eucalyptus

April 17, 2018

Aromadendrene

Aromadendrene is a sesquiterpene, as found in eucalyptus, manuka, and patchouli. Sesquiterpenes are less volatile than monoterpenes, but still prone to oxidation.  They have a strong odor.  If oxidized (exposed to air) they could cause skin irritation and/or mucous membrane irritation. Links to Plants Containing Aromadendrene RESEARCH The listings of […]
April 19, 2018

1,8-cineole / Cineole / Eucalyptol / Cajeputol

1,8-cineole, also called eucalyptol, is an oxide found in basil, bay, cajeput, cardamom, eucalyptus, niaouli, rosemary, sage, camphor, laurel, mugwort, and spike lavender.  It smells fresh and minty. Oxides contribute to an oil’s aroma, and have strong therapeutic actions, but can be neurotoxic, liver toxic, and a respiratory irritant in […]
April 19, 2018

Citronellal / Rhodinal

Citronellal is an aldehyde found in citronella, lemongrass, eucalyptus, kaffir lime, and Melissa. Aldehydes have a powerful aroma used in perfumery.  Oxidation (exposure to oxygen) causes potential skin irritation and loss of aroma. Links to Plants Containing Citronellal   RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles […]
April 19, 2018

Citronellol

Citronellol is an alcohol found in citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, lemon, and rose. Alcohols are the most therapeutically beneficial type of component in an essential oil, and have a low toxicity for safer use with fragile populations (like the elderly).  Alcohols can be sensitizing when oxidized, so proper storage is important. Links to […]
April 24, 2018

Phellandrene / Alpha Phellandrene / Beta Phellandrene

Phellandrene is a monoterpene and can be found in turmeric, frankincense, dill, Melissa, Angelica, and some eucalyptus species. Monoterpenes are odorless, highly volatile, prone to oxidation, and insoluble in water. Links to Plants Containing Phellandrene   Research The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on […]
April 24, 2018

Piperitone

Piperitone is a ketone as found in dill, spearmint, cornmint, calamint, catnip, peppermint, and certain eucalyptus species. Many ketones can be toxic internally and topically.  Some can be convulsant, toxic to the liver, or neurotoxic in high doses.  Do not overuse or use for prolonged periods of time. Links to Plants […]
April 24, 2018

Terpineol (alpha, beta, or gamma) / Terpinen-4-ol / Terpinolene

Terpineol is an alcohol as in cajeput, eucalyptus, niaouli, tea tree, manuka, pine, petitgrain, marjoram, wild carrot seed, and ravensara. Alcohols are the most therapeutically beneficial type of component in an essential oil, and have a low toxicity for safer use with fragile populations (like the elderly).  Alcohols can be sensitizing when […]
May 29, 2018

Can Essential Oils Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Many people are running indoor essential oil diffusers, claiming it cleans their home’s air.  Does this really work?  Can essential oils improve indoor air quality? By Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT There are many airborne contaminants floating around our indoor air that cause illness.  Viruses, fungi, bacteria, […]
June 17, 2018

Natural Laundry Detergent Recipe

This homemade laundry detergent works well and smells great!  It’s easy to make, low cost, and less toxic than many commercial brand laundry detergents. Laundry Detergent Ingredients 1/8 cup of grated soap bar flakes (simply chop or grate a bar of soap) 1/8 cup of baking soda 6 cups of […]