On Sale Now, 20% Off Our Finest Essential Oils: All Lavenders, Roses, Jasmines, Frankincenses…

Neroli and Helichrysum. Plus get a free 5-pack Citrus sampler, or 3-pack Frankincense, Chamomile, or Lavender. This is the final five days of our Summer Sales and Specials!


Jasmine Sambac flowers, source of the precious and wonderful Jasmine Sambac Absolute

And, as always, there’s free shipping on first time orders, and all orders over $99. Read on for details!

These Best-selling Essential Oils Are All On Sale, 20% Off, Including…

All Our ‘Rare & Precious’ Essential Oils Are On Sale, 20% Off Including…

  • Jasmine Grandiflorum and Sambac: These are two distinctly different, beautiful ‘absolultes’ from India. The Grandiflorum is deep and complex, the Sambac, is divinely sweet.
  • Neroli: Distilled from the flowers of the tree producing Bergamot fruit, this rare essential oil is  highly regarded for its soft, soothing, floral scent. Its exotic aroma is renown for its exceptional calming and uplifting ability.
  • Distilling Rose Essential Oil

    Distilling the magnificent Rose Otto.

    Rose Absolute & Otto: One of the true highlights of our line is our organic Bulgarian Rose Otto, from the flowers grown in Bulgaria’s Kanzalak Valley, the ‘Valley of the Roses’. Our Turkish Rose Otto is also a true gem…’Otto’ is the steam distilled variety of Rose oil. From the same distiller comes our Bulgarian Rose Absolute, rich in middle notes, with a deep, rosy color, perfect for all aromatic applications.
  • Indian Sandalwood: Last but not least of our ‘rare & precious’ oils is our Indian Sandalwood. This essential oil contains the highest level of ‘santalols’ of any Sandalwood variety, the constituent of the oil which not only gives it its characteristic aroma, but has a significant body of research supporting a wide range of health benefits.

Our Favorite Summer Specials: The Free Sampler Set of Your Choice, and/or a 60ml Bottle of Organic Bulgarian Rose Hydrosol with Your Order

Lavender essential oil

Our Lavender Sampler: A 5ml bottle of each of our wonderful Lavender essential oils!

If you’re order is between $49 and $79,  request ‘Rose Hydrosol’ in the comments box of the checkout page. If over $79, note ‘Rose Hydrosol’, and the sampler pack of your choice: ‘Citrus Sampler’, ‘Frankincense Sampler’, ‘Lavender Sampler’, or ‘Chamomile Sampler’.

Each sampler pack includes:

damask rose

Rosa Damascena - The 'Damask' Rose, source of the very special Rose Otto essential oil.

These samplers are a great way to find your favorite oil of each variety. Our Bulgarian Rose Hydrosol is a wonderful, all-purpose aromatic and skin care product. It is thought to ‘clear the air’ with a few ‘spritzes’ in any space – it’s also a fantastic skin toner for all skin types.

Don’t Forget About Free Shipping!!!

All first-time customers can use the coupon code ‘first-order’ for free shipping, and with any order over $99, use the coupon code ‘free-ship’. If you have ANY trouble with the coupon codes, please enter them in the comments box as well, and we’ll remove any shipping cost before charging your order here.

Thank you! We hope you enjoy these! As always, for all the details, check out our Sales and Specials page!


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Science Supports Essential Oils for Sleep, Anxiety, Antibacterial Action and More

Here’s two very interesting scientific research reviews published this year, which conclude essential oils to be truly supportive of our health. In producing these papers, the authors have examined a significant number of previously-published peer-reviewed studies to draw these conclusions: 1) Essential oils can help us sleep better,  and 2) Inhaling their aromas can reduce anxiety and reduce nausea, can be effective antibacterial agents, and go on to suggest even greater positive health potentials.

(Should you want to try these yourself, you’ll find many of these oils on sale now, or available in sampler kits…be sure to check out our Sales & Specials page!)

Study #1: Getting Better Sleep with Essential Oils

Lavender flowers - source of this wonderfully-calming essential oil.

Lavender flowers, source of the most-researched sleep-enhancing essential oil.

In the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, researchers published ‘A Systematic Review of the Effect of Inhaled Essential oils on Sleep’(1), noting the following results and conclusions:

“The search (of published research) yielded 15 quantitative studies, including 11 randomized controlled trials that examined hypnotic effects of inhalation of essential oils. A majority of the study findings suggested a positive effect of essential oils on sleep. Lavender was the most frequently studied essential oil. No adverse events were reported.”

