Essential Oil Explorations
Join us as we demystify essential oils in our monthly Essential Oil Exploration Series as part of the Inner Sanctum Membership.
We will be using both Sylla Hanger’s The Aromatic Practitioner Reference Manual and the second edition of Tony Burfield’s Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins to examine each oil. Together with these two books and Sylla’s collected wisdom, we hope to give you great insight into aromatics—one oil at a time!
How to get the most out of your explorations:
- Have the essential oil Sylla is talking about nearby. If it’s not labeled on the bottle, check with your supplier about where the oil is from, how it was extracted, and what plant part is used.
- Cross-reference what she shares alongside what you know about the oil.
- Leave any questions you have in the comments section on the page of that exploration.
Clove Bud is a great anti-infectious oil—especially during the winter months. Find out where it comes from and how best to use this warming oil.
Part of the Myrtaceae family, Tea Tree is steam-distilled from the leaves and growing tips of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant. Learn all about Tea Tree in this month’s Exploration.
Part of the Lamiaceae (Labiatae) family, Spearmint is steam-distilled from the flowering tops of Mentha spicata. Learn all about Spearmint in this month’s Exploration.
Common Name: Rosemary – camphor type Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis Part of the Lamiaceae (Labiatae) family, Rosemary is steam-distilled from the flowering plant of Rosmarinus officinalis—after the plant material is dried in the shade for a day or two for optimum yields. It is produced in the Mediterranean region in Tunisia and Spain, and […]
Steam-distilled from the dry roots of Vetiveria zizanoides, Vetiver is a soothing, earthy oil. Learn all about Vetiver in this month’s Exploration.
Basil is an herb with great variety – both in it’s subspecies and biochemistry, but also in its therapeutic properties. Learn more in this exploration.
Lavender is one of the most widely-used essential oils. Find out why in this Exploration.
Ylang Ylang is the only oil obtained in fractions, which is why there are so many versions of it out there. Find out more about this intoxicating flower in our Ylang Ylang Exploration.
Geranium is truly one of Sylla’s “all-time favorite plants.” It’s always been a staple in her home garden and in her essential oil repertoire. Find out why she’s loved it for oh-so-long.
Blue Tansy is one of our favorite anti-inflammatory oils, but it is sometimes confused with other, less safe oils. Find out what makes true Blue Tansy, learn about it’s chemistry, therapeutics, and so much more.
Sandalwood is an aromatic that’s been used historically as well as in the rebirth of aromatherapy in the 20th century. Find out about its many uses, its sustainability and conservation status, and the difference between the several types.
There are several different types of “Spruce” on the market, and some are from completely different plants. Find out the differences and how to use them with our Essential Oil Deep Dive.
Jasmine Absolute is a must-have for Sylla. Find out how this beautiful floral is great for the mind, skin-care and more.
Watch this thorough Cinnamon Bark Exploration to learn about Cinnamon’s chemistry, medicinal properties, and healing properties.
Sylla explores the therapeutics, chemistry, safety and plant origins of Cistus essential oil.
Learn about the amazing therapeutic benefits of Helichrysum, where it comes from, and why we call it “Everlasting.”
Enjoy the uplifting properties of Sweet Orange with Sylla in this Essential Oil Exploration.
A perfect, refreshing oil for summer, learn about the relaxing properties of Petitgrain in this Essential Oil Exploration.
Explore the sweet bouquet of Neroli. Learn about its chemistry, plant origin, and how to use it therapeutically.
Let Sylla take you on an exploration of Rose essential oil and absolute. Learn about this oil’s chemistry, medicinal properties, and how to use it for emotional healing.
Learn about the plant, Patchouli, where the oils comes from, and its amazing therapeutic properties while Sylla takes you on an exploration of her signature essential oil.