Organic, Medicinal, Essential Oils from Around the World

The Alma de la Planta line of medicinal, essential oils are made especially for Alpha Omega Labs. These are pure, unadulterated plant extracts with no additives. (Please read sidebar.)
The product line presented below -- consisting of each essential oil in convenient 30 ml. bottles -- comprises the first of 150 planned essential, medicinal oils. Because the clinical side of Alpha Omega Labs' work often involves the use of essential oil blends, each bottle is handmarked, covering both single oils and "made-to-order" blends. See plant links and medicinal property summaries below.

Code Name of Essential Oil
(plus quantity & description)
Medicinal Properties /
Traditional (Ethnobotanical) Use
5115 Anise (Star) - 30 ml.
(Illicium verum).

Clear and colorless, but possessing an aroma of black licorice, Star Anise is sometimes confused with ordinary Anise (Pimpinella anisum).
Used for colds, flu, rheumatism, bronchitis, coughing, colic, cramping, and ingestion.
Warnings: When used in large doses, star anise is a narcotic and slows circulation. Avoid if breast-feeding, pregnant, or attempting to conceive. Also, do not use if you have liver disease or suffer from alcoholism or endometriosis.
"Star Anise" has recently gained renewed popularity because of its shikimic acid content, which purportedly has a suppressive effect on spike proteins.
5120 Basil (sweet) - 30 ml.
(Ocimum basilicum).

Basil oils have strong organoleptics, thus if used in concert with other oils, use sparingly. The smell is "sweet and herby" with a hint of licorice and camphor.
Insect bites, insect repellent, muscle aches, rheumatism, sinusitis, bronchitis, coughing, gout, colds and flu, and exhaustion. Possesses strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties.
Warnings: Avoid if pregnant or suffering from a serious liver condition. Always use Basil Oil sparingly and with caution.
5121 Bergamot - 30 ml.
(Citrus bergamia).

A medicinal citrus fruit oil with a sweet, floral, mild scent.
Antidepressant, antiscarring (used to treat cicatrix created by insect bites, acne, etc.), antiviral (often used to treat herpes sores). $18.00
5122 Cedarwood Atlas (Moroccan) - 30 ml. (Cedrus atlantica).

Earthy, balsamic scent with mild notes.
Antiseptic, fungicidal. Used to treat acne, dandruff and hair follicle stimulation [hair loss], coughs, bronchitis; insect repellent. Has a calming effect on the neurophysiology. $11.95
5123 Cinnamon (Bark) - 30 ml.
(Cinnamomum zeylanicum).

Cinnamon oil is a therapeutic with strong organoleptics.
Used, similar to Sangre de Drago, to treat scars. Widely regarded as an aphrodisiac. Analgesic and anti-viral. $13.00
5125 Citronella - 30 ml.
(Cymbopogon winterianus).

Citronella has a citrus-like, sweet, light, clean smell. Its consistency is light and thin.
Used to treat fatigue, headaches, excessive perspiration, and oily skin. Like basil oil, will act as insect repellent. $10.80
5128 Clary Sage - 30 ml.
(Salvia sclarea).

An old world essential oil from Austria, with medium odor strength.
Often used by naturopaths to address female issues: used for estrogen balance, menstrual pain, and insomnia. $26.00
5130 Clove (Leaf) - 30 ml.
(Syzygium aromaticum).

Clove leaf oil is a light consistency and spicy smell.
Often used as an ingredient in specialty soaps,cosmetics, and oral care products, clove leaf oil is analgesic and anti-microbial. Often used on toothaches to dull the pain. $11.00
5135 Cypress - 30 ml.
(Cupressus sempervirens).

Pine-like, sharp, strong smell.
Used to tighten loose muscles, hemmoroids, and rupturned capillaries; treats varicose veins; prevents loss of hair by cleaning follicles of debris; natural deodorant. $16.00
5140 Eucalyptus - 30 ml.
(Eucalyptus globulus).

This variety produces a very strong scent.
Used to treat congestion and clear pulmonary passages; treats topical infetions; vermifugal, insect-repelling; anti-viral and anti-bacterial. $ 10.20
5145 Fennel - 30 ml.
((Foeniculum vulgare).

Among the strongest scented "umbelliberas" -- anise or licorice-like.
Stimulent and tonic; has estrogenic properties. $13.95
5150 Frankincense Serrata - 30 ml.
(Boswellia serrata).

