Magnolia (Michelia alba, or Magnolia alba) essential oil is steam distilled from the flower of the plant. The sweet aroma is a subtle blend of floral, fruity, and herbaceous tones. Magnolia properties: analgesic, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitumor, sedative.
Common Primary Uses: Magnolia can be used aromatically or applied topically to reduce anxiety and promote calming. It is also soothing to skin when applied topically.
Body Systems Affected: Hormonal, immune, and skin.
Application and Safety Data
Topical: Magnolia can be applied neat (without dilution) directly on areas of concern or on reflex points.
Aromatic: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Safety: Old or oxidized oil may irritate sensitive skin. Consult with a physician before use if taking medications, pregnant, or nursing.
Ways to Use
Diffuser Blends: Because magnolia smells both floral and fruity, it blends well with citrus oils (especially bergamot, grapefruit, lime, and yuzu)—on the one hand—and with geranium, marjoram, rose, and ylang ylang—on the other. Magnolia’s slightly herbaceous undertone is also complemented by sandalwood and vetiver. Enjoy the following blends for calming, uplifting, and increasing awareness.
Personal or Room Spray: Combine essential oils in a 2 oz. glass misting spray bottle. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) 70 percent alcohol, and shake well. Fill the remainder with distilled water, and shake well again. Spritz onto your body or into the air as a room freshener.
Soothing Skin Oil: Combine essential oils in the order listed in a 1 oz. (~30 ml) glass roll-on vial. Fill the remainder with organic shea oil. Shea moisturizes and forms a mild barrier against the elements. It also reduces dryness and soothes skin irritations such as dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. (Note: shea oil may contain latex, a natural rubber.)
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