Essential Oils

Therapeutic Properties of Essential Oils

ESSENTIAL OIL PROPERTIES/ BENEFITS/ CAUTIONS* AROMATIC SCENT
Basil (Sweet) Ocimum basilicum brings clarity, clears the sinuses, stimulates circulation, especially for the respiratory system*may irritate sensitive skin. Do not use during pregnancy has a sweet vaguely anise-like, minty smoky odor.
Bergamot Citrus bergamia depression, stress, tension, fear, infection, all skin types, psoriasis, eczema*can cause severe burns on sensitive skin that has been exposed to sunlight sweet and fruity with a warm, spicy floral quality
Citronella Cymbopogon winterianus use in essential oil burner to ward off insects. Combine with cedarwood to produce a more pleasant smelling natural insect repellent*may irritate sensitive skin. Do not use during pregnancy lemon citrus scent
Cedarwood (Virginian) Juniperus virginiana calms nervous tension/anxiety, helps relieve respiratory difficulties, deters moths and other insects, mild astringent, antiseptic, fungicidal*may irritate sensitive skin; do not use during pregnancy sweet and woody; somewhat reminiscent of sandalwood
Clary Sage Salvia sclarea antidepressant, antispasmodic, deodorant, sedative, tonic, euphoric, helps with asthma*avoid use during pregnancy earthy, fruity and floral aroma
Clove Bud Syzgium aromaticum minor aches and pains, flus and colds*can cause sensitization among some individuals. Avoid use during pregnancy. smells spicy and rich like actual cloves
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus use on skin ailments (burns, blisters, wounds, insect bites, lice, skin infections), colds, flu, muscle aches and pains*avoid if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy. Avoid use during pregnancy. very herbaceous scent with soft, woody undertones
Frankincense Boswellia Frereana antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, joint pain, arthritis, sedative, expectorant, aging skin, bacterial and fungal infections*avoid use during pregnancy a rich, woody, earthy scent with a deeply mysterious nuance
Geranium (Egyptian) Pelargonium graveolens use on oily or combination skin; nourishes and rehydrates dry and mature skin, calms irritability, relaxes the mind and eases insomnia, wards off mosquitoes and head lice.*avoid use during pregnancy sweet and herbaceous
Ginger Grass Cymbopogon martini var sofia helps improve circulation, opens sinus passages, calming, de-stresses, uplifting, euphoric, aphrodisiac*can irritate sensitive skin. All topical applications should be carried out in dilution. Avoid use during pregnancy. a sharp, green scent with pepper and lemon undertones
Grapefruit (White) Citrus racemosa energizing and uplifting, helps ease muscle fatigue and stiffness, good for oily/acne prone skin*can cause photosensitivity. Avoid use during pregnancy a fresh, light, slightly bitter citrus scent, much like the fruit
Key Lime Citrus aurantifolia swingle refreshing and uplifting, eases emotional lethargy, listlessness and mental exhaustion, boosts the immune system through colds and flu*can be phototoxic to sensitive individuals. Use well diluted. Avoid use during pregnancy. strong sharp and slightly spicy, citrusy scent
Litsea Cubeba Litsae cubeba calming, anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, insecticide*possible skin irritant. Avoid use during pregnancy crisp citrus smell, sweeter and softer than lemongrass.
