Digging Deeper Into Herbs and Oils

Digging Deeper: Clarity

Who’s ready to dig deeper into Clarity?

First, the basics and the obligatory disclaimer.

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Clarity

Clarity is defined as being coherent and intelligible and as having the quality of transparency and purity.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have our thoughts and emotions line up and present themselves with some clarity? We diffuse this oil any time we’re tackling something particularly difficult to understand or put into words.

That is exactly what Clarity gives us. Its very scent was designed to use our olfactory pathway to promote a clear mind, a state of alertness, and a sense of focus.

Let’s look at the oils that make up this amazing blend.

Basil leaf oil (Ocimum basilicum)

This herb is found in a variety of dishes and is popular in both Asian and European cooking.

Basil essential oil has a fresh, earthy aroma often used for calming the spirits.

In the 16th century, the powdered leaves were inhaled to treat migraines and chest infections. The Hindu people put basil sprigs on the chests of the dead to protect them from evil spirits. italian women wore basil to attract possible suitors. It was listed in Hildegard’s Medicine, a compilation of early German medicines by highly regarded Benedictine herbalist Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179).

Medical Properties: Powerful antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant

Fragrant Influence: Fights mental fatigue

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Cardamom seed oil (Elettaria cardamomum)

Cardamom is a member of the ginger family and features a spicy, refreshing aroma that can be uplifting.

It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, the Ebers Papyrus (dating from 16th century BC), an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes.

Medical Properties: Antispasmodic (neuromuscular), expectorant, antiparasitic (worms), anitoxidant, antimicrobial

Fragrant Influence: Uplifting, refreshing, and invigorating

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Rosemary leaf oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)

It is known for its immune-supporting and mentally-clarifying properties.

Rosemary essential oil is steam distilled from a perennial shrub with needle-like leaves that can remain evergreen in warmer climates. The botanical, which is part of the mint family, is native to Mediterranean regions and has blue or purple flowers that give it an understated beauty. 

Rosemary is an essential ingredient in the legendary “Thieves Vinegar” and the modern interpretation, Thieves essential oil.

It was listed in Hildegard’s Medicine, a compliation of early german medicines by highly regarded Benedictine herbalist Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179).

Until recently, French hospitals used rosemary to disinfect the air.

Medical Properties: Liver-protecting, anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antifungalm antibacterial, anticancer, antidepressant, hypertension moderator (high blood pressure), enhances mental clarity/concentration

Fragrant Influence: Helps overcome mental fatigue and improves mental clarity and focus. University of Miami scientists found that inhaling rosemary boosted alertness, eased anxiety, and amplified analytic and mental ability.

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Peppermint oil (Mentha piperita)

The majority of Young Living Peppermint essential oil comes from the U.S.

Peppermint is originally from Europe, but 75 percent of the world’s supply is now grown in the United States. To produce one of Young Living’s most popular oils, we look to several farms, including the Young Living Lavender Farm and Distillery in Mona, Utah. One 15 ml bottle of Peppermint essential oil is created by steam distilling 1 pound of the leaves and flowering tops of the peppermint plant.

AROMATIC PROFILE

From the bottle: Refreshing, cool, minty, herbal aroma.

FEATURES & BENEFITS
Topical and AromaticKey Constituents
Cools fatigued muscles after physical activity

Produces a focused environment when diffused

Provides a refreshing experience when mixed with your favorite shampoo or when applied to skin after a warm day in the sun

Creates an invigorating and refreshing experience when inhaled
Menthol

Menthone

Menthofuran

1.8-Cineole (Eucalyptol)

Isomenthone

Neomenthol

Menthyl acetate

Medical Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic (worms), antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain relieving, curbs appetite

Fragrant Influence: Purifying and stimulating to the conscious mind. Research indicates that peppermint aroma, inhaled during mental tasks, may help attention, performance, and focus (Barker, et al., 2003). Peppermint may also be an effective appetite suppressant when inhaled (Hirsch and Gomez, 1995). University of Kiel researchers found that peppermint lessened headache pain in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study.

