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The Chemistry of Sesquiterpene Rich Essential Oils and Its Benefits

As previously discussed, Essential Oils are composed of many chemical components. These components make up chemical families. Today we will discuss sesquiterpene rich oils. Sesquiterpenes have a 15-carbon chain as opposed to monoterpenes which have a 10 carbon chain. Sesquiterpene oils tend to have heavier molecules and also a thicker viscosity. Vetiver is a great example of this. Chemical families such as monoterpenes may possess similar therapeutic properties but the same cannot be assumed with sesquiterpene rich oils. You cannot assume that all the oils in this family will possess the same therapeutic properties.

Essential oils that comprise mostly of sesquiterpenes may have antiseptic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties to name a few. Listed below are the names of a few major sesquiterpene rich essential oils. Unlike monoterpene rich oils these oils take longer to oxidize. It is still recommended that you purchase in small quantities to support sustainability. 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 Sesquiterpene Rich Essential Oils And Their Uses:

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita): This blue oil due to the presence of chamazulene is excellent for skin care. This oil has skin healing properties and is great when used in an anti-aging serum. Energetically, this is a cooling oil which makes it useful in clearing energetic heat and for calming feelings of anger.

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides): This is a very rich, deep aromatic oil that is derived from roots. It has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. This oil is widely used to support grounding and meditation. It may offer protection when in a state of anxiety.

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin): This oil possesses a hate it or loves it attitude for the user. Believe it or not, it creates a great synergy when carefully blended with other oils. It provides a great grounding effect when used with the top and middle notes. This oil has immune stimulating properties and is useful in anti-fungal blends.

Black pepper (Piper nigrum): This oil possesses many beneficial therapeutic properties. It is great to use for a 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.

Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana): This oil is excellent for supporting stressful conditions due to its sedative properties. It makes a great addition to a cold and flu synergy due to its mucolytic and decongestive actions.

Ginger (Zingiber Officinalis): This oil has warming and rubefacient properties. It is a great addition to use in a pain and inflammation blend due to its ability to reduce pain. It is widely used as part of an anti-nausea blend. This powerhouse of an oil should be used with awareness and in low dosages. It can be irritating to those with sensitive skin.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha): This oil is acquired through steam distillation using the resin. Energetically it is supportive in calming the mind, bringing tranquillity and enhancing meditation. This oil is great in skin care due to its skin healing abilities.

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata): Ylang Ylang is derived from steam distillation of the fresh blossom. This oil is very soothing for the heart. It makes a great addition to use in a synergy to support stress and depressive states of mind in conjunction with a therapist. It is also good to use in skin care due to its skin healing abilities. This oil should be used in low amounts because it is known to cause headaches and can be irritating to those with sensitive skin.

If you are interested to know more about the world of these aromatic essences, you can take up Aromatherapy education and expand your knowledge of Essential oils. But, be careful before you choose any course randomly. It is better to do some market research to find out the best ones available.

Also Read: Can Essential Oils Help Us Gain Clarity Of Thought?

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