Xanthoxylum essential oil is another wonder oil from high in the Himalayans of Nepal. Xanthoxylum armatum, syn Zanthoxylum, a bushy shrub between elevations of 1000 and 1200m bears fruits that are wildcrafted then dried before steam distillation.
Emotionally Xanthoxylum has a soothing scent to diffuse at bedtime or when kicking back to unwind from a stressful day. An exquisite oil that assists meditation and is very soothing to the nerves.
Attributes & characteristics
Being rich in linalool, and also containing limonene, methyl cinnamate and cineole, it is used in the fragrance and flavor industry
Used as a flavouring agent in the confectionery industry and in the manufacture of soft drinks. Also used in the pharmaceutical and perfumery industries.
Himalayan healers use Xanthoxylum essential oil mainly for respiratory conditions and to improve vocal quality by stimulating and moisturizing the larynx. This makes it a most interesting oil in a gargle for singers, stage actors, narrators and public speakers. Anyone who uses their voice a lot might benefit using a gargle, see our recipe further down.
Several reputable professional aromatherapy sources give credit for therapeutic benefits including PMS and menstrual cramps when diluted with carrier oil and massaged on the abdomen and stomach. Because of the high linalol content this essential oil possesses anti-inflammatory benefits for swollen joints and muscle spasms. A wondrous oil to consider in massage blends!
General use: Home fragrance, cosmetics, skin care, bath and body lotions, creams, gels, incense, massage oil blends, meditation, perfume, candles and soaps, natural mosquito repellent sprays
Benefits the nervous system and useful in treatment of stress-related conditions such as headache, insomnia and nervous tension. Useful in the treatment of circulation, muscles and joints complications and relieves arthritis, inflamed joints, muscular pains, rheumatism and sprains. Prevents the spreading of infectious diseases. Useful in the treatment of tooth problems.Aids the digestive system and helps to improve appetite.
Effects on the skin
Contraindications: Non-toxic. Non-irritant. Avoid during pregnancy.
Essential Oil Information
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