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Some Essential Oils to Explore:

 

 

Bergamot Fragonia Nutmeg
Black Pepper Frankincense Orange
Boronia Geranium Patchouli
Cedarwood Ginger Peppermint
Chamomile Jasmine Rose Otto
Cinnamon Juniper Berry Rosemary
Clary Sage Lavender Tea Tree
Clove Bud Lemon Thyme
Cypress Lemongrass Wintergreen
Eucalyptus Myrrh Ylang Ylang
 

 

 

 

Some Useful Ideas
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The Facts About Essential Oils :

 

Essential oils are extracted from flora (herbs, flowers, roots & wood), it is done by a steam distillation process. Essential oils are largely water insoluble and this characteristic allows them to be separated from the vapours during the distillation process.

 

Pure essential oils are highly volatile and will evaporate completely into the atmosphere leaving no residue.  Oils that are not pure essential oils will not completely evaporate and will often leave a residue or stain behind. 

 

These are generally oils that have been combined with other liquid ingredients or carrier oils for the purpose of diluting or preserving the pure essential oil. The distillation process can take a lot of time and different quantities of flora are needed to make up the oils.  Sometimes a large amount of flora is required to gain only a small amount of oil, hence this is why some oils are very expensive and others are not. Rose Otto essential oil is an example of this as may take over thirty roses just to make just one drop of oil.

 

Also be aware that some oils require the destruction of the whole plant in order to use the bark or wood to make the essential oil. Some species especially some trees, take a long time to re-grow and mature and are in danger of becoming extinct due to the destruction of the whole plant.  Some examples are Rosewood and Australian Sandalwood. Try to use similar products or alternatives, for example using Ho wood instead of Rosewood as their chemical properties are very similar. Australian Sandalwood takes so long to grow and is so rare now it is only derived from trees that have already died and lay as waste in paddocks and bush land.

 

You should always check that the oils you are using are pure essential oils or if using a mixed or diluted essential oil, check that the carrier oil is organic and not synthetic or contain a petrochemical base and therefore safe for inhalation.  Research has shown that petrochemicals can cause cancer in animals and humans so it is best to avoid using those types of products. [Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Sep;1076:110-9. Review. PMID: 17119196 - PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
 

 

When putting an essential oil directly onto the skin it is recommended that it be diluted with water or a carrier oil, because some pure essential oils can be very irritating to the skin. Essential oils should not be swallowed they are for external use only.

 

 

Useful Ideas For Your Essential Oils:

 

You are only limited by your imagination as to the uses for your essential oils!

 

Oil burners aren't the only things that your essential oils can be used with, try and explore the many different applications with which essential oils can be used.

 

Remember all essential oils contain antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. This is because the plants that make them need these oils for their own protection. 

 

Essential oils are created by plants for the following reasons:

  • prevent it from being attacked and eaten by insects and animals

  • stop attack by fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms

  • attract bees and other insects that help in the pollination process

  • help to heal wounds inflicted on the plant itself

  • help stop dehydration and give protection in a hot dry climate, preventing water loss from the foliage.

 

Here are some methods of use for your essential oils you may like to try:

  • Oil burners and vapourisers

  • Diffusers - similar to a vapouriser except more intense

  • Air freshener and Sprays - using a large water spray bottle, add 20 to 50 drops (depending on the size of the bottle) and spray around the room as an antibacterial air freshener.  The spray can also be used as a cleaning agent on stove tops, sinks and benches to clean away dirt and kill bacteria.

  • Bathroom & toilet cleaner - again add your drops to a spray bottle and clean your bathroom and toilet from top to bottom. (Thyme and Tea Tree are great ones to use for any cleaning as they are highly antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal).

  • Personal hygiene sprays - using the non irritating essential oils, add these to a spritzer bottle and spray onto the skin to cool down in summer or as a light natural perfume or deodorant. Always remember to shake the bottle well before use.

