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Betel leaf essential oil is steam distilled from from the leaves of the Piper betle vine. This perennial plant with heart-shaped leaves is native to India and other parts of South Asia. Ayurvedic medicine has long used the plant's leaves, which are a main ingredient in Indian paan, a traditional preparation used as a mouth freshener and digestive aid.
Plant family: Piperaceae
Aroma: Pungent and spicy.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Top to middle.
Is betel leaf safe to use during pregnancy? Probably not. Consult a professional.
Is betel leaf essential oil safe for children? Consult a professional.
Cautions: Low risk of skin sensitization.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice: Betel leaf is a catalyst for balancing the ego, radically shifting form, and releasing consciousness from matter. The oil supports the third and fifth chakras.
Use this essential oil to release inner information that you can use for dynamic action in the outer world, to facilitate information flow from the unconscious to the conscious, and to spark epiphanies. The oil may help:
See the book for more details, including using the oil with archetypes.
Utama Spice: Piper betle essential oil may help relieve pain, including headaches, back pain, joint pain, and other rheumatic pains. Mix a few drops of essential oil with a carrier oil to massage onto the painful area. Other suggested uses:
Veda Oils: You can use betel leaf in hair care blends to reduce dandruff and help prevent hair loss, in aromatherapy skin care products for acne and scars, and in personal care products such as hand washes and soap.
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