Thursday, September 1, 2011

Amber essential oil

Amber essential oil, pinus succinefera fossil, has been credited with numerous beneficial properties both physical and spiritual. The ancient Romans and Greeks used amber essential oil to cure ailments such as asthma, rheumatism and internal problems. It's purported healing powers have extended to epilepsy, jaundice, kidney and bladder complaints and even the plague. It has also been used as an aphrodisiac and to guard against witchcraft. It is now believed to be a good source of beneficial negative ions when worn close to or on the skin.
Amber essential oil is actually the fossilized sap of the giant prehistoric conifer, "pinus succinfera". Amber essential oil is estimated to be between 40 and 60 million years old, and its' use as a trading commodity dates back to 8000 BC. Amber has had various names down through the centuries, including 'Sunstone', 'Stone of victory', 'Adornment of the daughters of Rome', and 'Gold of the north'. Its english name derives from ancient Arabia where it was burnt as incense and was known as 'anbar' or 'ambar'. The crude essential oil is obtained by dry distillation of the fossil resin.
Amber essential oil, pinus succinefera fossil, is resinous, warm and smoky with an undertone of floral citrus and blends well with the following essential oils: geranium, pine, spruce, cedarwood, myrrh, galbanum, frankincense, cypress, clove, aniseed, lemon, orange, cistus, rose absolute, and benzoin.
Amber oil cautions - Best avoided if pregnant.
Amber oil properties - Calmative, analgesic, antispasmodic, expectorant, febrifuge.

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