Essential Oil of the Week: Frankincense


Frankincense oil derives from the sap of the Boswellia and Commiphora trees, and has been considered a precious commodity since the Bible claimed that one of the three wise men gifted the baby Jesus with frankincense. It was traded in the Middle East and North Africa for approximately 5,000 years to be used in religious ceremonies, to heal wounds, as insect repellents and for perfume. It was highly sought after and expensive due to the sap’s multiple functions, and some say that it was desirable due to its ability to help alleviate symptoms of arthritis. In the modern world of aromatherapy, these are the common uses for frankincense:

  • Digestive: Frankincense contains digestive properties to facilitate fast movement of food and to reduce the level of stomach acid that can cause heartburn and indigestion.
  • Respiratory issues: Like many essential oils, the scent is powerful enough to clear your sinuses to permit easy breathing and the elimination of phlegm.
  • Carminative: Helps relieve gas build up in the body and flatulence.
  • Immune system: Frankincense may be used as an antiseptic to remove germs from your environment and to clean wounds and cuts.
  • Stress buster: The scent of the frankincense oil travels through your nose and is directly sent to the limbic system in your brain which is concerned with emotions and attitude. Frankincense has been used in religious ceremonies because the scent assists in clearing the mind and uplifting your spirits.
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NOTE: If you decide to use essential oils on the skin, it is recommended to dilute them first using water or a carrier oil to avoid irritation.


Essential Oil of the Week: Lemongrass!


The lemongrass essential oil is extracted from dried lemongrass, which originated in South east Asia and is now grown all over the world. Due to its origins in Asia, it has been incorporated into Chinese medicine and Chinese and Thai cuisine for its sweet smell and taste which makes it more tolerable than the ever-so-sour lemon. Through-out the world, people drink lemongrass tea and also use the plant in perfumes, cosmetics and insect sprays

Benefits of lemongrass

Anti-inflammatory: Reduces pain and inflammation in the joints and muscles so is essential a natural anti-inflammatory.

Anti-depressant: the stimulating scents of essential oils typically assist in uplifting your emotions, and lemongrass in particular can help increase confidence, energy and self esteem using its sweet and smooth scent.

Anti-bacterial: May assist in killing bacteria by inhibiting microbial growth both internally of the body and externally.

Relieves headaches: A study by Griffith University in Australia discovered that lemongrass serves as an effective remedy for migraines, as it has been used for centuries by Australian Aboriginals for that purpose.

Diuretic: Lemongrass increases urination which is a vital function for the body. Not only does it remove waste, but it helps to remove fat and toxins from the body and also promotes a healthy digestive system.

Muscle relaxant: Lemongrass has been used for centuries as a muscle relaxant and may be useful in the treatment of sports injuries. It may also help in eliminating cramps, sprains and muscle spasms as the oil works to improve blood circulation.

Anti-cancer agent: Although this has not been confirmed, lemongrass is said to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and serves as a natural anti cancer agent. Hopefully more research will be done with regards to its actual ability to reduce and prevent the growth of cancer cells.

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Essential Oil of the Week: Bergamot


Bergamot is a potent citrus plant whose rind is used for extracting the bergamot essential oil. It requires a specific climate in order to grow as it is a tropical plant, but is also found in some parts of Europe. Italians and Greeks have been using it for centuries as a stress reliever, and bergamot’s ability to relieve stress is only one of the purposes it serves.

  • Stimulant: Bergamot’s refreshing scent assists in creating an uplifting and calm atmosphere. It is perfect to diffuse in tension environments such as classrooms or workplaces.
  • Disinfectant: The disinfectant and antibacterial properties of bergamot help prevent the spread of bacteria.
  • Decongestant: Assists in clearing respiratory conditions and is particularly useful when trying to combat a cold or cough.
  • Anti-fungal: Recent research has demonstrated that bergamot has powerful anti-fungal properties that assist in topically fighting fungal infections on the skin. Note: It is not recommended to apply pure essential oils directly on the skin unless they have been diluted with water or a carrier oil.
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Beat Hay Fever This Spring with Essential Oils

It’s that time of the year again in the southern hemisphere where the sun is coming out and flowers are beginning to bloom. Although spring is a season of rejuvenation and warmth, it can be a nightmare for up to 10% of the world’s population who are affected by allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as hay fever. In Australia alone it affects 1 in 5 people and is particularly prevalent in people who suffer from asthma. Pollen from trees, grass and weeds is spread through the wind, birds and bees, which can cause allergic rhinitis. Classic symptoms involve a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and scratchy throats which typically leads to poor sleep quality.

Some people have turned to essential oils in order to relieve the frustrating symptoms of hay fever, and notably they use peppermint oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil.

Peppermint oil: Assists in clearing nasal congestion and can help treat headaches.

Lavender oil: A part from providing a soothing effect, lavender serves as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine to reduce symptoms of hay fever.

