7 Uses for Agarwood Essential Oil

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Uses of Agarwood Essential Oil

1. The Mind

Agarwood essential oil is used for countless physical purposes but it is its long history of use in matters of the mind and for spiritual purposes that probably sets it apart.

Ayurvedic practitioners have long used agarwood oil for its ability to provide spiritual and emotional benefits. According to Ayurvedic tradition, agarwood oil illuminates the mind and strengthens the power of thought, elevates your emotional quotient and when used in meditation can set you on the path to spiritual enlightenment. When inhaled, the fragrance of agarwood essential oil helps focus the mind and get rid of negativity.

It can be used to alleviate some of today’s common complaints such as stress and anxiety while increasing feelings of calm and tranquility.

  • You can inhale a few drops directly when necessary or diffuse it next to your bed at night. Agarwood oil can help with insomnia because one of its natural compounds is valerian which is associated with its ability to promote calm and deeper sleep.

Tibetan monks use agarwood essential oil to increase their inner energy and bring tranquility to the mind and the soul while in Feng Shui agarwood is used because of its ability to enrich one’s spirit and penetrate the senses. In meditation, agarwood is used to clear the mind allowing absolute focus with the self; it instills absolute inner peace, positive energy and enhanced awareness.

2. Rheumatism and pain relief

Agarwood oil has been used for many years and is still used today to alleviate many painful conditions including rheumatism and other forms of arthritis. This oil has anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that make it a useful natural and safe treatment for those looking for effective pain relief.

  • Dilute your agarwood oil with a suitable carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba to make a wonderful pain relieving massage oil. Alternatively you can add a few drops of agarwood essential oil to a hot compress and apply it over the affected area.

3. Sex drive

There is a large body of writing associating agarwood essential oil with sexual problems. It is widely claimed that agarwood oil has aphrodisiac properties-it can enhance the libido, boost sperm count and even combat premature ejaculation.

  • When applied to the skin, the scent is released slowly over around 12 to 15 hours but be careful to do a patch test first or to be on the safe side simply dilute it with alcohol or a fragrant carrier oil.

4. Diuretic function

Agarwood essential oil has diuretic properties meaning that it promotes more frequent urination as well as increasing the quantity of urine produced. This means that agarwood essential oil can be used to help detoxify the body and clean out any excess salt and uric acid that can lead to a number of complaints.

5. Digestive Function

Agarwood essential oil has been used throughout the centuries to treat a number of digestive issues. Agarwood has carminative and stomachic properties that can help relieve embarrassing and painful gas build up in the stomach while also preventing any build-up of gas for those who are prone. 

  • When massaged into the tummy, Agarwood essential oil is also said to support the secretion of digestive acids and gastric juices and relieve indigestion and bloating.
  • Japanese research has shown that the leaves of Agarwood can be used in a tea to act as a natural laxative. (2)

6. Skin

Agarwood essential oil is also used as a general skin tonic and can help nourish the skin and treat a number of skin conditions. Agarwood essential oil helps to repair damaged skin cells and fight the damage caused by the free radicals that we face every day. Many of the signs of aging such as wrinkles and age marks can be treated with agarwood essential oil.

  • Add a drop of agarwood oil to your normal face cleanser to improve the tone and complexion of your facial skin.

7. Other Uses

There are a considerable number of other medicinal uses for agarwood essential oil that I do not have the time to go into in any detail. They include epilepsy; liver complains such as cirrhosis and hepatitis; fever and chills. It is used for delivery pain during and after birth, nausea and vomiting. It has even been used to treat a variety of cancers such as gastric, abdominal and lung cancer but I have been unable to find any scientific proof regarding its efficacy in this regard.

Research on Agarwood and its Compounds

  • Research on mice have shown compounds in Agarwood have an anesthetic and sedative effect.
  • Another compound was shown to be effective as a cough reliever
  • In mice some compounds showed a CNS benefit–antimicrobial – against MRSA, Candida and Staph (but ineffective vs e. Coli)
  • One compound showed a strong antioxidant effect in humans
  • Another Agarwood compound showed potential as a cell killing agent for gastric cancer cells

Agarwood Essential Oil

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Agarwood Essential Oil

Known also as Oud oil, agarwood is one of the most precious, rare and certainly most expensive essential oils in existence today. Agarwood is sometimes called Aloeswood. The essential oil is derived from the heartwood of the agarwood tree. There are a number of popular species but typically aquilaria malaccensis, aquilaria agallocha or Aquilaria crassna are used to make the oil. Agarwood is native to India as well as several areas of South East Asia including Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia.

When the trees are healthy, agarwood has a light or pale color but when it is infected by disease, the process of infection creates a response to the attack resulting in a very dark and incredibly aromatic resin known as oleoresin. It is this rich dark resin which is so highly prized and from which agarwood essential oil is extracted.