  • Insect Repellent - Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray around the area, certain oils will repel the insects more than others, tea tree, rosemary, lemongrass or eucalyptus are just a few.

  • Wipe down your stove top with the oils and when the stove is lit lovely aromatic vapours will be dispersed.

  • Wipe around light bulbs and fittings so when the lights are turned on and the bulb heats up the aromas will create a lovely atmosphere.

  • Wipe over ceiling fans and air conditioners this not only cleans away the dust but when turned on will help to disperse the lovely aromas and kill any unwanted germs.

  • Wipe oils inside of the toilet roll tube and the oil will give the toilet paper a lovely fragrance as well as making the bathroom smell nice.

  • Baths - Add the oils after the bath has been run as the oil will evaporate quickly from the heat, use a carrier oil to make the essential oil last longer. You only need a few drops as you don't want the smell to be overpowering. (less is more)

  • Shampoos and conditioners - add a few drops of your favourite oil to your shampoo or conditioner, not only will your hair smell great but they can help to kill head lice and other microbes in the hair.

  • After a shower add a few small drops to a moisturising cream or carrier oil and rub over your body for skin protection, this will leave your body smelling wonderful.

  •  Mouth Gargles - add a few drops to water and gargle, helps to prevent sore throats and bad breath as bacteria and microbes are killed. Spit out after gargling. (Do not swallow)

  • Massage Oils - Add a few drops to a carrier oil and massage into the skin.

  • Carpet freshener - Add 15 to 25 drops of your favourite oil/s to @250grams of Bicarbonate soda and shake well and then sprinkle over the carpet. Leave for about 10 minutes or so and then vacuum as normal. Some oils will help to prevent fleas so if this is a problem be sure to use those oils.

  • Floor Cleaner - Add 4 to 8 drops into the water you are washing your floors with and mop as normal, will help to clean and kill germs also leaves the room smelling amazing.

  • Washing Machine & Clothes Dryer - Add 4 to 8 drops to the rinse cycle of the wash or 2 to 5 drops in the clothes dryer, this gives the clothes a beautiful fresh aroma.

Don't forget to create more of your own ideas for these amazing oils....

 

*  For Natural Cleaning agent nothing beats bicarbonate soda mixed with white vinegar, this forms a foamy liquid that lathers up and cleans away unwanted grease, grime and mould.  You can add your essential oils to this mix to give a lovely fragrance to the mix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL OILS AND THEIR USES

 

Bergamot

 

Botanical Name:

Citrus bergamia

 

 

 

Made from a small green orange from the Bergamia tree and has a citrus overtone to its scent.  Bergamot has long been used to create prosperity and to promote a positive attitude within an individual.

The scent helps to clarify objectives and has uplifting effects on the mind.

Good for treating depression, anxiety, nervous tension and post menstrual tension. 

Actions include analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, nervine, carminative, sedative and tonic.

 

Black Pepper

 

Botanical Name:

Piper nigrum

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Offers a woody dry scent that helps to comfort a "cold" person. Great for massaging in to sore, tired and overworked muscles, helps to alleviate muscle cramps and spasms. 

Helps to treat indigestion, constipation,  diarrhoea, stimulates appetite and also regularly used to increase blood circulation around the body.

Good for arthritic and rheumatic complaints. Known to be warming and stimulating to the nervous system.

Caution: If using in massage oil be sure to very small quantity in blend as it may cause skin irritation.

 

Boronia

 

Botanical Name:

Boronia megastigma

 

 

 

An Australian Wildflower that has a magical gentle sweet flowery fragrance. Middle note properties. Soft and relaxing to the nervous system.

Mentally can have a deep effect on emotion, helps to center the mind, good for confusion, conflict, bereavement, frustration and insomnia. Similar to the properties of Rose otto as it is also a highly fragranced oil.

Brononia oil is cooling and soothing to the skin, be careful not to use too much as it may over stimulate the senses and cause nausea.

