Essential Oil Guide
Sacred Dragonfly Candles are lovingly handmade and infused with 100% Pure Essential Oils. They are completely free from toxins, chemicals, are vegan friendly, and have the added health benefits of Aromatherapy! Every blend was thoughtfully made by me, and my hope is that you love them as much as I enjoyed making them!
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils carry the pure essence of a plant, it’s soul and it’s energy signature. A gift from Mother nature, through her flowers, grasses, fruits, zests, leaves, resins, twigs, wood, seeds and roots. Extracted through a process of distillation or expression. Basically, essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts, derived from Mother nature for you!
Essential Oils and Ancient Cultures
Essential oils, or aromatic oils as they were once called, have been around for thousands of years. Many ancient civilizations including the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Persians used aromatherapy oils for their healing, aromatic and cosmetic properties. They all believed plants to be magical. All throughout history, humans have used plant aromatics for their psychological and physical benefits. From their euphoric and aphrodisiac properties, to their stimulating and sedative properties. People have been healing with plants for generations, and will continue to do so for generations to come.
Our Sense of Smell
Lets talk about our sense of smell! A truly wonderful sense which can alter our perception, trigger memories, and smell related behaviors and emotions. Smell relays messages from our outer world directly to the brain, influencing the physical body, mind and emotions. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by smell receptors that are linked to the limbic system, which controls heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and stress.
Benefits of Essential Oils
- Elevate mood and helps with depression and anxiety
- Promotes relaxation and reduces stress
- Improves mental focus and overall performance
- Helps retrieve memories
- Ease’s insomnia
- Can enhance sexuality
- Ease's physical ailments
- Increases connection to Spirit and intuition
- Helps raise One’s level of consciousness
- Can spark creativity
- Effective aid to deepen meditation
- Helps boost the immune system
Below is a detailed description of all essential oils that are used in our blends:
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Notes: Citrus and Spicy
Origins: Derived from the Bergamot tree is native to southern Italy (Calabria), Guinea, and Ivory Coast
Unique amongst citrus oils Bergamot is both calming and uplifting. It’s soothing properties can help with mild depression, anxiety, insomnia, and emotional instability. Helps balance your energy flow, to keep you vibrant and motivated, elevate mood and alleviate stress.
It is antiseptic, antispasmodic, and analgesic (pain-relieving), and great for health issues like skin infections.
Chamomile German (Matricaria chamomilla)
Origins: Belonging to the Asteraceae family, it is an annual flowering, medicinal, aromatic plant. Prominent in Hungary, Eastern Europe, North America and Australia.
With over 2,000 years of documented medical use, this species of chamomile oil produces a remarkable essential oil. It is a powerful antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. Highly versatile, German Chamomile oil is also excellent for soothing and healing skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis, whilst it’s relaxing and calming action to the mind is both legendary and is well proven against insomnia.
Beneficial in the treatment of stress, anxiety, headaches, insomnia and nausea. It can help with hyperactivity in children also. Ease’s anger, and irritability. Has anti- inflammatory, antispasmodic and anti- bacterial properties.
Cinnamon (Cinamomum zeylancium)
Notes: Spicy, Sweet and woody
Origins: Cinnamon is derived from a tropical, evergreen tree which belongs to the Lauraceae (Laurel) family. Lauraceae family usually grows in South and South-East Asia.
Cinnamon oil contains strong cleansing and immune support properties. It has a calming effect on the respiratory tract and the nervous system. It is antibacterial and antifungal. Commonly used as a relaxant, it can aid in stress and pain relief. Has calming and soothing properties, as well as aphrodisiacal properties.
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Notes: Floral, Sweet, Earthy
Origins: Derived from the flowering tops of the clary sage plant. Native to France, Germany and Russia
Clary sage has a powerful affinity with the feminine. It can help with mood swings, premenstrual tension, menstrual cramps, and irregular menstrual cycles. For women going through menopause, it can provide strength and a sense of balance. She inspires creativity, acceptance and joy. Can help with anger, mental fatigue, anxiety, mild depression, insomnia and mild postnatal depression.
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
Notes: Sweet, Earthy, Woody, Spicy
Origins: Frankincense is derived from the resin of the Boswellia carterii tree. Native to Arabia, North Africa, Somalia, India, Oman
Known to some as the “King of Oils” used in religious and spiritual rituals for thousands of years, frankincense is a symbol of holiness and righteousness. In magical traditions, Frankincense is associated with the element fire, the Sun, and is thought to be masculine in nature. It is widely recognized for its ability to balance and purify the mind, body and spirit. It has a long history of use in ceremonial practices around the world. It contains properties that reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. It can clear negative energies from an environment and connect us with spiritual realms. Physically, it’s said to contain powerful anti- inflammatory compounds which aid arthritis and joint inflammation. It also helps boost the immune system and aids respiratory health.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Notes: Floral, Sweet
Origins: Derived from the leaves of Pelargonium graveolens, a plant species native to South Africa, Egypt, Europe and Asia.
Geranium Essential Oil is especially well suited for women. It's supportive to the reproductive system, menstrual cycle and during the course of menopause. Astringent, it can be helpful with haemorrhoids and varicose veins. It can help with female reproductive disorders, menstrual cramps, infertility, endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms. A calming and balancing oil it can help ease depression, fatigue, stress and anxiety.
Lavender (Lavendula officinalis)
Notes: Floral, Sweet
Origins: Derived from the flowering tops and leaves of the lavender plant (Lamiaceae family). Native to France, Bulgaria, China, India, South Africa, Australia and the United states.