The review concluded: “Inhalation of essential oils may be considered for people with mild sleep disturbances.”

Lavender is noted in the research review as THE most popular essential oil for sleep support. It’s also important to remember that other oils are also commonly recommended for sleep.

Which essential oil is best for you or your family and friends to aid sleep?


Sweet, soft Neroli, distilled from the blossoms of the Bergamot tree, can be an excellent sleep aid.

While Lavender is the most widely researched essential oil, for best results, it’s important  to find the oil that the user finds aids in a better night’s sleep AND they enjoy the aroma of. Yes, one should really like lying down to the scent that’s to help them sleep better!

In addition to Lavender, we recommend Neroli, cold-pressed Red Mandarin (frequently recommended for use with children), Chamomile (Roman or Cape), Frankincense and Sandalwood.

It’s also important to start a ‘sleep support protocol’ by using only as much essential oil as you need to get a ‘hint’ of the aroma. Often, users find that more than this can actually be stimulating, rather than calming. This means only a drop or two of the oil on your bedspread – or ‘under’ the pillowcase (not right where your nose will be).

Study #2: Reducing Anxiety, Nausea, Pain, and Essental Oils’ Anti-Microbial Action

A second major review of the scientific research supporting essential oils’ use as treatments alongside western medicine was published in the journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

In the paper, ‘Essential Oils for Complementary Treatment of Surgical Patients: State of the Art’(2), researchers compiled data supporting essential oils’ use in clinical settings for: Pre-operative anxiety, pain, post-operative nausea and vomiting, disinfection (anti-microbial activity), as well as ‘miscellanea’ (noting a wide variety of therapeutic potentials).

Essential Oils and Anxiety:

Sweet Oranges

The aroma of Sweet Orange essential oil has been shown to reduce anxiety.

Lavender was the most widely (and positively) studied essential oil, shown to reduce anxiety of patients about to undergo many varied medical treatments. Further, the physiological effects of Lavender were elucidated: Lavender’s major constituent, Linalool, was found to affect binding of GABA receptors, thereby lessening anxiety.

Interestingly, Sweet Orange essential oil, which contains almost no Linalool, was also found to have anti-anxiety properties. Other essential oils noted for their calming actions were Rose Otto, Neroli and Chamomile.

Rose was found to reduce markers of stress without even being inhaled, but rather topically applied. A blend of Lavender, Chamomile and Neroli, in a ratio of 12:4:1 reduced anxiety, increased and aided sleep, and stabilized blood pressure in patients actually undergoing a medical procedure.

Essential Oil Inhalation and the Perception of Pain

The data noting the inhalation of essential oils in reducing the perception of pain was  mixed. The investigators found research where essential oils reduced the perception of pain, and reduce the amount of pain medication needed in some cases. Whereas in others, depending on the oil used, the data was inconclusive.

Note, here, that the investigation was only looked at the aroma-therapeutic activity of essential oils…whether their scent changed the perception of pain of the patient. While not included in the research, we have received many anecdotal reports of Helichrysum italicum essential oil reducing local pain upon topical application…massaged on location of back pain, sports injuries and the like. Helichrysum is in-fact noted in the research’s ‘miscellanea’ as an anti-spasmodic.


Research affirms Peppermint's ability to calm nausea and help with stomach upset.

Essential Oils Reducing Nausea and Vomiting


Inhalation of essential oils of Peppermint, Spearmint and Ginger were found to conclusively reduce the incidence of post-operative nausea and vomiting (primarily a result of anesthesia). These oils have extensive historic use for this particular purpose. Note that Spearmint is considered the most gentle of these oils, and that Mandarin is also noted by aromatherapists to reduce symptoms of tummy troubles for children, also with an excellent safety profile.

Essential Oils Anti-Bacterial Action

Tea Tree

Tea Tree was the most widely-studied, and validated, anti-bacterial essential oil.

Investigators reviewed data regarding the use of essential oils as antibacterial washes and antibacterial treatments. Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) was noted to be effective on several strains of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from wounds (even surgical wounds), and on methicillin-resistant and -sensitive bacteria.


A great many essential oils were noted for their anti-bacterial activity; Tea Tree received the most attention solely due to it’s popularity in research. Thyme essential oil was noted as effective as well, along with Patchouli, Geranium, and Lavenders. Oregano was mentioned, but no conclusions drawn because it had not been used on patients.