In the wild, the production of this resin can take many years and like a good wine, the older the resin-the more prized it becomes. Because of its huge cost and extreme rarity in the wild, the trees are now cultivated and the resin is actually created by artificial infection and its essential oil extracted by water distillation.

There are many grades of Agarwood oil.  The quality of grade is dependent on the grade of wood used and the length of distillation. Typically, the longer the distillation time the higher the grade.

You are going to spend hundreds for 5ml and it is typically sold by weight.  Because of its rarity and mythic status in almost all of the worlds religions–it is extremely expensive. The scent is particularly sought after.  It is believed to be the most powerful natural aphrodisiac.

Most Agarwood oil is purchased and consumed primarily by Saudi Arabia and Japan. There are no truly similar species or known sythetics that come close to the real scent.  The fungal infection that helps create the resin makes its extract very unique.

Adulteration can and does happen on many levels.  On the raw materials level–trees either uninfected or a lower grade of wood.  Often it can even be a different but  similar species of tree.    Even among infected trees the method of infection (natural or stimulated) can have an effect on the compounds in the wood. (1)

On the distillation level–the distiller can include the hydrosol with the essential oil or lie about the length of distillation.

On the distribution level–the oil is cut with other oils or synthetic chemicals are added to attempt to replicate the scent.

In other words-you are not going to get it for $30 on amazon.  We will assume you have access to the real stuff–because finding and knowing legitimate Agarwood is a task upon itself.

Interesting facts about Agarwood

  • Religious texts were written on bark from agar trees and Srimanta Sankardev referred to agarwood as one of the divine trees with the ability to fulfill human desire.
  • Burning Agarwood was called the ‘scent of Nirvana’ by The Lord Buddha.
  • It is extensively mentioned in the Sanskrit Vedas as a favorite of Lord Krishna.
  • Agarwood has played an important role in many religious traditions all over the world. It has been revered for millennia for its fragrance in religious ceremony and its incense burned at the burial of Jesus Christ.
  • King Louis XIV had his clothing washed in water scented with agarwood.
  • Agarwood smoke was used to scent the armor of Samurai warriorsbefore heading into battle.
  • In Genesis, agarwood is mentioned as the only tree from which Adam and Eve could take cuttings.
  • Although it is not that well known in the West, agarwood has a rich history of medicinal use in many cultures. It has been used for centuries by physicians in Tibet, India, China and the Arab world to treat a range of physical and mental conditions.
  • The Prophet Mohammed used Agarwood to perform fumigation rituals, a practice which is continued today by Orthodox Muslims.

Cinnamon Essential Oil

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Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oils. Cinnamon is a sweet spice relished all over the world. It is also used as an herbal tea. Cinnamon is also used to extract an essential oil which has its exact sweet, pervading aroma which is very soothing. Cinnamon essential oil has a plethora of health benefits and healing properties.cinnamon bark essential oil (Photo Courtesy : Wikipedia )

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The source of cinnamon essential oil is the sweet spice Cinnamomum verum ( also zeylanicum ). This is known as true cinnamon. There is another cheaper variety of cinnamon powder that we get from trees in the genus Cassia. This cheap cinnamon comes from China, while true cinnamon grows in many parts of the tropical world, notably in Sri Lanka and India. Although Cassia cinnamon is also used to extract essential oil, the one from true cinnamon is the one which possesses wonderful health benefits. There are two kinds of essential oils derived from this tree.cinnamon bark used for cinnamon essential oil(Photo Courtesy : steenbergs )

  • Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil – This one is steam distilled from the leaves of cinnamon. This is yellowish in color.
  • Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil – This is steam distilled from the bark of cinnamon. It is slightly reddish in color with a hint of brown.

Both of these essential oils have some differences in their chemical composition, obviously because they come from different parts of the same plant. However, their health benefits can be quite similar. Production The essential oil can be obtained through steam distillation. This yields organic essential oil which is pure. There are other methods of extracting essential oil, like through solvent extraction which may yield a higher oil extraction percentage. This is more economical for the manufacturer but it is not organic. As a result, it may not provide all the health benefits to such a degree as the pure, organic essential oil.cinnamon leaves used for making cinnamon leaf oil(Photo Courtesy :  L. shyamal )

Other Names Cinnamon is known by other names like dal chini, kayu manis, cannella.Blends Well With Cinnamon essential oil blends well with clove, nutmeg, ylang-ylang and grapefruit essential oils. It forms a nice combination with the cooling peppermint essential oil. It acts as a fixative and can prolong the aroma of essential oils like rose, lavender, lemon, lime, orange and other citrus essential oils.

Properties

Cinnamon essential oil exerts many therapeutic properties.

