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Page 14 | Abby's Magazine | Essential oils are nature's way of maintaining wellness. The essential oils in Olbas are carefully extracted from traditional medicinal plants and are blended by Swiss herbalists, making the Olbas formula truly unique. The essential oils in the Olbas Oil formula are: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Cajuput, Wintergreen, Juniper Berry and Clove. Peppermint Oil Mentha Piperita Peppermint is recognized the world over for its signature minty, fresh aroma. The essential oil, distilled from the fresh leaves of the Mentha piperita plant, retains that powerfully refreshing fragrance. Peppermint herb is a time-honored remedy for promoting healthy digestion and soothing upset stomach. In fact, it's currently listed in several European pharmacopoeias as an effective digestive aid. Peppermint oil is equally valuable. The penetrating vapors work quickly to enhance the breathing passages and maximize respiratory function. Peppermint's primary compound, Menthol, produces a cooling sensation that relaxes tense muscles and alleviates minor strains and muscular discomforts. Aromatherapists also recommend Peppermint oil's invigorating scent to enhance mental focus and concentration, increase alertness, as well as to ease tension and stress. For athletes, these unique properties may significantly help to improve athletic performance, not only by increasing mood and motivation, but also by enhancing the breathing passages, thereby maximizing oxygen intake. Peppermint is believed by botanists to be a hybrid of Water Mint (Mentha aquatica) and Spearmint (Mentha spicata). It belongs to the same family as the popular herbs Lavender and Rosemary. Peppermint is native to the Mediterranean region but is now widely cultivated throughout Europe, Australia and parts of North America. Eucalyptus Oil Eucalyptus Globulus Eucalyptus is an aromatic evergreen tea native to Australia and Tasmania. The powerful essential oil is synonymous with respiratory health, and it is found in many popular remedies, including chest rubs, liniments and balms. The essential oil of Eucalyptus is well known for providing immediate respiratory support and promoting healthy lung function. The herb tea made from Eucalyptus Leaves is also a traditional remedy for soothing scratchy throat. The brisk, energizing scent of Eucalyptus clears the mind, enhances focus, and increases mental alertness. The stately Eucalyptus tree has found various uses over the centuries. Historically, the Australian Aborigines relied on Eucalyptus to relieve minor joint discomforts and sore muscles. That traditional application continues today. Once Europeans were introduced to Eucalyptus, they too quickly recognized its many benefits. Although Eucalyptus is native to Australia, it is now cultivated in other parts of the world including: California, South America, Spain and Portugal. It is also known as Tasmanian Blue Gum and Australian Blue Gum Tree because of the haze produced by the essential oil from the blue-green leaves. Interestingly, Eucalyptus tree is also known as Fever Tree. Why? In Algeria, during the mid 19th century, groves of Eucalyptus trees were planted in marshy areas known for breeding malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Due to the remarkable drainage effects of the Eucalyptus tree roots, the marshes were converted to drier, healthier areas – eliminating the mosquitos' habitat. Cajeput Oil Melaleuca Leucadendron The essential oil of Cajeput is distilled from the fresh leaves and twigs of the Cajeput tree. It has a slightly medicinal aroma that is reminiscent of camphor and eucalyptus oils. In Southeast Asia, the Cajeput tree grows abundantly. The people of Vietnam and surrounding countries highly regard Cajeput as a traditional remedy. It is known in their healing culture primarily for its use for muscular and joint discomforts. It is also used for promoting healthy skin, as well as for its benefits to the throat, sinus and respiratory tract. As an aromatherapy agent, Cajeput oil stimulates the mind and promotes clear thinking. The Cajeput tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia, and grows in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Java, and the tropical regions of Australia. It is related to the Melaleuca species, and is also known as White Tea Tree, White Tree, and Swamp Tea Tree. Cajeput essential oil is produced by steam distillation of the fresh leaves and twigs from this tall evergreen tree, which grows up to 30 meters high. It has thick, pointed leaves, white flowers, and a flexible trunk with whitish spongy bark, hence the Malaysian name 'caju-puti' or white wood. Olbas: Essential Oils: The Power of Nature - Concentrated

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