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Essential Oils Information

Here is a list from Aromatherapy Gold of some of the many essential oils available with a description of uses, methods and where suitable any warnings.

 

In alphabetical order:

 

Angelica Root   angelica archangelica

A fortifying tonic, useful for the general constitution. Beneficial in skin care blends.

 

 

 



Basil

A pale yellowy-green oil with a sweet, herbaceous scent. Has a refreshing & purifying effect on the mind; a stimulating and fortifying effect on the body.

A bracing tonic and pick me up, with a warm and spicy aroma.

Uses : Depression, upset stomachs and indigestion, insect repellant and nervous fatigue. Aids concentration.

Methods :  Bath (3-5 drops only), Massage, Vaporisation.

Caution :  Avoid using during pregnancy, may cause irritation - use in moderation. Not suitable for young children.

 


 

 

 


Benzoin                             
styrax benzoin

A soothing, warming oil with a sweet, vanilla like aroma. Traditionally used in inhalants.

A rich essential oil, made from tree resin, with a sweet vanilla-like aroma, most well known as an ingredient on 'Friar's Balsam'. Has a comforting and soothing effect on the heart and emotions, cleansing and energising effect on the systems of the body. A good skin care oil.

Uses : Bronchitis, coughs, cuts, depression, eczema, chapped or irritated skin, nervous tension and stress.

Methods :  Bath, Massage, Skin Oil, Vaporisation

 

 



Bergamot             
citrus bergamia

A light green essential oil with a zesty, fruity, sweet citrus scent.  Has a strong sedative effect on the nervous system, although it is reviving and uplifting to the spirit. Excellent when used as an antiseptic. Used in Earl Grey Tea and in eau-de-cologne.

A soothing yet uplifting oil with a fresh citrus aroma. Excellent as a pleasant, anti bacterial room freshener.

Uses :  Abscesses, asthma, boils, common cold, cystitis, eczema, fever, greasy skin, hair care, high blood pressure, sinusitis, spots, stress, thrush, urinary tract infections.

Methods : Baths, Massage, Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

Caution : Only use 'bergapten' free oil for skin care as it is phototoxic - ie discolours the skin when exposed to sunlight.

 

 

 



Bitter Almond              
prunus amygdalus  

With a sweet smell, Bitter Almond soothes and comforts emotional disharmony.

 

 


 

Black Pepper                  piper negrum

Useful in massage to relax tired muscles. A general topic and stimulant with a penetrating aroma.

 


 

 

Camphor

A penetrating, stimulating colourless oil with a sharp pungent aroma. Traditionally used as a preventative against contagious and respiratory disease. Main ingredient in moth balls.

Highly stimulating properties of Camphor will help to combat lethargy. Excellent when used on oily skin.

Uses :  Bronchitis, colds, coughs, fever, flu, infectious disease and insect repellant.

Methods : Vaporisation

Caution Use in moderation, due to toxicity levels. Not to be used in conjunction with homeopathy, or by young children.

 


 

 

 


Cardamom                      
elettaria cardamomum

A spicy, warming oil that is useful in the bath to fight fatigue.

 

 


 

Carrot Seed                                             daucus carota

Nourishing and toning for the skin. Deeply soothing and emotionally relaxing with a dry, fresh aroma.

 


 

Cedarwood

A woody-balsamic pale orange oil, having a sedative effect on the nerves. Traditionally burnt as an incense, and used to repel insects. Good for skin care and respiratory complaints. Egyptians traditionally used this for embalming, cosmetics and perfumery.

A sensual and soothing oil that is also beneficial on problem oil skin.

Uses :  Anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs, greasy skin, nervous tension and stress.

Methods : Bath, Massage, Skin Oil,  Vaporisation.

Caution :  Avoid during the first 4 months of pregnancy. May cause local irritation in some people, so always dilute.

 

 


 

Chamomile

German Chamomile (or blue Chamomile) and Roman Chamomile (a greeny blue oil) share very similar properties.