  • Antibacterial – Cinnamon essential oil is used in aromatherapy blends to get rid of airborne bacteria. It thus prevents many respiratory tract infections.
  • Astringent – When applied to the skin, it shrinks and pulls the skin, making it tight and firm.
  • Antioxidant – It is a moderate antioxidant capacity essential oil.
  • Antihelminthic – It is used to get rid of intestinal worms.
  • Anti-infection – It prevents infections of the urinary tract.
  • Antiseptic – It reduces the risk of septic in wounds.
  • Enhancer – It enhances the property of another oil or compound mixed with it.
  • Immunostimulant – It stimulates the immune system to work better.
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Insect repellent – The leaf essential oil is used in aromatherapy to drive away mosquitoes.[2]
  • Detoxifying Agent – Its volatile compounds initiate a detoxifying response in the body.
  • Anti-inflammatory – It is anti-inflammatory in nature.
  • Carminative – It aids the expulsion of stored intestinal gas. This was it alleviates bloating.
  • Emmenagogue – It facilitates proper menstruation and relieves menstrual pain to some extent.
  • Analgesic – It is a pain reliever, naturally.
  • Anti-rheumatic – It is a mild anti-rheumatic agent. It is used in formulations to soothe rheumatoid arthritis pain.
  • Expectorant – It expels phlegm from the lungs and throat.
  • Digestive – It aids digestion and alleviates upset stomach and mild stomach ache.
  • Antifungal – Cinnamon essential oil is a powerful antifungal. It is used to kill mold causing fungi. [3]
  • Stomachic – It tones the stomach and boosts the appetite.
  • Antidepressant – It alleviates negative thoughts and depression.
  • Hypoglycemic – It lowers blood glucose and is helpful in diabetes. [4]
  • Galactagogue – Promotes production of mother’s milk.

Cypress Essential Oil

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Cypress oil (Cupressus sempervirens) is derived from the steam distillation of the branches of the tree. Cypress oil has a fresh, slightly woody scent. I find it to be one of the more masculine aromas, and extremely grounding.

It’s said to have been used for centuries for urinary and liver support, but most especially muscular, and joint health. Aromatically, it’s often said to have a grounding or balance effect

Primary Benefits

  • Assists with clear breathing
  • Promotes healthy respiratory function
  • Soothes tight, tense muscles
  • Supports localized blood flow
  • Beneficial for oily skin conditions

Emotional Benefits

It’s also used to create an emotional cleansing, moving a stuck or slow-moving healing process forward. It’s strong ability to help a person release emotions and trauma can even be described as a purging, and can be intense, especially if you’re not prepared for the work it’ll ask of you.

In addition to the emotional flow it can create, cypress oil can also help us to learn how to go with the flow, showing a person how to let go, trust the process of life, and enjoy the course. (Because of these qualities it might also help a person struggling with loss, control, tension and more.) I’ll say it again though; it’s a strong oil to use emotionally. But it’s worth it. Trapped emotions might be rough to deal with, but it’s better than ignoring them.

Complimentary Oils

Cypress essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Lemon, Wild Orange, and Sandalwood essential oils. .

Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Arborvitae, Wintergreen,White Fir, or Juniper Berry essential oils.

How to Use Cypress Essential Oil

Traditionally, cypress oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

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Precautions of Cypress Essential Oil

Use with caution during pregnancy. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Popular Uses of Cypress Essential Oil

  • Diffuse, inhale, or gargle at the first signs of throat discomfort.
  • Rub on the chest with fractionated coconut oil to support healthy breathing.
  • Apply to tight, sore muscles or use with a carrier oil for massage.
  • Mix together Cypress and Grapefruit essential oil with fractionated coconut oil and rub on problem areas to help give skin a firmer, more youthful appearance.
  • Add one to two drops to toner to help reduce oily skin conditions.
  • For trust issues, massage 1 drop over the heart center. If you’re using this daily, get your tissues, journal, and possibly a counselor ready.
  • Dealing with grief, use aromatically by diffusing in the room or inhaling directly from the palms of your hands.
  • For perfectionism, inhale directly from cupped hands, or use 1 drop daily over the heart or solar plexus.

Inspiration for Using Cypress Essential Oil

Toning Coconut Eye Make Up Remover: In 5ml roller bottle mix 1 drop each Cypress,Lavender, and Frankincense essential oils, top with a carrier oil.

Aphrodisiac Massage Oil: Mix 5 drops Ylang Ylang, 3 drops Cypress and 3 drops Wild Orange in 1 tsp of carrier oil. Massage on inner thighs.

Man Cave diffuser blend: 2 drops each White Fir, Cedarwood, and Cypress essential oils.

Ginger Oil

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I have discussed the benefits of ginger in my site for some time now. I am particularly impressed by its anti-inflammatory properties, which make it one of the most potent home remedies you can use to relieve pain and motion sickness.1, 2 This is why it’s not surprising to learn that ginger oil, extracted from fresh ginger root, also offers these whole body benefits and so much more.

What Is Ginger Oil?