 

Cedarwood

 

Botanical Name:

Cedrus atlantica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cedarwood was used by the ancient Egyptians in mummification and to make coffins.  It was regarded an important ingredient in their medicine, cosmetics and perfumery.

Solomon's temple was made exclusively of cedarwood.

The fragrance is quite masculine and has mild woody overtones, good for stabilising energies, is an adrenal regulator, aphrodisiac and has mucolytic properties.

Cedarwood is also very grounding, protective, rejuvinating, tonic and antifungal. Used for oily skin,  acne, dermatitis and psoriasis. Good as a hair tonic.

Caution: Best to avoid during pregnancy due to abortifacient properties however there is very little evidence to support this claim.

 

Chamomile

 

Botanical Name:

chamomillia matricaria

 

 

Chamomile is one of the oldest herbs known for medicinal properties. A safe herb effective for a wide range of complaints.  Has a fruity, herbaceous apple like aroma.

Very soothing and calming oil, good for insomnia calms anxiety, tension, anger and fear.

The scent stimulates gastric juice secretion and is helpful in conditions of dyspepsia, flatulence, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.

A very good anti inflammatory and antiallergic oil that improves immunity and also has healing properties that act on scars. A safe oil good to use on a restless child.

 

Cinnamon

 

Botanical Name:

Cinnamonium zeylanicum

 

 

 

 

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Considered by the ancients to be a very important aromatic spice.  A warming spicy oil that stimulates circulation and digestion as well as soothing nausea.

This oil has a strong aroma and should be used sparingly.

Cinnamon oil is also a strong antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Helps to regulate blood sugars and may be useful in diabetes.

Caution should be taken using this oil in pregnancy.

 

Clary Sage

 

Botanical Name:

Salvia sclarea

 

 

Clary is derived from the Latin word "clarus" which means "clear". Has a sweet slightly nutty scent and is a great oil for balancing hormones and easing pre menstrual tension and cramps.

Helps soothe digestive problems and is said to help addicts withdraw from dependency by instilling a sense of balance.

Clary sage oil is antidepressant, antiseptic, antifungal, antispasmodic, hypotensive, nervine, sedative and a uterine tonic.

This oil is said to have a very powerful impact on emotional problems, during menopause can help with hot flushes, night sweats, dizziness, irritability and sleeplessness.

 

Clove Bud

 

Botanical Name:

Syzygium aromaticum

 

 

 

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Distilled from the clove flower buds, has a warm spicy scent. This oil was used as a breath freshener as well as for the relief of toothache.

Has a very powerful antiseptic action which makes it beneficial in the use against all kinds of infections. Clove bud oil is a well known toothache remedy as it has a numbing effect on the gums stopping the pain.

Caution: This oil is very powerful and is not recommended for use as a massage oil as it can be highly irritating to the skin.

Highly antibacterial and can be good to use as a cleaning agent around the home.

 

Cypress

 

Botanical Name:

Cypressus sempervirens

 

 

 

 

Smokey, sweet and refreshing with woody overtones. The Cypress tree was a symbol of "everlastingness as well as "grief" to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Trees are often found in churchyards and cemeteries all over Europe.

Known to be a comforting herb in the time of loss or grief. Helps to balance the emotions and useful in the aid of coping with loss of a loved one as well as transitional periods in life including career changes, moving house or ending of relationships. Helps to create feelings of security and grounding.

Great oil for relieving excess of any kind, particularly fluids. Good for varicose veins and haemorrhoids. Tonic to the circulatory system, eases pre menstrual tension and menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and irritability.

 

Eucalyptus

 

Botanical Name:

Eucalyptus plenissima

 

 

 

 

 

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Strong, sharp, clearing fragrance. Australian aboriginals used the leaves to help heal wounds, largely due to antimicrobial and astringent properties.

