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Guide To Katafray Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

Katafray essential oil (Cedrelopsis grevei) "is a guiding strength when there is emotional or physical pain," according to Working With Unusual Oils. This oil, which has limited availability, is also spelled katrafray, katrafay, or katafay.

Plant family: Rutaceae

Production: Steam distilled from the bark of the katafray tree, native to Madagascar.

Aroma: Woody with an earthy quality.

Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle

Is katafray safe to use during pregnancy? Consult a professional.

Is katafray essential oil safe for children? Consult a professional.

Cautions: None known.

Main components:

  • alpha-himachalene 11–15%
  • calamenene   4–6%
  • beta-caryophyllene 3–6%
  • beta-elemene 3–6%
  • beta-pinene   2–6%

Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition

Katafray Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

The Aromatherapy Companion: Katafray has an affinity for the musculoskeletal system. Use the oil to help relieve rheumatism, muscle or joint stiffness, and muscle aches, pains, cramps, and spasms. Also use this essential oil to reduce anxiety, irritability, nervousness, nervous tension, and feelings of being overwhelmed, and to improve self-esteem and focus.

Working With Unusual Oils: Katafray can help clear congestion and is cooling and soothing for the skin and mind. For skin care, this essential oil can reduce itching and redness in conditions such as eczema and dermatitis and is useful for mature skin.

This calming and relaxing oil can support sleep, especially if nightmares occur, and may be useful for people who wake up and worry or obsess.

You can also use this oil for reducing pain, especially from arthritis and trauma injuries. The oil can also help relieve emotional pain and is especially useful for people who feel alone, distraught, or in crisis or who have experienced trauma.

Use the following gel for tendon, muscle, or soft-tissue injuries to help relieve inflammation and pain. Do not use on broken skin.

  • 45 ml (about 3 tablespoons) aloe vera gel
  • 5 ml (1-1/16 teaspoon) arnica oil
  • 7 drops katafay essential oil
  • 7 drops helichrysum italicum essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops yarrow essential oil

Blend ingredients in a small jar and store in the refrigerator.

Essential Oils 101: For muscular inflammation or tendinitis, dilute 5 drops katafray in 5 drops St. John's wort oil. Using this essential oil in a perfume blend will anchor and extend the life of the perfume. The oil is useful in skin care.

Oshadhi Essential Oils: Ways to use katafray:

  • For massage, blend about 10 to 15 drops of the oil in 2 teaspoons carrier oil.
  • For a bath, blend 5 to 8 drops essential oil in one tablespoon carrier oil. Stir the blend into the bathwater.
  • For a calming inhaler, add a few drops to personal aromatherapy inhaler.

Relaxing Blend

  • 4 drops katafray essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil

Diffuse the blend before bedtime or make a massage oil by adding it to 2 teaspoons carrier oil.

Energizing Morning Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops katafray essential oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

Skin Care Blend

  • 5 drops katafray essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 2 teapoons carrier oil or unscented lotion

Apply a few drops to clean skin to support clarity and vitality.

Stillpoint Aromatics: Energetically, katafray essential oil works with the root, solar plexus, and heart chakras, supporting grounding, confidence, and emotional healing. Use the oil for grounding practices, to enhance meditative practices, and to clear negative energy from your aura or physical space.

This blend soothes joint discomfort and improves mobility:

  • 7 drops katafray essential oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 9 drops frankincense (boswellia frereana) essential oil
  • 10 drops plai essential oil

To use, dilute a few drops of the blend in one teaspoon carrier oil. Apply to affected areas.

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