Elemental Aromas, LLC

Elemental Aromas, LLC

Scents to soothe the soul ™

Lovely Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Melissa, or lemon balm as it is commonly known, is growing rampant this time of year. The plant makes a mild-tasting tea that’s perfect to wile away a summer afternoon. There was a restaurant I used to visit in Southern California that would serve a delightful tea made from lemon balm leaves plucked fresh from… (read more)

Tea Tree’s Nicer Smelling Cousin

Kayaputi

The scent of Tea Tree can be overly medicinal sometimes. So try experimenting with Cajeput (Melaleuca cajuputi) essential oil, a relative to Tea Tree. It has a camphoraceous aroma but also a fresh, uplifting, and fruity quality. It has similar properties to its cousin but the odor is less harsh and “disinfectant” smelling. It can… (read more)

Bright and Sunny Tangerine

Tangerine

On bright sunny days, like we have been having here lately in Colorado, I think of Tangerines. Their orange globes resemble the sun but offer sweet coolness instead of heat. But both the globe in the sky and the fruit give brightness and joy. The essential oil of Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) maintains these attributes. The… (read more)

Palo Santo: The Sacred Wood

Palo Santo

Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) essential oil is not overly common. I stumbled upon it several years ago and the scent intrigued me. Its balsamic and slightly woody fragrance pulled me to it although I did not know how I could use it. I found it to be beautiful when diffused, but it has greater benefits…. (read more)

Distilling Lavender in Colorado

Cindy and Linda distill Lavender

It’s the time of year for lavender harvest. The buds are just starting to open and release their scent, filling the air with their lavender perfume. The bees are busy buzzing around collecting nectar, but the relaxing chemistry of the plant is what I am after. When lavender is distilled it releases an odor that… (read more)

Essential Oil Allergies

Hapten

The popularity of Aromatherapy is on the rise. However, with essential oils being added to more and more products there is also a rise in reports of allergic reactions to them. The more encounters you have with a particular essential, the more likely your body’s immune system will react to the substance as an allergen…. (read more)

Essential Oils vs Absolutes

Linden Tree

In Aromatherapy we use essential oils to make our creations. In an earlier post I explained that essential oils are the distilled liquid of the volatile components produced by plants. In distillation, steam or water is used to separate the essential oil from the leaves, stems, seeds, bark, roots, flowers, or other parts of a plant…. (read more)