The Aromatic Thymes – September

I just got back from my summer vacation. I brought along a good selection of essential oils, and my family regard me as a walking pharmacy. Throughout our time away, I had a constant stream of requests from them for something for mosquito bites, burns, headaches etc. It reminded me again, how important it is to bring oils with you when travelling as they can ease so many discomforts. One of my favorite travelling recipes is to make up a spray bottle for the airplane. Mix 5 drops Eucalyptus, 4 drops Tea-Tree and 3 drops Lemon in one ounce spring water, in a glass spray bottle. Throughout the flight, you can spritz yourself with this blend to avoid contracting the coughs and colds that your travelling companions inevitably have.

This Issue:

  • Oil of the Month: Elemi
  • Aromatherapy Tip of the Month: Peppermint for Summer Heat
  • Resource Guide: –Aromatherapy Today
  • Aroma Research: Aromatherapy Massage for Menopause
  • Book Link: Daily Aromatherapy: Transforming the Seasons of Your Life with Essential Oil, By Joni Keim, Ruah Bull 
  • Recipe of the month – Energizing Workout Blend


Oil of the Month



Latin Name: Canarium luzonicum
Source of Oil:
Primary cultivation:
Philippines, France
Fresh, citrusy, peppery, spicy
Analgesic, antiviral, bactericide, expectorant, fungicide, tonic and vulnerary
Strongest characteristic:
Respiratory remedy
Contraindications: (Situation in which oil should not be used)
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Blends well with:
Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Orange

Elemi is a tropical tree native to the Phillipines, known locally as “Pili”. Widely used in the Middle East, and popular in Europe in the 15th century, the tree exudes a natural resin that yields an exotic essential oil.The resin is only produced when the tree sprouts leaves. It solidifies on contact with the air and stops when the last leaf falls. The trees can grow up to 98 feet tall.

The oil is a pale yellow, with a very pleasant aroma, reminiscent of Frankincense with a slight suggestion of lemon.

Elemi was often used in old fashioned creams and pastes, and is still employed today in medicinal preparations and pharmaceutical plasters. It is also used in some soaps and incense. The Egyptians used Elemi resin for embalming, and it has a very long history of use in skin care and for respiratory complaints.

These days. it is often used instead of Frankincense. It really became popular when Frankincense became too expensive due to crop failures caused by drought and war time disruption. Elemi is also used as a fixative for perfume, and as a fragrance component in detergents and cosmetics. It is occasionally used as a flavouring iagent in food and drinks products.

Skin: Elemi is an excellent choice for mature skin, helping to smooth wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin. It is also an effective antiseptic and helps to speed up the healing process. For this reason, it is often used in cases of psoriasis, eczema and fungus infections of the skin and nails.

Respiratory: Because Elemi is believed to stimulate the immune system, as well as easing congestion associated with chest infections, it is a prime respiratory remedy, especially where there is a lot of loose phlegm, such as chronic bronchitis. It can also be beneficial for catarrh and sinusitis. The best method of application for respiratory ailments would be via a steam inhalation, or chest rub.

Urinary:: Apparently Elemi helps to stem the flow of bodily secretions such as perspiration and has been credited with a tonic and clearing effect on the urinary system

Spiritual/Emotional: Elemi is traditionally recommended for meditation blends, especially to aid in visualization. Valerie Ann Worwood says that Elemi is useful in emotional healing, to encourage calming, compassion and peace.



Aromatherapy Tip of the Month

Peppermint for Summer Heat

Some people really suffer from the summer heat. Peppermint offers a solution. Because of it’s cooling properties, it can help to lower overall body temperature. Just add 4 drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil and swish through lukewarm bath water. Soak in the tub for about 20 minutes and dry off lightly. You could also add 6 drops of peppermint to 1 ounce aloe vera gel and apply as a body rub for the same effect.


Resource Guide

Aromatherapy Today

Aromatherapy Today is an International Aromatherapy Journal for those who are passionate about Aromatherapy. It is a journal of depth and diversity with information relevant and interesting for both professional Aromatherapists and anyone with an interest in Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine. Aromatherapy Today offers 3 issues over 12 months for $60. To subscribe, click the link below.



Aromatherapy Massage Affects Menopausal Symptoms in Korean Climacteric Women: A Pilot-Controlled Clinical Trial (By the way, I had to look it up. Climacteric means menopausal)
Myung-Haeng Hur, Yun Seok Yang and Myeong Soo Lee

Department of Nursing, Eulji University, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, School of Medicine, Eulji University and Department of Medical Research, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon,South Korea

This study investigated the effects of aromatherapy massage on menopausal symptoms in Korean climacteric women. Kupperman’s menopausal index was used to compare an experimental group of 25 climacteric women with a wait-listed control group of 27 climacteric women. Aromatherapy was applied topically to subjects in the experimental group in the form of massage on the abdomen, back and arms using lavender, rose geranium, rose and jasmine in almond and primrose oils once a week for 8 weeks (eight times in total). The experimental group reported a significantly lower total menopausal index than wait-listed controls (P < 0.05). There were also significant intergroup differences in subcategories such as vasomotor, melancholia, arthralgia and myalgia (all P < 0.05). These findings suggest that aromatherapy massage may be an effective treatment of menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, depression and pain in climacteric women. However, it could not be verified whether the positive effects were from the aromatherapy, the massage or both. Further rigorous studies should be done with more objective measures.

Book Review

Daily Aromatherapy – Transforming the Seasons of Your Life with Essential Oils
By Joni Keim, Ruah Bull

Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Aromatherapy has been used to work wonders on the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Natural plant extracts, known as essential oils, can activate the senses and provide a healing balm. In this creative and accessible resource, Joni Keim and Ruah Bull, who have worked in the healing arts for years, present 13 different oils for each season of the year — spring as a time for optimism and hope, summer as a time for manifestation and full expression, autumn as a time to reflect on your life and assess the health and well-being of your body, heart, mind, and spirit, and winter as a time to feel comfortable, safe and secure.

The authors want us to experience the subtle energy of each oil and so they offer seven intentional exercises, one for each day of the week: an affirmation, some emotional self-discovery questions, a ceremony, a blessing, an activity, a visualization, and a prayer. They know that many people who are involved with essential oils are “givers, nurturers, and helpers who know well how to give of themselves for others. However, many do not know how to receive well.”

The exercises in this paperback are excellent tools for those who need to practice receiving. Keim and Bull conclude that they have been moved by essential oils as healers, teachers, and friends, and they hope that we may come to know them in the same way.

Please click on the link below to purchase:Daily Aromatherapy: Transforming the Seasons of Your Life with Essential Oils

Recipe of the Month

Energizing Work-out Blend
Sometimes it feels just too exhausting to begin your work-out. Here is a simple recipe to help boost your motivation and your energy level.
To 1/2 cup of water add:
6 drops of lemon
6 drops of lavender
4 drops of petitgrain
5 drops of rosemary
3 drops of eucalyptus

Use in a spray mister. Shake well before each use and mist yourself regularly throughout your workout.