What are essential oils? They are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They are beautifull and powerfull fragrants. The essential oils give the plants their distinctive smell, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices for centuries.
Volatile aromatic compounds are very small and can interact with us in different ways. The physical and chemical properties of the volatile aromatic compounds that compose essential oils allow them to quickly move through the air and directly interact with the olfactory sensors in the nose or to be absorbed by the skin. Such unique properties make essential oils ideal for applications in aromatherapy and for skincare – using these compounds from plants to help maintain a healthy mind and body – as well as other applications. The type of volatile aromatic compounds present in an essential oil determines both the oil’s aroma and the benefits it offers. Over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified to date. The nature of an essential oil varies from plant to plant, within botanical families, and from species to species. The delicate ratios of aromatic constituents found in any given essential oil are what make it unique and give it specific benefits.
THERE ARE THREE PATHS THAT ESSENTIAL OILS CAN ENTER INTO THE BODY:
- Absorption through the surface of the skin. The skin is relatively permeable to fat soluble substances and relatively impermeable to water soluble substances. Essential oil molecules are so small that when they are applied to the skin, they are able to pass through the strateum corneum (the outer layer of the epidermis). From here the oil molecule passes through dermis, into the capillaries. Absorption also occurs through the hair follicles and sweat ducts. There are many factors that affect absorption of an oil molecule. Both rate of circulation and the warmth of the skin increase blood flow to the surface, therefore increasing the skin’s ability to absorb the oil. Circulation and warmth can be increased by massage. The other factor to consider when applying essential oils to the skin is the viscosity of the carrier oil in which the oil is diluted. Less viscous carrier oils will penetrate the skin more easily than thicker oils.
- Inhalation through the olfactory system: when essential oils are inhaled, the molecules rise to the top of the nose and meet the olfactory mucous membrane. The olfactory membrane has thousands of receptors that identify the smell and thus, the sensory stimulation is sent through the olfactory bulb, which acts as an amplifier, through the olfactory nerve into the limbic system of the brain. Which deals with emotional and psychological responses. The limbic system is triggered by nerve impulses. The scent is compared to a known scent, compared and labeled, thus we can have memories associated with the scent information and react emotionally and physically through our autonomic nervous system. These responses are determined by the specific qualities of the essential oil being used, and can range from relaxing to stimulating. The nerve impulse in the limbic system leads to other areas of the brain that are responsible for secreting hormones and regulating body functions.
- Taken internally (not recommended) only qualified aroma therapists or other qualified professions should use this way under supervision.
Black pepper Essential oil is used in aromatherapy to reduce muscle injuries with its warming, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. The Black pepper oil creates a warming sensation when applied to the skin. It can protect the body from damages done by oxidants (free radicals). It contains Vitamin-A, Beta Carotene, which is beneficial for antioxidant activity. The oil also contains Vitamin-K, which is essential for maintaining proper circulatory and metabolic functions. Furthermore, it has calcium, potassium and selenium. While calcium is good for bones and potassium for regulating blood pressure, selenium is essentially required for the proper formation of bones, nails, hair follicles and teeth.
Historically black pepper is the world’s most traded spice. Pepper used to be very expensive and was sometimes used as a currency due to its value. The black pepper essential oil can be found in the toolkit of almost every aroma therapist due to its highly beneficial properties. The essential oil was considered an effective medicine thousands of years ago. Early records show that black pepper was often used as a medicine in many healing traditions around the world such as Indian Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine for colds, constipation, dysentery, fever, indigestion, pain, and as an anti-malarial treatment.
Clary Sage essential oil is use in aromatherapy for the many properties it has. The essential oil can help to reduce skin inflammation, regulate the natural sebum production, reducing both oily and dry skin which makes the Clary Sage oil suitable for all skin types. The oil can strengthen and tone the skin. It is a good relaxant, more specifically, there is an ester present in Clary Sage essential oil called Linalyl acetate, which can reduce skin inflammation and heal rashes. It can be used as a sedative with soothing and warming components. Clary sage can help to open the blood vessels and allow for increased blood circulation.
Historically its old name was Muscatel Oil as it was used as a flavoring in Muscatel wine. The practice of German merchants of adding clary and elder flowers to Rhine wine to make it imitate a good Muscatel was so common that Germans still call the herb Muskateller Salbei and the English know it as Muscatel Sage. The Romans called it sclarea, from claurus, or “clear,” because they used the plant as eyewash.