Uses : Abscesses, acne, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, boils, bruises, burns, cold sores, cystitis, eczema, hair care (especially for blonde hair) hayfever, headaches, high blood pressure, inflammation, insomnia, muscular aches and pains, nervous tension, period pain, rheumatism, scanty periods, sprains, stress, sunburn, thread veins and toothache.

Methods :  Bath, Massage, Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

Caution :  The essential oils Ormenis Oil, Chamomile Maroc or Moroccan Chamomile are not true chamomiles and do not contain the same properties.

 


 

 

Cinnamon Leaf            cinnamomum zeylancium

A yellowy-brown oil, with a rich, warm, spicy and sweet oriental aroma.

Cinnamon has long been traded as a valuable spice. The name comes from the Malay word 'kayu manis' meaning sweet wood. The Queen of Sheba gave cinnamon as a gift to King Solomon.

A general tonic to soothe a worried mind. Invigorating oil with a distinctive, spicy aroma.

Uses : Anorexia, chills, colds, poor circulation, colitis, flu, lice, nervous exhaustion, stress related conditions, scanty periods, rheumatism, scabies, tooth and gum care, warts, wasp stings.

Methods : Vaporisation

CautionsAvoid if pregnant, suffering from high blood pressure, are epileptic or suffer from sensitive skin. Not suitable for young children. Always use cinnamon leaf oil, as the bark oil can be toxic to the skin. May cause irritation to the mucous membranes, so use in moderation and with care.

 


 

 

Citronella                         cymbopogon nardus

A yellowy brown essence with a powerful, fresh lemony scent. Has a stimulating effect.

An effective insect repellant, with a soothing, lemony aroma.

Uses : Excellent insect repellant

Methods : Vaporisation

Cautions : Avoid during pregnancy, may cause an allergic skin rash in some people.

 


 

 

Clary Sage                                                salvia sclarea

A pale yellow oil, with a pleasing nutty herbaceous scent. Specially good for stress and anxiety. Highly esteemed in the Middle Ages as a healer for eye problems. (Clary means 'clear eye').

With euphoric properties to induce a sense of well being. This oil is emotionally uplifting and comforting.

Uses : Anxiety and nervous tension, hair care, labour pain, menstrual irregularity and pain, high blood pressure, muscular aches and pains, sore throat and stress related conditions.

Methods : Bath, Massage, Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

Cautions: Avoid during pregnancy, do not use within a few hours of drinking alcohol. Do not confuse with it's stronger relative Common Sage.

 

 


 

Clove Bud                         eugenia caryophyllata

A pale yellow oil with a strong, sweet-spicy aroma. Excellent antiseptic qualities. Powerful stimulant of the mind and body. A spicy, piercing and highly antiseptic oil that is not stimulating and uplifting.

Uses : Traditional toothache remedy.

Methods : Apply neat (but do not swallow).

Cautions : Avoid during pregnancy. Use in moderation due to toxicity and skin irritation levels. Not suitable for young children.NB Clove Leaf and Clove Stem oil should not be used at all.

 


 

 

Coriander             coriandrum sativum

This is a warming, spicy oil. It makes a stimulating and refreshing bath.

 


 

 

Cypress                               cupressus sempervirens

A yellowy-green oil with a sweet, smoky balsamic fragrance.  A good astringent with a sedative effect on the nervous system. Traditionally used as an incense and for skin care. Long represented grief, death and the underworld - cypress trees are often found near cemeteries.

Refreshing woody aroma – a natural deodorant. Ideal for room freshening and in inhalants.

Uses : Acne, bruises, greasy skin, hair care, heavy periods, muscular aches and pains, oedema, piles, poor circulation, rheumatism, stress and varicose veins.

Methods : Bath, Massage, Skin Oil, Vaporisation

Cautions : Avoid if pregnant or suffering from high blood pressure.

 


 

Eucalyptus                                               eucalyptus globulus

A clear oil, with a strong, penetrating stimulating fragrance. Well known for it’s decongestant and anti-infectious properties. Eucalyptus trees carry so much essential oil within them, that they can often be seen shrouded in a blue haze. Smoked by the Aborigines to treat asthma and bronchitis and burnt to fumigate against fever.

