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Xanthoxylum Armatum Essential Oil - Hard to Say, Easy to Use

The Xanthoxylum armatum plant is often used for its essential oil benefits. It's also frequently spelled as Zanthoxylum armatum. Derived from the winged prickly ash, it's a deciduous spiny shrub that is native to China, Korea, Japan, and Pakistan. It can grow to approximately 11 feet in height.

The plant itself creates a fresh and floral essential oil that is very similar to that of an orange marigold that many grow right in their own gardens. It lends a lovely scent to any yard and is excellent at repelling mosquitos. It prefers a well-drained soil and does well with little to no shade. It's very drought tolerant and will offer shade when the tree is larger. The male flowers are a pale yellow and the female flowers are a shade of red.

In America, it's more commonly known as the winged prickly ash tree and a common plant in many yards.

Benefits and Uses of Xanthoxylum Armatum


There are many great uses and benefits of the xanthoxylum plant according to the Ayurvedic practice. These benefits include the following:

  • Excellent as a choice to help support healthy lungs.

  • Eases muscle spasms.

  • Improves and promotes a healthy digestive system.

  • Quiets an upset tummy.

  • Promotes better sleep, this is especially true for allergy sufferers or those who are suffering from colds or flu symptoms.

  • Relieves spastic coughing.

  • Eases menstrual cramps.

  • Acts as a sedative and calms anxiety.

  • Improves voice quality (especially if suffering from laryngitis or allergies).

  • Reduces the levels of bad bacteria.

  • Treats fungal infections.

  • Protective against viruses.

  • Supports healthier skin, healing blemishes, and infections.

  • Effective in a homemade bug spray mix. Or you can plant it near a common area to help repel bugs.

  • Soothes and calms in times of stress. Ideal to put in a diffuser if you're stressed or just before the kids arrive home from school. It will help to calm them and set the mood for getting homework done.

  • Use in a diffuser during meditation. Calm your mind, body, and soul by putting some of this in a diffuser before you sit down and do your meditation. The aroma will ease your mind and clear your head while giving you a calming effect.

  • Ideal as an additive to a massage oil blend. Will soothe sore muscles and promote relaxation.

  • Suppress toothaches (often called the toothache plant).

  • Treats diarrhea.

  • Eases the aches and pains associated with arthritis when combined with a carrier oil. Just massage it in like you would a soothing salve for aches and pains.

  • If you're fighting off an infection or have a wound you'll want to consider this for its antibacterial properties.

  • One of the greatest benefits of this plant is that it supplies water to the body thus improving the suppleness of the skin. When the body is properly hydrated you'll not only feel better, you'll look healthier and more youthful. 1


Xanthoxylum Armatum infographic

How Is Zanthoxylum Oil Extracted From The Plant?


The oil of this plant is extracted via steam distillation. Using dried leaves and the fruit of the plant, the oil is a light yellow color and offers up a pleasant and refreshing fragrance similar to that of orange colored marigolds that are commonly grown in household gardens. 2

How Zanthoxylum Oil Is Used


According to Ayurveda, the Zanthoxylum plant is an amazing plant that leaves little to waste. Nearly every part of this plant is used from the stems and leaves to the oil.

Xanthoxylum Armatum The oil has long been touted as an excellent massage oil when combined with a carrier oil such as coconut oil. Soothing for sore muscles, arthritis, menstrual cramping, muscle cramps, varicose veins, and skin issues. It helps to stimulate and lubricate mucous membranes, improves the lymph system and promotes better blood circulation.

It can also be used in a diffuser help impart the myriad of health benefits that it offers. Many people plant a few plants in and around their homes even though its origins are in China, Korea, Japan, and Pakistan. However, care must be taken as this tree can grow upwards to 11 feet or more under the right growing conditions.

It's also widely used as a flavoring agent in soft drinks by the soft drink industry. Many confectionery manufacturers also use it for flavoring.

Terpenes


Today, more than ever before, the term "terpene" is being searched online. Terpenes are the aromatic portion of the plant. They are found in the essential oil of nearly every plant and even in some insects. The various chemicals of xanthoxylum were analyzed by GC and GC/MS and found to include the following:

  • linalool

  • octadecadien

  • cineole

  • undecanone

  • farnesol

  • octadecatrien

  • caryophyllene

  • methoxy

  • hydroxy dimethyclcarboxylate biphenyl

  • tetrahydroxy

  • dimethyxyflavone

  • xylopyranoside and five other compounds in the chemical analysis.


All in all, there are over 58 compounds that are responsible for the various medicinal properties of the xanthoxylum essential oil.

Understanding more about xanthoxylum armatum is the first step in helping a person to determine when it's Xanthoxylum Armatum best to use the xanthoxylum oil in and around the home. It can be used for soothing and calming, medicinal purposes and as a culinary enhancement when cooking.

With so many great benefits, this is one of the best essential oils to have in your repertoire of essential oils. It can be used daily and can give your family a long list of benefits when considering healing and calming properties.

From minor injuries to sore muscles and viruses, xanthoxylum armatum offers you every possible benefit. You'll find even more uses for it once you begin incorporating it into your wellness routine.

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