Thyme herb

'Benchmark' Thyme essential oil is a very potent antimicrobial blend of four strains of Thyme herb.

Through our own research and understanding, ‘Benchmark’ Thyme essential oil deserves particular note in this use of essential oils. While no en-vivo research has been done, the essential oil was developed by Maggie Tisserand through growing many, many strains of Thymus zygis, and blending these to produce an essential oil not only high in terpinen-4-ol (considered by some scientists as the most active anti-bacterial constituent of Tea Tree), but also high in Thymol – yet considered a very safe variety of Thyme.

The Miscellanea

The authors go on to note other important therapeutic potentials, including the anti-mutagenic properties of Oregano (preventing DNA mutations), and the anti-inflammatory action of Rose Geranium, and the anti-spasmodic properties of Helichrysum italicum. Further, they state: “Other promising therapeutic applications have been proposed…but clinical validation is not ready at the moment”.

WHEW! Well, there you have it! It’s great to see the scientific community embracing essential oils as ‘complementary’ therapeutics ~ suggesting that doctors should strongly consider their use alongside conventional therapies.

There is in-fact TONS of research supporting the therapeutic potential of essential oils in a wide variety of health applications beyond the ones noted here. For more, visit www.pubmed.gov and search ‘essential oil’ and ‘(the health condition of your choice)’, or narrow your search by naming any particular essential oil…you’ll find pages of in-depth data for your enjoyment.


1. Lillehei AS, Halcon LL. A systematic review of the effect of inhaled essential oils on sleep. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Jun;20(6):441-51.

2. Stea S, Beraudi A, De Pasquale D. Essential oils for complementary treatment of surgical patients: state of the art. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:726341.

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On Sale Now: Rose Otto & Absolute, Indian Sandalwood, Neroli, and Jasmine!

damask rose

The Damask Rose, source of the precious Rose Otto.

Our most precious, rare and so-very-loved essential oils are on now sale. Each one, in every size, is on sale, 20% off! (Be sure to see all our current sales and specials here).

Organic Bulgarian Rose Otto: One of the most highly-revered essential oils, both aromatically and therapeutically. Rose  is said to have the highest vibrational frequency of any essential oil. It is considered the premier ‘heart-opening’ aromatic, is excellent in tiny amounts in skin-care, and may be the most important oil of all for women. It’s aroma is really out of this world, is very ‘tenacious’, and just a drop will linger, wonderfully, for hours.


Leaves of the Sandalwood tree. The oil is distilled from the fine heartwood.

Wildcrafted Indian Sandalwood: Of any sandalwood essential oil, it is the wildgrown from India which has by far the highest levels of ‘santalols’ (around 90%) of any variety. It is the santalols which give sandalwoood its characteristic aroma, and which have been research for their deep relaxing (yet not sedating) effects. A very, very fine oil, which only gets finer with age.

Organic Moroccan Neroli: When you need a beautiful, soft, sweet, calming oil, Neroli is the choice. Distilled solely from the flowers of the same tree which produces Bergamot, Neroli is thought of as the most gently calming aromatic. Neroli is considered one of the most important aromatics for treatment for anxiety, and depression resulting from stress and anxiety.


Sweet, soft Neroli, is distilled from flowers of the tree which also produces stress-relieving Bergamot.

Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute: Jasmine has been nicknamed ‘Queen of the Night’ and ‘Moonlight of the Grove’. For centuries, women have treasured it for its seductive, beautiful fragrance. Jasmine oil is uplifting and stimulating for times of hopelessness and nervous exhaustion. It helps reduce anxiety and apathy, and can increase excitability when worn as a perfume. We have both a ‘conventional’ absolute and a purely-organically-extracted absolute. Also on-sale is our very-well-loved Jasmine Sambac absolute. The sambac is more sweetly floral, while the grandiflorum is the deeper, more complex aromatic.

Bulgarian and Moroccan Rose Absolutes: To round-out this beautiful set of aromas on sale is our Bulgarian and Moroccan Rose Absolutes. Quite different than the steam distilled Rose Otto, these are more potent in the middle notes than high, and absolute perfection either worn by themselves, or in blends as natural perfumes. Both are true aromatic treats ~ we’ve searched years to find you the very best of each and every of our oil varieties…we hope you enjoy them!

The sale prices are already reflected on their respective pages. No code is needed. Thank you!



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