Fresh, stimulating, anti bacterial and clearing. Useful in inhalations and for muscular fatigue.

Uses : Arthritis, bronchitis and coughs, colds and sinusitis, congestion headaches, cuts, fever, flu, insect repellant (especially silverfish and cockroaches), lice, muscular pains and rheumatism.

Methods  : Bath (3 drops only), Massage and Skin oil, Vaporisation.

Cautions : Skin irritant - use in low dilution only. Not suitable for young children. Keep away from homeopathic remedies.  NB Toxic if taken internally !

 


Fennel                                 foeniculum vulgare

A pale yellow oil with a sweet, anise like scent.  Well known as an ingredient in Gripe Water. Has a cleansing effect on the systems of the body.

Fennel has a powerful, anise-like aroma, having effective purifying and stimulating properties.

Uses : Arthritis, bruises, cellulitis, indigestion and flatulence, rheumatism and water retention.

Methods : Bath, Massage and Skin Oil

Cautions : Avoid during first 4 months of pregnancy. Use in moderation due to toxicity levels. Not suitable for young children or epileptics. NB Bitter Fennel Oil should not be used at all.

 


 

 

Frankincense                                          boswellia thurifera

A pale yellow essential oil with a warm, rich sweet-balsamic fragrance and a sedating effect on the nervous system. Helps to calm the mind and is well known as an ingredient of incense. It was one of the most treasured substances in the Ancient World. The word frankincense comes from a 10th century French word meaning 'luxuriant incense'. Helps to calm and slow breathing, and counteracts anxiety and worry. Pictures from the tombs of the Ancient Pharoahs show Frankincense being blended with oils and used as a cosmetic face cream. It was also mentioned in the Old Testament  - Moses led the Jews out of Egypt in 1240BC and was told by God how to use Frankincense to make Holy Ointment. It was also mentioned by the Romans and by the famous herbalist Culpepper for its beneficial effect on the skin.

A soothing and balancing oil that is emotionally comforting. Particularly beneficial in skincare preparations.

Uses : Ageing skin, asthma, high blood pressure, insomnia, nervous tension, scars, stress, stretch marks and wrinkles.

Methods : Bath, Massage and Skin Care, Vaporisations.

 


 

Geranium                         pelargonium graveolens

A light olive green oil, with a sweet rosy-green scent. Has a balancing and harmonising effect on the nervous system. Excellent all purpose oil for skin care

Useful in skin care preparations for all skin types. A refreshing and balancing oil for emotional harmony.

Uses : Acne, anxiety, bruises, cellulitis, cuts, depression, dry and sensitive skin, eczema, greasy skin, hair tonic, heavy periods, insect repellant, migraine, measles, piles, sore throat, stress and varicose veins.

Methods : Bath, Massage and Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

 


 

Ginger                                 zingiber officinale

A yellowy green oil, with a warm, spicy-woody aroma. Has a strong stimulating effect on the entire system. The women of Senegal wore ginger in their belts to arouse their husbands !

Ginger is useful in massage blends as a fortifying tonic for tired muscles.

Uses : Arthritis, coughs, indigestion, muscular pain and rheumatism. Traditionally used as an aphrodisiac.

Methods : Bath (3 drops only), Massage, Vaporisation.

Cautions : Use in moderation due to possible skin irritation. Not suitable for young children.

 


 

 

Grapefruit                                                citrus paradisi

A pale yellow essential oil with a fresh, sweet citrus aroma, characteristic of the fruit. Has a purifying effect on the systems and organs of the body. Helps maintain concentration and keeps mind alert.

A zesty oil with a highly refreshing and uplifting effect. An excellent room freshener.

Uses : Cellulitis, lack of muscular tone, skin care (acne and greasy skin), water retention.

Methods : Bath, Massage and Skin Oil, Vaporisations.

 


 

 

Hyssop                                hyssopus officinalis

A strong, penetrating oil that brings comfort to emotional distress. A useful antiseptic oil, with a warm sweet aroma. Has an ancient reputation as a purification herb and has a regulating effect on the blood pressure, nerves and respiratory system.