The Cypress Essential oil has an important component called camphene which gives the oil antiseptic qualities. The Oil can aid to treat wounds and prevents these from infections. Cypress oil is a tonic and a sebum balancer for oily skin. It can help to tone tissue and cause small blood vessels to contract. The oil may have circulation-stimulating properties that increase energy and create warmth and ease muscle cramps
Historically cypress tree and the essential oil of cypress tree have been used since ancient times mainly to treat various illnesses associated with the circulatory system. It was also used in treating all types of common diseases ranging from cold, cough, skin diseases and hair loss problems to inflammation in the internal and external parts of the body. The essential oil of Cypress was also used as an effective perfume agent that spreads the sweet memories of a lovely surrounding. It is for this cause, Cypress and its essential oil were used in religious rituals and in mourning ceremonies where its healing attributes were believed to calm the mind, strengthen it and assist one in recovering quickly from losses.
The Elemi Essential oil has been used for skin conditions for centuries. The oil has an ability to keep the skin looking firm and strong. It has the capability to naturally balance, reducing overly oily skin and clogged pores while maintaining a more natural hydration level.
Historically the Elemi Essential oil was used by the Ancient Egyptians as part of the embalming process. According to history the Egyptians used it for eye care to delay aging. When the canopic jars from the tomb of Tutankhamun were opened they could smell Elemi that had been used from thousands of years ago. Other traditions used the resin and oil as part of sacred rituals to clarify and enhance consciousness and to connect the material realm with the realm of the divine.
The Eucalyptus Essential oil is used in aromatherapy for the antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that are effective on treating wounds. Eucalyptus oil benefits are due to its ability to stimulate immunity, provide antioxidant protection and to improve respiratory circulation. The health benefits of Eucalyptus oil come from a chemical known as cineole, an organic compound shown to hold widespread medicinal effects, including reducing inflammation and pain relief. It may also help to clear congested skin on acne prone skin.
Historically Eucalyptus essential oil Native of Australia, where it was regarded as a general ‘cure-all’ by the Aborigines. The trees have been used for everything from paper, to malaria fighting. The trees extensive root system absorbs vast amounts of water. It is due to this phenomenon that it has been intentionally planted in marshy, malaria infested areas in an attempt to dry up and purify the soil and air. The German botanist and explorer, Baron Ferdinand Von Muller suggested that the fragrance of the trees might prove antiseptic. It was in 1855 that the French government sent seeds to Algeria and consequently many of the disease ridden areas were converted to healthy dry ones. Eucalyptus oil was in huge demand during World War 1, as it was used to control a meningitis outbreak and for the influenza of 1919.
The Juniper Berry Essential oil can be a great tonic for the skin. It is used in aromatherapy for the detoxifying, cleansing properties and is effective at soothing a variety of skin ailments. The oil is often used for skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis but is also helpful for other less common skin complaints like cellulite and scar healing. One of the most important properties with Juniper berry oil is that it revs up circulation. It gets the blood flowing to the skin to aid the skin renew the cells and oxygenates them, leaving skin radiant.
Historically the Juniper Berry together with its leaves and branches have been used since ancient times when the plant was believed to possess the power to ward off evil spirits, negative forces and illnesses. These parts were also used for cleansing and purifying the mind, body and spirit. Juniper branches and berries were burned in Sumeria and Babylonia as a sacrifice to the gods and considered sacred to the Sumerian goddess Inanna and her successor, the Semitic goddess Ishtar. In ancient Egypt and Tibet, juniper was highly prized as a medicine and as an ingredient in religious incense. A remedy to treat tapeworms was discovered in Egypt on a papyrus which dated back to 1550 BC. Since that time, the indigenous peoples of many cultures have used juniper to treat a wide range of conditions.
This resinous, slightly spicy oil is thought to be a superior essential oil for mature skin. The Frankincense Essential oil was often used as an ingredient in mummification and is thought to rejuvenate and regenerate mature skin. It is used in aromatherapy for the antiseptic, anti-inflammatory properties, and for the scar reducing ability’s.
