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Episode 245: Exploring The Amazing Midnight Forest

In this episode we explore the oils inside of the Midnight Forest blend that you can find in the Midnight Forest Bath Bar. We'll talk about where the oils come from, how long they've been around, as well as how people have used them throughout history.

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Envision a forest surrounded by the dark, ink of midnight. The quiet and the peace envelops you and the crisp, fresh scent of the woods is comparable to nothing else. The Midnight Forest Blend brings this amazing scent of the woods into your home.

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We are so excited to talk to you today about a blend that is now available in an amazing bath bar, Midnight Forest. The blend is an incredible combination of Frankincense, Siberian Fir, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Black Spruce, Cistus, Carraway, and Wild Orange.

Today we’re going to talk about some internal historical uses for some of these plants, but we want to remind you that not all of these oils are for internal use and should only be used aromatically or topically. Any internal benefits discussed for the individual oils in the blend are not applicable to aromatic or topical use. Also, various plant parts, such as the leaves, bark, flower, stem, fruit, peel, bud, resin, etc., were often used for many different practices and benefits throughout history. These historical uses are mentioned here to offer insight as we explore the history of oils and plants. As such, these ancient uses are solely for informational purposes, and are not being advocated or recommended by doTERRA. Proceed at your own risk with such uses.


First, we start with frankincense. Frankincense has been prized and utilized for thousands of years for its scent as well as its many benefits. The English word frankincense derives from the Old French expression franc encens, meaning "high-quality incense". With the word franc in Old French meaning "noble" or "pure".

The resin is also known by the name olibanum, or in Arabic al-lubān which roughly translates to: "that which results from milking," which is a reference to the milky sap tapped from the Boswellia tree.

The Boswellia trees, from which the frankincense resin is gathered are considered unusual because they have the amazing ability to grow in environments so unforgiving that they sometimes grow out of solid rock.

Frankincense has been traded on the Arabian Peninsula for more than 6,000 years. Its use was characteristic in religious rites throughout Mesopotamia and the Eastern Mediterranean from the earliest antiquity. The Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies. The Egyptians placed it in body cavities in the mummification process. In fact, the ancient Egyptians bought entire boatloads of the resins from the Phoenicians, using them in incense, perfume and salves. Frankincense is used in traditional Persian medicine.

The ancient Greeks and Romans also imported massive amounts of the resins, which they burned as incense, used during cremations, and prescribed heavily in their traditional medicine.

Frankincense is used to this day in many Christian churches, including the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Catholic churches. Christian and Islamic Abrahamic faiths have all used frankincense mixed with oils to anoint newborn infants, initiates, as well as members entering into new phases of their spiritual lives.

Siberian Fir

The next woody scent is Siberian fir. It’s a coniferous evergreen tree native to Russian and China.

The genus name, Abies sibirica, is derived from the Latin "to rise" as a reference to their height.

The word “fir” comes from the Old English word firgen meaning “mountain forest”, based on ancient words like firre and fyr, meaning “fire” and “light”.

One of the interesting features of fir trees is that they grow particularly straight and narrow, and because of this they have traditionally been a symbol of truth and honesty to ancient people. A group of them together was often considered as a symbol of friendship.

Ancient Egyptians valued fir oil very highly, using it on their scalp. Fir trees, really coniferous trees in general, are viewed as the guardian trees of our planet because of their association with purification and cleansing.

Native Americans believed that sleeping on pillows packed with fir needles could help them attain better sleep. These needles and other parts of the tree were also burned for women right after they’d given birth.

Its fresh scent lends a lovely note to this blend.


The cypress tree has a rich, symbolic history.

It’s associated with Artemis and Hecate, a goddess of magic, crossroads and the underworld. And ancient Roman funerary rites used it extensively.

