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Essential Oils


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BATH: 5 - 10 drops. Drop Essential Oil on surface of water after bath has been run, agitate water, soak for at least 15 minutes and enjoy (1 cup of Epsom Salts stirred into water increases absorption).

SHOWER: 4 - 6 drops maximum. Wash as normal, when finished add Essential Oil to wet face cloth and rub briskly on wet skin.

SAUNA: 2 drops per ml of water. Mix Essential Oil with water and distribute over heat source as required. Relax and breathe deeply.

INHALATION: 2 - 5 drops. Pour boiling water into a stainless steel bowl, add Essential Oil, cover head and bowl with a towel an breathe the vapour for 5 minutes.

MASSAGE: 1 drop per 1 - 2ml of carrier oil. Add Essential Oil to a carrier oil (Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, Grapeseed), shake briskly and use according to demand. Store in a cool, dark place.

AROMALIGHT: 1 - 10 drops. Fill AromaLight dish with water, add Essential Oil, light candle. A good unit heats the oil gently so the fragrance is dispersed into the room within 10 minutes.

AROMATIZER: 10 - 40 drops. This ingenious device releases a mist of millions of ionised micro droplets of Essential Oils. This true aerosol is superior to any other method because it does not heat the Essential Oils or combine them with water.

Essential Oils

ANGELICA (Angelica archangelica): A revitalising and cleansing oil that promotes an optimistic outlook. Transforms sluggishness into energy making it an ideal bath or massage oil for the challenges of the adolescent years. Breaks down accumulated toxins and fluids. May have a beneficial effect on gout.

BASIL (Ocimum basilicum): Helps to clarify the intellect and sharpen concentration. The student's saviour when mental fatigue and exhaustion make deadlines hard to meet. Sometimes recommended for migraines, earache and gastric problems.

BENZOIN (Styrax bauzoe): Its woody vanilla scent releases deep-seated tensions and shields emotions from anxiety and sadness.
Increases elasticity of the skin improving chapped and irritated conditions. Also may be effective for coughs, bronchitis and laryngitis.

BAY LAUREL (Laurus mobilis): A distinctive oil that has traditionally been presented to heroes returning from battle. Almost arrogant, it can be helpful when bold decisions are required. It has a stimulating effect on the skull and may promote hair growth; that could be why Caesar wore a wreath of it on his head.

BERGAMOT (Citrus auranthium): Used in a time of crisis it helps to clarify goals and regain composure. It releases pressure and promotes concentration, confidence and courage. Increases photo-sensitivity of the skin so should not be applied prior to exposure to the sun.

BIRCH (Betula Lenta): Rejuvenating like spriing. A cleansing and invigorating oil ideal for muscular aches and sports injuries. May ease the stiffness and pain of arthritic and rheumatic joints.

CAMPHOR (Dryo alanps camphora): Both heating and cooling it has a balancing effect on Yin and Yang but it is a powerful oil which should be used with care. Clenses the atmosphere in convalescent rooms. Has been recommended for the treatment of respiratory problems.

CARDAMON (Elettaria cardamomum): Like a warm desert breeze it promotes clear thinking without loosing touch with the senses. It is slightly exotic and sexually evocative yet also comforting.
Mixed with peppermint, and rubbed on the tummy, it is a good digestive stimulant.

CARROT SEED (Daucus carota): It'shigh vitamin A content makes it the first choice in skin care. It increases elasticity of the skin and is effective on dermatitis, rashes and wrinkles. A few drops mixed in a facial lotion makes an idea skin cleanser and toner.

CEDARWOOD (Cedrus atlantica): An oil that men can easily relate to. It accentuates the positive aspect of masculinity relaxing the analytical mind and providing harmonious strength.
Added to shampoo it can be used for dandruff and oily hair.

CHAMOMILE: All following varieties are known for their soothing character and ability to create emotional stability. Can help relax digestive tension.

GERMAN CHAMOMILE (Chamomila matricaria): Due to its high azulen content this variety is a possible choice for eczema and may be especially beneficial on scar tisue. Favoured also for female complaints.