Uses: Anxiety, high or low blood pressure, nervous fatigue, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, nervous tension and sore throats.

Methods : Bath, Massage, Vaporisation.

Cautions : Use in moderation due to toxicity levels. Should be avoided during pregnancy and by epileptics. Not suitable for young children.

 


 

 

Immortelle                                              helichrysum angustifolium

A dry, mildly woody fragrance with rejuvenating properties.

 


 

 

Jasmine                              jasminum officinale

Used as a perfume oil, with an intense warm, heavy, sensual, floral fragrance. Has an uplifting soothing quality though it stimulates the nervous system. Can be used as an aphrodisiac and is a good skin care oil, smoothing and softening tired skin. Used as a kind tonic for the female body and particularly the reproductive system - 'warms the womb'.

Jasmine has an exquisite scent which is sensual and luxuriant, having euphoric properties.

Uses : Anxiety, depression, dry mature and sensitive skin, labour, nervous tension and exhaustion, stress and wrinkles.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

Cautions:  Possible allergic reaction in some sensitive individuals.

 


 

 

Juniper                               juniperus communis

A pale yellow oil with a fresh, woody balsamic aroma. Traditionally used as a blood cleanser and the principal flavouring in gin ! In Middle Ages, a juniper bush planted by the front door was thought to repel witches and in World War 2 the nurses burnt juniper to disinfect the air.

Juniper is an astringent, useful for oily skin. Refreshing, toning and stimulating.

Uses : Abscesses, acne, anxiety, arthritis, boils, cellulitis, cystitis, eczema, piles, rheumatism, thrush, varicose veins.

Methods : Bath, Massage and Skin Care, Vaporisation.

Cautions : Avoid during pregnancy, use in moderation, not suitable for young children. Not to be used with any form of kidney disease.

 


 

Kanuka                              leptospermum ericoides

A highly antiseptic oil that is an excellent alternative to Tea Tree. It has a refreshing, bracing aroma.

 


 

Lavender                           lavendula angustifolia

One of the most well known of the essential oils, with a sweet floral fragrance and a multitude of uses. Has a marked sedating effect on the nervous system. The Romans used lavender in preparation for childbirth. Flowers strewn with lavender were thought to ward off plague.

Uses : Abscesses, acne, asthma, athlete's foot, boils, bruises, burns and sunburn, cuts, cystitis, depression, eczema, hair care, hayfever, headaches, high blood pressure, insect bites, insect repellant, insomnia, labour, lice, migraine, muscular aches and pains, period pains, PMT, pregnancy, rashes, ringworm, rheumatism, skin care (all types), sprains, spots, stress related conditions and varicose veins. A true all-rounder !

Lavender is a very 'safe' oil, and can be used for a wide range of children's complaints - chicken pox, nappy rash, restlessness, teething pain and tummy ache.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation. Apply neat for First Aid.

 

 


 

Lemon                                 citrus limonum

A fresh, sherbety, clean scented aroma, reminiscent of the fruit. Has a sedating effect on the nervous system. Excellent cure-all. Introduced to Europe by the Arabians in 1000AD and depicted by the early Christians as the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge from which Eve ate before she and Adam were expelled from Eden.  The Romans believed in dosing pregnant women with lemon cordials to alleviate nausea. The first tree was grown in California in 1887. Research has shown that Lemon stimulates the mind and improves intellectual performance. In Japan the scent is used in hi-tech factories to improve productivity and reduce faults.

Zesty and refreshing with revitalizing, anti bacterial properties.

Uses : Acne, arthritis, cellulite, chilblains, greasy skin, hair care, oedema, rheumatism, verrucae.

Methods : Bath (3 drops only), Massage and Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

Cautions : Skin irritant. Do not use on skin as it discolours the skin when exposed to sunlight. Not suitable for young children.

 


 

 

Lemongrass                                            cymbopogon citrates

A yellow, amber or reddish brown oil, with a fresh, grassy citrus scent. Refreshing and stimulating.

