Essential Oils

 

Essential Oils
Some of our soaps have no scent added—you’ll love the earthy smell of natural soap.  These soaps have distinct natural aromas due to honey, grains, flowers, spices, herbs, or herbal infused oils.  These scents tend to be very mild. 
 
Some people like more aromatic scents.  Our scented soaps have all natural plant essential oils added. Essential oils are the all-natural aromatic extracts from a variety of aromatic plant material including grasses, leaves, flowers, needles, twigs, peels of fruit, seeds, bark and roots.  For example, in roses essential oils are found in the flowers, in basil it is in the leaves, in sandalwood in the wood, and so on.  Essential oils are used in aromatherapy, are extremely concentrated, and very fragrant.
 
The methods used to extract pure essential oils are time consuming, expensive, and require a high degree of expertise.  It takes more than 220 pounds of rose petals to produce only 4 or 5 teaspoonfuls of rose essential oil.   It takes about 11 pounds of fresh lavender flowers to produce 1 ounce of lavender essential oil. 
 
Although synthetic fragrances or "nature identical" oils are available in a wider selection and at a much lower cost, we use only the purest natural plant essential oils, not those cut or adulterated with inferior oils or chemicals.  We have chosen specific oils not only for their skin care benefits, but also for the aromatherapy they offer.  Essential oils have an immediate impact on our sense of smell.  Only natural botanical essential oils can cause various neurochemicals to be released in the brain which can affect the body, mind and spirit.  At  Ann Bee's Naturals LLC we have done painstaking research whenever essential oils are added to our products to insure proper dilution and blending proportions. 
 
We do not use a high concentration of essential oils in our soaps. Our soaps and shampoo bars are gently scented--this is not the overpowering scent of synthetic fragrance oils.  Our gentle natural essential oil blends have been meticulously developed for their aroma therapeutic and skin conditioning properties, as well as for their lovely fragrance. We use high-quality pure essential oils.  Although they are all-natural, they may still cause skin irritation or reactions in certain individuals so if you notice any adverse affects, please discontinue use.
 
The essential oils we use are described below...
 
 
 
Anise, Pimpinella anisum,is known for its use in fisherman's soap...it is said to remove all human scent so that fish will be more apt to bite.  It has great deodorizing properties and a warm, sweet licorice aroma, sweeter than fennel.  
Aromatherapy Properties: Anise essential oil is emotionally balancing, dispels lethargy and helps the mind to focus.  Good as a relaxant, with some beneficial effects on female hormone balance. It is also believed to be an aphrodisiac. 
Anise Essential Oil Aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.
 
Basil (Sweet),
Ocimum basilicum, has a warm, spicy and herbal aroma with an anise like scent. Basil enlivens dull looking skin, improves skin tone and gives the complexion a rosy glow. Basil is extremely effective in treating skin disorders. In hair care basil adds luster to dull hair and is believed to improve hair growth and tame tangles. Its antiseptic properties have been valued in Far Eastern medicine for thousands of years.
Aromatherapy Properties:
The uplifting and aromatic scent invigorates the body and spirit, refreshing the mind, allowing concentration and sharpening the senses especially when tired. Its aroma is believed to be a good nerve tonic after a stressful day. Its sweet licorice like fragrance is warm and toning. Restoring peace of mind and counteracting depression. Clarifying, uplifting, energizing. Basil essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.
 
Bitter Almond, 
Prunus dulcis var amara, adds such a delicious almond aroma that it is often used in perfume industries. Bitter Almond is also the natural source of natural cherry and amaretto flavors. There is no aromatherapuetic value to bitter almond...it just smells delicious!
 
Cedarwood,
Cedrus atlantica, an essential oil obtained from the wood of the tree, is highly valued in dermatology for its help clearing skin problems like eczema, rashes and blemishes. It normalizes both dry and oily skin and hair. Some say it also helps stretch marks. In hair care products, cedarwood oil normalizes both dry and oily hair. It is believed to darken graying hair, help dandruff and minimize hair loss by stimulating hair follicles. Some men claim it even promotes hair growth.
Aromatherapy Properties:
Cedarwood is very soothing and calming. It is used to alleviate nervous tension, anxiety, insomnia and stress; enhances concentration and zest for life. Cedarwood oil aromatherapy shouldn't be used when pregnant.
 