ROMAN CHAMOMILE (Anthemis nobilis): A strong sedative but also safe for children and babies making it an ideal external remedy for colic and teething.

MOROCCAN CHAMOMILE (Ormensis mixta): The cheapest variety, it is an excellent general skin oil.

CINNAMON (Cinnamonum ceylanicum): Like mulled wine, it warms and comforts. The harshness of the day melts away under its protective blanket. Good for generating heat in the body, but is irritating to the skin so should be highly diluted when used for massage. Its antifungal properties make it a good choice for the treatment of athletes foot.

CITRONELLA (Cymbopogon nardus): A wonderful insect repellent with useful applications in the garden and home. Blend with Geranium, Eucalyptus and Camphor to tone down its very specific scent.

CLARY SAGE (Salvia sclarea): A good stress oil that helps you get to the heart of the matter, encouraging an enphoric outlook. Although it is not only a female oil it is often used for balancing the female reproductive system and 5 drops in a bath can dispel the strain of PMT. Also ideal for aged, dry and inflamed skin.

CLOVE (Eugnia Caryophllata): Samurai warriors rubbed it on their swords to keep them sharp. Its strong analgesic properties made it ideal for toothache but it is strong and should never be applied directly to the gums especially on children. It is an excellent disinfectant for sick-rooms.

CORIANDER (Coriandrum sativum): An uplifting and encouraging scent that gently stimulates you into action. It is warming, eliminating toxins and re-vitalizing. It aids digestion and eases the discomfort of flatulence.

CYPRESS (Cupressus sempervirens): Like the tall tree it comes from, this oil has a proud scent. It eases sadness and helps you to stand up for yourself. A good tonic for the emotions, it is warm yet outspoken. It boosts flagging physical energy and because it promotes circulation may be recommended for the treatment of cellulite, varicose veins and water retention.

EUCALYPTUS (Eucalyptus Spp): Has been rubbed on congested chests for centuries. It is invigorating and lively, opening blocked sinuses and clearing head colds. Also makes a great domestic disinfectant.

EVERLASTING (Helichrysum italicum): As the name suggests, it gently preserves aging skin. It has a sweet yet penetrating scent, soothing irritating skin conditions and speeding up the healing process on cuts and wounds. May be especially beneficial for repairing scar tissue.

FIR (Abies balsamica): The finest of the conifer scents, the North American Indians used it for both religious and medicinal purposes.
It has the ability to elevate the mind and emotions without losing touch with reality. Has been known to boost the glandular and immune systems and also used in the treatment of asthma and bronchitis.

FRANKINCENSE (Boswellia carterii): It has been used for thousands of years in worship and rituals as a mediator between the material and spiritual worlds. It relases subconscious stress and uplifts the spirit while calming the mind. On the skin it is re-vitalizing and toning.

GERANIUM (Pelargonium graveolens): Friendly and kind, it enhances intimate communication with humour. It can be helpful during talks and negotiations creating a positive atmosphere.
Recommended for acne, oily skin and bruises. A diruetic, it is also recommended for cellulite and complaints associated with menopause.

GINGER (Zingiber officinalis): It provides energy and courage.
It helps you meet the challenge when unconventional tasks are required. It is inviting and arousing, warm and fortifying. It stimulates sluggish digestion and a few drops mixed with lemon juice in a cup of water gargled with help ease the discomfort of a sore throat.

GRAPEFRUIT (Citrus paradisi): A bright scent, it gives hope and boosts confidence when problems seem insurmountable.
Helpful for easing water retention and recommended for cellulite.

JASMINE (Jasminum officinalis): The scent of romance. Like a mistress of the night it can release inhibitions and accentuate playfulness. Action becomes effortless and the restrictions of self-doubt disappear under its sensual spell. One of the few oils recommended for use during pregnancy.

JUNIPER (Juniperus communis): In Europe it is known as 'the tree of life'. Calmly strengthening, it is an ideal oil for the elderly often recommended for the treatment of joint disease.
Eases the discomfort of over-indulgence when the food was too good to say no to a second helping.

