Terpenes vs. Cineole

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Posted by Stacey on October 20, 2002 at 19:44:46:

Okay, here I am again, about to embark on another, I'm sure, boring
discussion of chemistry. Thank you all for the fabulous dialogue on
terpenes and your opinions on which oils slam that stain into the
skin the best. I looked up in my essential oils chemistry book
("The Aromatherapy Practitioner Manual" by Sylla Sheppard-Hanger of
the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy in Tampa, from whom I
learned) the oils tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia), cajeput
(melaleuca cajuputi), cardamom (elletaria cardamomum), and two
species of eucalpytus (globulus and radiata), and the common
denominator is 1,8 cineole, all oils containing over 85% (except in
the case of eucalyptus radiata which could contain as little as
63%). So it looks like we are needing 1,8 cineole in our blends.
Other oils containing high concentrations of 1,8 cineole are
galangal, hyssop, roman chamomile, blue and white yarrow (milfoil),
spike lavender, allspice, French and Bulgarian rose absolute
(expensive!), and turmeric and spearmint which contain about 6-10%
(but if you want to cover the icky smell of the melaleucas or
eucalpytus you can use some of these others).

I have had fabulous luck this week with tea tree (thanks!) and pink
grapefruit (on me) and look forward to making batches with some of
these other oils. I have the Withlacoochee River Bluegrass Festival
to do on 11/2, and now I am not worried about people getting a good
enough stain (I was worried about that at my first show).

Regarding a place to get the oils, I sell them at my website and I
give a 20% discount to professionals (mostly health professionals
but I certainly consider henna artists professionals since they use
the oils consistently). Please stop by and sign in and I'm sure if
there's something you want, I can get it for you cheap (well cheaper
than retail!).

Thanks guys!



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