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Coriander seed oil (Coriandrum sativum)

Coriander has a sweet, warm fragrance that is calming and gently uplifting.

Coriander seeds were found in the ancient Egyptian tomb of Ramses II.

Medical Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, sedative, analgesic, antimicrobial, antifungal, liver protectant

Fragrant Influence: Soothing and calming

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Geranium flower oil (Pelargonium graveolens)

Most Young Living Geranium essential oil comes from Egypt.

Geranium essential oil comes from the Pelargonium graveolens plant, a multibranched shrub that grows up to 5 feet tall. Geranium oil is produced by steam distilling the plant’s flowers and leaves. It is native to subtropical southern Africa and was used by the Egyptians to promote beautiful, radiant skin.

AROMATIC PROFILE

From the bottle: Floral and herbaceous

FEATURES & BENEFITS
TopicalAromaticKey Constituents
May help maintain the appearance of healthy, youthful-looking skin

Helps promote healthy, radiant-looking hair

May help cleanse the skin
Has a sweet, floral fragranceCitronellol

Geraniol

Citronellyl formate

Linalol

Medical Properties: Antispasmodic, antioxidant, antitumoral, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, hemostatic (stops bleeding), antibacterial, antifungal, improves blood flow, liver and pancreas stimulant, dilates bile ducts for liver detoxification, helps cleanse oily skin; revitalizes skin cells

Fragrant Influence: Helps release negative memories and eases nervous tension; balances the emotions, lifts the spirit, and fosters peace, well-being, and hope.

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Bergamot peel oil (Citrus aurantium bergamia)

Most Young Living Bergamot essential oil comes from Italy.

Bergamot is cultivated primarily in the southern coast of Italy and has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years as a flavoring, perfume, and addition to moisturizers and cosmetics. An orange-shaped citrus fruit the color of a lime, bergamot has a sharp, sweet, earthy scent profile and includes the naturally occurring constituents limonene, linalool, and beta-pinene. Bergamot oil is obtained by cold pressing the bumpy, green rind of the fruit.

FEATURES & BENEFITS
TopicalAromaticKey Constituents
May help calm everyday skin irritations

May reduce the appearance of blemishes

Has skin-cleansing properties

*Bergamot can cause photosensitivity; do not apply it before going into direct sunlight.
May help relieve tension during times of occasional stress

Has a citrus aroma with a floral hint
Limonene

Linalyl acetate

Linalol

Gamma-terpinene

Beta-pinene

Medical Properties: Calming, hormonal support, antibacterial, antidepressant

Fragrant Influence: Relieves anxiety; mood -lifting qualities

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)

Most Young Living Lemon essential oil comes from Argentina and South Africa.

Also available in Vitality.

Originally from regions in Asia, the lemon tree wasn’t common in Europe until the 16th century. It is a part of the evergreen family and reaches a height of about 20 feet. From those trees, 75 lemons are required to make one 15-ml bottle of Lemon essential oil. This is accomplished by cold pressing the rinds of the lemons, producing an oil with the aroma of freshly picked fruit.

AROMATIC PROFILE
From the bottle: Clean, refreshing, citrus aroma

FEATURES & BENEFITS
Includes the naturally occurring constituents linalyl acetate, linalool, and ocimene
TopicalAromaticDietaryKey Constituents
Add Lemon to skin care products to possibly help reduce the appearance of aging.

Use it to help remove adhesives.
Keep Lemon on hand for its clean, energizing, and invigorating aroma.

Diffuse it to create a more focused environment.

Use its aroma to create an uplifting atmosphere.
Provides an invigorating citrus flavor

Has antioxidant properties

Supports the immune system

Provides circulatory support

Contains cleansing properties
Limonene

Gamma-terpinene

Beta-pinene

Alpha-pinene

Sabinene

Medical Properties: Antitumoral, antiseptic, improves microcirculation, immune stimulant (may increase white blood cells), improves memory, relaxation: rich in limonene, which has been extensively studied in over 50 clinical studies for its ability to combat tumor growth

Fragrant Influence: It promotes clarity of thought and purpose with a fragrance that is invigorating, enhancing, and warming.