In Greek mythology, it’s also associated with Cyparissus. The poet Ovid, who wrote during the reign of Augustus, recorded the myth of Cyparissus that explains the association of the cypress tree with grief. As he tells it, there was a handsome boy named Cyparissus, a favorite of Apollo, who accidentally killed his beloved tame stag. His grief and remorse were so inconsolable that he asked to weep forever. He was transformed into a cypress tree and his tears turned into the tree’s sap, granting him his wish.

Throughout history, cypress has been the first choice for Iranian gardens. In all the famous Persian Gardens, such as Fin Garden, Shazdeh Garden, or Dowlat-Abad, this tree plays a central role in their design. In fact, the oldest living cypress is the Sarv-e-Abarkooh garden in Iran's Yazd Province. Its age is estimated to be approximately 4,000 years.

In Jewish tradition, the cypress was held to be the wood used to build Noah's Ark and The Temple and is mentioned as an idiom or metaphor in biblical passages, either referencing the tree's shape as an example of uprightness or its evergreen nature as an example of eternal beauty or health. It’s also popular in modern Israeli cemeteries, with contemporary explanation being that its shape resembles a candle and its being an evergreen symbolized the immortality of the soul.

With its long history we’re grateful to have cypress lend its scent to this blend.

Juniper Berry

The next scent does not come from the bark or the leaves of the tree but from the so-called berry. The bright purple berry of the juniper tree is hard to miss, but did you know that it’s not a berry at all? It’s actually a cone, like a pinecone, but disguised as a berry.

It’s a long-lasting tree and can live for around 200 years. And in addition to living a long time it also lives in many, many places. In fact, the juniper berry has the largest geographical range of any woody plant. It can be found throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic south in the mountains to around 30°N latitude in North America, Europe and Asia.

After finding the shrub high on a mountain in Switzerland, landscape gardener Michael Dirr wrote: “Two things in life are inescapable: taxes and Juniperus communis.

In Scandinavia, juniper wood is used for making containers for storing small quantities of dairy products such as butter and cheese, and for making wooden butter knives. It was also frequently used in wooden shipbuilding for trenails, which are the hard wooden pins used for fastening timbers together.

In Estonia juniper wood is valued for its long lasting and pleasant aroma, its very decorative growth rings, as well as good physical properties of wood. Because of the slow growth rate of juniper, it is a dense and strong wood. Various decorative items (often eating utensils) made of juniper wood are common in most Estonian handicraft shops and households.

Juniper berries have also long been used as medicine by many cultures including the Navajo people. Western American tribes even combined the berries of Juniperus communis with Berberis root bark in an herbal tea.

Black Spruce

The black spruce is a beautiful tree native to the United States and Canada with a long history of use by both Native American and First Nations people.

Native Americans used the roots to make trays, buckets, dippers, and spoons. As well as to sew canoes, snowshoes, and birch baskets. The wood was used to make canoe paddles and the pitch to seal seams on birch bark canoes.

First Nations people used black spruce to construct fish traps. Multiple cultures have fashioned drying racks and snowshoe frames from their trunks. Their resin, or sap, was also powdered and used for traditional medicinal practices. Tea made from the pulp of the trunk was also believed to be beneficial.

Black Spruce reportedly was employed medicinally by many Native American tribes for a wide variety of ailments. For example, the Algonquin use the gum of the Black Spruce as a salve. The Cree mixed the pitch of the Black Spruce with grease and used it as an ointment. Eskimos are said to have used a decoction of Black Spruce gum. The Ojibwa used an infusion of roots and barks. And a poultice of the inner bark was used by the Potawatomi.

With its long history of use it is no wonder that the black spruce is still treasured to this day.


The origin of cistus is fascinating. The resin was originally discovered thousands of years ago by pure happenstance. While shepherds were attempting to brush the resin out of the animals’ coats, they discovered that it had beneficial medicinal uses. Even though this might have been the first discovery of its medicinal use, researchers have discovered traces of the Cistus plant in prehistoric caves.