Stimulating oil with a fresh fragrance. Excellent in relieving muscular fatigue.

Uses : Acne, athlete's foot, headaches, muscular pain, poor circulation, insect repellant, colitis, indigestion, nervous exhaustion, stress related conditions.

Methods : Vaporisation,

Cautions : May cause sensitization in some people - use with care.

 


 

Lime                                     citrus latifolia

Lime has a refreshing, sweet aroma, blending well with other oils. Helps revitalize tired muscles. 

 


 

Linden Blossom Absolute              tilea europoea

Linden Blossom has a delicate, sweet and luxurious fragrance with deeply relaxing properties.

 


Lovage                               levisticumofficinale

An excellent oil when used in skincare blends, having a sweet and spicy aroma.

 


 

Mandarin                                                 citrus reticulate

An intensely sweet citrus fragrance, characteristic of the fruit. Has a gentle uplifting effect, energising.

Soothing and gentle oil with a refreshing fragrance. Useful in skincare massage blends and emotionally comforting.

Uses : Cellulitis, oedema and stress. Especially recommended during pregnancy and for children due to it's low toxicity.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

 


 

 

Marjoram                        origanum marjorana

A warm, nutty aroma. Has a strong sedating effect on the mind and nervous system. Powerful anti-spasmodic on the muscles of the body. Helpful for muscle fatigue, this oil has a warm, woody fragrance. Has a fortifying and warming effect.

Uses : Anxiety, arthritis, bronchitis, bruises, chilblains, headaches, high blood pressure, indigestion, insomnia, muscular aches and pains, nervous tension, period pains, rheumatism and stress.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Care, Vaporisation.

Cautions : Avoid during pregnancy.

 


 

 

May Chang                                             litsea cubeba

A happy, uplifting fragrance that is both sweet and fruity. Blends well with other oils.

 


 

Melissa                                                      melissa officinalis

Soothing, comforting and uplifting with a delicious lemony scent.

 


 

 

Myrrh                                  commiphora myrrha

A rich warming oil, made from tree resin, and which has been used for over 3,000 years ! Has a marked healing effect on the skin. Used in Egypt for rejuvenating face masks and one of the gifts of the Three Wise Men. The name is derived from the Arabic word 'murr' meaning 'bitter'.

Myrrh has a haunting, earthy aroma with astringent properties.

Uses : Athletes Foot, bronchitis, coughs, cuts, eczema, irritated and mature skin, gum infections, ringworm and weeping sores.

Methods : Bath, Massage and Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

Cautions : Avoid during pregnancy.

 


 

 

Niaouli                               melaleuca viridiflora

A clearing, anti bacterial oil which is also useful in skincare preparations.

 


 

 

Neroli (Orange Blossom)                                        citrus aurantium

A rich, floral perfume, reputed to have aphrodisiac properties. Uplifting to the mind and spirit, but soothing to the  nervous system. A good skin care oil - beneficial to dry and sensitive skins. Reputedly named after a 16th century princess in Nerola, Italy, who adored the fragrance and wore it as a perfume, in her bath water and on her gloves. Counteracts nervous exhaustion.

Orange Blossom, also known as Neroli, has a delicious and delicate perfume with soothing and rejuvenating properties. Excellent in skincare preparations.

Uses : Ageing skin, anxiety, depression, dry and sensitive skin, headaches, insomnia, pregnancy, scars, stretch marks, stress, thread veins and wrinkles.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation

 


 

 

Nutmeg                             myristica fragrans

Useful for muscle fatigue, this is an uplifting oil with a fresh aroma.

 


 

Orange                                                       citrus sinensis

A citrus scented oil. Has a sedating effect on the digestion and nervous system.

Has a refreshing, zesty aroma which  promotes relaxation. A useful and pleasant deodorant.

Uses : Greasy skin, nervous indigestion, nervous tension, stress and water retention.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

Cautions : Do not use orange oil in the sunlight as it discolours the skin when exposed to sunlight.

 


 

Palmarosa                                               cymbopogon martini

A light olive oil with a sweet, floral rosy-green scent, good for all types of skin.  Helps focus.