Has a very powerful aroma and may work against some homoeopathic remedies.  Good for cleaning the air and clearing the respiratory tract. Not only makes it easier to breathe but kills germs and bacteria.

Has long been used for respiratory tract infections, coughs, catarrh, asthma, helps to sooth inflammation and loosen mucous.

Also helpful in the use against muscular aches and pains.

 

Fragonia

 

Botanical Name:

Agonis fragrans

 

A relatively new essential oil, it comes from the flower found in the South West of Australia. The Fragonia name was chosen and has been trademarked by the "The Paperbark Co."

Also known as coarse "Agonis" or "coarse Tea Tree" by the cut flower industry. The scent is sweet and spicy with a slight citrus note.

Being of the tea tree family the oil is highly antimicrobial and antifungal. The University of Western Australia Microbiology Department have confirmed that the oil has a significant antimicrobial activity against staphylococcus aurous and staphylococcus epidermidis and E. Coli was killed in just 30 seconds. Safe to use as a mouth gargle to kill germs and bacteria that cause sore throat.

Fragonia is also hormone balancing, anti inflammatory, expectorant and immune enhancing. It helps to balance emotions as well as allowing one to "let go" of emotions creating peace and harmony in the mind and body.

 

Frankincense

 

Botanical Name:

Boswelia carteri

 

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The energy of this oil is heating and drying, the name derives from mediaeval French meaning "luxuriant incense". It was used as far back as the ancient Egyptians who used it in their temple rituals to rejuvenate the skin.

Has a warm spicy scent which is comforting in anxiety states and often used to assist in meditation to deepen breathing.

Used for respiratory tract infections and food for fumigating sick rooms. The oil is non toxic, non irritant and non sensitising.

Good for use in massage oils and baths as it helps to soften, protect and rejuvenate the skin.

 

Geranium

 

Botanical Name:

Pelargonium graveolens

 

 

Chinese medicine uses this herb to cope with excessive moisture in the body. Has a tangy rich leafy aroma which is long lasting and drying as well as cooling.

Used as an appetite stimulant and helps guard against travel sickness. This oil is a stimulating general tonic and is good for stimulating the circulatory system and digestive system. 

Has antidepressant properties as well as antibacterial, antifungal and deodorant.

May be slightly irritating to the skin so best used with caution if massaging.

 

Ginger

 

Botanical Name:

Zingiber officinale

 

 

 

 

 

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A common spice used for thousands of years found to be rich and warming. Has a fresh spicy aroma which helps to overcome mental fatigue and nausea including travel sickness and morning sickness.

Good for improving circulation and supporting fluid balance within the body.  Has analgesic, anti emetic, stomachic, antiseptic, anti inflammatory, diaphoretic and rubefacient properties.

Helps with colds and flu, fever, bronchitis, congestion, excess mucus, as well as tiredness and fatigue.

 

Jasmine

 

Botanical Name:

Jasmin officinalis

 

 

 

 

Known as the "king of essential oils" and has long been used in love potions for its aphrodisiac properties. Has a warm sweet floral scent that is uplifting and revitalising.

Can be used as an effective hormone balancer, nervine, antidepressant and aphrodisiac.  The scent is said to help bonding between a mother and baby as well as promoting the flow of breast milk.

A deeply relaxing oil helps with sexual problems such as impotence and frigidity.

It is also an excellent skin tonic and increases elasticity of the skin and can be helpful in softening stretch marks. These properties make it great to be used in a massage blend or skin cream.

 

Juniper Berry

 

Botanical Name:

Juniperus communis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Refreshing, woody invigorating oil that contains astringing and diuretic properties. Once used in antiquity to keep away evil spirits and as a disinfectant during times of plague.  Egyptians used this oil in their embalming process.

Juniper is good for stimulating the nerves and cleanses the mind of negative emotions accumulated from others. Helps to purify the atmosphere by killing airborne microbes and bacteria.