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Ylang Ylang flower oil (Cananga odorata)

Most Young Living Ylang Ylang essential oil comes from Madagascar and Ecuador.

Ylang Ylang essential oil comes from the star-shaped flowers of the tropical Cananga odorata tree that is native to the lush, tropical rainforests of islands in the South Pacific and Asia. This tree can grow up to 40 feet tall and is from the Annonaceae family.

Ylang Ylang is often classified as a heart note because it emerges just as the top notes begin to dissipate.

AROMATIC PROFILE

From the bottle: Sweet, floral aroma

FEATURES & BENEFITS
Topical and AromaticKey Constituents
Has a pleasant, floral aroma

Helps create a calming environment

Can help moisturize skin

Enhances the appearance of healthy-looking skin

Nourishes the hair and scalp
Germacrene D

(E,E)-alpha-farnesene

Benzyl acetate

Geranyl acetate

Beta-caryophyllene

Benzyl benzoate

Linalool

Para-cresyl methyl ether

Methyl benzoate

Benzyl salicylate

Medical Properties: Antispasmodic, vasodilating, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, regulates heartbeat

Fragrant Influence: Balances male-female energies, enhances spiritual attunement, combats anger, combats low self-esteem, increases focus of thoughts, filters out negative energy, restores confidence and peace

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Jasmine oil (Jasminum officinale)

Jasmine is an absolute or essence, rather than an essential oil.

Jasmine has a rich, sultry aroma that makes it feel alluring and romantic. It’s extracted from the flowering jasmine plant—part of the olive family—through absolute extraction.

In addition to its romantic and exotic qualities, Jasmine essential oil uses include support for healthy-looking skin.

To maximize the fragrance of Jasmine oil, the flower must be picked at night before sunrise, adding to the oil’s mystique and allure. Additionally, this precious oil requires more than 10 pounds of flowers to make one 5 ml bottle.

Medical Properties: Uplifting, antidepressant, stimulating, antibacterial, antiviral

Fragrant Influence: Uplifting, counteracts hopelessness, nervous exhaustion, anxiety, depression, indifference, and listlessness

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Roman Chamomile oil (Chamaemelum nobile)

Chamomile has been used as an herbal remedy since ancient times. The word chamomile is derived from the Greek words khamai, meaning on the ground, and melon, meaning apple—likely because of its distinct fruity aroma.

Roman Chamomile is a low-growing plant with parsley-like leaves and daisy-like flowers. The flowers are steam distilled to create Roman Chamomile essential oil.

FEATURES & BENEFITS
Has a comforting, warm aroma for the mind and body

Helps freshen the air when diffused and improves the
appearance of skin when applied topically

Offers a peaceful environment for yoga
and meditation

Great to add to your massage routine to create a
relaxing environment

For centuries, mothers have used chamomile to calm crying children, combat digestive and liver ailments, and relieve toothaches.

Medical Properties: Relaxant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antibacterial, anesthetic

Fragrant Influence: Because it is calming and relaxing, it can combat depression, insomnia, and stress. It minimizes anxiety, irritability, and nervousness. it may also dispel anger, stabilize emotions, and help to release emotions that are linked to the past.

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Palmarosa oil (Cymbopogon martini)

Palmarosa grass is steam distilled to produce Palmarosa essential oil. Its aroma can be stimulating and soothing when diffused.

A relative of lemongrass, palmarosa was used in temple incense by the ancient Egyptians.

Medical Properties: Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, supports heart and nervous system, reduces blood sugar fluctuations, stimulates new skin cell growth, regulates sebum production in skin

Fragrant Influence: Creates a feeling of security. It also helps to reduce stress and tension and promotes recovery from nervous exhaustion.

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Laurie Littleton Young Living ID: 14632733

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