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The Chemistry Of Monoterpene Essential Oils and Its Benefits

Basically Essential Oils are derived from Nature but they are composed of many chemical components. These components make up chemical families. Some chemical families such as monoterpenes may possess similar therapeutic properties. In some other chemical families such as sesquiterpenes, generalizations cannot be applied.

Essential oils that comprise mostly of monoterpenes are great for deodorizing the air and, they also have mild antiseptic properties. Some monoterpene rich oils provide a rubefacient effect such as Black pepper (Piper nigrum). Listed below are the names of a few major monoterpene rich essential oils. Keep in mind that these oils are prone to oxidizing quicker and, you should not purchase these oils in large amounts. Oxidized oils can cause skin irritation and other issues. Better opt for an Aromatherapy consultation before you purchase these oils off the shelves of any store. This will help you understand which one to buy and in what amount.

8 Essential Oils With Monoterpenes And Their Uses

  • Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica): This one is extremely beneficial as a deodorizer, Anti-inflammatory, and decongestant.
  • Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): It’s antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral properties make it just suitable to be used in skin care products during the cold and flu season.
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia): Energetically, this essential oil is a must when used to support stress and anxiety concerns. It is also great to use with cardamom and sweet orange to support digestive issues. This oil does come with a major safety concern because it has phototoxic properties. This means that you should avoid the sun, tanning beds and UV rays for up to 18 hours after using this Essential Oil to avoid burning of the skin.
  • Black pepper (Piper nigrum): This oil possesses many beneficial therapeutic properties. It is great to use for massage in a blend to treat pain and inflammation due to its warming effects. Black pepper also has an affinity to support digestion and it is a great addition to use with oils such as sweet marjoram, bergamot, and sweet orange.
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii): The resinous essential oil is excellent for skin care especially for mature dry skin. This oil has many healing properties physically and emotionally. Frankincense is great for addressing pain such as headaches when used in conjunction with lavender or peppermint.
  • Lemon (Citrus limon): This top note oil is bright and energetic. It is great to diffuse with Rosemary to support learning. It has a great circulatory effect and is amazing when a synergy is created using juniper berry and grapefruit essential oil. This is a great oil to use during the cold and flu season and it is beneficial in green cleaning products. Just like bergamot this oil also has phototoxic properties so it is advised to avoid the sun, tanning beds and UV rays for up to 18 hours after use.
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. Amara): This one is a great addition to a facial serum due to its skin healing abilities. You can diffuse it in your home to help filter the air when used as a deodorizer. Lastly, it helps uplift the mood when in a depressed state.
  • Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis): It is somewhat emotional and is highly beneficial for circulating stagnant energy. Great to use in anti-depressant blends, this Essential Oil possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties. Due to its antispasmodic properties, it is excellent to use in an abdominal massage blend for constipation and cramps.

All Essential Oils do not share the same properties. You have to possess a sound knowledge of each or a majority of them to enjoy their benefits. An Aromatherapy education can give you that. These days, you can easily opt for essential oil classes online to enhance your knowledge of Aromatherapy. This will not only help you help yourself but also dozens of people like you who want to try our natural therapies to get rid of their chronic issues. Education is the best way to make that happen. So, get ready for your classes where you can blend different types of oils and do magic with them.

Also Read: Blend Essential Oils Confidently With Aromatherapy Workshops

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