Warm, spicy, and energizing, ginger oil comes from ginger root (Zingiber officinale), a pungent, peculiar-looking underground rhizome. A member of the Zingiberaceae plant family, this perennial herb grows up to three to four feet high, with narrow spear-shaped leaves, white or yellow flowers,3 and small tuberous rhizomes with a thick or thin brown skin. Its flesh can be yellow, white, or red, depending on the variety.4

Ginger has been valued for thousands of years for its medicinal and culinary properties, particularly in ancient Chinese, Indian, and Greek civilizations. The Mahabharata, a 4th century BC Indian Sanskrit epic, even describes a stewed meat dish that uses ginger as an ingredient. In Ayurvedic medicine, ginger is considered a key plant.

Eventually, ginger was exported to the Roman Empire and became widely traded in Europe by Arab traders. It was also used as an ingredient in sweets. By the 13th to 14th century, ginger – along with black pepper – became a commonly traded spice. It was said that a pound of ginger could be traded for a sheep.5

Ginger is one of the most flexible food ingredients today. It can be eaten fresh or dried, steeped as a tea, or grated into your vegetable juice (one of my personal favorites). The dried root is the source for tinctures and supplements, and is also transformed into ginger oil, an energizing and uplifting oil with a wide range of uses.

Ginger oil has a thin consistency and is light yellow in color, with a pleasantly pungent aroma. The scent varies according to the distillation and quality of the ginger used. However, the most aromatically superior ginger oil is said to come from distilling fresh ginger root.

Uses of Ginger Oil

The benefits of ginger for relieving pain are widely known today, and while I prefer using fresh ginger (eaten raw, grated into your vegetable juice, or steeped into tea), using ginger oil can provide these wholesome benefits as well.

When used topically, ginger oil can help relieve aches and pain, as well as promote normal blood circulation.6

Aromatherapists also value ginger oil’s soothing and warming qualities to help address digestive problems. In fact, this is one of ginger oil’s most popular uses: relieving any kind of digestive upset, such as nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, gas, and even morning sickness.

Here are some ways to use ginger oil for various health problems:7

  • Apply two to three drops in a diffuser, or place on a cotton ball or your handkerchief, and then inhale. This will help reenergize and revitalize your body, mind, and soul.
  • Mix two to three drops in an ounce of carrier oil, and use as a massage oil. This helps relieve backache, arthritis, muscle pain, rheumatism, and fractures, as well as stimulate your circulatory system and revitalize your libido. You can also add it to your hot bath or put a few drops on a hot or cold compress, and then apply it to the affected areas.
  • Inhale via a diffuser or vaporizer to relieve sinusitis, sore throat, and runny nose. It can also work as a decongestant.
  • Massage a drop into your abdomen to relieve gas and diarrhea.

Composition of Ginger Oil

Ginger oil benefits mostly come from its powerful mono- and sesqui-terpenoids, such as neral, geranial, 1,8-cineole, zingiberene, B-bisabolene, and B-sesquiphellandrene. It also contains a-pinene, B-pinene, camphene, linalool, borneol, y-terpineol, nerol, geraniol, and geranyl acetate.8, 9

Benefits of Ginger Oil

Ginger oil’s many benefits are attributed to its anti-inflammatory, digestive, expectorant, antiseptic, carminative, analgesic, and stimulating properties. It’s helpful in alleviating various health problems, such as:10

  • Stomach and bowel related problems – Ginger oil helps promote proper digestion, and can be a great remedy for spasms, dyspepsia, indigestion, and flatulence. It can also increase your appetite, which is great for people who are trying to gain weight.
  • Food poisoning – Ginger oil’s antiseptic and carminative properties can help treat food poisoning, as well as intestinal infections and bacterial dysentery.
  • Malaria and yellow fever – A study found that ginger oil can help repel Anopheles culicifacies mosquitoes, which is the primary carrier of malaria in India.11
  • Respiratory problems – Ginger oil can help relieve and treat coughs, flu, asthma, breathlessness, and bronchitis. Fresh ginger can actually remove mucus from throat and lungs, and is commonly added to tea for its soothing effects.
  • Pain – Ginger and ginger oil can help reduce prostaglandins, which are the compounds associated with pain. For more information about how ginger relieves pain (particularly after-exercise pain), check out my article here.
  • Heart ailments – Using ginger oil regularly can help reduce your risk of blood clots and arteriosclerosis, as well as help decrease the bad cholesterol levels in your blood.12

How to Make Ginger Oil

Ginger is traditionally steam distilled to produce ginger essential oil, But you can also create your own ginger oil infusion at home. Here’s what to do:13

Materials:

Fresh ginger
1 1/2 cups olive oil
Oven-safe bowl
Cheese grater

Procedure:

  1. Rinse a cup of fresh ginger, including the skin, thoroughly, and let dry for a few hours.
  2. Pour the olive oil in an oven-safe bowl.
  3. Chop the ginger and then shred using a clean cheese grater. Add to the olive oil and mix well.
  4. Put the mixture in the oven and leave it to simmer under low heat (150 degrees Fahrenheit) for at least two hours.
  5. Pour the mixture through an unbleached cheese cloth to filter it and take out the bits of ginger. Once all the oil has been filtered, squeeze out the remaining oil from the cheese cloth.
  6. Transfer the ginger oil into clean vials or bottles and store in a cool dry place.