LAVENDER (Lavandula officinalis): Has a steadying influence on the psyche, washing away emotional conflict and calming nervous tension. Its effectiveness in the treatment of burns, cuts, headaches and insomnia make it a must in the first-aid kit.
One of the few oils that is gentle enough to be applied directly to the skin, also ideal for children.

LEMON (Citrus limonum): Achieve goals swiftly and effectively.
Restore humour and decisiveness. Like a tall lemonade on a hot day it has a positive, uplifting quality. Mixed with Bergamot it makes a refreshing deodorant while a few drops on a warm compress should help varicose veins.

LEMON VERBENA (Lippia citriodora): Gentle and soft, it casts a spellof happiness. Calms the nervous system and dispels lethargy and anger. May have a stimulating effect on the liver.

LEMONGRASS (Cymbopogon citratus): Fragrant and clean it is an ideal deodorizer and room freshner. A few drops added to a footbath help to unwind after a long day. Blends well making it an ideal addtion when massage oils require lightening or sweetening.

LIME (Citrus limetta): The strongest of the citrus oils, it is bold and intensely bitter-sweet. It relieves depression and instigates action. Helpful in shaking off the grip of addiction and restoring forgotten priorities. Suggested for the treatment of anorexia.

MANDARIN (Citrus reticulata): Fresh like youth, it subtly inspires and quietly strengthens. Diffused in the home it turns mundane routines into happy events. Safe to be used during pregnancy.
Blended with vegetable oils and rubbed on the skin is helpful in preventing stretchmarks.

MAJORAM (Majorana hortensis): Comforting when spirits are low, it soothes the broken heart and quietens the mind. Blended with lemongrass may lower high blood pressure.

MANUKA (Leptospermium scoparium): A New Zealand native, it is as gentle and versatile as lavender and as antiseptic as Tea Tree.
It may be beneficial on many skin conditions such as eszema and persistant wounds. Because it is a strong fungicidal it may help reduce thrush, and when mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed on the chest it can relieve lung congestions.

MELISSA (Melissa officinalis): One of the rarer and most expensive oils it dispels fears and promotes acceptance bringing new understanding. It eases the pain of physical separation making it the first choice for grief and shock. Strengthens vitality and the immune system.

MYRRH (Commiphora myrrha): Intense and passionate, the ancient Egyptians used it to worship the life-giving strength of the North African sun. Its musky scent has a calming effect on the mind.
May act as a protective shield against infections and has a soothing effect on weeping skin conditions.

NEROLI (Citrus auranthium): This sweet orange blossom is a symbol of purity. In Italy brides wore a wreathe of it on the wedding day to dispel anxiety of the comming night. It promotes self confidence and inspires initiative, gently removing obstacles and opening new doors. A soothing oil for dry and sensitive skin.

NUTMEG (Myristica fragrans): Spicy and warm, it is a very strong oil that should be used sparingly. When blended with other oils its stimulating qualities accentuate the potential of sensual moments. Relaxes the digestive system as well as muscular aches and pains.

ORANGE (Citrus sinensis): Restore a positive outlook with this cheery oil. The warmest of the citrus oils, it dispels fear of the unknown and reduces emotional over-sensitivity. Has a cohesive effect when blended with other oils brings out the potential of the combination.

PALMA ROSA (Cymbopogon martinii): A light oil with a rose-like scent, it is an ideal blending oil helping to balance stronger scents. It stimulates cell regeneration and equalises skin imbalances.
Useful in the treatment of acne and as a skin moisturizer.

PATCHOULI (Pogostemon patchouli): A persistent and earthy scent with a strong oriental flavour that reaches deep into the emotions. Demands a strong reaction - love it or hate it. It has the unique ability to clear obstructions where there should be natural flow yet has a restrictive quality on abnormally loose tissue. Helps  to regain skin tone after excess weight has been lost.