Historically Frankincense is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine. The essential oil is referred to in old texts as Olibanum, Oil of Lebanon. The resin has been long used in churches and rituals as it causes the diaphragm to drop and so slows down and deepens the breathing. Frankincense classically known as one of the three gifts brought at the birth of Christ. Often considered to be protective and clears negativity. The burning of Frankincense resin is thought to be the first form of incense.
Ginger essential oil is used in aromatherapy for the soothing properties for aching joints and muscles and for the analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger essential oil is therefore used to help in reducing the pain and swelling in muscle discomfort. Ginger root is packed with zingerone, gingerol, farnesene, shogaol and β-phelladren, citral and cineol in small amounts. Gingerols improve the intestinal motility and act as painkillers. They soothe the nerves and provide antibacterial and antipyretic benefits to the body. Ginger has antioxidant properties that help in the elimination of free radicals. The thermal effect that ginger has aids in keeping the body warm. Researchers have found that ginger’s heat-generating properties are confirmed by its ability to dilate the blood vessels.
Historically Indians and Chinese are believed to have produced ginger as a tonic root for over 5000 years to treat many ailments. Ginger was used as a flavoring agent long before history was formally recorded. It was an exceedingly important article of trade and was exported from India to the Roman Empire over 2000 years ago, where it was especially valued for its medicinal properties. Ginger continued to be a highly sought after commodity in Europe even after the fall of the Roman Empire, with Arab merchants controlling the trade in ginger and other spices for centuries. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the value of a pound of ginger was equivalent to the cost of a sheep. By medieval times, it was being imported in preserved form to be used in sweets. Queen Elizabeth I of England is credited with the invention of the gingerbread man, which became a popular Christmas treat.
The Lavender essential oil is used in aromatherapy for the powerful cleansing properties and for the anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, relaxing and calming properties. It is used for the healing abilities of damaged skin. It aids moisture and soothing of the skin.
The lavender we use has been grown at high altitude. This means that the plant is grown and distilled above 1400 meters. This makes the volatile chemicals of the oil more potent and creates a superb oil. Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for skincare and skin conditions. It may stimulate growth of new cells, prevent scarring and ease pain.
Historically Lavender has been used for over 2000 years of history. The Egyptians used it in their mummification process and decorative urns were found in the pyramids with residues still inside. The Egyptians also perfumed their skin with Lavender. In 1910 the French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefossé observed the healing effects of Lavender oil. He had a laboratory accident and burned his hand and accidentally put his hand into a bowl of Lavender oil. He noticed that the oil cooled the burn and also took the pain away and his hand healed faster without blistering or scarring. Lavender derives its name from the Latin ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash”. The Romans used Lavender to scent their baths, beds, clothes and even hair. They also discovered its medicinal properties.
The Lemon Essential oil is rich in Vitamin C, which aids to smooth the skin and contracts and tones the tissue. It is used to treat dull and oily skin with its mild bleaching actions. The oil is used in aromatherapy for the antiseptic properties and for aiding the wounds to heal faster.
Historically it was Christopher Columbus who introduced Lemon to America by bringing Lemon seeds to the Island of Haiti during his voyages in 1493. Botanically known as Citrus limon, Lemon is a hybrid of citron and sour orange. The most notable use of Lemon in the history was its use as a promising protection against scurvy by sailors all over the world. This was endorsed by James Lind, the celebrated Naval Surgeon in his book ‘Treatise on Scurvy’.
One of the properties of mandarin essential oil is thought to be the ability to tone and tighten the skin. Mandarin oil may minimize the appearance of pores and help your skin to look more smooth and revitalized. The oil is perfect for those with oily skin and who tend to have more visible pores. Mandarin essential oil also has antioxidants as a protection from environmental stressors. It has balancing properties and may help to prevent stretch marks, scars and revitalizes mature skin.
Historically like many other citrus, mandarin has been highly prized throughout history and has been used in many folk medicine traditions, including traditional Chinese, Indian and European. In Chinese medicine, the unripe peel was used for chest pain, gastro-intestinal disorders and cirrhosis of the liver, since it is believed to regulate liver. Likewise it was used to act on the spleen and lungs and was used to relieve phlegm and hiccoughs. In France and other European countries the fruit and peel was used as a remedy to treat indigestion and hiccoughs with the elderly and young children.
