Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Steam distilled from the leaves, Basil has a warm, herbaceous scent. It is said to be useful in stimulating healthy hair growth and may be helpful to relieve fatigue. Used as massage oil, it has a warming effect.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Cold pressed from the peel of the fruit, it has a sharp citrus scent. Cold pressed from the rind of the fruit. Uplifting and refreshing. It is said to help to relieve nervous anxiety and to promote a restful sleep. It is also well-known for its ability to calm the feeling of loneliness.
Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
Steam distilled from the wood, stumps and sawdust. It has a woody aroma which has been used to repel insects. Inhaled, it is believed to be helpful for respiratory conditions. It is antiseptic and fungicidal, used in a diffuser it may kill airborne bacteria. It is good for oily skin.
Chamomile Roman (Anthemis nobilis)
Steam distilled from the flowers. It can be pale blue to yellow in colour, it has a warm, slightly sweet, fruity scent. Chamomile is believed to be useful for relaxation as well as beneficial in skin care.
Cinnamon Leaf (Cinnamomum zeylancium)
Steam distilled from the leaf, it has a warm, spicy aroma. It is germicidal, antiseptic, and antifungal. Add a bit of cinnamon leaf, orange and clove to a diffuser or potpourri to purify the air and add a touch of warmth to your home. Not recommended for direct application to the skin. Avoid cinnamon bark oil as it is considered to be hazardous. Best used in a diffuser or inhaled.
Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus)
Steam distilled from the leaves (grass), it has a fresh, citrusy scent. Citronella is commonly used to deter insects; it has a citronellol content of up to 50%. It is also believed to be disliked by cats and may be helpful to apply to areas where you would want to deter them.
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Steam distilled from the flowers and leaves, the scent is grounding and herbaceous similar to Earl Grey tea. Deeply relaxing, and it may be helpful to reduce melancholy, stress and relieve tension. Also thought to reduce symptoms associated with PMS and menopause. It is also considered by some that the oil contain aphrodisiac qualities. Avoid use during pregnancy and also avoid use after consuming alcohol as it may exaggerate the effects of alcohol.
Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Steam distilled from the buds it is spicy, warm and sweet. Contains antiseptic properties, best to be used with a vaporizer, it helps to purify the air during cold and flu season. Not recommended for skin applications.
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Steam distilled from the needles and cones, this oil has a sweet balsamic scent. It has antiseptic and astringent qualities and may be useful for respiratory conditions. And it is also helpful in soothing nervous tension.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Steam distilled from the leaves, it has a strong, camphorous odor. It is a powerful antiseptic and is highly effective when used in a vaporizer to relieve respiratory congestion. Avoid use if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy. Eucalyptus is toxic in small amounts if taken internally for children.
Fir Needle (Abies alba)
Steam distilled from the needles of the Fir tree, it has a rich, balsamic scent – the scent of an Evergreen forest. It may be useful as a respiratory tonic or to soothe anxiety.
Frankincense (Boswellia thurifera)
Steam distilled from the resin, Frankincense has a warm, spicy, balsamic aroma. Frankincense is calming, grounding, quiets the mind and is often used to enhance meditation. It is also said to have a restorative effect on mature and dry skin.
Geranium Egyptian (Pelargonium graveolens)
Steam distilled from the leaf, this herbaceous, slightly rose scent is believed to have balancing and calming effects. It may be beneficial in reducing stress and anxiety and is often used for irritability associated with PMS. Many believe that its restorative and balancing properties make it useful for skin care for all skin types, especially mature skin.
Ginger (Zinginer officinale)
Steam distilled from the root, the scent is warm and spicy. Inhaling the scent is said to be stimulating and helpful in clearing your head. While fresh ginger root is often used as a digestive aid for upset stomach, we cannot recommend taking this oil internally. Used in a compress, Ginger oil is believed to be helpful to find relief from aches and pains.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
Has a fresh, citrus scent. It is refreshing and energizing and can be used as a natural air freshener with disinfecting properties. Thought to be beneficial as an anti-depressant, as it may help relieve anxiety as well as stimulating detoxification of the body. Grapefruit may also be helpful in relieving symptoms associated with PMS. Causes skin sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid direct exposure to the sun after direct application to the skin.
Juniperberry (Juniperus communis)
Steam distilled from the berries or a combination of berries and twigs. The scent is sweet and balsamic (similar to Gin) and the oil has antiseptic qualities. May causes irritation of any sensitive skin. Avoid use by those who diagnosed with kidney disease.
Lavender (Lavendula augustifolia)
Sweet, crisp scent. It is relaxing and soothing and can be helpful in reducing stress. Many individuals use lavender to promote a blissful sleep. Powerful, yet mild antiseptic, it can be used directly on the skin for urgent needs such as bee stings, minor cuts and burns. Lavender is one of the best all rounded essential oils, especially for its healing property for the skin.