A cooling and refreshing oil with an unusual dry, floral fragrance. Alleviates emotional disharmony.

Uses : Acne, ageing skin, depression, dry greasy and sensitive skin, wrinkles.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

 

 


 

Parsley seed                                            petroselinum sativum

A herby, spicy oil that is a general stimulant. Should be specifically avoided during pregnancy.

 


Patchouli                          pogostemon cablin

This powerful scent with a rich, musky earthy aroma has strong associations with the East, where it is used to scent cloth. Soothes the mind, supports the nervous system and is a potent aphrodisiac. Good for irritated skin It was popular in England due to imported cashmere shawls from India being perfumed with the aroma and was used to scent Indian ink.

This oil has a strong, sensual fragrance. Promotes relaxation and useful for problem skin.

Uses : Ageing skin, anxiety, acne, athlete's foot, eczema, hair care (dandruff) nervous exhaustion, stress, weeping sores and wrinkles.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

 


 

Pepper Black

One of the most ancient spices, which has been in use for over 4,000 years when the Chinese used it to treat malaria, cholera, dysentry and stomach complaints. The pungent, light amber oil has a warming and stimulating effect on the whole system.

Uses : Arthritis, cellulitis, chilblains, low blood pressure, muscular aches and pains, nervous exhaustion and fatigue, poor muscle tone and rheumatism.

Methods : Bath (3 drops only) Massage, Vaporisation.

Cautions : Skin irritant - use in moderation and low dilution only. Keep away from homeopathic remedies. Not suitable for young children or those suffering from high blood pressure.

 


 

Peppermint                                             mentha piperita

Cooling and refreshing - clears the head and revives the spirit. Especially good for respiratory and digestion problems of nervous origin. Mint comes from the word 'Mente' meaning thought because the Romans used Peppermint as a tonic for the brain.

Stimulating and refreshing oil. Useful in inhalations and in massage for muscle fatigue.

Uses : Asthma, congested headaches, coughs and colds, flatulent indigestion, flu, insect repellant, migraine, muscle aches and pains, nausea and travel sickness, nervous exhaustion and fatigue.

Methods : Bath (3 drops only) Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

Cautions : Skin irritant - use in moderation and in low dilution only. Avoid during the first 4 months of pregnancy. Keep away from homeopathic remedies. Not suitable for young children.

 


 

Petitgrain                                                 citrus aurantium

A pale yellow oil with a fresh floral citrus scent, similar to Neroli. Classic ingredient of eau-de-cologne.

Has a deodorizing, relaxing aroma. Beneficial in skin care preparations.

Uses : Acne, greasy skin, exhaustion, stress and water retention.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

 


 

 

Pine                                      pinus sylvestris

This fresh scented oil is a good antiseptic. Has a stimulating and refreshing effect. Good for respiratory problems.

Pine is a bracing, anti bacterial and stimulating oil with a clean fresh aroma. Useful in inhalations.

Uses: Acne, arthritis, coughs and colds, flu, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism and sinusitis.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

Cautions : Possible skin irritant - use in moderation, in low dilution only. Not suitable for young children.

 


 

Rose                                     rosa damascena

A pale yellow, olive yellow or reddish brown oil, with a sweet floral scent. It takes 30 damask roses to produce 1 drop of essential oil ! Rose petals have been used over the ages to scent water and provide room fragrance. There is a legend that the Moghul Prince Jehangir ensured that every canal in the royal gardens was filled with rose petals to celebrate his wedding. His wife noticed the thin film of rose oil floating on the top and had it bottled. Rose Otto is one of the most expensive substances in the world. A truly feminine oil, renowned for it's sensual fragrance and calming / balancing nature.  Soothes the mind and balances the emotions.

An oil with a delightful floral aroma for pure relaxation. When blended, can be used as a natural perfume. Helps to ebb away emotional distress.  Soothes negative emotions.  Lifts emotions.

