiseptic, antibacterial and healing properties. It is soothing and can relieve stress. The fragrance of lavender has a calming effect and can also help to reduce headaches.

Lemon Verbena: Lemon verbena has a gentle lemony scent and can soothe dry or irritated skin, it also acts as a toner for the skin.

Mints: Both peppermint and spearmint contain antiseptic properties and have a soothing and cooling effect on irritated skin. Their strong fragrances are stimulating and invigorating.

Rosemary: Rosemary helps improve circulation and relaxes muscles. It has a stimulating and refreshing pine-like scent.


* None of this information is meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care by your physician.

Herb Package Accent Ideas

Using sprigs of herbs is a great way to adorn your gift wrapped packages. Not only do they add wonderful natural splashes of color, they also give off beautiful fragrances. They enhance plain brown wrapping and give it a beautiful natural earthy look, and you can also match them to colorful bright wrapping papers and ribbons.

Check out these great wrapping ideas using herbs as accents:







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