Fragonia™ Essential Oil

Fragonia™ Essential Oil is a pale yellow, thin oil with a fresh, cineolic aroma that has notes of fruity florals and slightly spicy cinnamon with a balsamic undertone. The overall impression is very green, fresh and uplifting. It is made by steam distillation of the leaves and twigs of the plant.

Scientific Name Fragonia™ Essential Oil

The INCI is usually Agonis Fragrans but you may also see the name Taxandra Fragrans. INCI stands for International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients whereby ingredients used in cosmetics are identified and categorised. The CosIng database is the skincare ingredients checker that helps you to identify what you are using. 

The background of Fragonia™

The plant is a small shrub, not quite a tree that grows about 2 to 3 metres high. It grows naturally in South Western Western Australia and is a member of the Myrtaceae family from which we get several quality essential oils. The plant had only previously been used by florists as a filler for cut flowers, to bulk out the display.

There are several variations of the plant but in 1996, a farming couple discovered a particularly fragrant variety and started cultivating it. They had extensive testing done and in 2001, they were growing small plantations of it. Once they had realized the enormous potential of the essential oil distilled from the plant, they trademarked the name they gave it. This was the first time an essential oil had been trademarked, but the reason was obvious. Pretty soon, endless inferior versions of the oil would start appearing, synthetic copies and so on would flood the market. We have seen this time and again with many essential oils that are extended and altered.

By having the oil trademarked, you can be sure that when you buy a bottle of Fragonia™ Essential Oil, that is exactly what you have bought. In fact, you will also know the name of the couple who grew it for you; John and Peta. How cool is that? Other farmers have tried planting the shrub elsewhere, but it just doesn’t seem to thrive or even like living anywhere else than where it does. 

Compared to other oils, it is a little expensive, but a few years ago when the Australian bushfires wiped out huge swathes of Australia, this farming couple lost most of their plants. The root tubers of the shrub are quite bulbous and starch and many actually survived the fires and now, a few years later, they are back in business. That really does go to explain the price. Quality products cost a little more and it is so worth it when you read about what it can do.

How To Use Fragonia™ Essential Oil

I think that this oil splits very easily into two camps. On the other hand, it is what I call a very practical oil. The chemical constituents are well known and tested in a laboratory situation, and the listed molecules have a long history of practical applications. On the other hand, it is a very esoteric oil and some people will never accept this. I’m happy to use all aspects of this amazing oil to its full benefit.

Fragonia™ Essential Oil For Skin

  • To start with the practical side, the high level of 1,8 Cineole makes this an obvious choice for all respiratory problems, sinus problems and is a really effective decongestant to help break up mucus (use it in a bowl of hot water as an inhalant). It is safe enough to use with children, but, obviously, in very small amounts. Think of it in the same way as you could use other oils that contain 1,8 Cineole like Eucalyptus and Niaouli.
  • Fragonia™ Essential Oil is a very effective antifungal, so it would be an excellent addition to foot creams or foot gels to combat athlete’s foot. Many clinical aromatherapists are using this oil as an antifungal agent to support people with suppressed immune systems and are finding it to be a good immune tonic. Practitioners say that applying a dilution around the major lymph nodes has been very effective.
  • Others are reporting that it can be part of a treatment plan for digestive disorders including candida. As a relatively new essential oil, there are more uses being discovered all the time.
  • As a mild analgesic, Fragonia™ Essential Oil alleviates muscular pains as well, so that is not only nice to have in the foot creams, but in many sports products, pre and post exercise. This effect is enhanced if it is blended with Plai Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil or Black Spruce Essential Oil.
  • As an anti-inflammatory, once again, it works well in sports products, but that action also makes it desirable for acne control. It can even be used neat as a spot control treatment. Its antibacterial properties appear to be just as strong as Tea Tree Oil. It has a very good safety profile, so even youngsters who are getting spots can use it. It’s just as effective later in life if you are having problems with spots from hormonal changes.
  • There is ongoing research regarding the female reproductive system and how it can help. People have reported reduction in breast tenderness and menstrual pain. Other people have been looking to use it for mild depression and long term fatigue.
  • Regular travellers have reported that it helps alleviate the symptoms of jet lag and it is thought this is because it helps to regulate the pineal gland. This can be very beneficial for people that have to do varying patterns of shift work as well as night workers.
  • It is a very soothing oil for inflamed skin whether this is from acne or from chapped skin in the winter. It is well tolerated by all skin types without any adverse effects.

Fragonia™ Essential Oil For Hair

  • There is not so much obvious use here. Of course the fragrance will be enlivening when used in a shampoo, but it does not have any real benefits for the hair itself.

