(Magnolia x alba)
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: Antimicrobial, antiseptic, expectorant, hormonal, antipyretic, aphrodisiac, emmenagogue
AFFINITY FOR: Respiratory system, Hormonal, Skin, Nervous system, Reproductive
RESONANCE: physical, mental, emotional
PLANT FAMILY: Magnoliaceae
PART UTILIZED: Flower
EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam distilled
APPLICATION: Can be worn as an exotic perfume, applied anywhere, diffused, added to a bath, or simply inhaled.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Floral, crisp green, and fruity apple notes. This oil is very potent and only a small amount is needed at a time.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Magnolia is thought to have mood uplifting properties and to be very calming to the nervous system while stimulating awareness, and increasing confidence. It is used to reduce stress, providing a feeling of relaxation and tranquility, and has been used to help treat depression. Like all flower essential oils, Magnolia acts as an aphrodisiac.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: In traditional Chinese medicine, Magnolia flowers have been used for hundreds of years to move qi, the vital force that regulates the body’s organ systems. It is believed that when qi becomes blocked or stagnant, illness is the result.
Due to Magnolia's antimicrobial and antiseptic properties it is often used to treat respiratory infections. It has been widely used to clear the sinuses, relieve sinus headaches, clear chest and sinus congestion, relieve coughing, and may also offer relief for allergic reactions and asthma. Magnolia oil is also applied to reduce fevers, regulate female hormones, treat menstrual cramps, and otherwise promote a normal menstrual cycle.
Magnolia flower oil is an emollient that nourishes the skin and balances oil secretions. It has also been used on the skin for the treatment of pimples, lesions, dark spots, boils, and eruptions.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Also known as White Champaca, Magnolia alba is a hybrid of Magnolia champaca and Magnolia montana.
CAUTIONS: Avoid use during pregnancy due to Magnolia’s emmenagogue properties.