Cinnamon,
Cinnamomum zeylanicum, essential oil with its warm, spicy, sweet scent has been used for centuries. It was the most sought after spice of the 15th and 16th centuries, at one time it was more valuable than gold! Cinnamon has always been associated with money, trade and prosperity. It is believed to be great for circulation and sore muscles. Cinnamon essential oil is a powerful antiseptic, which is great for oily complexions. Cinnamon, and lemon essential oils, along with coffee are among the additives commonly used as natural deodorizers.
Aromatherapy Properties:
This essential oil is a physical and emotional stimulant. It also affects the libido and is known as an aphrodisiac, as well as an antidepressant. Researchers found that just having the aroma in the room reduces drowsiness, irritability, and the pain and frequency of headaches. In one study, it helped the participants concentrate and perform better on mental work.
 
Citrus Oils like Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Tangerine, and Sweet Orange are believed to be uplifting, balancing and regenerative. They have antibacterial and astringent properties. Citrus oils are fantastic skin tonics and stimulate the micro circulation of your skin. They support tissue regeneration and are stimulating and rejuvenating. They are wonderful for dull skin. In hair care citrus oil helps balance the production of sebum. They refresh, invigorate and cleanse the scalp.
Aromatherapy Properties:
Citrus essential oil brightens and warms your mood, calms, encourages, clears the head, increases mental alertness, improves memory, and reduces stress and headaches. Their scents are fresh and stimulating. Citrus oils in general are believed to stimulate positive energy and therefore cause feelings of joy and happiness.
 
Clary Sage,
Salvia sclarea, cultivated especially in the Mediterranean region, was highly esteemed in the middle ages. Clary sage has a beautiful earthy and herbaceous scent with a hint of floral. The soothing qualities make clary sage useful for all skin inflammations.
Aromatherapy Properties:
Clary Sage calms and balances the spirit and brings on a feeling of tranquility. It is believed to be extremely beneficial for the nervous system relating to stress, anxiety and depression. Clary sage is believed to be especially good for female ailments, it helps one cope better with menstrual cramps or PMS and has established itself as a premier remedy for menopausal hot flashes. Clary sage oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant. Do not use with alcohol or if you suffer from estrogen related disorders.
 
Eucalyptus,
Eucalyptus globulus, a key ingredient in vapor rub due to its antibacterial properties, is a wonderful essential oil that has been used in healing and cleaning for centuries. Eucalyptus oil comes from the leaves of the Eucalyptus trees, a tall, fast growing evergreen tree. Once the oils are extracted from the leaves the oil is distilled. A natural deodorant, eucalyptus is also used for many ailments, such as bronchitis, coughs, fevers, head aches, rheumatism, sinus congestion, sore throats, and other body aches and pains. In hair care products, eucalyptus refreshes and stimulates the scalp. It promotes increased blood circulation, stimulates growth, helps with dandruff, and promotes a healthy scalp.
Aromatherapy Properties:
The rich, deep aroma of eucalyptus awakens the senses and helps to renew a tired and sagging spirit. It has a soothing and calming effect of the whole body. Eucalyptus oil aromatherapy should not be used early in pregnancy.
 
Ginger,
Zingebar officinale, extracted from the root of the plant, has a sweet heavy aroma. For thousands of years ginger has been used by the Chinese and Indian cultures. It has been highly recommended for cleaning, since ginger is believed to help the healing process of infections and to ward off infections and colds. Ginger is a warming, stimulating oil well known for its ability to increase circulation. It's good for all skin types. In hair care a Chinese fold remedy recommends rubbing on the scalp to stop hair loss.
Aromatherapy Properties:
The warm, spicy aroma of ginger relieves nausea and motion sickness. It warms the heart and opens up feelings, helping to improve communication. It is believed to act as a sexual stimulant. It sharpens the senses, improves memory and aids in recall. Ginger reduces drowsiness and irritability and jump starts the brain to keep concentration and mental energy high.
 
