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A flowering plant native to North America and Europe, the arnica flower is a member of the same family as daisies and sunflowers. The oil boasts a distinct yellow color and a bitter herbal aroma. Popular in rubs and creams, it has been used topically as early as the 12th century to help ease joint and muscular discomfort when massaged into areas of concern.**
Eucalyptus essential oil is most commonly obtained from the Blue Gum Eucalyptus tree, though hundreds of species exist. The broad leaves, which grow in opposite pairs on square stems, yield the essential oil (eucalyptus globulus) which is steam distilled for extraction. The tree is a towering, aromatic evergreen native to Australia where its essential oil has been utilized for centuries in far-ranging traditions.
A perennial herb with pleasingly pointed green leaves, peppermint is grown throughout many regions of the globe, particularly Europe and Northern Africa. Its strong minty aroma is very evident, even upon gently brushing the plant, and its fragrance has a sweet note, along with a hint of pepper, as its name implies.
Native to the Mediterranean, cypress is an evergreen tree with branching twig-like foliage. These verdant cypress leaves are the source of cypress oil scent, which is pine-like and crisp, with light, lingering notes of spice and even a touch of citrus. Commonly found along scenic Greek and Italian landscapes, this long-lived conifer, which can grow to be more than 100 feet tall, evokes the calm and grace of sweeping natural vistas.
Originally from India, this sturdy perennial grass grows in foliage clumps and flourishes in warm, humid environments. Its ornamental blue-green leaves cascade up and out, reaching heights of up to 4 feet. Trauma to the blades will release its distinctively soft lemony scent laced with earthy undertones and a ginger zing. Tremendously popular in North America and Europe, this powerhouse plant is widely used in an array of Asian dishes, teas, perfumes, & cosmetics.
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