Helps regulate menstrual flow, stimulates kidneys and useful for congestive skin states and unblocks pores, eases acne, dermatitis and swellings.

Regulates appetite which can be helpful in weight loss and helps to eliminate uric acid which may be useful in arthritic conditions.

 

Lavender

 

Botanical Name:

Lavendula angustifolia

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There are a few different types of lavender which may be used in essential oils, ranging from top to middle note aromas. All scents though slightly different, have a sweet floral refreshing fragrance and is one of the safest and most versatile of all the essential oils.

Helps to cleanse and calm emotions, said to take away tension headaches and pains.

Its properties include, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, carminative, nervine, rubefacient and analgesic.

Great oil for the skin and helps in cases of acne, alopecia, insect bites, boils, dermatitis, fungal infections, inflammation, psoriasis, scars and sunburn. Good in the use of massage blends and creams.

 

Lemon

 

Botanical Name:

Citrus limomum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This oil was once used by sailors to combat scurvy on ships. Penetrating, sharp citrus fragrance that helps to dispel sluggishness, indecision and lack of humour.

Alkalising to the body, helps to aid clear thinking and good for use during studies or where long periods of concentration are required.

Excellent antiseptic and disinfectant oil, care needs to be taken if using on skin as it may be irritating and cause photosensitivity.

Lemon oil stimulates white blood cells, strengthening the immune system, reduces high blood pressure and thins the blood. Has antiseptic properties that help to relieve sore throats, coughs and colds.

Being an appetite stimulant, helps improve digestion and helps to cleanse and clean the body.

 

Lemongrass

 

Botanical Name:

Cymbopogan flexuosus

 

 

Strong sweet lemon scented aroma which is cooling and moisturising.  Traditionally used in Indian medicine for infectious illnesses and to reduce fevers.

Stimulating and refreshing for the mind, helpful for mental fatigue and loss of concentration.

Good tonic for convalescence, stimulates glandular secretions and improves digestion. Has a tonic effect on muscles and relieves pain by eliminating lactic acid and stimulates circulation.

This fragrance is best used in the morning and early afternoon as it may over-stimulate the mind if used late in the day making sleep more difficult and may even cause tempers to fray if used towards bedtime.

Can cause photosensitivity and irritation to the skin so use only in very small concentrations if using in the bath or in a massage blend.

 

Myrrh

 

Botanical Name:

Commiphora myrrha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Myrrh is the resin secreted from the tree either naturally or when the bark is cut and is closely related to Frankincense. This was another ingredient used in embalming by the Egyptians.  Has an intense musky balsamic fragrance and is effective in easing mucus in the lungs.

Works well for problems like asthma, bronchitis, colds, catarrh, pharyngitis and coughs. Well known remedy for all mouth and gum diseases as well as halitosis used as a mouth gargle.

Myrrh is known to have strong healing properties, is said to invigorate the immune system to speed recovery from disease. 

The essential oil has a cooling action and can help reduce inflammation of skin.  It contains skin preserving properties and is said to slow degeneration through aging.

Helps to control weeping wounds and may be effective with treating eczema and fungal infections of the feet.

 

Nutmeg

 

Botanical Name:

Myristica fragrans

 

 

Used by the Chinese dating back to the fifth century and one of several fumigant aromatics used in the streets of Rome. A rich spicy warming oil that is very stimulating to the mind and body.

Traditionally used as a flavouring in foods and drinks as well as in hair and skin lotions.  Nutmeg has been recognised to induce hallucinations when used in excess and can be very dangerous, this is due to one of its constituents myristicin which is psychotropic.

Good to used if studying or if wanting to stay awake for long periods. Stimulating to the nervous system in moderation.

A powerful oil that should be used with care, excessive amounts can create nervous disturbances.

 

Orange

 

Botanical Name:

Origanum vulgare

 

 

 

 

 

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A strong sweet flavoursome citrus fragrance that enhances feeling of well being. Considered to be the "golden apple" referred to in Greek mythology.

