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Encyclopedia of Essential Oils and industrial uses

  1. YARROW (Achillea millefolium)

    In industrial action, the oil is used as anti-inflammatory, stomachic, antipyretic, hypotensive, antirheumatic, hemostatic, antiseptic, expectorant, antispasmodic, digestive, astringent, cicatrisant, carminative, digestive, diaphoretic, and tonic.

    In aromatherapy, it is used to promote hair growth, treat acne, rashes, scars, cuts, eczema, wounds, and varicose veins. It is also used in regulating high blood pressure, treating thrombosis, rheumatoid arthritis, arteriosclerosis, constipation, flatulence, cramp, hemorrhoids, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, cystitis, ‘flu, colds, fever, insomnia, hypertension, and stress-related conditions.

    The oil is sometimes used in pharmaceuticals for bath preparations to treat skin conditions. Its use is restricted in perfumes and aftershaves and is used as a flavoring ingredient in bitters and vermouths.

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  2. WORMWOOD (Artemisia absinthium)

    The oil is used in industrial action as anthelmintic, deodorant, choleretic, febrifuge, narcotic, insect repellent, tonic, digestive stimulant, emmenagogue, and vermifuge.

    It is occasionally used in pharmaceutical preparations for rubefacient and as a fragrance element in cosmetics, toiletries, and perfumes. The oil is widely utilized (in small quantities) to flavor alcoholic bitters and vermouths. It is also narrowly used in flavoring soft drinks and foods, particularly desserts and confectionery.

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  3. WORMSEED (Chenopodium ambrosioides var. Anthelminticum)

    The oil is used as anthelmintic, hypotensive, antirheumatic, expectorant, and antispasmodic. It has no aromatherapy use as it is extremely toxic, even in small amounts. The anthelmintic applications have been substituted with synthetics in pharmaceuticals. It is applied as a fragrance element in soaps, cosmetics, detergents, and perfumes. Using it in food products is banned.

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  4. WINTERGREEN (Gaultheria procumbens)

    Industrially, the oil is used as a mild analgesic, antirheumatic, astringent, diuretic, stimulant, and galactagogue, emmenagogue, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, and carminative.

    The oil is applied in some pharmaceuticals in preparing Olbas oil and also in some of the perfumery works, particularly in making forest-type fragrances. It is widely used as a flavoring element in toothpaste, root beer, chewing gum, Coca Cola and other soft drinks in the USA.

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  5. VIOLET (Viola odorata)

    Industrially, it is used as a mild analgesic, antiseptic, diuretic, liver decongestant, antirheumatic, laxative, expectorant, circulation stimulant, soporific, and anti-inflammatory.

    In aromatherapy, it is used to treat acne, wounds, refine the pores, and thread veins. It is also used in rheumatism, poor circulation, fibrosis, catarrh, bronchitis, throat and mouth infections, headaches, nervous exhaustion, insomnia, and dizziness.

    It is employed in high-grade perfumery work and sometimes used in flavoring, particularly confectionery.

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  6. VETIVER (Vetiveria zizanoides)

    In industrial action, the oil is used as an antiseptic, depurative, nervous system sedative, rubefacient, circulatory stimulant, vermifuge, antispasmodic, and tonic

    In aromatherapy, the oil is used for various skin conditions such as acne, wounds, cuts, and oil complexions. It is also used in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches and pains, sprains, stiffness, depression, debility, nervous tension, and insomnia. Since it deeply relaxes the muscles, it is used in baths and massage to relieve nervous stress.

    Vetiver oil is utilized as a fixative and fragrance component in cosmetics, soaps, and oriental-type perfumes. It is also used in the preservation of foods, particularly asparagus.

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  7. VERBENA, LEMON (Aloysia triphylla)

    Industrially, the oil is used as an antiseptic, carminative, digestive, detoxifying, hepatobiliary stimulant, antispasmodic, nervous sedative, and stomachic.

    The oil is used in aromatherapy to relieve cramps, liver congestion, and indigestion to maintain a healthy digestive system. It is also used to treat insomnia, anxiety, stress-related conditions, and nervous tension.

    Lemon verbena essential oil is widely used in perfumery works and making citrus colognes. Eau de verveine, which is an example of citrus cologne, is still quite popular in France, America as well as in Europe.

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  8. VANILLA (Vanilla planifolia)

    In industrial action, vanilla resinoid is only used as a balsamic. The pharmaceutical industry employs it in various products as a flavoring agent. It is also used as a fragrance element in perfumes, particularly oriental types. Vanilla is extensively used as a flavor in tobacco and food products, such as yogurts, chocolates, and cream.

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  9. VALERIAN (Valeriana fauriei)

    Industrially, the oil is used as a mild anodyne, diuretic, stomachic, antispasmodic, depressant, carminative, bactericidal, antidandruff, hypnotic, regulator, hypotensive, and sedative.

    In aromatherapy, the oil is used for the treatment of insomnia, migraine, nervous indigestion, tension rates, and restlessness.

    The oil is used in pharmaceuticals as a relaxant and is taken in form of herbal teas. Both the oil and absolute are used as fragrance elements in soaps and also in forest fragrances. It is also used for flavoring tobacco, liqueurs, root beers, and apple flavorings.

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  10. TURPENTINE (Pinus palustris and other Pinus species)

    Industrially, the oil is used as an analgesic, cicatrisant, counter-irritant, vermifuge, balsamic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antirheumatic, diuretic, expectorant, rubefacient, hemostatic, stimulant, tonic, parasiticide, and antispasmodic.

    In aromatherapy, the oil is used for various skin conditions such as boils, fleas, cuts, lice, ringworm, scabies, wounds and also repels insects. It is useful in the treatment of gout, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, sciatica, rheumatism, bronchitis, whooping cough, catarrh, colds, neuralgia, leucorrhea, cystitis, and urethritis.

    The oil is often used in liniments and creams for pains and aches and also in cough and cold treatments. Derivatives of resin are used as fixatives and also in pine industrial perfumes. Turpentine is widely used as a paint and stain remover, an insecticide, and also a solvent.

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