Using it in a diffuser

If you intend using it in a diffuser, I recommend to use one that has a timer so that it can be used for short amounts of time. Whilst it is a good oil to use for cleansing a sick room, I don’t feel it is appropriate to use this oil continuously for hours at a time, and I will go into that later. This is a good diffuser here;

         

In a diffuser for a short period before bedtime, it can encourage deep relaxation especially when blended with Roman Chamomile.

So, that’s the practical side covered – now for the esoteric side

I first came across Fragonia Essential Oil by hearing about lectures from Dr. Daniel Pénoël. Dr. Pénoël is a passionate expert, and listening to one of his lectures can be equally enlightening and intimidating. I next heard about it from a friend in New Zealand who was a homoeopath, and was part of a group selected to do the “proving” of the oil. In homoeopathy, in simple terms, “proving” is where very experienced therapists receive an homeopathic dilution of a material with no prior knowledge or information about it. They use their experience to filter out extraneous information they are taking in and report back on what they feel the product is capable of and what its potential is. When the group information is collated, it is looked at from an overview and the results were astounding with everyone reporting the same types of emotional responses.

I imagine I lost some of you as soon as I mentioned the term homoeopathy and you bailed out. That’s OK, and that is your choice. I may lose a few more people along the way who think this gets far too “witchy-woo”! If you are still with me, thank you for your open minds.

I think one of the most understandable responses was from one homeopath who explained it thus: you know when you keep repeating the same behaviour? You know it’s not good for you, but you keep doing it. It’s almost got the comfort of familiar self harming. It might be overeating. It might be smoking. It might be that you keep choosing bad partners. It could be abuse or neglect from childhood. It could be not getting the promotion you deserved simply because you are female. Whatever the origin, it has been something that affects YOU! You pick at the scab that never heals because you keep picking it. She then gave the analogy of playing the same record over and again. Fragonia™ Essential Oil erases the grooves of the record meaning that you can’t keep playing it over and again. THAT resonated so strongly with me and that was the moment that I decided I needed to try this oil for myself.

A week after I got my bottle of oil, I was teaching a 3 day class to a group of 16 trainee cosmetologists. At the end of the first day, I asked them if they would partake in a very informal experiment. They all agreed. I explained that it was an essential oil. I did not say whether it was new or give any details – not even the name.

I gave each a small jar with a few drops in. I asked them to not try and identify it or give it any thought at all. I reassured them that it was not known to have any harmful side effects regarding blood pressure or other issues. Then, the next day, we would discuss it.

I asked them to write down a brief summary of what they encountered and bring it in. Being the old cynic that I was, I collected these notes up before we discussed it. Having a brief look through what was said I was amazed. What a revelation! 13 of the 16 participants had very strong statements. I confirmed that everyone was happy to discuss what they had written in this small group and everyone was OK. The 3 who had no response explained it was simply that, but were curious to know what the others said.

One woman started by saying she had been sexually abused by an uncle of hers from the age of 7 for 3 years. Now, as a woman in her 40’s she had blocked it from her mind mostly. She said that in her dream she could smell his pipe tobacco in the pocket of his tweed jacket as he came up to her and put his arm around here. She said that this did not disturb her because, in her dream, she walked out of the room and went into the kitchen where her aunt was. She sat and chatted with her aunt whom she adored, whilst her aunt made cakes. She said she felt warm and loved. She was quite amazed with herself that she could say this in front of the group without crying, but she said she felt calm about it. She said she would like to explore this further.

Another woman said she had left a well paid job because her boss was a bully who singled her out for being “a typical woman”. This was not meant as any form of a compliment but as a continual put down and reminder for her to not not step “out of her place”. She eventually left and got a much better job with a company who valued what she had to offer to their business. She said that in her dream, she smelled the floor polish that was used in her old office building. It took her right back there and she saw her ex boss’s face. She laughed out loud in front of our group and said what a silly little man he had been, and she wondered what issues he was trying to compensate for. She then said she actually felt sorry for him. All very calm and centered.

The “smoothing of the record grooves” often seems to happen in the dream state. I have never heard of anyone experiencing nightmares because of it or being traumatised from it.

PTSD causes

I step out of my comfort zone here, because I am certainly no expert in this field. I have PTSD symptoms and Complex PTSD. They are both something that I have been working through for some time now. I want to make it clear here – I am NOT saying that Fragonia™ is a cure or treatment for PTSD at all! If you feel that you have this condition, then I encourage you to seek out professional help. It is a complex issue and takes skilled professionals to help you. For me, it is part of my “toolbox” that I use for self help, but I have no illusions that I need more than just this oil.

