Below are listed just some of the essential oils and their properties used in Ripple massages and products.
Jasmines’ aromatic flowers have been used for centuries for adornment and decoration. In China the jasmine flower symbolizes the sweetness of women while in India it symbolizes divine hope. Jasmine essential oil is known as one of the most effective essential oils for nervous anxiety, restlessness and depression. It is also particularly useful for treating dry and irritated skin.
Orange Blossom Essential Oils (Neroli)
Orange blossom oil comes from the bitter orange tree which was first cultivated in the Mediterranean by the Arabs in the 10th Century.
Neroli is named after the 17th century Italian Princess of Nerola, Anna Maria de La Tremoille, who wore the oil in her gloves. Neroli is considered highly effective as a sedative and antidepressant and is recommended for the treatment of insomnia and as a relaxant.
The oil is reputed to have a rejuvenating effect on the skin as it has an ability to stimulate the growth of healthy new cells.
Lavender is often referred to as the mother of essential oils and is one of the most popular oils used in aromatherapy. It is known for its calming and relaxing properties and has a harmonizing effect on the nervous system.
It is very beneficial for the relief of muscle aches and pains and can also be used for the relief of rheumatism, sciatica and arthritis.
It has antiseptic qualities and can be used to treat insect bites. Ripple uses true lavender (L. angustifolia) in its oil blends, a pure highly effective (and more expensive) lavender essential oil.
Sandalwood is one of the oldest known aromatic materials and has at least 4,000 years of history of use.
The use of sandalwood became an integral part of Brahmin, Buddhism and other religious rituals.
Sandalwood’s common name is derived from the Sanskrit ‘chandana’. Sandalwood is known as a relaxant and is great for insomnia and tension. It is useful on dry skin and for varicose veins.
Mandarin is native to China and Indo China and was first introduced into Europe in the eighteenth century.
This essential oil has a tonic effect on the digestive system and helps regulate the metabolic processes. It is also considered the “children’s remedy” and great for soothing restlessness especially in hyperactive children.
It is also good for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy.
One of the most uplifting of essential oils, lime is often used in massage blends as a lymphatic stimulant and may be used for the treatment of fluid retention and cellulite.
It also acts as an astringent and is especially useful for oily skin and in the treatment of acne.
Tangerine Essential Oils
Tangerine oil is cold pressed from the peel of the ripe fruit. It is recommended for acne and congested and oily skin.
It has a tonic effect on the digestive system and is often used in massage blends for pregnant women from the fifth month onwards.
Frangipani is known as the Tree of Life in India as a branch cut from the tree will continue to blossom and will grow into a new tree when placed in the ground. Frangipani was the favourite flower of Lord Krishna.
Frangipani oil is originally derived from India and has a heady, sweet scent. It is a refreshing oil and is often used for deep cleansing.
The oil from grapefruit is known as stimulating to the lymphatic system and therefore great for a detoxing routine.
It is indicated for the treatment of cellulite, obesity and water retention. It has an uplifting and reviving effect which makes it valuable for treating stress, depression and exhaustion. Great for those who are feeling a little down, particularly in winter.
The geranium plant originated in South Africa, and was first introduced to Europe in the 17th Century, where it was planted extensively for the French perfume industry in the 1800s.
Geranium oil is a diuretic and has a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system.
It is beneficial for treating cellulite, fluid retention and is useful for treating bruises. It has a positive effect the nervous system and for relieving stress and headaches. It is great for use on all skin types.
The Greeks and Romans crowned themselves with peppermint at their feasts and used peppermint to flavour their sauces and wines.
It is well known as one of the most effective essential oils for the digestive system and is good for nausea and relieving travel sickness. It is also useful in the relief of muscle and joint pain and insect bites and has an uplifting cleansing aroma.
Lemongrass Essential Oils
Lemongrass was originally used as a food flavouring throughout Asia.
The fresh leaves are crushed in water and used as a hair wash in India.?
It has cleansing, antibacterial properties and its scent is uplifting and energizing. Lemongrass is often used as a skin tonic and is used in cleansing lotions.
Tea Tree Essential Oils
A native Australian plant, the aborigines have long recognised the positive properties of the tea tree.
The leaves have traditionally been used, crushed in the hand to relieve colds and headaches and as an antiseptic.
It is unusual in that it has a broad spectrum effect against bacteria and fungi. It is great for athletes foot and blisters.