The Marjoram is a plant of the Mediterranean region that has been well known and respected for its medicinal uses for many years. The Marjoram Sweed Essential oil is used in aromatherapy for the oils general warming effect on the body’s systems and for improving circulation to increase blood flow, furthering warming the cells. This property helps relieving the pain of arthritis and rheumatism. Marjoram has been recognized as a smooth muscle relaxant in traditional medicine. It is also used in aromatherapy for the antispasmodic properties and is an excellent choice for muscular aches and pains.
Historically Sweet marjoram has been used for centuries; it was common in many 17th century English country gardens and waysides. The ancient Greeks used marjoram in cosmetics, fragrances and medicines; Greek physicians also used it as an antidote to poison. In ancient Egypt, marjoram was known for its healing properties and was also used to aid grieving. In 16th century Europe, sweet marjoram was used in bags to scent the bath water and was also used for washing.
The Myrrh Essential oil is an excellent oil to use for mature, oily and chapped skin. This oil is incredibly rich in powerful antioxidants and can protect the skin from free radical damages. Myrrh oil can help to maintain a firm and healthy skin. It is used in aromatherapy to heal damaged skin and boost the immune system and it may relieve itches, swellings and skin inflammations.
Historically the Ancient Egyptians used it in the mummification process, and have been used as perfume, incense and medicine. The Chinese frequently used myrrh as a medicine, and it remains a part of traditional Chinese medicine to this day. It is also known as one of the gifts given to the newborn Jesus along with Gold and Frankincense. One of the most common historical uses of Myrrh oil was to burn the resin over hot coals, and that would release a mysterious and spiritual presence before a religious ceremony. It’s also being used today in some religions in the same way and is used for the meditative quality.
We use two different types of Rosemary Essential oil in our products this are Rosemary Verbenone Essential oil Organic and Rosemary Camphor Essential oil Organic.
Rosemary Verbenone essential oil is used for the regenerating properties it poses. The oil can also be used to reduce skin blemishes, scars in acne prone skin and improves the condition of oily skin.
Rosemary Camphor essential oil has high camphor content and may be used for its pain relief. They oil is used in aromatherapy to aid in releasing muscular tension and easing aches and pains.
Historically Rosemary has been used for its culinary and medicinal properties since ancient times. Bouquets of rosemary were found in Egyptian tombs dating as far back as the First Dynasty (c. 3100 BC), it’s thought that the Rosemary where used in incense for worshipping their gods. The Romans believed that rosemary symbolized stability, and was considered to be sacred. Rosemary has long been recognized as a symbol of remembrance. It was reputed to strengthen the memory. Rosemary was used in wedding ceremonies and at funerals it would be placed on the coffin as a sign of remembrance. In ancient times rosemary was also considered an herb of protection. During the middle ages in England it was reputed to drive away nightmares if placed near the bed and when planted around the house or hung outside the front door and windows it was believed to protect the home from thieves.
Rose Geranium essential oil is a very good oil to use for mature skin, especially effective in oily and dry skin as it can help to balance the production of sebum in the skin whilst keeping it supple. Rose Geranium is used in aromatherapy to promote the circulation and to support as a good lymphatic cleanser. The oil can help to clear congested skin and may encourage quicker healing of wounds.
Historically the Rose Geranium Essential oil was used as far back in history as ancient Egyptian times. Geranium was brought to Europe in the late 17th century from South Africa and became popular during the Victorian era where the fresh leaves of geranium were placed at formal dining tables and used as finger bowls.
The Scottish Highland Pine essential oil is used to balance, smooth, renew and give shin to skin and it also act as an antioxidant for the free radicals which can have a negative impact on the skin. Free radicals attack the healthy skin cells and cause them to mutate, resulting in premature aging. Pine essential oil can combat these negative effects. Pine essential oil is considered an analgesic and is therefore used in aromatherapy as a good remedy for people suffering from joint pain, arthritis, and rheumatic conditions. Besides being used as an analgesic, it is also used as an anti-inflammatory agent in aromatherapy, meaning that it reduces the inflammation and redness of those affected areas.