Lemon oil: Helps strengthen the immune system and reduces respiratory conditions. Also drains the lymphatic system and may inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil: Clears sinuses and airways to assist in relieving respiratory conditions. Tea tree oil can overcome airborne pathogens that are the cause of allergies, and it also contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

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The best way to achieve relief from hay fever is using these oils in conjunction with an aroma diffuser, otherwise known as diffusing the oil. Have it diffusing during the day in the living room and at night in the bedroom to provide around-the-clock relief. It will guarantee a better night’s sleep for sure!


Essential Oil of the Week: Clove Bud

Clove bud originates from the clove tree which is native to Southeast Asia. Clove bud essential oil is one of the most popular oils due to its antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal properties. It is particularly known for its oral benefits ever since the ancient Greeks and Romans used clove bud to alleviate tooth aches and bad breath. Here are some more handy facts about the noted abilities of clove bud:

  • Eliminate mould: Its antibacterial and antimould qualities assist in the removal of mould.
  • Reduce nausea: It is often used to reduce nausea, vomiting and morning sickness in pregnancy.
  • Infections: Its antiseptic properties render it as an effective agent in the treatment of wounds, cuts, athlete’s foot, infections and bruises.
  • Dental care: Although it is not recommended that pure clove oil should be induced or applied topically, or any pure essential oil for that matter, rinsing your mouth with clove oil that is excessively diluted in water may help reduce tooth pain, gum pain, cavities and bad breath.
  • Decrease stress: Clove oil is considered an aphrodisiac which helps to overcoming stress.
  • Insect repellant: The strong scent of clove bud assists in warding away insects.
  • Blood circulation: Massage your skin and muscles using clove oil diluted in a carrier oil to improve blood circulation.

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Essential Oil of the week: Rose Geranium

The sweet tones of Rose Geranium not only deliver a beautiful scent, but may also provide a number of health benefits. The geranium plant itself is native to South Africa, and was originally used to heal wounds and burns. The plant was brought to Europe in the 17th century to become a popular ingredient in perfumes, as it still remains to this day.

Rose geranium has a following for being useful in more ways than one, and is commonly used by aromatherapists to treat stress. Its light, fragrant scent is also enjoyed to create an uplifting environment through dispersing the scent with an aromatherapy diffuser. Other believed benefits include:

  • Treatment of nose and throat infections – Its anti-viral and antibacterial properties help to fight off infections.
  • Depression – The vibrant scent directly affects mental functioning and mood.
  • Insomnia – Creates a soothing atmosphere through the fragrant smell of the oil.
  • Anti-ageing effects – Assists in promoting cell growth and rejuvenation, as well as preventing the sagging of skin and muscles.
  • Helps ease symptoms of menopause and menstruation
  • Increases urination- To dispose of toxins and bile from the body.
  • Prevents Alzheimer’s and dementia – Geranium oil contains microglial cells which release anti-inflammatories in the neural pathways which can initiate neural degeneration.

Essentials In-a-Box has a pure Rose Geranium essential oil in a 15ml bottle for AU$21.95, which is perfect to use in an aroma diffuser in order to experience its therapeutic benefits.


*Note: We do not recommend that essential oils should be applied topically due to their high concentration.


Aromatherapy Around the World


The use of plant extracts for healing purposes dates back more than 40,000 years ago and was the basis for modern aromatherapy, which has recently been gaining more momentum in the western world. However, the use of herbs and plants to treat emotional, mental and physical ailments has been widespread for thousands of years and there is evidence to demonstrate its use on almost every continent. Let’s take a trip around the world to see how some cultures have relied on aromatherapy!


The ancient Egyptians began to experiment with aromatherapy in 3500 BC when they burned incense in order to send prayers to their gods. A thousand years later, they began to use plant extracts for the purpose of embalming bodies for mummification, and as important healing medicines to treat illness and disease.


The traditional form of Indian medicine is Ayurveda, and essential oils and incense have been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for thousands of years. Aromatherapy has been incorporated into many different treatments for the purpose of aiding psychological and physical ailments, as Ayurveda practitioners believe that herbal ingredients can be used to prevent infections, to cleanse one’s environment and to rejuvenate the body.


Chinese medicine is the second oldest system of medicine and is still prevalent today despite the rise of pharmacology. Chinese practitioners would use sandalwood to treat cholera, and the earliest document on Chinese aromatherapy dates back to 2000 BC.


The ancient Greeks and Romans took the medicine practices of the Egyptians and expanded on their knowledge. Europeans would use plant extracts to purify the mind and soul as well as to treat physical diseases and illnesses, and the Romans exhibited this through their scented baths and body treatments. The Greek physician Hippocrates incorporated plant extracts into his treatments and even advised people to have an aromatic massage a day for general wellness. I think we could all agree with that.


The indigenous people of Australia relied heavily on native plant extracts such as tea tree and eucalyptus oil in order to treat a variety of ailments. The aboriginals have relied on some of the thousands of plant species native to Australia since approximately 40,000 years ago. They continue to be used today for antibacterial and antiviral purposes as their healing properties are still considered miraculous.