This ginger oil infusion can stay fresh for up to six months.

How Does Ginger Oil Work?

Ginger oil is composed of 90 percent sesquiterpenes, which are responsible for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and other healing properties.14 When applied topically or inhaled, it has a warming and energizing effect. Ginger oil can also be ingested, but I advise doing this under the supervision of a qualified health physician.

Is Ginger Oil Safe?

As long as it’s not used in very strong concentrations, ginger oil is generally safe, as it is non-toxic and non-irritating. If you have sensitive skin, please do a skin patch test before using ginger oil (or any essential oil, for that matter) to see if you have any allergic reactions to it.

You should also consider diluting ginger oil in other carrier oils. Some of the best choices are citrusy and spicy oils like neroli, frankincense, bergamot, ylang-ylang, rose, and sandalwood.15

Ginger oil may be phototoxic, so avoid applying it on skin areas that will be exposed to the sun within 24 hours after application.16 I also advise pregnant women and nursing moms to use ginger oil with caution, even though it has been deemed useful for morning sickness. Consult your healthcare provider before use. Avoid administering this oil to very young children as well.

Side Effects of Ginger Oil

If you have any sensitivity to ginger root, do not use ginger oil at all. Some potential side effects of ginger oil are heartburn, sores in mouth, nausea, and skin rashes (when applied topically).17 If you are taking any type of medication, consult your physician first if it is safe to use or ingest ginger oil.

 

TAMANU OIL

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Tamanu Oil Benefits For Skin

WHAT IS TAMANU OIL OR TAMANU NUT OIL?

Many people who suffer from common skin problems have never heard of this fabulous, all natural skin care product and cosmetic ingredient known as Tamanu Oil. Skin care reviews support the scientific data that it is a wonderful skin care healing agent and one of the best anti aging products on the market today. The oil can be used directly onto the skin for fast, effective results for a host of everyday skin conditions. Just apply it 2 or 3 times a day!

At Volcanic Earth®, we have taken Vanuatu Tamanu Oil and developed a range of natural skin care products with Tamanu Oil for the whole body (see below). Also check out our Facial Care for more of the best anti aging skin care products using Tamanu Oil including a Facial Moistuizer, an eye cream and a night cream.

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WHAT IS TAMANU OIL GOOD FOR?

Tamanu Oil benefits extend to a wide range of natural treatments for acne and acne scars, eczema, psoriasis, toenail fungus, stretch marks, age spots, skin rashes, general scarring, dermatitis through to anti aging and as an ingredient in making good skin products for oily skin. In fact, one of the major benefits of Tamanu Oil is that it can be used as a stand-alone product, whether it be solely as a product for oily acne skin or for the prevention or reduction of scarring or just for beautiful, blemish-free skin. Not only can you use Tamanu Oil for skin rejuvenation but you can even use Tamanu Oil for hair as well.

“I thought I would let you know, I have only been using the Tamanu butter on my very dry heels and feet for a few days now. I was nervous at first over the size of the container, but a little really goes a long way! I have already started to notice the cracked heels start to heal over and the over skin becoming less dry and more smooth. When I make anymore future orders I will be sure to just make them through you. Thank you,

Lindsay Hilger, Canada

While there are those self-proclaimed “Acne Specialists” that think that using Tamanu Oil for acne goes against the whole “products for oily skin and acne” industry, they really don’t know what they are talking about. In almost every case, they have never even heard of Tamanu Oil let alone used it. They are too busy pushing chemical-based oily face products as they get a commission on sales. When you say “well, Dr Oz featured Vanuatu Tamanu Oil as the # 1 Natural Acne Treatment in the world” they try to make out they know more about acne than Dr Oz does. These are people with no real academic training and they are often part of the problem and most certainly are seldom the solution. So just because Tamanu Oil is an oil does not mean that it is not a product for oily acne skin.

There have been various studies on Tamanu Oil uses and it is clear that its extraordinary properties for healing damaged skin are not only incredible but unique. It is used topically (directly onto the skin) and/or as a skin care ingredient as in some of our cosmetic formulations below. Pure Tamanu Oil works very effectively as a natural treatment for psoriasis, especially for large scale psoriasis. One of our own Ni Vanuatu staff used our Tamanu Butter formulation to remove all of her stretch marks which formed as a result of a growth spurt during her teenage years – and this was before she ever came to work for Volcanic Earth!

If you want Tamanu Oil benefits for hair then just apply it directly to the hair and scalp. Just remember that it does have a strong aroma so don’t overdo it. In relation to Tamanu oil benefits for skin, again you just apply it directly onto the skin 2-3 times a day initially if possible, as it tends to work faster the more frequently it is applied (again, just don’t overdo it).

SIDE EFFECTS: There are no known Tamanu Oil side effects when used as on the skin except for a small group who can have an allergic reaction. This is why we recommend that you test it on a small area of the skin first.

TAMANU OIL HEALTH BENEFITS

In addition to its use as a significant skin healing agent, Tamanu Oil health benefits extent to the relief of arthritic or rheumatic pain. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties, as well as anti-cancer agents.

WHAT IS TAMANU OIL MADE FROM ?

There is ample information elsewhere on this website explaining what Tamanu Oil is made from. Tamanu oil comes from the nut kernels of the Tamanu Nut Tree. Its scientific name is either Calophyllum inophyllum Seed Oil or Calophyllum Tacamahaca Seed Oil, depending on the variety of Tamanu Tree. Indigeneous to Melanesian countries such as Vanuatu and Polynesian countries such as Hawaii, the Tamanu Tree also grows in other tropical countries like Vietnam and Thailand. The tree flowers twice a year and produces clusters of fruit which are spherical (round). Inside these fruits is a nut and inside the nut is a pale, odorless kernel from which the oil is extracted after these kernels have cured naturally over a 6-8 week period. The end result is a greenish to yellow oil depending on the filtering process.

Health Benefits of Cajuput Essential Oil

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The health benefits of Cajuput Essential Oil includes its properties as an antiseptic, cosmetic, bactericidal, insecticide, decongestant, analgesic, expectorant, febrifuge, vermifuge, anti-spasmodic, anti-neuralgic, carminative, stimulant, tonic, sudorific, and emenagogue substance.

Cajuput essential oil is extracted from the twigs and leaves of the Cajuput tree. The scientific name of the Cajuput tree is Melaleuca Cajuputi. The chief components of Cajuput Oil are Caryophyllene, Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene, Limonene, Alpha Terpinene, Alpha Terpineol, Gamma Terpinene, Terpinolene, Terpineol, Cineole, Cymene, Linalool, and Myrcene. The process of extracting Cajuput Oil involves steam distillation of its twigs and leaves, which is quite similar to that of extracting Eucalyptus Oil.

Health Benefits of Cajuput Oil

This oil is not used in culinary applications, but it does have many medicinal uses. Some of the most well-known and comprehensively studied are listed below.

Antiseptic & Bactericide: These are perhaps the most prized properties of Cajuput Oil. It is very efficient in fighting infections from bacteria, virus, and fungi, such as tetanus (bacteria), influenza (virus) and infectious diseases like cholera and typhoid. It can be externally applied to cuts and wounds from rusty iron to protect against tetanus, until a proper vaccine is taken.

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Insecticide & Vermifuge:Cajuput oil is very efficient in killing and driving away insects. Its insecticidal properties are so strong that its diluted solution can be sprayed or vaporized with the help of a vaporizer to drive away mosquitoes, ants, and many other types of pests (of course, not cockroaches) from the rooms. Mosquito nets can also be dipped in its solution for added benefits. A diluted solution of cajuput oil can also be rubbed on the body to keep insects away. Futrthermore, it also kills intestinal worms if a very mild diluted solution in water is consumed.

Decongestant & Expectorant: Just like Eucalyptus Oil, cajuput oil is also an expert decongestant and expectorant. Being a decongestant, it gives immediate relief in congestion of the nose, throat, and other respiratory organs as well as for coughs, infections, and resultant inflammation of the throat and respiratory tracts such as laryngitis (larynx), pharyngitis (pharynx) and bronchitis (bronchi).

Stimulant & Sudorific: It stimulates the organs, creates a warming effect, promotes circulation, and activates secretions. Being a stimulant, it also stimulates the Eccrine glands, promoting perspiration and thus acting as a Sudorific. These effects are very beneficial to the body because they are essential in removing the toxins from the body, which perspiration is known to do.

Analgesic: It is analgesic in nature, meaning that it reduces feelings of pain. When applied locally, such as on an infected tooth in case of a toothache or rubbed on the forehead in case of a headache, it gives quick relief. If ingested, it can reduce pain in joints, headache, and muscles that may be related to cases of fevers and colds. However, consume only in highly diluted solutions.

Cosmetic & Tonic: It smooths and brightens skin while keeping it free from infections, thus it is used extensively in cosmetics, and antiseptic creams. It also tones up the skin and is hence used as a general skin tonic.

Febrifuge: It helps reduce fevers by fighting infections as well as by stimulating sweat, which cools down the body.

Carminative: Cajuput oil can give you relief from gas trouble, since it has carminative properties. It restricts the formation of gas and helps to remove the gas that has already formed in the intestines.