Historically the Pine Essential oil has a long history of use in folk medicine, and the entire tree yields a wealth of healing properties. The fragrant needles and twigs have been used for centuries throughout Europe and beyond to treat a wide range of respiratory, muscular and painful joint conditions. The needles and shoots were used by Native Americans to treat bronchial conditions, coughs, colds, fevers and rheumatic pain, and many tribes would burn parts of the tree along with juniper and cedar in their purifying rituals and to repel mosquito’s, lice and fleas. Pine essential oil derived from the needles and twigs has been used throughout Europe as fragrances of air-fresheners, disinfectants, detergents, soaps and bath toiletries.
Palmarosa Essential oil may help to restore and maintain correct water balance, moisturize, stimulate cell regeneration and regulate the production of sebum. It can aid to smooth and tone mature and rough skin.
Historically Palmarosa has been used to adulterate rose oil. It has also been used in traditional Indian medicine to treat fevers, infectious diseases, rheumatism and nerve pain. Palmarosa was also used to make incense blends in India. Palmarosa oil was traded through the trade routes of India and Persia where it migrated for use in the West. It has been used for centuries within the Chinese and Ayurveduic Medicine to strengthen the Yin energy and for its calming and relaxing benefits.
Ylang Ylang is known as “the flower of flowers”. Ylang Ylang essential oil is used for the sebum balancing effects and is very useful for all skin types. It is very effective in maintaining moisture and oil balance of the skin. It can help to keep the skin looking hydrated and smooth.
Historically Ylang Ylang essential oil has been part of Ayurvedic medicine. Ylang ylang essential oil has been used both in the East and the West. In the Philippines, where the flowers grow naturally, healers have used this oil in ointments to treat cuts, burns, and insect and snake bites. The essential oil has been used as the main ingredient in Macassar oil, a hair pomade which later became popular in Victorian England. In Indonesia, the flowers are spread on the bed of newlywed couples as they are considered to be an aphrodisiac. At the beginning of the twentieth-century, French chemists discovered many medicinal purposes for the oil. It became an effective treatment for a number of diseases.
Tea Tree essential oil is being used as first aid oil with its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is an excellent oil to use for acne prone skin. The oil has powerful antioxidant properties that can significantly improve the appearance of blemishes and scars on the skin.
Historically Tea Tree oil first came to the attention of Western Society in 1732 when Captain James Cook made his famous trip around the world. When they landed in Australia, Captain Cook brewed a spicy and refreshing tea from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree thus naming it the "Tea Tree." It was used extensively until Penicillin was invented. The aboriginals shared their healing methods using this tree with James Cook which brought back the tea tree oil and had a doctor test it. The doctor confirmed its natural healing power and antiseptics and showed that it is even more powerful than that of the Aloe Vera plant. Australian soldiers fighting in World War I were given supplies of tea tree oil to employ as a disinfectant. During World War II, the Australian army and navy incorporated tea tree oil in first aid kits as an official germicide.
White camphor essential oil is used in the aromatherapy for the warming, stimulant and muscle relaxant properties. Camphor essential oil is also used in aromatherapy for colds and flu helping to clear the sinuses and respiratory system.
Historically it is known that the camphor tree is one of the first trees to re-grow in Hiroshima after the atomic bomb. Because of that, the tree became the city’s emblem for rebirth and life.
Camphor has been an important natural remedy especially in the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for more than 4,000 years in the treatment of various illnesses including nervous afflictions and other psychosomatic problems.
Orange Essential oils is an excellent oil to use for oily and for mature skin. It is thought to help to brighten dull and oily complexions and to regenerate the skin.
The cleansing, stimulating and toning action of sweet orange essential oil makes it popular in the aromatherapy for lymphatic stimulants for treating oedema and cellulite. The orange essential oil is also used in aromatherapy for poor digestion, constipation, stress, and for clearing congestion of the liver. The calming fragrance of sweet orange has been found to be popular with young children.
Historically Oranges are among the oldest cultivated fruit and were mentioned in ancient Chinese literature as long ago as 2400 BC. By around 800 AD Arab traders had introduced oranges into eastern Africa and the Middle East where they were distributed via established trade routes.
Bergamot essential oil is used in aromatherapy applications to help reduce anxiety and stress and thereby alleviate symptoms of depression. The oil’s α-Pinene and Limonene constituents make it uplifting, refreshing, and stimulating. Used cosmetically or topically in general, Bergamot Oil can disinfect the skin by preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. It may help to relieve cracks on the skin and heel while protecting skin against infections. Bergamot Oil can help to balance skin’s oil production and reduce the appearance of unwanted marks and scars by evening out the skin tone. Bergamot Oil can eliminate the bacteria that causes body odor.