Another very strong-scented oil; balsamic and spicy. This is the Indian variety, Boswellia serrata, which has a thinner consistency.
Among the most ancient and highly-regarded medicinal oils; used cosmetically to tighten skin and give a more youthful appearance -- a basis for its anti-aging reputation; strongly antiseptic and anti-inflammatory; strengths the immune system by inducing more T-Lymphocyte production; various studies suggest it helps to reduce the rate of tumor growth. $16.00
5152 Frankincense Carterii - 30 ml.
(Boswellia carterii).

Very strong-scented; similar to Boswellia serrata, but much stronger with a thicker consistency.
Has all the same properties as Boswellia serrata above, but is much stronger. $32.00
5155 Ginger Root - 30 ml.
(Zingiber officinale).

Warm and spicy. The odor strength is moderate.
Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-allergic, vermifuge, expectorant. Used to treat colds, coughs, fever, bronchitis, arthritis and muscle aches, bruises and sprains, poor circulation, varicose veins, and swelling. Combats nausea. Aphrodisiac: fights impotence and increases libido. $16.00
5160 Grapefruit, White - 30 ml.
(Citrus paradisi)

This grapefruit variety is a cross between the Indonesian pomelo and the sweet orange. Scent is very strong, clean, and citrusy.
Astringent, aiding its reputation as a weight loss aid; tightens pores on the face; improve immune system by acting as a tonic on the lymphatic system; increases memory and mental clarity. $10.80
5165 Juniper Berry (Himalayan) - 30 ml.
(Juniperus communis).

Pine-like smell with a hint of fruitiness; moderate odor strength.
Treats eczema, acne, varicose veins, and cellulite; reduces muscle aches and pain; sprains, stiffness, spasms, and shin splints; fights mental exhaustion and stress; brings clarity of mind. $15.50
5170 Lavender - 30 ml.
(Lavandula angustifolia)

This is "true lavender," not "spike" or another variety of the Lamiaceae family. Oil is light and sweet.
Therapeutically, one of the most versatile essential oils. Its properties include: analgesic, antiseptic, antirheumatic, antidepressant, deodrant, diuretic, hypotensive, sedative, stimulant, and vermifugal. Often used to calm an upset stomach $11.00
5175 Lemongrass - 30 ml.

Lemon-like, with a moderate odor strength.
Antidepressant, analgesic (used to treat muscle soreness and arthritis); anti-microbial and anti-fungal; has a fresh, revitalizing quality on the mind. $11.00
5177 Majoram, Wild - 30 ml.
(Origanum majorana).

A mix of pine and citrus-type notes from this Turkish native.
Properties: Analgesic, antiviral, antiseptic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, etc. $18.00
5180 Myrrh - 30 ml.
(Commiphora myrrha).

This oil is dark, viscous, and has strong base notes: warm and balsamic, slightly smokey. The odor strength is moderate.
Diluted and used for treating the skin, tightening the pores and skin, providing a lustrous glow. Analgesic: used for joint pain; sedative. Vermicidal: ringworm. Pulmonary: bronchitis and colds. Flatulence; loss of appetite; hemorroids; etc. $15.50
5185 Neem Oil - 30 ml.
(Azadirachta indica).

Virgin, cold-pressed with a scent that is unique to neem.
[For years we dealt in neem products. The introduction of this oil (in 2014) is our first foray back in the market since 2003.] Neem oil is strongly antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and vermifugal. Skin: cold sores, boils, scabies, eczema, psoriasis, acne, ringworm, hives, burns, shingles, rashes, gangrene, wounds, warts, and wrinkles Hair: Makes hair brilliant; stimulates growth by oxygenating follices. Mouth: Treats gingivitis. Vermifugal: Repels insects. Nervous System: insomnia, hypertension, exhaustion. Other: Prostate tonic,\ poor circulation, snake bites, etc.
5190 Orange - 30 ml.
(Citrus sinensis).

Sweet, fresh, and, of course, "orange-like"
Vermifugal, antibacterial, boosts immune and lymphatic systems. $10.00
5195 Oregano - 30 ml.
(Origanum vulgare).

Very strong odor strength; camphoraceous.
Antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, stimulant, topical analgesic, diuretic, expectorant, among its many medical properties. $16.00
5197 Palo Santo - 30 ml.
(Bursera graveolens).