Acts as a mild sedative, has a delicious scent that enhances appetite and improves digestion. Makes a delightful room air freshener good for bathrooms and floors as well.

Its actions include a gentle balancing oil that helps to release nervous tension and relieve stress.

Caution: May cause photosensitivity and skin irritation if used in a massage blend.

 

Patchouli

 

Botanical Name:

Pogostemon cablin

 

 

Gives a strong musky sweet masculine aroma it was often used to perfume linen and clothing. It was used to keep moths away from clothing and was a very popular scent during the 1960's.

This is a sensual masculine oil which is renowned as an aphrodisiac. Stimulating and pungent only very little is needed as the aroma can quickly become overpowering if too much is used.

Helps to curb appetite and may be useful in weight loss. It has a diuretic action which can help in cases of water retention and cellulite. Good to use on dry unhealthy skin it is non toxic, non irritant and non sensitising.

Its properties include antidepressant, anti inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent and fungicidal.

Noted to be good for balancing male and female hormones and useful in cases of hormonal acne.

 

Peppermint

 

Botanical Name:

Mentha x peperita

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peppermint is very cooling and moisturising give out a minty sweet fresh fragrance. Is a powerful scent and best used sparingly and needs to be kept away from eyes and sensitive skin.

May affect some homoeopathic remedies so best used away from these medicines. Aids concentration and memory helps the brain think clearly. Excellent for mental fatigue and depression.

Great for digestive disorders, including colic, heartburn, flatulence, bloating and diarrhoea. Eases headaches, migraines and toothache.

Good to use in reflexology and or for foot massage and can  relieve itching, fungal infections, inflammation, dermatitis, ringworm and pruritus.

It is a cooling oil as well as warming and helps relieve pain of sore muscles.  Known to soften skin and will treat oily skin and hair.

 

Rose Otto

 

Botanical Name:

Rosa damascena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Very rich deep floral scent with honey overtones. Considered to be the "queen of essential oils", and the rose was a symbol of mystical and divine love.  This best Rose Otto oil is from Bulgaria and it takes around thirty roses to make just one drop of the oil, hence this is why it is very expensive.  Often used in expensive perfumes of the world.

A beautiful feminine scent and very antiseptic as well as being the least toxic of all essential oils.

A great antidepressant, creating a sense of comfort in times of emotional turmoil.  It is said to warm the heart and boost confidence as well as calming the hyperactive personality.

Its properties include analgesic, anticonflict, antidepressant, antiinflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, antispasmodic, anxiolytic, aphrodisiac, sedative and carminative.

Wonderful in skin lotions and creams, particularly good for mature, dry and sensitive skin. The oil's constricting action on the capillaries help to reduce broken thread veins and helps with inflammation, dermatitis, eczema and acne.

 

Rosemary

 

Botanical Name:

Rosemarinus officinalis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rosemary has a strong penetrating woody herbaceous scent and is well known for "rememberance". The name means "dew of the sea" from the Latin words "ros maris".

Rosemary was often used to ward off evil spirits and was burned along with Juniper in French hospitals to purify the air and prevent infection. It was also presented to wedding guests as a symbol of "love and loyalty".

This oil is great for energising the brain and reviving the scenses. Good for lethargy and mental fatigue often used by students to help in examinations. Believed to trigger the memory keep the mind alert and help recall answers.

Used to clear headaches and some research has shown it to be as effective as paracetamol for headaches and migraines. Relieves pain without sedating, relieves rheumatic pain, helps to normalise low blood pressure and strengthens the lungs to aid with colds, asthma and bronchitis.

On the skin Rosemary oil has a rejuvenating and rubefacient effect and helps tone sagging skin. Rosemary Verbonone is best for skin rejuvenation and is often more expensive.  Great to use in massage blends as well as skin and hair lotions and is known to kill head lice.

