Since it’s autumn in Vermont, one of the most enjoyable things to do is simply take in the scenery and explore the landscape as the leaves change color. Reds, yellows and oranges are starting to show here already. This colorful display led me to the idea for this post- exploring a few of the essential oils we use here at Way Out Wax that are derived from the leaves of plants and trees, such as sage, tea tree and eucalyptus.
The first familiar leaf-derived essential oil we’ll talk about is sage. Sage is one of my favorite essential oils. Sage was considered by the Romans to be a sacred oil and the plant’s latin name Salvia is derived from the word “salvation.” It has a clean, herbaceous scent. The essential oil can be used as a circulatory stimulant and contains some properties similar to the hormone estrogen. When used in aromatherapy, sage is cleansing and clarifying.
Tea tree (in our Bug Out sprays and candles) is another well-known and popular essential oil derived from leaves. It’s a very antiseptic, antimicrobial and antifungal oil when applied topically (usually diluted). It can be found in myriad personal care products including shampoos and skin creams. The fragrance is fresh and camphorous. In addition to all of those benefits, it’s also a highly effective, all natural insect repellent!
In this post, I briefly talked about the decongestant properties of eucalyptus. You might recognize its wonderfully aromatic menthol smell, which makes it an effective and popular ingredient in cough drops! It is also antimicrobial and a great disinfectant. Eucalyptus essential oil is energizing and purifying when used in aromatherapy. You also might remember learning in school that eucalyptus leaves are a staple in the diet of koala bears!