A very strong odor scent, similar to frankincense and myrrh, which are in the same family (Burseraceae).
Fights depression, anxiety, emotional pain, headaches, common cold, flu symptoms, etc. We sell the essential oil from the flower of Palo Santo, and it has its own product page, which provides many more details. Note that whereas the other Alma de la Planta oils ship from the U.S. This one ships from Ecuador. $19.95
5202 Papaya Oil - 30 ml.
(Carica papaya).

Papaya oil has a rich, aromatic smell and unusually smooth, silk-like texture.
Anti-microbial (antibacterial and antifungal), carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, having tonic effects for the heart and cardiovascular system. The most common use in the tropics is as a vermifuge. The seeds themselves are often eaten for this purpose. The worm-killing effects can be experienced by taking as little as ten drops at a time in hot green tea once a day. $11.00
5210 Patchouli (Dark) - 30 ml.
(Pogostemon patchouli).

Aged in cast iron, dark patchouli holds a medium odor strength.
Anti-inflammatory; a traditional used for revitalize the skin and hair. Legendary in its reputation as an aphrodisiac. $15.50
5215 Peppermint - 30 ml.
(Mentha piperita).

A strong, minty oil with very high odor strength.
Anti-viral; anti-microbial; anti-inflammatory; topical analgesic, as it "cools" the application area. Used extensively in dental products as it kills the bacteria that causes cavities. Additionally, it's easy to grow. $11.00
5220 Pine - 30 ml.
(Pinus sylvestris).

Pine needle essential oil is a widely-used "traditional." It has a moderate odor strength.
Antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, neuralgic. Traditional uses and indications include colds, flu, and fever; bronchitis, asthma, arthritis, gout, prostatitis, sciatica, neuralgia, insect repellent, eczema, and psoriasis. $11.00
5225 Rosemary (Moroccan) - 30 ml.
(Rosmarinus officinalis).

Strong herbal with high odor strength.
Antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic; stimulates mental cognitive facilities; stimulates hair follicles and improves hair growth; traditionally used for acne, eczema, and other skin problems; indicated for colds, flu, sinusitis, tonsillitis, and muscle soreness. Contains carnosic acid, which research has shown inhibits cancer growth by inhibiting the expression of cancer genes. $13.50
5227 Spearmint - 30 ml.
(Mentha spicata).

Spicy, mint-like.
Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, and stomachic. $11.00
5230 Tea Tree - 30 ml.
(Melaleuca alternifolia).
Strong, unique scent with very high odor strength.
Anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial; used topically as a vermifuge. $12.00
5233 Thyme, German - 30 ml.
(Thymus vulgaris).
Spicy and sharp notes with a high odor strength.
Antiseptic, analgesic, anthelmintic, antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiviral, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, insecticide, stimulant. $11.00
5235 Turmeric - 30 ml.
(Curcuma longa).
Spicy scent with a medium odor strength.
Analgesic, anti-arthritic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, laxative, stimulant, vermicidal. $11.00
5270 Wintergreen - 30 ml.
(Gaultheria Procumbens).
Strong, minty scent.
Antiseptic, analgesic, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory. $16.00
5290 Ylang Ylang - 30 ml.
(Cananga odorata).
An exotic, sweet, floral scent.
Properties: Antidepressant, antiseptic, hypotensive, sedative, and antiseborrhoeic. $18.00


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are "Alma de la Plant" oils pure? Are there any additives or incipients?
Yes, they are pure. And, no, they contain no additives, incipients, or diluting oils. If an oil in question is not "pure," it is not truly a medicinal essential oil. The dilution or adulteration of essential oils is common in the massage oil business, but no serious producer of medicinal oils would ever dilute their oil. Moreover, since there are protocols for using select medicinal oils internally (see question below), it can actually be dangerous to contaminate medicinal oils with other impure substances -- something we would never do.

2. What method is used to extract your essential oils?
We use steam distillation for all of our oils, except for myrrh, for which we use solvent extraction (using the purest, natural solvent in the business, benzyl benzoate). In all our citrus essential oils, we use a "cold press" technique, as this is the only way to do the extraction and preserve the medicinal components, which are well-established as having "heat lability" issues.

3. Why are your medicinal essential oils so much cheaper than the vast majority of comparable items in the marketplace?
It is not our position that Alma de la Planta products are too low . . . but that market forces exist which have taken these natural medicinals which should be regarded as a natural household commodities, and turned them into luxury items.
Two primary market forces exist which have caused this to occur: the first is the multi-level marketing (MLM) channel, where markups of 1,000% are often necessary to fund the extravagant marketing plans that are designed to enrich a select few and impoverish the everyday, working "MLM distributor." We discuss this at length in my essay, MLM 101.