 

Tea Tree

 

Botanical Name:

Melaleuca alternifolia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found only in Australia and as there are many varieties of Melaleuca it is important to ensure the oil is in alternifolia. This species has constituents many times stronger than carbolic acid which was the main antibacterial agent used in the early 1900's. Aboriginals have used tea tree oil for thousands of years to treat cuts and wounds.

Also noted as a strong deodorant as it has been seen to eliminate and immediately clear away any foul smell from wounds or abscess. Tea tree contains a least forty eight organic compounds, some of which are not found anywhere else in nature.

Great for cleaning and disinfecting areas, can be used in air conditioning vents to help sanitise the air. Tea tree inhibits the growth of mould, fungi and bacteria therefore is a perfect natural cleaning agent for bathrooms and kitchens.

Helps the immune system by fighting off infectious diseases and burning this oil can help prevent the spread of colds and influenza. Safe to use as a mouth gargle mixed with water kills germs of a sore throat. It also has a strong antiviral action and can be used on insect bites and to dry out acne on the skin.

Good for ringworm, warts, tinea, herpes, athletes foot and helpful with dandruff. Caution is also needed as it may be irritating to the skin.

 

Thyme

 

Botanical Name:

Thymus vulgaris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This essential oil was first isolated in Germany in the early eighteenth century and used for its powerful antiseptic actions. Thyme has a warming sweet but powerful aroma.

Known for its powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial actions, Thyme is strengthening and invigorating for all kinds of physical and mental debility.

Actions of this oil include antioxidant, antibacterial, counter irritant, fungicidal, insecticide and rubefacient.

One of the best oils for cleaning surfaces and killing germs with, perfect for use in the bathroom, toilet and kitchen.

Caution should be taken around skin as it may cause irritation and best not used in a bath or massage oil. 

Can be used in a diluted form on the scalp as it is known to kill head lice.

 

Wintergreen

 

Botanical Name:

Gaultheria procumbens

 

 

The oil has a very strong minty fresh and warming aroma and the herb leaves were once chewed by the American Indians to improve lung capacity as well as to prevent tooth decay.

The scent is very strong and very effective for enhancing respiration especially in condition of bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory diseases. Helps to open the airways as well as being antibacterial to kill germs that cause disease.

Wintergreen essential oil is made up almost entirely of Methyl Salicylate, which is a cofactor of the medication "Aspirin" and therefore should not be used by anyone with an allergy to Aspirin.

Having good analgesic actions as well as antiinflammatory, astringent and stimulant actions it is a great oil to use in massage blends for aching, strained, overworked and sore muscles. Caution the oil should be diluted significantly if using on the skin.

A very warming and invigorating oil for the scenses and relaxes an unsettled mind.

Caution: A wonderful oil but should always be kept out of reach of children as you would "Aspirin".

 

Ylang Ylang

 

Botanical Name:

Cananga odorata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This essential oil has spicy exotic and intoxicatingly sweet fragrance - Pronounced "alang-alang" the name means "flower of flowers" and known as "the perfume tree".

Ylang Ylang's sweet scent pacifies the mind and sedates the nervous system. Helps to calm the individual to dispel anger creating a feeling of peace as well as dissipating jealousy and frustration.

Said to be an aphrodisiac and a powerful stimulant and euphoric fragrance. Helps to promote confidence and sensuality.  Very calming to the mind helping to ease panic attacks and improve low self esteem.

Actions include aphrodisiac, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, adrenal stimulant, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine and sedative. 

Good for the cardiovascular system as it regulates the heart beat treating palpitations as well as lowering high blood pressure.

Regulates adrenal flow and said to balance the hormones and can be helpful with reproductive problems.

Has a balancing action on skin and is useful for both oily and dry skins and is said to help with hair growth. Use sparingly in massage blends as it may irritate sensitive skin.

Caution: As the oil has a very strong scent large quantities are not recommended as it may cause headaches and nausea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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