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Acquaint Yourself with Essential Oils

by NLS Staff | November 22, 2010
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<p>Black Pepper - rejuvenating</p>
<p>Relieves muscle aches; improves circulation; mental stimulant; increases alertness</p>
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Black Pepper - rejuvenating

Relieves muscle aches; improves circulation; mental stimulant; increases alertness

<p>Bay Laurel - rejuvenating</p>
<p>Balances nervous system; mental stimulant; antidepressant; warms emotions; heightens awareness; builds confidence</p>
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Bay Laurel - rejuvenating

Balances nervous system; mental stimulant; antidepressant; warms emotions; heightens awareness; builds confidence

<p>Chamomile - relaxing</p>
<p>Helps relieve dry patches, eczema, and itchy skin; has natural calming agents that soothe nerves and anxiety</p>
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Chamomile - relaxing

Helps relieve dry patches, eczema, and itchy skin; has natural calming agents that soothe nerves and anxiety

<p>Cinnamon - aphrodisiac</p>
<p>Used as an antiseptic; eases exhaustion and tension</p>
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Cinnamon - aphrodisiac

Used as an antiseptic; eases exhaustion and tension

<p>Clary Sage - relaxing</p>
<p>Used as an antibacterial, antiviral; dispels depression, fatigue, stress, fear; stimulates creativity, dreams</p>
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Clary Sage - relaxing

Used as an antibacterial, antiviral; dispels depression, fatigue, stress, fear; stimulates creativity, dreams

<p>Cypress - relaxing</p>
<p>Increases circulation; relieves muscle cramps; reduces nervous tension and other stress-related problems </p>
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Cypress - relaxing

Increases circulation; relieves muscle cramps; reduces nervous tension and other stress-related problems

<p>Eucalyptus - rejuvenating</p>
<p>Helps with odors; assists with arthritis; refreshing; used as an astringent, antiseptic </p>
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Eucalyptus - rejuvenating

Helps with odors; assists with arthritis; refreshing; used as an astringent, antiseptic

<p>Geranium - relaxing</p>
<p>Balancing; antidepressant; relieves fatigue and tension; used as an astringent, antiseptic</p>
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Geranium - relaxing

Balancing; antidepressant; relieves fatigue and tension; used as an astringent, antiseptic

<p>Grapefruit - energizing</p>
<p>Dispels melancholy, depression, headache, performance stress; relieves muscle fatigue; energizes; detoxifies </p>
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Grapefruit - energizing

Dispels melancholy, depression, headache, performance stress; relieves muscle fatigue; energizes; detoxifies

<p>Ginger - aphrodisiac</p>
<p>Relieves aching muscles and joints; helps with circulatory problems, nervous exhaustion; sharpens senses</p>
11/25

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Ginger - aphrodisiac

Relieves aching muscles and joints; helps with circulatory problems, nervous exhaustion; sharpens senses

<p>Jasmine - aphrodisiac</p>
<p>Lifts depression; calms nerves; promotes relaxation </p>
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Jasmine - aphrodisiac

Lifts depression; calms nerves; promotes relaxation

<p>Juniper - energizing</p>
<p>Energizes; relieves exhaustion; improves mental clarity; purifies the body; general stimulant</p>
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Juniper - energizing

Energizes; relieves exhaustion; improves mental clarity; purifies the body; general stimulant

<p>Lavender - relaxing</p>
<p>Relaxes the body; lifts moods; calms anxiety; soothes nerves</p>
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Lavender - relaxing

Relaxes the body; lifts moods; calms anxiety; soothes nerves

<p>Lemon - energizing</p>
<p>Refreshes and uplifts; disinfects; boosts the immune system; relieves anxiety and depression</p>
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Lemon - energizing

Refreshes and uplifts; disinfects; boosts the immune system; relieves anxiety and depression

<p>Lemongrass - energizing</p>
<p>Used as an antiseptic, skin toner; balances the nervous system; stress reliever; relieves muscle aches; increases circulation</p>
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Lemongrass - energizing

Used as an antiseptic, skin toner; balances the nervous system; stress reliever; relieves muscle aches; increases circulation

<p>Lime - energizing</p>
<p>Relieves fatigue; refreshing; energizing; mood lifting</p>
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Lime - energizing