The second major marketing force that has exerted pressure to keep essential oils artificially high is that of perfumery. By their olfactory similarity to perfumes, essential oils are affected by the same pricing dynamics that affect this market. Enormous sums are devoted to advertising and marketing of various fragrances annually under the rubic, "You get what you pay for." Out of this phenomenon comes the pejorative expression, "cheap perfume."
Advertisers work to convince you that a brand name perfume is expensive because it's superior in quality . . . and to anyone who has worked in the advertising field, this is known to be pure nonsense.
Likewise, you have hoards of resellers of pricey oils (many of them MLM distributors) who will try to convince you that a certain brand of essential oil is expensive because it's better.
It's all nonsense.
Pure oregano oil from wildcrafted or organic sources, for example, is pure oregano oil. You can pay under $10 for a 30 ml. bottle, or you can pay $50. It's the same product. Same plant. Same oil. Same medicinal effect. The difference is how it's been marketed. If you want to pay more, pay more. That is entirely your choice.

4. Where do "Alma de la Planta" products ship from?
Currently, they ship from the United States, but we will soon be adding to the line and shipping from Ecuador and Peru, as well.

5. Can "Alma de la Planta" essential oils be taken internally?
There is considerable debate -- both online and in the extant literature as to whether or not essential oils should be taken internally. There is no question that since essential oils contain the distilled, concentrated essence of the plant, there is considerable room for abuse and harm if one takes them internally without proper guidance.
At the same time, those in the orthodox community who brand all internal consumption of essential oils as dangerous, only make themselves look foolish. Specifically, many medicinal oils come from foods, such that to consume the essential oil is to be taking one small component of the food itself. Is there anything inherent dangerous about oranges, grapefruit, lemon, basil, fennel, ginger, or peppermint?
Many practitioners use protocols that employ medicinal oils that come from "natural foods." One or two drops are taken with a teaspoon of flaxseed, olive, castor, or other "carrier oil." There is nothing wrong with this approach, but still, our standing advice is that you are better off working with an experienced practitioner than doing it yourself -- particularly if you have any concerns in this area.

6. What is the "shelf-life" of Alma de la Planta oils?
Well made and bottled, pure essential oils take many years to go rancid, if they do, at all. We've have essential oils we made in the lab in 2008 that are good today. The manner in which we process our oils, stored in dark, amber dispenser bottles (commonly used throughout the essential oil business), ensure a long-shelf life. (Though you must keep the oils in a cool, dark place . . . refrigerating if necessary.)
Nonetheless, when used for professional purposes, taking into account that all natural materials lose therapeutic value over time, a practical shelf-life of two years from the date of purpose should be observed. The exception is citrus oils (like lemon, orange, and grapefruit) and oils from plants of the Coniferinae class (like pine, yew, cypress, etc.), which -- because of high "terpene" content -- will oxidize quicker over time. Adopt a date of six months from the date of purchase for maximum therapeutic value.

7. There are many "grades" of myrrh and frankincense on the market. Which do you use?
The myrrh we sell is the "resnoid oil," derived from "Commiphora myrrha" in India. This is a frequently asked question because there is a purified myrrh oil that is much more expensive to make and far more expensive on the market. In our work with essential oils, we never found the additional cost to be commeasurate with increased medicinal effect. For the vast majority of users, the resnoid oil is the best choice.
In the case of frankincense, we use Boswellia serrata from India, one of several species of the Boswellia genus from which frankincense is derived.

8. Do you provide chemical analysis with each oil?
We do not -- for seveal reasons. First of all, "Alma de la Planta" is a "lose leader." It is our way of "giving back," by providing high quality, medicinal oils at much lower prices that are generally found on the market (see above). The cost of running quantitative analysis (like the analytical lab we had in the States) is prohibitively expensive.
Secondly, there are going to be small variances from batch to batch no matter who on this planet is making medicinal essential oils. It is the same with nutrients in food. Take it out to fractional micrograms, and it would not be inaccurate to say that no two oranges, lemons, or grapefruit on this planet has the same exact quantity of Vitamin C.
The focus of "Alma de la Planta" is to make the best, most medicinally active, essential oils we can for the money . . . and with or without daily, batch runs of analytical reports, this is precisely what we do.