12. Orange(Citrus sinensis). Researchers from Mei University in Japan found that patients who had orange fragrance administered to them were able to markedly reduce the amount of anti-depressants they took. The orange oil also restored their endocrine and immune systems to normal levels. This oil can be diffused or
taken internally. See my post on citrus oilsfor more information on this beautiful oil.Blend classification: Enhancer and PersonifierBlends with: Cinnamon bark, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, nutmeg, rosewood.Odour: Type: Top Note (5-20% of the blend); Scent: Fresh, citrusy, fruity, sweet.Safety data: If applying topically on uncovered skin, avoid direct sunlight forat least 12 hours after use.13. Sandalwood(Santalum album). Sandalwood is used as an aid in yoga and meditation and in many cultures eg India, it is regarded as a sacred oil. Like a number of other oils it has an effect on the brain’s limbic systems. It works well to balance both the emotions and the immune system. May be applied topically or diffused.Blend classification: Modifier and equaliserBlends with: Cypress, frankincense, lemon, myrrh, patchouli, spruce and ylang ylang.Odour: Type: Base note (5-20% of the blend); Scent: Minty, slightly fruitySafety data: To be used with caution during pregnancy.(Note: The supply of sandalwood trees is diminishing, so increasingly sandalwood oil is being diluted or adulterated. So like rose and jasmine, true sandalwood will be expensive).14. Valerian(Valeriana officinalis). This is an oil that is well known for its positive effects on sleep enhancement, but itcan also be used as a stimulant. The aroma of valerian of is somewhat unpleasant but it has amazing effects on reducing anxiety. A study undertaken by German researchers in 2000 compared the sleep improvements of 2 groups of patients – one taking benzodiazepine sedatives – and the other, a valerian extract.While both groups showed an identical improvement, the group on valerian reported far fewer side effects. You can apply this oil topically to the soles of the feet or wrists, or take it internally as a supplement. If the latter dilute one drop in 1 tsp of honey or in 120ml/4oz of beverage.Not for children under 6 years of age and to be diluted for children over that age.