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The Chemistry of Monoterpenol Rich Essential Oils and Its Benefits

Aromatherapy Consultation stands distinctive when it comes to anything related to essential oils. It perfectly help us acquire the right knowledge unlike other sources. This blog is about one of the important chemicals of essential oils and its benefits.

As previously discussed, Essential Oils are composed of many chemical components. These components make up chemical families. In a previous post, monoterpene rich oils were discussed. Today we will discuss monoterpenol rich oils also known as monoterpene alcohols. These compounds contain a hydroxyl group attached to one of the carbon atoms of a monoterpene. Monoterpene alcohol components usually end in ol. For example, Lavender consists of the chemical component linalool or Geranium consists of the chemical component geraniol. Most monoterpene alcohols are nourishing to the skin with the exception of Peppermint, which has the component menthol.

The application of a high dilution of peppermint will first have a cooling sensation and then it will start to have more of a burning sensation. Monoterpene alcohols are considered tonics for the body. They bring balance to the nervous system which in turn is beneficial for health. No wonder these alcohols form an important part of aromatherapy consultation.

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Essential oils that comprise mostly of monoterpenols may have immune stimulating, anti-viral, sedative and anti-bacterial properties to name a few. Listed below are the names of a few major monoterpene alcohol rich essential oils. Monoterpene alcohol rich oils are more prone to oxidation as compared to sesquiterpenes. It is recommended that you purchase these oils 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. You can also opt for a certified aromatherapist to know anything regarding this in detail.

8 Monoterpenol Rich Essential Oils And Their Uses:

Basil ct linalol (Ocimum basilicum ct linalol):
This oil is derived through steam distillation using the flowers and leaves. The chemical component linalool makes up a big percentage of this essential oil. This oil is analgesic and antiviral to name a few of its benefits. Basil essential oil is emotionally uplifting and useful in supporting stress and anxiety. Like most spice oils it is useful for treating digestive issues and nausea. However, before applying the same it would be better to go through an aromatherapy consultation or read ebooks on aromatherapy to know the correct dosage.

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum):
This oil is great when used as a part of a massage blend to alleviate painful conditions. This essential oil is great when used in a blend to support stress and anxiety. Coriander is steam distilled using the seeds. Seed oils are beneficial to use in a blend when a person is stuck in a mental rut. It allows for growth and expansion.

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia):
Lavender essential oil is famous for supporting rest and relaxation. The chemical family Ester also contributes to the wonderful energetics of this oil but that will be discussed in another post. Lavender is very balancing for emotions. Lavender has many therapeutic properties as well which include pain relief, anti-inflammatory action, immune support and it is very nourishing for skin conditions.

I love to include lavender in blends because of its affinity to round a blend. Just note that lavender does not always produce a soothing effect for every user. Some people actually have noted the opposite and experienced a more stimulating effect. More the reason that one should go through essential oil classes to know its correct dosage and usage.

Sweet Marjoram (Origanum marjorana):
I have to admit that this is one of my favorite essential oils. This oil is great for addressing stress and anxiety and I love how it creates a beautiful synergy when blended with other essential oils. I love using it as part of a sleep blend in lieu of lavender. This oil is also good when used in pain relief blends, anti-fungal blends and abdominal massage blends.

Neroli (Citrus aurantium var amara):
This oil is acquired through steam distillation using the flowers. This delicate soft floral aromatic oil is very supportive to the user. It is very powerful in calming the nervous system, therefore helping to engage one into a parasympathetic state. Neroli is great when used in a sleep support and stress support aromatic blend. This monoterpene alcohol rich oil is great when used in an anti-aging facial blend.

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini var. motia):
Palmarosa is a great addition to a facial serum due to its affinity to provide skin regeneration and its ability to treat many skin conditions. This oil was chosen for use in our Stress and Anxiety workshop. Palmarosa provides a cooling energy which is beneficial for emotional concerns. Therapeutically, this oil has immune supporting, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Peppermint (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. You can learn more about it here .

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia):
This is a very popular oil that is known for treating acne and for use during the cold and flu season. I have personally used Tea tree essential oil as a part of an antifungal blend. Tea tree is supportive to the immune system. To clear congestion I like to include it in a steam blend to help clear out mucus. Using tea tree oil that is oxidized can cause skin sensitivity. It can also be irritating to those with sensitive skin.

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