Here is where I think this oil may become immensely useful for today – right here and now. 2020 has been a massive, global change. There have been so many deaths that could not be grieved or mourned. This carries on into 2021. However, I feel this is the tip of the iceberg, because we are going to see so many hospital staff starting to suffer with PTSD. An average nurse or doctor is a caring and empathic person to start with – that’s why they went into medicine. They see us at our worst and they mend us.

For over a year now, these people have seen and dealt with the most awful medical situations, and worked day after day with extended hours. It is a tribute to them how the medical system still works. I can imagine that, in the coming years, PTSD will become a common theme in our lives, because of what we have collectively lived through with Covid 19.

Much of what this oil can do seems to happen whilst in the dream state. Your dreams may have greater depth and can be very expansive. This can help to release long held blockages and release old patterns of behaviour and old patterns of thinking and help in rebalancing with new ways of seeing something coming to light. It has a growing reputation for promoting emotional peace and harmony, especially during difficult times. Resilience seems to be a recurring aspect of this oil, especially emotional resilience from old trauma and emotional pain.

Essential Oil Chemistry

As with most aromatherapy oils, the chemical compounds list is extensive, but can broadly be summarised to enable an Aromatherapist to make informed decisions about which chemical molecules are relevant.

A typical chemical breakdown of this oil is;

Monoterpenes

These are part of the larger Terpenes family and make up a large part of an essential oil. They penetrate the skin easily (diluted of course) and are generally very fragrant, analgesic, antibacterial, lantiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral,  decongestant, rubefacient and stimulating. This oil typically contains;

  • Alpha-Pinene 21% to 29%
  • Beta-Pinene 1% to 2%
  • Gamma-Terpinene 1.3% to 3.3%
  • Myrcene 1% to 2%
  • Limonene 2% to 2.8%
  • Para-Cymene 2.2% to 3.5%

giving an approximate total of 31% Monoterpenes.

Monoterpene Alcohols

These are generally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral. On the whole, this group is considered to be uplifting and generally very desirable in skincare products. This oil typically contains;

  • Linalool 8% to 12%
  • Terpinen-4-ol 3% to 4.5%
  • Alpha Terpineol 5% to 8%
  • Myrtenol 3% to 4%
  • Geraniol 0.5% to 1.5%
  • Nerol 0.1% to 1%

Giving an approximate total of 25% Monoterpene Alcohols.

Oxides

These are good decongestants and good at shifting mucous. They are respiratory stimulants and are mentally stimulating. This oil typically contains;

  • 1,8 Cineole 20% to 32%

These ratios will, of course, vary from batch to batch but it was leading medical essential oil researcher Dr. Daniel Pénoël who identified that altogether, this oil has a near perfect 1:1:1 ratio of Oxides, Monoterpenes and Monoterpene Alcohols. This is unheard of in any other essential oil and is considered an important aspect for the incredible effects of using the oil. Dr Pénoël considers this Golden Proportion as important as the Golden Section, first identified by Euclid, but made famous by Leonardo Da Vinci. It has been said that this essential oil is equally fractal in nature.

Vibrational Energy

My 8 years of training in clinical aromatherapy included a lot of chemistry and scientific research as I worked for UCLH, which is a major teaching hospital in London. My training was also holistic, bringing in herbalism and the esoteric sciences. I bring together all aspects of my knowledge when formulating.

2nd Chakra / Sacral Chakra / Swadhisthana / Lower abdomen

This chakra connects with how we relate to our own emotions and the emotions of others. It deals with creativity as well as sexual energy. When the chakra is open, we feel abundant with well being and sexuality.

  • Mantra: “I always honor others but not before myself”
  • Color: Orange
  • Element: Water
  • Stone: Tiger’s Eye

4th Chakra /  Heart Chakra / Anahata / Centre of chest, above the heart

This chakra is the link or bridge between the lower chakras (more material) and the upper chakras (more spiritual). It can influence our ability to give and receive love. This applies to ourselves as well as others. When open, it allows empathy and compassion.

  • Mantra: “When I love myself, loving others comes easily”
  • Color: Green
  • Element: Air
  • Stone: Rose Quartz

6th Chakra / Third Eye Chakra / Ajna / Forehead, between the brows and the eyes

This chakra allows us to see the bigger picture and connect with your own intuition and wisdom. It registers information beyond what is merely visual. When open, your intuition increases with an increased imagination for visions.

  • Mantra: “I am open to exploring what cannot be seen”
  • Color: Dark Blue / Purple
  • Element: Light
  • Stone: Amethyst

Essential Oil Basics & Adverse Effects

I think this is one of the most exciting essential oils we have, however, you should always read more about the essential oil you want to use, and check for contraindications so that you use it safely. Do not use aromatherapy oils undiluted. Always dilute them with a vegetable oil and use just a few drops to start with.

      

 

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