Known as the “Mother of all essential oils” Lavender is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils. Used for centuries as an effective remedy in treating anxiety and depression. It reduces feelings of restlessness and has been shown to ease insomnia, by promoting a deep and peaceful sleep. It is effective in soothing and calming the mind. Associated with the Third eye chakra, Lavender enhances intuition, visualization and imagination. The use of Lavender is also said to be effective in reducing redness and healing skin blemishes.
It has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects.
Lemon (Citrus Sinensis)
Notes: Citrus, Fresh
Origins: Derived from lemon peel or zest. Native to Italy, Greece, Argentina and the United States.
A must have essential oil, used for energizing and uplifting emotions, reducing the impact of stress, and supporting the body with infection and overall health and wellbeing. It can help fight exhaustion and kills harmful viruses and bacteria in the air.
Can help reduce anxiety and depression, ease morning sickness, improve skin, relieve pain and helps alleviate cold symptoms. It can also treat acne and heal wounds.
Patchouli (Posostemon Cablin)
Notes: Earthy, Woody, Spicy, Musky
Origins: Derived from the dried leaves of the patchouli plant (Pogostemon Cablin), and belongs to the mint family. Native to Indonesia, India, China, and Brazil.
Used for medicinal purposes, it offers wonderful benefits for the skin due to its astringent and skin soothing properties. With a grounding and balancing effect on the emotions it can help ease anxiety, depression, confusion, poor concentration, mood swings, hyperactivity and feeling of overwhelm. Also used as a great insect repellent.
Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Roseum)
Notes: Floral, Sweet
Origins: Derived from the flowers and leaves of the Pelargonium graveolens plant. Native to Egypt, Africa, China and Europe.
A calming oil, Rose Geranium is most well known for its astringent, hemostatic, deodorant and anti-depressant qualities. It helps relax, calm and balance the mind. It helps relieve depression and anxiety and uplifts the spirit to reduce stress. Can be used to support a healthy menstrual cycle, and to ease menstrual discomfort, and help balance hormones. Known as the great balancer of the mind, body and spirit.
Rosewood (Anbia rosaedora)
Notes: Floral, Woody, Earthy
Origins: Derived from an evergreen tree that is indigenous to Peru and Brazil. Rosewood, also called “bois de rose”, is a member of the laurel plant family along with camphor, cinnamon, bay and cassia
Works as an aphrodisiac and stress reliever. It can help treat impotence or frigidity, arousing sexual desire and improving sexual performance. Rosewood oil’s tonic relaxant, stabilizes and balances the central nervous system, aids nervous depression, asthenia, low energy and fatigue. Uplifts and enlightens and also grounding as it has a calming and relaxing effect on your mind and body.
Known for its anti-infectious properties for treating bacteria, viruses and fungi. Additionally can be used for holistic treatments of ear infections, sinusitis, chickenpox, measles, bronchopulmonary infections, bladder infections, and many other fungal infections.
Sandalwood (Australian) (Santalum Spicatum)
Notes: Woody, Earthy
Origins: Australian Sandalwood is widespread throughout Western Australia. Originally harvested in Perth, it is found throughout most of Western Australia from the Pilbara to the south coast of Western Australia, into South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges. Native to Australia, India, New Caledonia and Hawaii
Australian Sandalwood has been used by Australian Indigenous people for centuries. Smoke of the Sandalwood would be used in sacred rituals and ceremonies to calm the mind and body after being exposed to stress.
It was also used topically to heal cuts and infections, and the juice of the heartwood was ingested for its healing qualities. A relaxing, grounding and calming essential oil, it also improves mental clarity and stills the mind. It also aids in sleeping and meditation.
It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and astringent properties.
Sweet Orange (Cirtus sinensus)
Notes: Citrus, Sweet
Origins: Derived from the zest of the orange fruit. Native to Israel, United states, Spain and Italy.
Sweet Orange is most commonly known for its wonderful energizing, uplifting and calming scent. Known as a “happy” oil, it can help with anxiety, depression, and can also improve the aroma of a stale room. It can also help support normal function of the immune system and eliminate airborne bacteria. Helps lift your mood or reduce stress. Treats skin conditions such as acne. Reduces pain or inflammation and can relieve stomach upset.
Anti-inflammatory, analgesic anti-septic, anti-fungal, sedative, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant.
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
Notes: Sweet, Spicy
Origins: Derived using the flowers of the Ylang Ylang tree. It is a perennial tropical aromatic tree that originated in the Philippines and has now spread throughout tropical Asia. Native to Philippines, Reunion islands and Madagascar.
Best known for its aphrodisiac qualities and with being euphoric. Renowned for its mood enhancing, sedative and antidepressant properties. It is beneficial for the immune system, cardiovascular system and endocrine system, relaxing the body while liberating the mind of negative emotions. Can help increase energy, fight fatigue and promote a positive mood. A mild sedative, it helps to calm the nervous system, aiding in anxiety, reducing heart rate and bloody pressure.
Safety with Essential Oils
Essential oils are highly concentrated and should always be used with care. Inhalation is arguably the safest means of administering essential oils, and it's the fastest way to get essential oils into your bloodstream. However, it's still critical to use oils with caution even when diffusing/inhaling. When diffusing/inhaling essential oils, always:
- Use in a well-ventilated area
- Keep away from children and pets
- Not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy