German chamomile is the great stabilizer. A good choice for times of transition or emotional challenges. The essential oil is a beautiful, dark blue-green color that is rich in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. It offers support in areas of stress, tension, and overthinking.
Jojoba is a nourishing plant oil that mimics the natural oils of our skin. This means it is readily absorbed and keeps the skin moisturized and protected. It is an excellent carrier oil for essential oils and is tolerated by even the most sensitive of skin. It has a long shelf life and is high in vitamin E, a naturally occurring antioxidant.
The essential oil is steam distilled from the resinous needles on the pine tree. The aroma is grounding and purifying. Historically, the oil was used to cleanse a space - particularly before a ceremony or mediation. Pines are rich in alpha- and beta-pinene which are useful during winter months for clearing stagnant air and opening things up.
Opopanax is extracted from a tall tropical tree that is closely related to myrrh and has similar properties. Traditionally it was used for skin healing and to warm-up or dry-out cold and damp conditions. It has a wonderful woody and resinous scent that blends well with heavy florals or sandalwood.
This is a modified tapioca starch that safely and effectively disperses MONQ's essential oils into your bathwater. The powder has unique "pockets" that hold the liquid in powder form until it makes contact with water. This special ingredient prevents oily residue on the side of the tub and helps to enhance the amount of aroma you experience. It also helps the bath salt mixture from clumping in its packaging.
Epsom Salt is absorbed through the skin to replenish the body's levels of magnesium. Researchers have found that magnesium increases energy by encouraging the production of energy packets made in the cells. Experts recommend soaking with Epsom Salt at least three times a week to look better, feel better, and have more energy.
European Spa Salts are solar evaporated and harvested from the pristine waters of the Mediterranean Sea. They are produced using the ancient method of solar evaporation. European Spa Salts are one of the purest salts in the world.
Pink Himalayan Salt is an all-natural mineral salt harvested from ancient sea salt deposits found deep in the Himalayan Mountains. The famous range of trace minerals found in this salt, such as iron, magnesium, potassium & calcium, results in its beautiful range of colors, from varying shades of pink to red.
Coriander seed essential oil is a steam distilled essential oil taken from the same plant as cilantro. It is characterized by woody notes, not unlike Rosewood essential oil and pairs well with a variety of essential oils, making it a wonderful addition to many blends and perfumes.
Ravintsara is a lesser-known essential oil that is sometimes confused with Ravansara, though they offer very different chemical compositions. Ravintsara has a slightly spicy and very camphoraceous aroma that can feel invigorating, uplifting, and refreshing to the senses.
Owhyhee is a suitable replacement for Roman chamomile. It has a similar, sweet/fruity aroma that is soothing and can help cheer up a down-in-the-dumps mood. We like to use it as a synergistic complement to our blends with chamomile. Together they bring a positive harmony.
Despite its name, spike lavender is not the same as lavender! The main difference is a high content of 1,8-cineole alongside the calming and relaxing linalool terpene. For this reason, it can be used in a similar fashion as eucalyptus. In some ways, it is like combining lavender and eucalyptus into one multitasking essential oil. It has a stimulating freshness that we don't get from the very floral notes of lavender.
Anise was cultivated by the ancient Egyptians as both a medicine and a delicious culinary spice. The Greeks referred to it as a 'pick-me-up'. It is definitely an uplifting and warming aroma. Can be useful if one is dealing with stagnation and stubbornness and requires that extra push to make positive changes.
In Australia, Aboriginal people made good use of the abundant eucalyptus there. A well-known method was to turn the leaves into a type of steam bath. All over the world, people turn to eucalyptus as an ingredient for steamy, spa-like environments. It has a cooling and opening effect that can be very comforting.Read More
The Blue Gum tree is the most well-studied of the eucalyptus species - and there are many. It is a grand and impressive tree that can grow up to 70 m with a large open crown of leaves. The essential oil is commonly and widely used in the preparation of inhalations, lozenges, soaps, and gargles.
Not at all related to black pepper, but similar in its aroma with a bit of a brighter top note with some hints of floral. It adds a unique aromatic complexity to citrus blends that is very complimentary. Pink peppercorns also contain generous amounts of beta-caryophyllene as does the black peppercorn.
Exotic sugandha kokila is steam distilled from the wild-harvested berries in its native Nepal. It is a popular ingredient in perfumes with its notes of cinnamon and eucalyptus and is considered a prized ingredient by perfumers. Its aroma can encourage relaxation after a long day and is a welcomed, warming topical for achy muscles.
Melissa has a very long history of traditional use. The list of positive benefits for the body and soul is too long for this paragraph. Melissa pairs well with oils like bergamot, lavender, and chamomile and can lift one out of dark and difficult times. Its fresh and sweet citrus scent is incredibly soothing, balancing, and relieving.
There are many different species of fir originating from various parts of the world. At MONQ, we most frequently use Balsam, Douglas, and Siberian fir. Fir essential oil is rich in alpha- and beta-pinene and is wonderful for purifying the air. Their nostalgic, forest aroma has the ability to instantly brighten a room.
Cornmint is an alternative to peppermint with a very high content of menthol. It is helpful to pair it in blends with peppermint to increase the benefits from menthol. It is cooling, fresh and strong.
Eucalyptus dives is the minty cousin to the popular eucalyptus we all know. It offers many of the same attributes, but with the lovely added scent of peppermint. This comes from the terpene piperitone at nearly 50% in the essential oil. It can feel cooling to the skin and is used for many of the same reasons one would use peppermint.
Frankincense carterii has been employed for thousands of years in spiritual rituals and used as precious incense. It is derived from African and Middle Eastern tree gum resin. It may soothe and revitalize the spirit. Many will use frankincense as part of their spiritual practice to quiet the mind or assist with meditation.
Clementine is a sweet citrusy essential oil cold-pressed from the rinds of the fruit. Clementine has a bright and cheery aroma that puts a smile on your face. This essential oil is excellent to have on hand when you could use a little extra motivation.
German, or blue, chamomile is the great stabilizer. A good choice for times of transition or emotional challenges. The essential oil is a beautiful, dark blue-green color that is rich in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. It offers support in areas of stress, tension, and overthinking.
Frankincense frereana is derived from the Boswellia frereana tree, which is native to Somalia. It has a deep woody note to it with hints of citrus. Like its sister essential oil from the carterii species, this frankincense has been used in spiritual ceremonies and in trade for centuries. This essential oil is known to uplift—boosting energy and spirit—and assist with meditation.
All MONQ Original diffusers and Blend PODs contain an organic, pharmaceutical-grade (USP) vegetable glycerin base. Glycerin is derived from a variety of vegetables, including coconut, soy, and palm. The addition of this base produces the vapor with each breath and ensures the best aromatherapy experience at the correct, diluted amounts.
There are many different species of fir originating from various parts of the world. At MONQ, we most frequently use Balsam, Douglas, and Siberian firs and our Recycled Christmas Tree—a co-distill of Frasier and Noble firs! The bulk of our firs come from the United States and Canada, but some are sourced from Europe. Firs are rich in alpha- and beta-pinene.
We source our pinyon pine from ethically wild-harvested trees in the southwest United States. While similar in chemistry to the scotch pine, pinyon also has elements from the family of firs. The aroma is unique and distinct with fruity notes that join the woody, conifer aromas that are expected.
Wintergreen is extracted from Gaultheria procumbens, an evergreen native to eastern North America, and is largely comprised of methyl salicylate, which is used for its analgesic properties. Because of its robust aromatic profile, it is perfect in small doses! This essential oil pairs well with citruses and other mints.
MONQ cannabidiol (CBD) contains 0.0% THC and is processed using an environmentally friendly and sustainable, proprietary extraction method designed to keep the CBD potent and unadulterated. All MONQ CBD is from American-grown hemp.
Just as its name suggests, Ghandi root has a grounding aroma that is rich and earthy with slight floral notes. This essential oil is perfect for protecting and nourishing the mind, body, and soul. It is derived from the roots of a plant found in the tropical forests of India.
Recycled Christmas Tree essential oil results from co-distilling Frasier and Noble fir Christmas trees to give them new life at the end of a season. Fir and pine essential oils are refreshing purifiers known to open the mind and body.
Juniper berries offer a sharp flavor similar to rosemary but with sweet citrus undertones and a turpentine-like finish. Juniperus communis is native to the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia, and North America. Being one of the world's most widely distributed shrubs, Juniper Berries have been historically traced to all corners of the globe.
Tulsi essential oil, also known as “holy basil,” is a chemotype of basil. It is a type of basil that expresses a higher amount of a component called eugenol which gives tulsi a clean, floral, spicy aroma. Tulsi is considered an adaptogen which means it interprets what the body might need at a particular time in order to feel well and in balance. It can be either energizing or relaxing depending on what the body is asking for.
Purify the air, massage onto muscles after a workout (diluted of course), or sniff generously to feel upbeat and keep your spirits bright. These are the many ways you can use grapefruit essential oil as part of your wellness routine. Distilled from the rinds of the grapefruit, this essential oil has copious amounts of limonene. A terpene that has been studied for its potential as an antioxidant.
Bursera graveolens, known in Spanish as Palo Santo, or holy wood, is a wild tree from Latin America. It is used for crafting objects, as well as for producing incense to enhance meditation. Part of the citrus family, Palo Santo contains notes of pine, wood, and lemon.
A spice reminiscent of family, holidays, and warmth, nutmeg's aromatic profile makes it popular in both culinary and natural wellness circles. This essential oil lends its rich, sweet, and stimulatory qualities to essential oil blends.
MONQ uses fenugreek, a rare and special oil, in our seasonal Pumpkin Spice blend. It offers a gourmand quality that is hard to capture from another source. Its fresh, spicy-sweet, calming aroma is warm and dry, with soft nutty-earthy undertones and a maple syrup-like sweetness.
Rosalina essential oil is often described as a sweeter-smelling, gentler alternative to tea tree. It also belongs to the Melaleuca genus, but offers a floral, woody aroma reminiscent of rosewood. Rosalina has a relaxing characteristic and helps to reduce discomfort.
Cinnamon is one of the earliest spices used by humans and is known to ease tension. Cinnamon’s warming properties may relax tense muscles, which is why it is commonly used to ease soreness.
Cassia essential oil is used extensively as a flavoring in food and alcoholic beverages. It has a strong, spicy woody-resinous aroma with intensely sweet undertones. The bark is commonly used in TCM herbal medicine as well as a culinary spice. It is particularly regarded as useful for digestive complaints or discomfort.
Used since ancient times, spikenard is a versatile essential oil best-known for its distinct relaxing aroma and mood-boosting properties. Derived from a flowering plant, Nardostachys jatamansi, this oil reduces stress.
One of the world’s most powerful agents comes from the natural oil produced by 100-foot tall copaiba trees in the Amazon rainforest. Amazonian natives used copaiba oil in folk remedies far before it became known in the 21st century for relieving discomfort and alleviating stress. It has a wonderful, gentle woody aroma that is great for those who don't tolerate strong smells. It is a friend of the skin and an excellent choice for topical applications.
Ylang Ylang is an incredibly relaxing essential oil. It has an intoxicating, floral, sweet scent that is hard to describe. This aroma is an excellent choice when dealing with strong emotions, particularly fear, worry, and despair. A stressed-out system will find great comfort when ylang ylang is used.
The sweet scent of Roman chamomile is soothing and calming to the nervous system. It is especially helpful for dealing with stress. It is a lovely choice for sensitive skin types and can make a relaxing bath even more beneficial.
Nerolina is a sweetly-scented, woody, and floral essential oil that originates from the linalool chemotype of the niaouli tree, of the same Melaleuca genus as tea tree. Its many applications are not surprising, as it shares some of the most beneficial elements of lavender and neroli, yielding supremely calming and soothing effects.
A powerfully fragrant essential oil with notes of honey, tea, and earth, helichrysum essential oil is highly valued as a perfumery ingredient, as well as for easing sore muscles. It can help counteract stress and tension, even in very small amounts.
This zesty and fresh essential oil is the perfect thing for waking up tired muscles and getting the body going. The aroma can add a little motivation to your day and is quite uplifting. Despite its name, gingergrass is not related to ginger. It is from the same botanical family as lemongrass.
The sweetly woody, balsamic distillate has been a constituent of incense and perfumes since biblical times. Some claim that this is the myrrh to which the Song of Solomon referred. It has found aromatic applications outside of perfumery, in cases of stress and minor discomfort. The effects are peaceful, calming, and deeply meditative.
Palmarosa is a lovely lemon-rose scented essential oil. The bruised leaves were traditionally used in India to perfume bath water and to provide support to troubled skin. The aroma is refreshing and can have a positive effect in situations where it may be difficult to tune into one's emotional state.
Ravensara's fresh aroma carries complex notes of spice, green herbs, citrus, and has a distinct anise-like aroma. In its native Madagascar, the essential oil is well-loved and used widely for many complaints.
Relaxing and refreshing, this light eucalyptus essential oil presents strong notes of lemon without a citrus character. Useful for imparting a soft, calming aroma in blends and perfumes.