 
Grapefruit,
Citris paradisi, oil is cold pressed from the peel of the grapefruit. It has a fresh, sweet citrus scent. It is used as an astringent for oily skin, to refresh and energize the body as well as an airborne disinfectant.
Aromatherapy Properties:
The fresh aroma of grapefruit clears the mind and is used to relieve melancholy, muscle fatigue, lack of energy, jet lag, headaches, moodiness and mental and physical tiredness.
 
 
Lavender,
Lavendula officinalis, essential oil is extracted from flowering tops of the lavender plant. It is believed to be anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating, antibacterial, anti fungal, and anti septic. Lavender is believed to stimulate the immune system which contributes to the healing process. Lavender tones the skin and is useful for all types of skin problems. Acne, oily skin, burns, sunburn, wounds, eczema, psoriasis, insect bites, stings and as an insect repellent. Lavender promotes skin healing and eases inflammation. In hair care products, lavender is a cleansing and balancing herb that will balance oily or dry hair and scalp. It soothes an irritated scalp and stimulates the hair follicles. It is used to promote hair growth. It is effective for all hair types due its ability to regulate sebum production. Lavender is often paired with rosemary in hair care formulas. Their synergistic properties are great for hair care.
Aromatherapy Properties:
Lavender oil relieves tension with its soothing, calming and harmonizing effect on the nerves. It is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia. Its floral and woody fragrance is great for stress relief and general relaxation. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be applied "neat", meaning directly to the skin without dilution. Many aromatherapists suggest a spritz of lavender water on the bed linens or a dab of lavender essential oil on the wrist for a relaxing and soothing sleep.
 
Lemongrass,
Cymbopogon flexuosus, has a wonderful, uplifting lemony scent! The scent of lemon has always been associated with cleanliness and freshness. While Lemongrass Oil sounds as if it's a citrus, it's actually steam distilled from a grass that is native to the Far East. Lemongrass has long been used in Eastern medicine to treat muscle pain and stiffness. It has an astringent property that makes it useful in the treatment of acne, blemishes and other skin inflammations. Lemongrass has been found helpful in treating both oil as well as dry skin.It's skin soothing properties help cleanse your skin without the drying that overexcites the oil glands. In hair care, lemongrass essential oil helps maintain the scalp and hair's natural health and adds luster to dull hair. It also increases fullness and body to the hair.
Aromatherapy Properties:
There has been recent research in India which shows that lemongrass acts as a sedative on the central nervous system. The scent of Lemongrass is soothing, stimulating and refreshing. Aromatherapists value lemongrass for it's ability to both calm and revitalize, to relieve tension, invigorate and inspire.
 
Patchouli,
Pogostemon cablin, is the exotic, woodsy, earthy scent reminiscent of the 60's. The aroma of Patchouli will take the children of the 1960's down a trip on memory lane! This bushy herb has large fragrant leaves and white flowers with a bit of purple. It is said to rejuvenate skin and relieve some skin conditions like inflammation, acne, skin allergies and eczema. It's a gentle oil that may be helpful with mature or aged skin. In hair care it is a great treatment for oily scalp and dandruff and it also excellent for dry hair and scalp.
Aromatherapy Properties:
Patchouli has long been a favorite aromatherapy oil. Often referred to as the "'scent of love", patchouli is believed to be a very effective aphrodisiac that promotes increased feelings of desire. The warmth and depth of its aroma make it comforting and relaxing, creating an amorous atmosphere. Patchouli is known for its sensual, uplifting and stimulating properties.
 
Peppermint,
Mentha piperata, is a minty, strong and fresh essential oil. It's cooling refreshing and deodorant properties make it ideal to be used by those who love sports. Peppermint's cooling power comes from the high percentage of menthol in its leaves and preflowering tops. Menthol has antibacterial properties and is used externally in liniments to stimulate nerve endings and increase local blood flow. Herbalists in ancient Greece and Rome used peppermint for nearly every ailment. Peppermint leaves have been found in Egyptian pyramids dating as far back as 1000 BC. It is believed to be a good treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, inflammation, muscle aches and dandruff. In hair care products, peppermint refreshes and stimulates the scalp promoting blood circulation which stimulates growth. Aromatherapy Properties:
It is believed that peppermint's uplifting, invigorating and stimulating scent helps aid in concentration and memory, relieves mental fatigue, apathy, headaches and depression. Keep pepperrmint essential oil or a sliver of peppermint soap in your car when traveling. The scent of peppermint is excellent for stuffy heads, motion sickness, headaches and nausea. Mint scented soaps may create a cooling sensation. Peppermint essential oil aromatherapy should not be used early in pregnancy.
 