Relieves fatigue; refreshing; energizing; mood lifting

<p>Mandarin - energizing</p>
<p>Used as an antiseptic; helps alleviate stress; digestive; diuretic; laxative; sedative</p>
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Mandarin - energizing

Used as an antiseptic; helps alleviate stress; digestive; diuretic; laxative; sedative

<p>Marjoram - relaxing</p>
<p>Sedative; relieves headache, migraine, stress, depression, anxiety</p>
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Marjoram - relaxing

Sedative; relieves headache, migraine, stress, depression, anxiety

<p>Orange - energizing</p>
<p>Cheers; comforting and warming; dispels tension, stress; revives when feeling bored or lacking energy </p>
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Orange - energizing

Cheers; comforting and warming; dispels tension, stress; revives when feeling bored or lacking energy

<p>Oregano - rejuvenating</p>
<p>Muscle relaxant; stimulant; energizes mind and body; relieves headaches</p>
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Oregano - rejuvenating

Muscle relaxant; stimulant; energizes mind and body; relieves headaches

<p>Peppermint - rejuvenating and aphrodisiac</p>
<p>Stimulates the mind; acts as an antiseptic and deodorizer</p>
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Peppermint - rejuvenating and aphrodisiac

Stimulates the mind; acts as an antiseptic and deodorizer

<p>Rosemary - rejuvenating</p>
<p>Promotes self-confidence, courage; stimulates mental clarity, memory, and creativity; rejuvenates skin cells; stimulates hair growth </p>
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Rosemary - rejuvenating

Promotes self-confidence, courage; stimulates mental clarity, memory, and creativity; rejuvenates skin cells; stimulates hair growth

<p>Sweet Basil - rejuvenating</p>
<p>Clears the mind; improves memory and concentration; builds courage and confidence; lifts depression </p>
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Sweet Basil - rejuvenating

Clears the mind; improves memory and concentration; builds courage and confidence; lifts depression

<p>Thyme - aphrodisiac</p>
<p>Aids memory and concentration; relieves fatigue; relieves muscle aches and pains </p>
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Thyme - aphrodisiac

Aids memory and concentration; relieves fatigue; relieves muscle aches and pains

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<p>Black Pepper - rejuvenating</p>
<p>Relieves muscle aches; improves circulation; mental stimulant; increases alertness</p>
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Black Pepper - rejuvenating

Relieves muscle aches; improves circulation; mental stimulant; increases alertness

<p>Bay Laurel - rejuvenating</p>
<p>Balances nervous system; mental stimulant; antidepressant; warms emotions; heightens awareness; builds confidence</p>
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Bay Laurel - rejuvenating

Balances nervous system; mental stimulant; antidepressant; warms emotions; heightens awareness; builds confidence

<p>Chamomile - relaxing</p>
<p>Helps relieve dry patches, eczema, and itchy skin; has natural calming agents that soothe nerves and anxiety</p>
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Chamomile - relaxing

Helps relieve dry patches, eczema, and itchy skin; has natural calming agents that soothe nerves and anxiety

<p>Cinnamon - aphrodisiac</p>
<p>Used as an antiseptic; eases exhaustion and tension</p>
5/25
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Cinnamon - aphrodisiac

Used as an antiseptic; eases exhaustion and tension

<p>Clary Sage - relaxing</p>
<p>Used as an antibacterial, antiviral; dispels depression, fatigue, stress, fear; stimulates creativity, dreams</p>
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Clary Sage - relaxing

Used as an antibacterial, antiviral; dispels depression, fatigue, stress, fear; stimulates creativity, dreams

<p>Cypress - relaxing</p>
<p>Increases circulation; relieves muscle cramps; reduces nervous tension and other stress-related problems </p>
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Cypress - relaxing

Increases circulation; relieves muscle cramps; reduces nervous tension and other stress-related problems

<p>Eucalyptus - rejuvenating</p>
<p>Helps with odors; assists with arthritis; refreshing; used as an astringent, antiseptic </p>
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Eucalyptus - rejuvenating

Helps with odors; assists with arthritis; refreshing; used as an astringent, antiseptic

<p>Geranium - relaxing</p>
<p>Balancing; antidepressant; relieves fatigue and tension; used as an astringent, antiseptic</p>
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Geranium - relaxing

Balancing; antidepressant; relieves fatigue and tension; used as an astringent, antiseptic