Antineuralgic: Neuralgia is a very painful condition in which almost the entire oral zone, including the throat, ears, tonsils, base of the nose, larynx, and pharynx and the surrounding areas suffer from severe pain. This pain is due to compression of the Glossopharyngeal or the ninth cranial nerve by the surrounding blood vessels, which tend to swell from chewing, eating, laughing, shouting or any other excitement or movement in that region. In this way, cajuput oil can give immense relief. As an analgesic, it reduces the feeling of pain on one hand while on the other, it cools down and relaxes the blood vessels, thereby reducing their swelling, and relieving the pressure on the ninth cranial nerve, giving immediate relief from the pain.cajuputoilinfo

Other Benefits: Cajuput oil is anti-spasmodic and relieves cramps. As a stimulant, it acts as an emenagogue as well and clears obstructed menstruation. Being a detoxifier, it helps cure pimples and acne, while as an anti-inflammatory agent, it gives relief for inflammation.

A Few Words of Caution: Although no serious threats are found to be associated with this oil, ingestion of a large quantity or application in highly concentrated form may still cause irritation. Therefore, only low or mild doses should be administered.

Blending: The oils that can be blended well with cajuput oil are Angelica, Bergamot, Cloves, Lavender, Geranium and Thyme Oil.

Skin Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Using coconut oil on your skin can be the difference between flaky, dry skin, and soft, glowing skin, as this oil is known for its moisturizing benefits. Widely used in skin creams, soaps and lotions for its effectiveness in fighting dry skin, coconut oil also helps to sooth various other types of skin conditions.

Moisturizing, Antiaging and Antiviral Properties

Coconut oil is a powerful moisturizer that is beneficial to restoring dry or flaking skin. Unlike your average moisturizer that contains a lot of water and likely synthetic ingredients, coconut oil helps to strengthen skin tissue more deeply and eliminate dead skin cells while absorbing quickly into your skin.

Coconut oil also helps to delay the occurrence of wrinkles because it contains antioxidant Vitamin E, known to protect skin cells from damage over time. The Vitamin E found in coconut oil soothes eczema, sunburn and psoriasis, and its antiviral and antifungal benefits even help to treat bug bites.

Coconut oil contains 3 fatty acids: capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid. Each of these acids kill candida, a common cause of fungal infection on your skin.

Aloe Vera Oil

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For many centuries, Aloe Vera has been used in many countries. This has many healing properties and is one of the best medicinal plants as it cures many ailments and health disorders. But, are we aware that Aloe Vera oil has equally beneficial medicinal properties?
The oil is used in many cosmetics such as face wash, body lotions, shampoos, hair gels, etc. This is obtained by the extraction of Aloe Vera leaves and mixing it with other base oils like soybean, almond or apricot. Aloe Vera oil contains antioxidants, Vitamin C, E, B, allantoin, minerals, proteins, polysaccharides, enzymes, amino acids and beta-carotene.

Let us look at the top 12 benefits of this wonderful gift of nature:

Aloe Vera Oil Benefits:

1. Cancer prevention:
Aloe Vera oil contains antioxidants that can prevent colon cancer. This also stimulates cell regeneration and epidermal growth. Aloe Vera oil promotes quick recovery from the side effects of harmful radiation in chemotherapy. This oil has shown positive results in preventing tumor growth by stopping the growth of abnormal tumor cells.

2. Stomach health:

Aloe Vera oil is useful to reduce and curb inflammation. This helps to oxygenate blood and energize cell proliferation, which can heal internal digestive problems. This is helpful to treat irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and acid reflux

3. Cosmetic uses:

Aloe Vera oil is used popularly by many cosmetic products manufacturers to lower the harmful effects of the sun. It is used in moisturizing creams and lotions.

4. Solar and home burns:
Aloe Vera oil gives a good effect when used on sunburn and household skin burns. This will soothe and regenerate the skin, giving it a natural cooling effect. This is also a great natural remedy to cure allergies, insect bites, irritation, itching, and swelling.

5. Scars:

The oil stimulates the process of wound healing and lowers the formation of scars. Aloe Vera oil can also cure capillary dilation which can keep your skin beautiful.

6. Constipation:

Aloe Vera juice and oil both can be used internally. Aloe Vera oil is helpful to cure constipation and softens stool. This also gives a boost to your appetite and improves digestive health.

7. Immune system:

Aloe Vera oil is used to maintain the blood glucose levels in the body and to treat diabetes. It can also cure epilepsy, asthma and osteoarthritis by strengthening your immune system and fighting against infections. This oil has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties.

8. Skin health:

Acne can be cured by a natural remedy using Aloe Vera oil. This can be used topically or internally to soften your skin and protect against infections. It can also cure eczema, acne, psoriasis, and skin ulcers. This is also applied on surgical wounds to curb infections and soften the wound. This can be helpful in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis and genital herpes observed in men.