PEPPER (Piper nigrum): This hot and spicy essence provides energy and warmth when sadness and apprehension freeze the emotions. Stimulates the metabolism and is great for easing the grip of colds.

PEPPERMINT (Mentha Piperita): Intensely cool. In summer very refreshing on hot tired muscles. A drop rubbed into the temples will clear away headaches. A recommended addition to the first-aid kit, it can also be efective for travel sickness, stomach cramps, sinus congestion and as an insect repellent.

PETITGRAIN (Citrus auranthium): Extracted from the leaves of the orange tree, it is sometimes called 'a poor person's neroli'.
Helps to calm anger and restore faith and trust. Like a tonic for stretched emotions it brings clarity and self-assurance.

PINE (Pinus silvestris): Invigorating like a walk through a snow covered forest, it activates energy in a peaceful way. Like an old philosopher, it represents wisdom. Use it when apathetic depresion and inertia are holding you back. May be excellent for respiratory complaints.

ROSE (Rosa damascena): The Queen of flowers, it symbolises love and beauty. It enlivens the appreciation of sensual pleasure boosting confidence and turning surrender into a delightful experience.
A lovely scent to welcome new babies with. It can provide a new perspective when loss and grief shadow life. Comforting during menopause and also beneficial on aged and sensitive skin.

ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis): Strengthens willpower and lifts mental fatigue. Helps meet organisational challenges and increases creativity. A good choice when you need to stay awake on long journeys. It may stimulate bile productions and hence aid the digestion of fats.

ROSEWOOD (Aniba roseodora): A friendly scent that is comforting when you feel neglected and abandoned. Exhilarates the conscious mind without sacrificing emotional tranquility. When blended, it has an equalising effect on other oils.

SAGE (Salvia officinalis): Not to be confused with Clary Sage, this wise old scent is earthy and vital. Has a stimulating effect on the nervous system and metabolism. Helps restore stamina after illness has depleted the life force. Can be irritating to the skin.

SANDALWOOD (Santalum album): A lovely warm oil that induces the exotic east. A versatile scent, it works on the whole person, opening a meditative approach and elevating physical sensations. Helps you make peace with the world. As an aphrodisiac it is relaxing and creative. A few drops in the bath on a regular basis may have a positive affect on cystitis and thrush.

SPEARMINT (Mentha viridis): A very pleasurable scent that retains a joyous mood. An ideal air freshner to be used just before a party. Stimulates digestive organs and gently eases nausea during pregnancy.

SPRUCE (Picea mariana): Similar to pine but more penetrating, it can reduce stress associated with an overactive mind. Diffused in the yoga room opens the lungs and increases the oxygen flow it extending the breathing and coaxing body to reach further. Can also help to elevate the mind.

TEA TREE (Melaleuca alternifolia): Recently becoming very popular for its antiseptic properties. Very beneficial in the first-aid kit. A few drops in a footbath may prevent and eliminate fungal infections.

THYME (Thymus vulgaris): It conveys courage and compassion.
Uplifting when depressed. An ideal immunity oil, bathe in it during the winter months to improve resistance to colds. Diffused, it speeds up the process of recovery and helps you get back on your

VANILLA (Vanilla planifolia): Familiar and consoling like a Grandmother's kitchen. It can provide safety from the harsh blows of life. Unleashes deeply felt emotions and hidden sensuality.
Helps release locked in frustrations. Accentuates flavour in food and may aid the digestion of sugar.

VETIVER (Vetiveria zizanoides): A cheerful and grounding scent that has a no-nonsense attitude. It releases constricting tension especially in deep tissue massage and can act as a vehicle for top notes, extending their affect. Sexually it is deeply arousing fortifying.

VIOLET LEAF (Viola odorata): Mysterious and delicate it quietly helps us come to terms with the essence for our personal being.
Welcomes change and gently persuades us to appreciate its potential.

YLANG YLANG (Cananga odorata): Intensely sweet and excitingly exotic. It soothes away the frustrations of life. Enhances erotic sensations for both men and women but too much used at a time has the opposite result, putting you both to sleep.

This page last updated: 03/01/2018

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