Rosemary,
Rosemarinus officinalis, essential oil has a strong, minty and herbaceous scent. The name is derived from the Latin word Rosmarinus, which means "dew of the sea". The plant was considered sacred by the Romans, it was used as a decoration from statues and paintings of the gods. In ancient Greece, statues were decorated with rosemary wreaths and students wore rosemary in their hair while studying. They believed it strengthened and improved their memory. The Egyptians used the plant for incense in ritual cleansing and healing. In soaps, rosemary essential oil balances oily or problem skin and helps in the treatment of comedones (pimples, whiteheads and blackheads) and acne. It's good for eczema, relieves muscle aches, and it's a great essential oil for hair care products. It's believed to have antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties. In hair care products, rosemary is a good hair tonic for thinning hair and dandruff. It's believed that rosemary encourages hair growth by improving blood flow to the scalp. Rosemary encourages strong healthy hair, stimulates growth, increases manageability and brings out the highlights of dark hair.
Aromatherapy Properties:
The invigorating fragrance of rosemary oil wakes up the brain, stimulates mental activity, restores vitality, increases creativity and improves memory. From ancient times Rosemary has been regarded as a token of remembrance. Rosemary essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.
 
Tangerine,
Citrus reticulata, essential oil has a sparkling, fresh and lively fragrance. Tangerine oil is believed to decrease stretch marks and help control acne.
Aromatherapy Properties:
The sweet, comforting aroma of Tangerine Essential Oil helps ease tension, fear, sadness, irritability and insomnia. This essential oil helps to cheer, inspire and strengthen.
 
Tea Tree,
Melaleuca alternifolia, essential oil is a natural antiseptic, germacide, antibacterial, fungicide and deodorant. It refreshes, stimulates and deep cleans the skin and scalp. Centuries ago Australian Aborines discovered that the oil from the leaves of the tea tree provided a natural cure for a wide variety of ailments and it is often referred to by Australians as a "first aid kit in a bottle". It's believed that Captain Cook first introduced the Tea Tree to Europe. During their voyages, his sailors made tea from the leaves, thus the name "tea tree". The oil is extracted from the leaves by a special distillation process. People from around the world have come to recognize the value of this natural medicinal oil. Tea tree is believed to heal infections and skin disorders, it also fights acne without causing dryness or other common side effects of modern day acne treatments. Unique to Australia, oil from Tea Tree is one of the most researched and scientifically proven therapeutic oils known today. The scent is strong and penetrating, but many describe it as clean and refreshing. Next to Thyme, it is the most antiseptic of all oils. It's safer to use and unlike thyme, can be used "neat" or undiluted. A study by Lederle Laboratories and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Great Britain discovered that a 5% Tea Tree oil gel was as effective as benzoil peroxide in treating acne with less drying, stinging and redness. It's believed that its antiseptic and healing properties make it a wonderful natural treatment for rosacea when caused by demodex mites. In hair care, tea tree is used as a treatment for dry scalp, oily hair, dandruff and itchiness. Tea tree oil removes build up on the scalp and helps rejuvenate dull, lifeless hair, leaving hair soft, clean and manageable. Tea tree has a clean but strong, medicinal scent.
 
Vetiver,
Andropogon zizanioides, has a rich, woody, earthy and sweet aroma that improves with age. Vertiver oil, used extensively in perfumery, helps to normalize oily skin and clear acne, has a rejuvenating effect on mature skin, helps heal wounds and cuts, soothes irritated and imflamed skin and has natural deodorizing properties. Aromatherapy Properties:
Once known in India as the "Oil of Tranquility" because its warm, earthy aroma calms, balances and soothes the mind, thus helping with nervous tension, anxiety and stress. It settles the nerves, is emotionally calming and establishes a feeling of balance and grounding, which is helpful in overcoming depression, insomnia and nervousness.