Bitter Almond, Prunus dulcis var amara, adds such a delicious almond aroma that it is often used in perfume industries. Bitter Almond is also the source of natural cherry and amaretto flavors. There is no aromatherapuetic value to bitter almond--it just smells delicious.
Cedarwood, Cedrus altantica, an essential oil obtained from the wood of the tree, is highly valued in dermatology for its help clearing skin problems like eczema, rashes and blemishes - it is known to normalize both dry and oily skin and hair. In hair care products, is said to darken graying hair, help dandruff and minimuze hair loss by stimulating hair follicles. Cedarwood is soothing and calming and in aromatherapy is used to alleviate nervous tension, anxiety, insomnia and stress. Cedarwood oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.
Cinnamon Leaf Cinnamomum zeylanicum, one of the ingredients of the four theives vinegar used by grave robbing bandits to protect themselves during the 15th century plague, it is warm, spicy, and sweet. It was also one of the oils used in the priestly anointing oil formulated by God himself. It's medicinal properties include anti-inflammatory, powerfully antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and a circulatory stimulant. It is a powerful antiseptic which is why it is found in many dental preparations.
Citrus Oils (Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Tangerine and Sweet Orange) are believed to be uplifting, balancing and regenerative. They all have anti-bacterial and astringent properties. Cirtus oils stimulate the microcirculation of your skin, supports tissue regeneration and are stimulating and rejuvenating. They are wonderful for dull skin. In hair care citrus oils help to bring balance to the production of sebum as they refresh, invigorate and cleanse the scalp.
Clove Bud, Syzgium aromaticum, used widely in dental preparations clove offers antiseptic and pain relief. Clove oil's principal constituent is eugenol, which is used in the dental industry to numb the gums. Clove has a safety record a mile long and documentation reveals that it has been used as a breath freshener as early as the 3rd century B.C. Avicenna, teacher of Hippocrates (the Father of Medicine), treated rotting teeth and gums with pills of clove oil. Clove essential oil is highly antimicrobial, antiseptic, analgesic, bacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Just applying a couple of drops to the soles of your feet every day strengthens the immune system. In skin care, clove bud is useful in aiding chronic skin diseases, acne, dermatitis and skin cancer.