South America

The Aztecs would burn incense for religious purposes and used plant extracts for purification of the mind and soul, which was discovered by the conquistadors when they invaded in the 16th century.




Traditional & Natural Australian Remedies

Australia is home to some spectacular plant species and animals that are not found on any other continent in the world. The indigenous Australians had unrivaled knowledge of the land and the flora and fauna which grew from it. Their sophisticated understanding of the properties of particular plants and their uses were necessary for survival- particularly for medicinal purposes. Thousands of years later, people are still using natural medicines native to Australia in order to treat skin conditions, symptoms of colds and flu, viruses and infections. Most people would be familiar with quite a few of them.

Eucalyptus Oil

Gum Tree

Eucalyptus oil has been a notable treatment for the symptoms of coughs and colds for thousands of years. Aborigines would use the eucalyptus leaves to prevent infection in wounds and cuts, and people have been amazed by the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus trees are now grown all over the world for their medicinal purposes.

Tea tree Oil

Many aboriginal tribes along the east coast of Australia have utilised tea tree oil to remedy sore throats, to avoid infection in wounds and for anti-viral means. In more recent times, tea tree oil has been validated as antibacterial and as an antiseptic. Essentially, it has countless uses which is why it has been considered as a significantly important medicine since ancient times. Due to the intensity of the plant, it is not meant for ingestion and can only be applied topically.

Witchetty grub


Witchetty grubs have been a traditional method to treat burns and wounds. A common use of the witchetty grub was to make it into a paste, spread it over the wound/burn and bandage it up for rapid repair. In addition, they have been eaten as food for the nutrition they provide.

Emu Bush

The genus of the plant is Eremophilia, and the leaves have been used by Aboriginal tribes in the Northern Territory to wash and cleanse sores and cuts. More research is being done in regards to its uses, but in Australia it is currently being considered to be applied during surgeries for the sterilisation of implants. This is due to the recent discovery of their antibacterial agents.

Emu Oil

Taken from the fats of emus, Emu Oil is a popular treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and may assist in the movement of joints and decreasing arthritis pain. This is due to the potential anti-inflammatory properties as it contains fatty acids, and hence emu oil is often applied to decrease muscle pain. Emu oil may also be used to remove lines and wrinkles due to the moisturising properties. Of course, some argue whether it is ethical to source emu oil for medicinal purposes.

Gumby Gumby

The Gumby Gumby plant is controversial because of the claims that it treats cancer despite the lack of scientific research to validate those statements, and the warning that it could cause intense side-effects such as burning. Aside from this supposed miraculous remedy, the indigenous people of Australia regularly used it in many traditional medicinal applications for the purpose of treating coughs, colds and eczema.


A Brief History of Aromatherapy


Although the term ‘aromatherapy’ was only coined in the 20th century, plant extracts have been used for medicinal, fragrant, spiritual and cosmetic purposes for thousands of years. To start from the beginning, there is evidence that the ancient Egyptians in 3500 BC used plant extracts from cedarwood, cinnamon, clove and myrrh for the purposes of embalming bodies, to use as ingredients in cosmetics and as perfume for men and women. The ancient Greeks took the Egyptians’ knowledge of plants and discovered that the extracts could be applied as an anti-inflammatory and to heal wounds, as discovered by Hippocrates who is acknowledged as the ‘Father of Medicine’. Consequently, the Romans gathered information from the Egyptians and Greeks to record the properties of approximately 500 plant species, including their individual medicinal benefits. Knowledge of plant properties continued to grow through-out the ages with the extraction of essential oils through distillation (first invented in Persia), and soon essential oils were recognised through-out most of the world.

Essential oils are still used for a variety of purposes, and more recently they have been identified as an aid to combat stress and anxiety. The power of scent is not something to be undermined, as our sense of smell is directly connected to the parts of the brain that process emotions and memory. This is why essential oils can have the ability to stimulate our moods and emotions, and even assist in improving concentration and sleep.

Specific types of essential oils contain properties that provide some benefit aside from providing a wonderful scent, like the eucalyptus oil which assists in nasal congestion and overcoming colds and flu. Lavender oil helps to relieve tension and is known as a relaxant. Peppermint oil increases mental awareness while lemon oil helps to achieve clarity of the mind. The list goes on. Because there are no negative effects associated with the inhalation and diffusion of essential oils, they have become a popular and natural method to emotionally, mentally and physically treat the mind and body. Some people apply essential oils directly on to their skin, but due to their purity and high concentration it can cause rashes and other skin problems. Hence it is always advised to dilute the oil with a carrier oil first before skin application, as no essential oil is safe to use on skin in its purest form.

So the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans were on the right track when experimenting with plant extracts for medicinal purposes. Although pharmaceutical products later became the primary way of treating illness, wounds and disease, people continue to swear by the powerful medicinal properties of essential oils.