A Pine Sylvestris Tree or Scots Pine

PINE SYLVESTRIS Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”

Learn about Scots Pine

A fresh green earthy scent reminiscent of a pine forest grown in Hungary and steamed distilled using the needles (like leaves) of the tree.

Botanical Name: Pinus Sylvestris

Also known as Scots Pine and one of the strongest softwoods available. The only Native Pine to Northern Europe, it being the “national tree” of Scotland. The Caledonian forest of the UK thrives with Scots Pines and is home to many rare species of wildlife and plant habitat. Scots Pine is widely planted for the timber industry but is also harvested to make rope from the inner bark, tar from the roots and a dye from the cones. The tree can also be tapped for resin to make turpentine.

A Pinecone
Pinecone

Constituents of Oil: a-pinene, b-pinene, Limonene, B-myrcene, camphene, B-caryophyllene, B-phellandrene, d-cadinene, B-ocimene, Delta-3-carene

The two notable terpenes in Pine Sylvestris are a-pinene making up 45 – 50% of its constituents and b-pinene making up over 20%. These terpenes are most known for their anti-inflammatory benefits for diseases like arthritis and multiple sclerosis. They can help with pain relief. The pinenes can work to ease congestion and constriction to the lungs and bronchial areas assisting with air flow for asthma, colds and flu. They can work to improve focus, alertness, memory retention and energy. Anxiety can be eased with the uplifting effects of pinene by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase activity in the brain.

Some studies suggest a-pinene and b-pinene have been found to inhibit some cancer cells, by stopping tumor growth and supplement chemotherapy treatments.

Limonene is present but only at approximately 8% unlike its’ present in Orange and Lemon Oil being their main constituent.

We know Pine Sylvestris as a Fluent Current mostly for our air ways. It is a Middle Note Oil.

Kid Safe: yes

A Pine Sylvestris Christmas Tree

Scots Pine – (Pine Sylvestris) is the most common type of pine sold as a real xmas tree

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Close up of Spearmint Leaves

SPEARMINT OIL Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”

Learn about Spearmint Oil Constituents and Benefits

Extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and flowers, Spearmint has a sweet refreshing, clarifying, cooling minty scent.

Botanical Name: Mentha Spicata

The name “spear” mint derives from the pointed leaf tips and “spicata” means “bearing a spike”. Mint is native to Europe and Asia but now commonly grows in North America and parts of Africa and Australia. The aroma of the Spearmint is highest just before flowering.

Rainbow Skys Naturally’s Spearmint is grown in Australia in Yorta Yorta Land. Yorta Yorta Country radiates out from Dhungala and extends in all compass directions, from Cohuna in the west to just outside Albury/Wodonga in the east to a northerly point in NSW approximately 20 – 30km past Finley and extends into Victoria just short of Nagambie. It includes the lower Goulburn River. Yorta Yorta people are predominantly a water based people whose lifestyle focusses on and around water. Spearmint was known as “River Mint” and were traditionally used for coughs and colds, for food flavouring and for lining ovens.

Constituents of Oil: Carvone, Limonene

Carvone is the main constituent in Spearmint Oil and gives it it’s sweet minty scent. Carvone can be effective for nausea and support the breakdown of food to help with easy transit through the digestive system. It can also curb appetite by encouraging a sensation of fullness.

Carvone with its clean scent can help with clarifying the mind and improve attention span, concentration and overall brain function. It works like an expectorant helping treat bronchitis, coughs and bronchial asthma, sore throats and clearing the respiratory tract. Carvone can have a cooling effect on the muscles. A recommended dilution for topical use for Spearmint Oil is 1.2%.

Carvone has some important applications in agriculture, for crop protection and as an anti-sprouting agent during tuber storage like potatoes.

Limonene along with Carvone have properties to reduce bacteria and free-radicals. They together can be stimulating and uplifting to the senses easing nervous tension and anxiety.

Limonene can assist with inflammation of the muscles and bones (carvone with its’ cooling effect). Limonene also acts a solvent, but only makes up 8 – 21% of Spearmint Oil, unlike Sweet Orange Oil which is approximately 95% Limonene.

Unlike Peppermint, Spearmint contains little to no Menthol.

Kid Safe: yes

Spearmint is a Top Note Oil and to us it stands for Wisdom and Virtue!

(Grow Mint in the garden to attract money to your purse)

EXTRA: Looking into Spearmint Oil it is hard to determine the difference between Spearmint and Peppermint.

Seeds of Spearmint(Mentha spicata) and Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Spearmint (Mentha spicate) and Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) plants


LEMON OIL Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”

Learn about Lemon Oil Constituents and Benefits

Lemon Oil has a clean, clarifying citrus scent with its ability to bring a SUNSHINE GLOW!

Botanical Name: Citrus Limonum

Another citrus grown in Australia is the Lemon tree producing approximately 31 000 ton of Lemons each year, with Lemon Oil being a by-product derived from the peel/rind by cold press. The Lemon is believed to have originated in the East Himalayan region of India.

Constituents of Lemon Oil: *d-Limonene, b-Pinene, y-Terpinene, *Citral, Mycene, a-Pinene.

*Allergens Natural components of Essential Oils.

Lemon Oil contains a great amount of d-limonene that has the ability to calm nerves and anxiety with its stimulating and uplifting effect. It can be antiseptic and support the immune system and promote weight loss. Because of its fresh appeal it is a top oil for deodorising with an anti-bacterial outcome.

D-limonene is a solvent and can reduce the presents of bacteria and free-radicals in the house hold and on the skin making a great addition to cleaners and cleansers. It can be used to decrease inflammation on the skin and muscles.

B-pinene working with Limonene contributes to aiding with inflammation and can be known to work as an anti-viral. B-pinene can improve focus, alertness, memory retention and energy. It can also ease congestion and constriction to the lungs and bronchial areas assisting with air flow for asthma, colds and flu.

Y-terpinene has strong antioxidant activity but it only makes up for about 8 – 10% of the Lemon Oil content.

Although Citral being less apparent in Lemon Oil compared to Lemongrass or Lemon Myrtle it is responsible for the stimulating aroma of the Lemon. Geranial and Neral together becomes Citral.

BEES: “Citral is a component of the Nasanov pheromone produced by worker bees to help foragers find their way back to the hive. Citral on its own attracts foraging honey bees and can be used by beekeepers to bring them to a particular location” Brian Clegg – Chemistryworld.

Citral and Limonene are both allergens or skin irritants so dilution and skin patch test is recommended. SKIN PATCH TESTING – RAINBOW SKYS NATURALLY

Cold pressed Lemon Essential Oil is phototoxic (meaning that it will react to ultraviolet light) so a 2% dilution is maximum for topical use. (% will vary for different Essential Oils) Skin treated with a higher dilution of Lemon Essential Oil should not be exposed to UV light for 12 – 18 hours. Steam distilled Lemon Essential Oil is not phototoxic for the different method of extraction.

Lemon Oil is a Top Note oil for a Sunshine Glow!

Kid Safe: Yes


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