Allspice Berry - Pimenta dioica/Jamaica/Fruit. The oil has a warm, spicy-sweet aroma. It is used in spicy or masculine scents. It combines well with orange, ginger, patchouli and all of the spice oils including cinnamon, cassia and clove. Aromatherapy benefits: warming, cheering, comforting, nurturing.
Almond, Bitter (FFPA) - Prunus species/United States/Kernel. The oil of bitter almond is produced interchangeably from the kernels of the bitter almond, peach or apricot. There are two major components of the essential oil, benzaldehyde and prussic acid. Prussic acid (hydrocyanic acid) is a harsh by-product, formed along with the benzaldehyde during extraction. The prussic acid is removed from the oil leaving the benzaldehyde. Almond oil sold as FFPA means "free from prussic acid." The oil has an intense almond/cherry aroma. Aromatherapy benefits: comforting, nurturing.
Amyris - Amyris balsamifera/Haiti/Wood. Amyris is also known as West Indian sandalwood, although unrelated to the true Indian sandalwood. It has a woody, slightly sweet, balsamic aroma, suggestive of sandalwood. Amyris is used as a fragrance fixative-it slows the evaporation and dissipation of the fragrance it is added to. It blends well with cedarwood, jasmine and rose scents. Aromatherapy benefits: strengthening, centering.
Anise - Pimpinella anisum/Spain, France, Italy, Morocco/Seed. The oil of anise and star anise are often used and sold interchangeably because they are similar in aroma and chemical make-up. he primary constituent of both is anethole, a sweet substance that solidifies at room temperature. If this happens simply warm the bottle in a warm water bath until the oil liquefies. Aromatherapy benefits: cheering, mildly euphoric.