The Holidays are here. This months issue has a few Christmas tips, as well as offering some resources for facial care – often needed after a heavy eating and drinking holiday season! Grapefruit is a good, post indulgence oil, as it helps to cleanse and invigorate the whole system. Don’t forget the stress relieving oils as you get busy!

This Issue:

  • Oil of the Month: Grapefruit
  • Aromatherapy Tip of the Month: Hydrosol Facial Toners
  • Resource Guide: –Hydrosols
  • Aroma Research: Aromatherapy for ADD and ADHD 
  • Book Link: “Making Aromatherapy Creams and Lotions” by Donna Maria
  • Recipe of the month – Christmas Potpourri


Oil of the Month


Latin Name:
Citrus Paradisi
Source of Oil:
Primary cultivation:
USA, Brazil, Israel
Fresh, citrusy
Antidepressant, antiseptic, aperitif, diuretic, disinfectant, lymphatic stimulant, tonic and anti-infectious.
Strongest characteristic:
Cleansing and refreshing
Contraindications: (Situation in which oil should not be used)
Can be photosensitizing
Blends well with:
Basil, juniper, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot and other citrus oils.

Grapefruit has a high vitamin C content and is therefore valuable to the immune system, protecting against colds and flu. It has been shown in laboratory studies to increase the metabolism of adipose tissue (fat cells, and specifically ‘brown’ fat cells.), making it the first line of aromatic defense in obesity and cellulite.

Immune: Grapefruit helps to cleanse the lymphatic system of toxins. Since the lymphatic system is so integral to the immune system of the body as a whole, I often will recommend lymphatic massages using grapefruit, lemon and juniper to people who are systemically congested and tend to get every flu going around. It helps to cool the liver and actually possesses a fat-dissolving property.

Digestive: Stimulates gall bladder, digestive aid, liver tonic, useful in anorexia/bulimia, Grapefruit also may regulate body weight if used regularly.

Skin: Grapefruit helps to cleanse and refresh tired skin. It is particularly good for oily skin and skin that is prone to acne. It has a gentle antiseptic effect. I have used this oil with lavender or chamomile for a soothing effect. Because of its diuretic effect, grapefruit is useful for water retention. That coupled with the lymphatic cleansing properties, make this an ideal choice when working with cellulite. It is also used, along with Rosemary, to promote hair growth.

Spiritual/Emotional: Grapefruit helps to lift your mood and sharpen your mind. It is a useful oil for depression, particularly when this manifests in a desire to overindulge, and can be used in the diffuser well, as it is an inexpensive oil. It is also a good choice when the nervous system has been exhausted by stress.


Aromatherapy Tip of the Month

Hydrosol Facial Toners

Hydrosols make excellent facial toner, particularly for those of us with sensitive skin. Lavender, rose, frankincense, and chamomile are all great, soothing choices. There’s no mixing required. Just spritz them on and you’re good to go!

Resource Guide

Organic Hydrosols

Morning Myst Botanics offers pure, organic hydrosols. Hydrosols are products produced during distillation of plant material. Many companies produce hydrosols as a by product of their production of essential oils. But Morning Myst Botanics produces the hydrosols for their own sake. The plant material is fresh and organic. With hydrosols, the oils are not added to water, they are already part of the solution. Hydrosols are often considered the homeopathy of aromatherapy, offering a gentle, yet highly effective way of using the oils.

Click on the link below to explore their website.

Morning Myst Botanics


ADD/ADHD and Essential Oils

ADD/ADHD and Essential Oils June 11, 2004 9:55 PM

This case study was conducted for two years, from 1999-2001. Using children between the ages of 6 to 12 years. Twenty subjects not diagnosed withADD/ADHD were used as the control group. Twenty subjects with a confirmed diagnoses of ADD/ADHD were used as the study group.

Each group was pre-tested using a baseline evaluation with real time EEG and The T.O.V.A. Scale.The essential oils chosen for the case study were Lavender, Vetiver,Cedarwood and Brain Power (a blend of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Melissa, Cedarwood, Blue Cypress, Lavender and Helichrysum.)

The oils were administered in this fashion: one of the oils were administered by inhalation 3 times a day for 30 days. An inhalation device was also used at night to administer a continuous inhalation of oil.The subject then inhaled when needed, about 3 times during the day when they began to feel “scattered”.

The inhalation of the oils proved to settle the brainwaves back into normal patterns and improved their scholastic performance and behavioral patterns. Each subject was tested on each oil for 30 days and then reevaluated bytesting. Then another oil was used for 30 days and reevaluated, until each of the oils had been tested. Lastly, oil combinations were used, each for a 30 day period. (Brain Power with Lavender, with Cedarwood, and Vetiver.)

The final results were: Lavender increased performance by 53%, Cedarwood increased performance by 83% and Vetiver increased performance by 100%

Book Link

“Making Aromatherapy Creams and Lotions: 101 Natural Formulas to Revitalize & Nourish Your SkinBy Donna Maria

Donna Maria is an aromatherapist and the founder and president of the Handmade Toiletries Network. She is also a Washington, D.C. attorney. She is a member of the Cosmetics, Toiletries & Fragrances Association, the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild, and the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Donna Maria has consulted with major aromatherapy products manufacturers, has created her own line of products, and conducts workshops to teach people how to incorporate aromatic substances of all kinds in to their daily lives.

Clearly, Ms Maria is eminently qualified to write a book like this, and judging from the amount of inquiries I receive about how to make your own lotions and creams, this book will do very well. It “includes an overview of aromatherapy, techniques used to extract aromatic plant materials, tips on creating unique and personal creams and lotions, and a full complement of inspirational recipes.”

It is well organized and thought out. The ingredients may prove difficult for some people to hunt down, but the results are worth the effort.

To purchase from Amazon, please click below:

 Recipe of the Month 

Christmas Potpourri or Diffuser Blend

This is a wonderful blend to use with potpourri or to place in your diffuser. Add 8-10 drops to a diffuser and 4 drops per ounce of potpourri. To create a larger quantity just double or triple the recipe.

Evergreen Memories
5 drops Fir Needle
5 drops Cedarwood
5 drops Juniper
2 drops Cypress
6 drops Spruce