The scientific name of cistus is Cistus ladanifer. The name “cistus” comes from the Greek word “kistos,” which means “evergreen shrub” and “Ladanifer” comes from the Greek word ‘ledon.’ This refers to the dark resin that is produced by the plant.

Since the shepherds discovered its use, people have continued to use cistus in a variety of ways. Throughout ancient times it was used by many civilizations as an incense in spiritual ceremonies. The flowers have been seen as symbols of endurance, strength and determination.

And in ancient Egypt, the resin was a key ingredient in the incense and perfumes often used in royal as well as spiritual ceremonies. While Europeans in the Middle Ages incorporated it into their traditional medicinal practices.

In more modern times people have utilized cistus in meditation practices because of its delightful scent.


Caraway has been widely used as an herb since the time of ancient Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks. But there are also indications that the history and influence of caraway stretches far beyond that. Evidence found in lake dwellings in Switzerland suggests it dates back at least 5,000 years. And some sources indicate that the history of caraway even dates back to the Stone Age. Caraway seeds have been discovered in the refuse areas of prehistoric communities in southern Europe. Those finds are believed to indicate that the caraway plant was a part of early man’s daily life.

Caraway seeds are probably one of the oldest used spices, having been eaten for thousands of years, but many early uses for caraway were medicinal. In Ancient Egypt they were used to support their digestive system. And references found in German medical books dating back to the 12th century cite it as a stomach tonic. Caraway is also frequently mentioned by the old writers. Dioscorides, a Greek physician and pharmacologist advised in his writings that the oil be taken by pale-faced girls.

The history of caraway also has a romantic side. Caraway was once used as an aide in preventing fickleness and was put in love potions. Caraway seeds were also added to chicken feed in hopes of keeping them from wandering off and it’s still sometimes given to homing pigeons. In ancient Egypt, it was believed to chase away evil spirits, and caraway was also used to protect men from women. An entertaining Germanic legend tells that the goddess of the Earth, Hertha, made her lovers disappear, and the only survivors were those who carried or wore caraway seeds. In medieval times, it was thought to keep lovers interested in one another. And in German folklore, the belief was that that any object containing caraway could not be stolen so parents placed a dish of caraway seeds beneath their children’s beds to protect them from witches.

With its long and storied history, caraway has impacted thousands of lives and now brings a spicy richness to this blend.

Wild Orange

The final piece of this blend and the only citrus is wild orange. The orange is a highly recognizable fruit, for its scent, its taste, and its bright color. One reason it might be so recognizable is that as of 1987, orange trees were found to be the most cultivated fruit tree in the world. In 2017 73 million tons of oranges were grown worldwide.

The scientific name for the sweet orange is Citrus sinesis. The word citrus comes from the Latin name for the citron, citron medica, prized for its fruit since biblical times and sinensis comes from the Latin name for China. China is where we find the first written mention of the orange in 314 BC.

Like we said, there are millions of tons of oranges grown around the world every year. The sweet orange is one of the most important crops in the world; it’s mainly used for extraction and consumption of its fresh juice. In the United States Florida produces about 80% of the country's oranges, in fact, it is such a big part of their state’s culture that the state flower of Florida is the orange blossom.

The orange was also important to other cultures throughout history. For example, to the Romans, boxes and small furniture made from citrus wood were literally worth their weight in gold. And according to a Jewish tradition, a citron in the house would keep Karines, or bad spirits, away. In addition to the many cultural appearances, the orange has also been prized for its benefits in traditional medicine. And due to the chemical compounds present in its by-products and waste, sweet orange has also been studied for its health benefits.

It’s always a good time to bring the brightness and joy of Wild Orange into your home.

The midnight forest blend, and the incredible bath bar are exactly what you’ve been looking for to bring the power and majesty of the woods into every aspect of your life.

Thanks for joining us and congratulations on living a healthier lifestyle with essential oils. If you want to try any of the products you learned about, click on the link in the episode description or find a Wellness Advocate near you to place an order today. And remember, if you liked what you heard today, rate, review, and subscribe wherever you listen.

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