Uses : excellent remedy for disorders of the female system, traditionally used as an anti-depressant and for nervousness, sadness and stress. Good for mature, dry and sensitive skin. Helps lift the spirit and enhance moods ; promotes sensual feelings, relieves hayfever and asthma, eases PMT, period pain and menopausal symptoms, stimulates circulation.

Methods : Bath, Vaporisation, Massage or Skin oil.

 


 

 

Rosemary  rosmarinus officinalis

A warm herbal fragrance, with strong stimulating, fortifying properties.

An enlivening oil that is useful in massage to relieve muscular fatigue. Also beneficial in haircare preparations.

Uses : Acne, arthritis, boils and blisters, cellulitis, coughs and colds, fever and flu, hair care, low blood pressure, muscular aches and pains, nervous exhaustion and fatigue, piles, poor circulation, rheumatism, sinusitis and sprains.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

Cautions : Avoid during first 4 months of pregnancy, avoid if suffering from high blood pressure.

 


 

Rosewood                         aniba rosaeodora

Also commonly known as Rose de Bois. Has a sweet, woody-floral fragrance. Useful in skin care and is reputed to be an aphrodisiac. Still used for carving and French cabinet making, and used in Japan for producing chopsticks.

A soothing and balancing oil with a clean fresh aroma. A natural and beautiful deodorant.

Uses : Acne, depression, greasy and combination skin, mature skin and wrinkles.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

 


 

Sandalwood                                           santalum album

Has been used for over 4,000 years. Has a deep, soft woody scent, which is soothing and long lasting. Also well known as an aphrodisiac and useful skin care remedy. This is one of the oldest perfumes, going back at least 4000 years. It has long been used in embalming and funeral rites e.g. for Singhalese Princes. In Hindu marriages, it is burned on a sacred fire within the marriage tent so the perfume surrounds the couple. Rosewood and Sandalwood oil are traditionally sprinkled by women on passersby in Burma to cleanse away sins on the last day of the year. Said to impart energy to those using it and that it has the power to enlighten the mind, purify the body and could and carry prayers heavenwards.

Sandalwood has a subtle, woody aroma that is sensual. It has warming, relaxing properties and is ideal in perfume blends.

Uses: Acne, dry and sensitive skin, bronchitis and coughs, greasy skin care, hair care, high blood pressure, mature skin, nervous tension, stress and wrinkles.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation.

 


 

Spikenard                                                 nardostachys jatamansi

A soothing oil with rejuvenating properties, being beneficial for mature skin. Has an unusual, sweet aroma.

 


Taget                                   tagetes patula

This has a citrus like aroma, having purifying properties. It has a balming effect on the skin and emotions.

 


Tea Tree     melaleuca alternifolia

A very useful medicinal oil with a fresh aroma.  Supports the immune system and is active against bacteria, fungi and viruses. Used extensively by the Aborigines, this oil is now widely recognised by the scientific community as a powerful tool against a variety of infectious organisms. In 1930 Mr W R Penfold found it to be 11-13 times stronger than carbolic as a germicide.

A deep cleansing oil with strong, anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. With a fresh fragrance, this oil is inhalations and in skincare blends.

Uses : Abscesses and boils, acne, athlete's foot and ringworm, bronchitis and coughs, burns, chilblains, cold sores, common cold, cuts, fever and flu, greasy skin, hair care (dandruff and lice), insect bites, measles, rashes, sore throat, spots, thrush, verrucae, viral infections, warts.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisations. Apply neat for First Aid.

Cautions : May cause sensitisation in some people - do a skin patch test first. (i.e. put a drop on the back of the hand first to see if any irritation occurs. If it does, then bathe hand in cold water and in future use tea tree oil blended with one teaspoon of gel for first aid use, rather than neat).

The Tea Tree (melaleuca alternifolia) is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is an indigenous species to Northern New South Wales, Australia. The oil is found within the cells of the leaves, and as the Tea Tree is extremely fast-growing it is constantly renewable, ensuring that no trees are harmed or destroyed.

Tea Tree Oil was used as a general antiseptic by the aborigine tribes for thousands of years. Stories were told of a magical lagoon into which tea tree leaves had fallen, where the local tribe bathed in the naturally created bath.