Lavender (Bulgarian) Lavandula angustifolia stress, insomnia, relaxing, balancing, conflict resolution, acceptance, skin healing (great on burns), muscle aches and pains, reduces inflammation, analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, decongestant, deodorant and diuretic. Lavender is the most useful and versatile essential oil for therapeutic purposes.*non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing rich lavender-floral scent with a camphoraceous undertone
Lavender (South African) Lavandula angustifolia stress, insomnia, relaxing, conflict resolution, acceptance, skin healing (great on burns), muscle aches and pains, reduces inflammation, analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, decongestant, deodorant and diuretic. Lavender is the most useful and versatile essential oil for therapeutic purposes.*non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing fresh sweet, floral-herbaceous odour
Lavender (French) Lavandula dentate stress, insomnia, relaxing, conflict resolution, acceptance, skin healing (great on burns), muscle aches and pains, reduces inflammation, analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, decongestant, deodorant and diuretic. Lavender is the most useful and versatile essential oil for therapeutic purposes.*– non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing sweet floral aroma
Lemon Citrus limonum cleanser, antiseptic, refreshing, cooling, enhances the ability to concentrate, promotes alertness, joy, and awareness*phototoxic, should be avoided prior to exposure to direct sunlight. Avoid use during pregnancy. strong citrus scent
Lemongrass Cymbopogon flexuosus invigorating, rejuvenating, antiseptic, astringent, antidepressant, muscular pain, bug repellant, good for acne prone, oily skin*avoid use during pregnancy fresh earthy, citrusy scent
Marjoram (Sweet) Origanum marjorana reduces anxiety and stress, relieves headaches and insomnia, increases determination*avoid use during pregnancy warm spicy aroma with a hint of nutmeg
Nutmeg Myristica fragrans arthritis, constipation, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism and slow digestion*avoid use during pregnancy rich, spicy, sweet woody scent
Orange (Sweet) Citrus sinensis antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, digestive, stimulant, combats colds, the flu, dull skin and stress; enhances sensuality, joy, creativity*phototoxic and exposure to sunlight should be avoided. Avoid use during pregnancy. citrus smell much like orange peels only more intense and concentrated
Palmarosa Cymbopogon martinii var motia emotional strength, vitality, clarity, antiseptic, bactericidal, promotes skin healing, fever-reducing, hydrating, digestive, stimulant (circulatory), great in oil diffusers during flu epidemics (its action against viral illnesses and bacteria coupled with the attractive smell make it a great oil to use to disinfect a room)*can be a dermal irritant. Avoid use during pregnancy. sweet, floral scent with a hint of rose
Patchouli (Dark) Pogostemon cablin antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, deodorant, fungicidal, diuretic; excellent for general skin care, dermatitis, dandruff, athlete’s food, eczema, and acne*none known. warm, earthy scent with fresh fruit- like tones.
Peppermint Supreme Mentha piperata digestive aid, warming and cooling properties, refreshing, energizing, enhances well-being of respiratory system, mental fatigue, self-confidence, direction, nervous stress or for women during monthly cycles or menopause*use well diluted. Avoid use during pregnancy. strong minty scent with herbaceous warm undertones
Pine Pinus sylvestris cuts, sores, rheumatism, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, bronchitis, asthma, coughs, laryngitis, colds and flu, breathlessness, sinusitis, psoriasis, rheumatism, ringworm; can help stimulate circulation, great for creating a real Christmas Tree scent in the home*may sensitize the skin crisp fresh, sweet, forest-like aroma
Rose Geranium Pelagonium graveolens uplifts and sedates, good for acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, lice, mosquito repellant, poor circulation, PMS, menopausal problems, stress and neuralgia; balancing*avoid use during pregnancy richly, warm, sweet floral scent
Rosemary (Spanish) Rosmarinus officinalis mental fatigue, mental clarity, alertness, concentration, decisiveness, cell renewal, dry mature skin, acne blemishes, lines, wrinkles, broken capillaries, varicose veins, helps heal burns, wounds, improves circulation*not suitable for people with epilepsy or high blood pressure. Avoid use during pregnancy. strong, clear, penetrating, camphoraceous and earthy aroma
Spearmint Mentha spicata a local/topical anesthetic, antispasmodic, astringent, decongestant, stimulant and restorative, uplifting, helps alleviate fatigue and depression*avoid use during pregnancy fresh minty sweet smell
Tangerine Citrus reticulata blanco var tangerina refreshing, rejuvenating, clears the mind and can help eliminate emotional confusion, comforting, soothing, warming, antispasmodic, sedative, stimulant; inspiration, empathy, peace* can be phototoxic.Avoid use during pregnancy. fresh, radiant, and tangy sweet
Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia immune stimulant, fights bacteria, fungi, viruses, colds, sinusitis, viral infections, great on acne prone/oily skin and hair, head lice and dandruff.*may cause dermal sensitization fresh, camphoraceous odor
Vanilla Vanilla planifolia aphrodisiac, comforting, relaxing, security, romance, sensuality*avoid use during pregnancy rich, sweet vanilla aroma
Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata nervous conditions, sensuality, acceptance, exuberance*excessive use may lead to headaches and nausea sweet, exotic floral scent
Wintergreen Gaulgheria procumbens pain reliever. Not commonly used in aromatherapy.*avoid use during pregnancy strong mint candy scent