The magnolia is an indulgent tropical flower with emotionally soothing benefits. In traditional health practices of China and Thailand, magnolia flowers have been used to help create a sense of balance within the body. A coveted ingredient in high end perfumes, Magnolia essential oil is distilled from the fresh petals of a flowering tree.
Magnolia oil is a precious, costly oil due to the difficulty growing and harvesting the blossoms. It is frequently used in aromatherapy to soothe anxious feelings, and in natural perfumes for its desirable aroma.
doTERRA Magnolia Touch combines exquisitely fragrant Magnolia oil sourced in China with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a natural fragrance. Packaged in a convenient roll on container, Magnolia is a beautiful natural fragrance. It has a fresh, floral, and slightly herbaceous aroma. Applied topically, it soothes and moisturizes the skin.
Magnolia blossoms must be picked by hand early in the morning or late in the evening in order to extract the essential oil.
There are over two hundred varieties of magnolia, a genus of flowering plants native to Asia and the Americas. doTERRA Magnolia oil comes from Michelia x alba, a variety that flourishes in Southeast Asia. This magnolia is also called the white champaca or white jade orchid tree. It bears fragrant flowers twice per year, which have a fresh, floral, and fruity aroma somewhat reminiscent of champagne.
Magnolia trees can grow to nearly one hundred feet tall. Traditionally, farmers harvesting the flowers would erect scaffolding around the trees in order to pick the Magnolia flowers. At some point, farmers began cultivating the trees to a shorter size. To do this, magnolia farmers grow the trees in giant wooden or cement containers. Once the magnolia trees have grown to a sufficient size, farmers plant them in the ground, but still in the containers. This way, the trees continue to grow, but they grow outwards rather than up, allowing harvesters to pick the flowers with greater safety. Magnolia trees grown in this manner mature to about six feet tall. Magnolia blossoms can be harvested off the trees in the summer and then again in the late fall or early winter.
Magnolia essential oil is similar in chemistry to Ylang Ylang, Lavender, and Bergamot oils, which are all high in linalool alcohol. Because of the high linalool content, Magnolia offers powerfully soothing and relaxing benefits to the emotions and skin. Experimental research suggests inhaling magnolia essential oil may help to promote feelings of calmness and relaxation.