9. Hair health:

Use Aloe Vera oil for hair regularly to prevent hair loss at a young age and to strengthen your hair. This aloe vera hair oil will give you strong, thick, clean and conditioned hair. It will help you to get rid of dry hair and enhance the blood circulation process. This will give you a healthy scalp when mixed with jojoba oil.

10. Massage oil:

This is the ideal therapeutic massage oil that relaxes you. This can treat rheumatic, body, back, neck, leg and shoulder pain. Body massage with Aloe Vera oil will give you glowing, smooth skin and also keep shingles, herpes, viruses and skin cancer at bay.

 

11. Aromatherapy:

Aloe Vera oil can be combined with other essential oils to heal and rejuvenate the skin. This has astringent properties for the skin’s repair process.

12. Anti-oxidant:

Aloe Vera oil is a very good source of anti-oxidants that can be useful in preventing skin damage from radiation. It includes aloe-emodin to eliminate the viruses that lead to cold, sores and shingles.

Health Benefits of Peanut Oil

Some of the health benefits of peanut oil include its ability to reduce cholesterol levels, protect heart health, prevent cancer, boost cognitive function, improve the nervous system, strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure, and protect the skin.

Peanut oil, as the name implies, is a type of vegetable oil commonly used in cooking that is derived from peanuts, which are legumes. Peanut oil comes in a number of varieties, including refined, unrefined, roasted and cold-pressed, which have slight differences in their nutritional value and health benefits. Generally, people use peanut oil in their cooking for the interesting flavor that it can give to the food, particularly if you use the roasted variety, as well as the fact that it is healthier than many other types of oil.

Peanut oil is most commonly used in Asian cultures, including the cuisine of China and Southeast Asian nations like Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

Most of the health benefits of peanut oil come from its diverse types of fatty acids, such as oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, and linoleic acid, among others. While unbalanced levels of fatty acids can be dangerous for your health, peanut oil has a very safe balance that can boost your health in a variety of ways, in addition to the health benefits from the other vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds found in peanuts.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the impressive health benefits of this delicious type of cooking oil.

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Cholesterol Levels:Unlike many other vegetable oils, peanut oil is actually free of any cholesterol, which is one of the major contributing factors to complicated heart conditions such as atherosclerosis, which is basically clogging of the arteries. Since cooking oil is used in many different ways, eliminating this dangerous cholesterol from your body can help prevent a variety of health complications. Furthermore, not only does peanut oil lack cholesterol, it can actually reduce your current levels of cholesterol due to the presence of plant sterols. These phytosterols actually compete for cholesterol absorption in the stomach and gut, which can lower your cholesterol levels by 10-15%!

Heart Health: Lowering your chances of atherosclerosis, as explained above, can reduce your chances of heart attacks and strokes. However, peanut oil also contains monounsaturated fatty acids, like oleic acid, which increase the levels of “good cholesterol”, called HDL, in the blood. This beneficial cholesterol actually helps to scrape off and reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower your chances of coronary heart disease and strokes.

Cancer Prevention: Peanut oil also has high levels of polyphenol antioxidants, including resveratrol. This compound works to eliminate free radicals, which are the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism that are responsible for a huge range of diseases in the body, including cancer. Studies have shown that switching to a vegetable oil high in resveratrol, like peanut oil, can decrease your chances of developing cancer thanks to this powerful antioxidant.

Blood Pressure: Resveratrol has another important function in the body. It interacts with various hormones in the body that affect blood vessels, like angiotensin, which constricts vessels and arteries. By neutralizing the effects of that hormone, resveratrol helps to decrease blood pressure, which reduces stress on the cardiovascular system.

Cognitive Boost: Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most widespread and tragic conditions that affect people as they get older, but resveratrol, that multi-functional antioxidant, has also been shown to eliminate or slow the onset of cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Free radicals are responsible for the breakdown of neural pathways in the brain, so antioxidants like resveratrol can slow or stop that process very effectively.


Skin Health:
Peanut oil, like many vegetable oils, is quite rich in vitamin E, which is an essential vitamin for human beings. It is particularly important in the maintenance and health of the skin, protecting it from the effects of free radicals that cause wrinkles, blemishes, and other signs of premature aging. The vitamin E in peanut oil will keep your skin looking young and healthy as you get older.

Immune System: A final benefit of the impressive levels of resveratrol in peanut oil is the improvement of yourimmune system. Viral and fungal infections are particularly susceptible to this antioxidant, so adding peanut oil to your diet can keep you healthy in yet another way, by stimulating your white blood cell production to fend off any foreign agents in your body.

A Final Word of Warning: Although the types of fatty acids in peanut oil are generally beneficial, they are only healthy in moderate amounts. Remember, they are still technically fats, and therefore are high in calories. Don’t go overboard when cooking with peanut oil, as it can lead to weight gain. Obesity has a whole range of associated health risks, so be careful and enjoy your meals responsibly!