Famous British explorer Captain Cook is held as the man responsible for the name 'tea tree'. In 1770 when he and his men landed at Botany Bay, Cook brewed the leaves of the tree for his men to drink to prevent scurvy.

As early as 1923, clinical trials in Australia began to provide scientific evidence for tea tree's antiseptic and bactericidal properties. Its importance made it standard issue for the soldiers in the Australian Army during World War II.

Nowadays you will find that virtually every Australian household has a bottle of tea tree oil, with recent clinical trials confirming the efficacy of tea tree oils's anti fungal, antiseptic, germicidal and anti-bacterial properties providing top to toe antiseptic skin care. Additionally, the antiseptic benefits of the oil allow its use as a natural cleaner and disinfectant in the household environment.

 


 

Lemon Tea Tree

Origin: Australia                                 Latin Name: leptospermum petersonii

Australia's 'forgotten' tea tree, becoming very popular in the USA, and will be in the UK. Also known as Leptospermum citratum. Mainly composed of citral and citronellal, and said to have antiseptic, antimicrobial, carminative and sedative properties, Lemon Tea-Tree has a much nicer, rounder "lemony" scent than citronella or lemongrass.

It is used in aromatic blends for the oil burner to combat coughs and colds. It is also successfully used as a powerful insect repellent. This oil provides the clinical advantages of tea tree oil with a pleasant aroma. Also reputed to be anti-viral. Often used by Chiropodists to treat fungal infections or chronic foot odour. Makes an excellent antiseptic room spray.

A little goes a long way and should never be used in dilutions stronger than 2.5% as it may cause skin irritation in some people.

 


 

Thyme

Thyme oil is a clear, pale yellow liquid, with a warm, spicy-herbaceous aroma. It is stimulating and purifying, warming and restorative. Elevating effect on the emotions.

Uses : helpful for oily skin, strengthens and restores vitality, treats aches and pains, laryngitis, sore throats, tonsilitis, colds and flu, cellulite, improves circulation, acne, bruises, burns, cuts, insect bites, lice, arthritis, gout, headaches, stress related complaints, muscular aches and pains.

Methods : Vaporiser, Massage Oil

Cautions : Avoid during pregnancy, if suffering from high blood pressure, or epilepsy.

 


 

Turmeric    curcuma longa

This spicy oil is excellent for tired muscles and joints and has cleansing, clearing properties.

 


 

Valerian    valeriana officinalis

A soothing oil that brings comfort. Has a bitter sweet aroma.

 


 

Vetivert                             vetiveria zizanoides

A dark brown, olive or amber, viscous oil, with a deep smoky, warm, earthy, woody aroma and a sweet undertone. Known as the oil of tranquility. Calms the most agitated of minds.

Uses : Acne, cuts, oily skin, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, sprains, stiffness, depression, nervous tension.

 


 

 

Violet Leaf Absolute                          viola odorata

A gentle oil that helps to promote confidence and self esteem. Violet Leaf’s intriguing mossy aroma is unlike that of the flower.

 


 

Yarrow                               achillea millefolium

Distinctive by its deep blue colour. Effective in hair and skincare blends, it has soothing, relaxing properties.

 


 

Ylang Ylang                                            cananga odorata

Used as a perfume oil, with a deep soft floral fragrance. Has a marked sedating effect on the nerves, but is reviving to the spirit. Traditionally used as an aphrodisiac. In Victorian times, the oil was used in Macassar oil - a hair treatment (remember anti-macassars ?) In Indonesia, the flowers are spread on the beds of newly married couples. Lifts the spirits and counteracts irritability. A sensual oil with an exotic, euphoric fragrance, bringing comfort to emotional disharmony.

Uses : Anxiety and depression, dry and sensitive skin, high blood pressure, mature skin and wrinkles, PMT, stress related conditions. Has a balancing effect on blood pressure and distressed breathing patterns.

Methods : Bath, Massage & Skin Oil, Vaporisation

Cautions : has a powerful, heady aroma - so only use a little at a time.

 



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