<p>Grapefruit - energizing</p>
<p>Dispels melancholy, depression, headache, performance stress; relieves muscle fatigue; energizes; detoxifies </p>
10/25
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Grapefruit - energizing

Dispels melancholy, depression, headache, performance stress; relieves muscle fatigue; energizes; detoxifies

<p>Ginger - aphrodisiac</p>
<p>Relieves aching muscles and joints; helps with circulatory problems, nervous exhaustion; sharpens senses</p>
11/25
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Ginger - aphrodisiac

Relieves aching muscles and joints; helps with circulatory problems, nervous exhaustion; sharpens senses

<p>Jasmine - aphrodisiac</p>
<p>Lifts depression; calms nerves; promotes relaxation </p>
12/25
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Jasmine - aphrodisiac

Lifts depression; calms nerves; promotes relaxation

<p>Juniper - energizing</p>
<p>Energizes; relieves exhaustion; improves mental clarity; purifies the body; general stimulant</p>
13/25
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Juniper - energizing

Energizes; relieves exhaustion; improves mental clarity; purifies the body; general stimulant

<p>Lavender - relaxing</p>
<p>Relaxes the body; lifts moods; calms anxiety; soothes nerves</p>
14/25
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Lavender - relaxing

Relaxes the body; lifts moods; calms anxiety; soothes nerves

<p>Lemon - energizing</p>
<p>Refreshes and uplifts; disinfects; boosts the immune system; relieves anxiety and depression</p>
15/25
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Lemon - energizing

Refreshes and uplifts; disinfects; boosts the immune system; relieves anxiety and depression

<p>Lemongrass - energizing</p>
<p>Used as an antiseptic, skin toner; balances the nervous system; stress reliever; relieves muscle aches; increases circulation</p>
16/25
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Lemongrass - energizing

Used as an antiseptic, skin toner; balances the nervous system; stress reliever; relieves muscle aches; increases circulation

<p>Lime - energizing</p>
<p>Relieves fatigue; refreshing; energizing; mood lifting</p>
17/25
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Lime - energizing

Relieves fatigue; refreshing; energizing; mood lifting

<p>Mandarin - energizing</p>
<p>Used as an antiseptic; helps alleviate stress; digestive; diuretic; laxative; sedative</p>
18/25
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Mandarin - energizing

Used as an antiseptic; helps alleviate stress; digestive; diuretic; laxative; sedative

<p>Marjoram - relaxing</p>
<p>Sedative; relieves headache, migraine, stress, depression, anxiety</p>
19/25
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Marjoram - relaxing

Sedative; relieves headache, migraine, stress, depression, anxiety

<p>Orange - energizing</p>
<p>Cheers; comforting and warming; dispels tension, stress; revives when feeling bored or lacking energy </p>
20/25
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Orange - energizing

Cheers; comforting and warming; dispels tension, stress; revives when feeling bored or lacking energy

<p>Oregano - rejuvenating</p>
<p>Muscle relaxant; stimulant; energizes mind and body; relieves headaches</p>
21/25
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Oregano - rejuvenating

Muscle relaxant; stimulant; energizes mind and body; relieves headaches

<p>Peppermint - rejuvenating and aphrodisiac</p>
<p>Stimulates the mind; acts as an antiseptic and deodorizer</p>
22/25
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Peppermint - rejuvenating and aphrodisiac

Stimulates the mind; acts as an antiseptic and deodorizer

<p>Rosemary - rejuvenating</p>
<p>Promotes self-confidence, courage; stimulates mental clarity, memory, and creativity; rejuvenates skin cells; stimulates hair growth </p>
23/25
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Rosemary - rejuvenating

Promotes self-confidence, courage; stimulates mental clarity, memory, and creativity; rejuvenates skin cells; stimulates hair growth

<p>Sweet Basil - rejuvenating</p>
<p>Clears the mind; improves memory and concentration; builds courage and confidence; lifts depression </p>
24/25
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Sweet Basil - rejuvenating

Clears the mind; improves memory and concentration; builds courage and confidence; lifts depression

<p>Thyme - aphrodisiac</p>
<p>Aids memory and concentration; relieves fatigue; relieves muscle aches and pains </p>
25/25
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Thyme - aphrodisiac

Aids memory and concentration; relieves fatigue; relieves muscle aches and pains

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