Historically, Bergamot fruit juice was used by the indigenous people of Italy to treat malaria and to expel intestinal worms. Bergamot Oil was used in Italian folk medicine as an antiseptic and to reduce fevers. In Ayurvedic medicine, Bergamot Oil has been used to soothe acne, skin rashes, sores and sore throats, and bladder infections. When Bergamot Essential Oil was used as a flavoring in black tea, the tea became known as Earl Grey Tea.
This Bergamot essential oil is Furanocoumarin Free (bergapten) and is much less likely to be phototoxic and less likely to be a skin sensitiser.
Grapefruit essential oil is known for the positive effect on the lymphatic system, which plays a role in our body's detoxification mechanism. It is also known for its antimicrobial effects. With vitamin C and its antioxidants, grapefruit essential oil can support the immune system and help fight free radicals. As a result, this essential oil can help prevent oxidation related damage, such as premature aging. Grapefruit essential oil is considered to be a “happy” oil with mood lifting properties and is also thought to improve memory.
Historically the origin of grapefruit is shrouded in mystery. However, some accounts show that the fruit was first bred in Jamaica. It was later on given the name "grapefruit" because it looked like clusters of grapes hanging on trees.
The main chemical constituents of Peppermint essential oil are Menthol, Menthone. Menthol is known to be analgesic and is thus beneficial for reducing pain such as headaches, muscle aches, and inflammation. Menthone is known to be analgesic as well, but it is also believed to show antiseptic activity. Its invigorating properties lend the oil its energizing effects.
Used in aromatherapy, Peppermint essential oil has been found to disinfect and soothe inflamed skin and to release muscle tension when used in a massage. When diluted with a carrier oil and rubbed into the feet, it can work as a natural effective fever reducer.
It is believed that peppermint essential oil can stimulate circulation, reduce feelings of nervous tension, soothe feelings of irritability, boost energy, balance hormones, and enhance mental focus.
Historically Peppermint is a perennial herb native to the Mediterranean but has also been cultivated in the USA, Italy, Great Britain, and Japan. Peppermint essential oil has been called one of the most versatile oils in the world, sharing the title with Lavender. Abounding in dermal and oral uses as well as anti-microbial properties, there are countless issues for which it is beneficial, promoting the wellness of body, mind, and overall health. Extracted from the Peppermint herb, the uses of this cherished plant and its benefits have been traced back to Chinese and Japanese folk medicine practices and even Ancient Egyptian times where dried Peppermint leaves were found placed in tombs inside the pyramids.
Used in aromatherapy, Lemongrass Essential Oil’s analgesic properties have been found to relieve muscle and joint pains caused by overexertion of muscles through exercise. It is known to boost energy and to reduce fever as well as headaches caused by viral infections such as the flu. It can act as an antiseptic. It may work as a detoxifying agent by increasing perspiration, thus promoting the expulsion of bodily toxins through sweating.
Used cosmetically or topically in general, Lemongrass Oil can eliminate or inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria due to its Citral content, which is known to have anti-microbial properties. Lemongrass Oil can reduce inflammation due to its Limonene content, and it can slow down the flow of blood by contracting blood vessels.
Historically Lemongrass is native to tropical regions such as Africa, Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia where it has been used traditionally for medicinal, cosmetic and culinary purposes. Due to its ability to reduce fever, Lemongrass earned the name “fever grass” in some cultures. In East India and Sri Lanka, Lemongrass was historically used to make soups, curries, and a local drink called “fever tea,” which was intended to treat not only fevers but also diarrhea, irregular menstruation, stomach aches and skin infections. In China, it had similar uses. Today, it continues to be used in Cuba and the Caribbean to reduce blood pressure and to assist with digestion. It is believed that news about the Lemongrass plant and its therapeutic essential oils began to spread quickly in 1905, when a Sri Lankan researcher by the name of J.F. Jovit acquired several “Kochin Sera” plants (Cymbopogon citrates) from South India and planted them at a farm in order to conduct research. Lemongrass would eventually be commercially cultivated in Florida and Haiti in 1947.