Lemon (Citrus limon)
It has a clean, refreshing and uplifting scent. Used in a vaporizer, lemon will purify stale air and act as a disinfectant. It also stimulates the white corpuscles in the body which help to fight infection. We do not promote the use of using essential oils internally. Causes skin sensitivity to sunlight, avoid direct exposure to the sun for six hours after direct application to the skin. Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuous)
Has a grassy, citrus aroma. It is uplifting and cleansing and it believed to have a sedating effect on the central nervous system. It is a very effective natural insect repellent. Used widely for skin and muscle toning products.
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Both distilled and cold expressed from the peel. Lime shares most of the same characteristics as lemon including fighting infections, colds, and dyspepsia. Expressed lime causes sensitivity to sunlight; avoid exposure to the sun for six hours after direct application to the skin. Distilled lime does not contain phototoxic effect.
Litsea Cubeba (May Chang)
Steam distilled from the berries, this oil has a fresh lemony, slightly floral uplifting scent similar to lemongrass but not as sharp. It has high citral content and works well as an air freshener. It can also be used as a fixative with other more volatile citrus oils. It may cause irritation for those with sensitive skin.
Mandarin (Citrus deliciosa)
Cold pressed from the peel, the scent is similar to tangerine, slightly sweeter and floral. It is calming and relaxing oil. May cause skin sensitivity to sunlight; avoid exposure to the sun after application to the skin.
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Myrrh has a sharp, balsamic scent. Traditionally use during religious rituals along with Frankincense. During ancient times, both Frankincense and Myrrh were such sought after oils, that they became difficult to obtain, thus making them as valuable as gold. It may be useful to revitalize and nurture mature skin. It may provide some relief during bronchitis and colds when used in a vaporizer.
Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
Neroli or Orange Blossom is the best choice to treat anxiety and other problems of an emotional or psychological origin. Traditionally used in wedding bouquets, it calms and soothes the nerves before major events. Neroli also helps those with long-term, chronic anxiety and can help to alleviate panic attacks and shock. Psychologically, this oil is calming and uplifting, especially for those who are easily agitated, emotionally unstable or insecure, and it eases the intensity of strong emotions. It is a useful aid to meditation and facilitates spiritual healing.
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
Steam distilled from the seeds, it has the scent of freshly grated nutmeg. It is believed to have analgesic properties and may be useful in massage oil for aches and pains. It is also thought to be helpful in combating mental fatigue. Avoid large doses as it can have a stupefying effect. To be on the safe side, avoid use during pregnancy.
Orange Sweet (Citrus senensis)
Has a refreshing and invigorating fresh orange aroma. Its scent and properties are energizing and invigorating and may be helpful in reducing fatigue. Used as a room freshener, orange contains antiseptic qualities. Its scent may calm and soothe the nerves.
Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
Steam distilled from the grass. The scent is sweet, similar to a combination of geranium and rose, with a slight citrus note. Considered to be a cellular regenerative, it may be useful in skin care preparations for dry or mature skin. It may also be useful in alleviating stress and fatigue.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Has an intensely rich, earthy and woody scent. It contains anti-depressant properties and may be useful for relieving stress and restoring emotional balance. It works well on dry, cracked or aging skin. It is believed by some to possess aphrodisiac qualities.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Has a fresh, minty scent. It has an energizing effect, and is often used to reduce mental fatigue and improve concentration. Peppermint aids in digestion and eases stomach upset. It may be useful to reduce pain when used in a rub, and help to reduce respiratory congestion to improve breathing. Many believe that it works well on sore muscles or in a foot rub for your tired, weary feet.
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
Has a crisp, fresh aroma with a slight citrus scent. It is uplifting and may help to reduce mental fatigue. It is mildly sedating. Petitgrain blends well with sweeter scents with similar properties because it helps to balance out the fragrance. It is believed to promote restful sleep and reduce the effects of anxiety as well as helping to clear the mind. May cause sensitivity to sunlight; avoid direct exposure to the sun for six hours after direct application to the skin.
Pine Needle (Pinus sylvestris)
Steam distilled from the needles, it has the pine scent that people are familiar with Pine Scotch. It is strongly antiseptic as well as killing germs. It is believed to be helpful for respiratory infections as well as having a calming effect to overcome anxiety.
Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica)
Steam distilled from the leaves, the scent is a spicy-sweet with a slight anise-like undertone. It is believed to be useful for treating respiratory conditions, flu symptoms and viral infections.
Rose Otto (Rosa damascena)
This is an exquisite and beautiful rose essential oil. The rose is known as the queen of flowers in Aromatherapy. It takes a very large quantity of rose petals to produce a very small amount of oil. However, this oil is extremely concentrated so only a very small amount is needed. You may dilute rose otto in carrier oil and still retain the marvelous fragrance. A combination of Rose Otto and Sandalwood is called Rose Attar and makes a wonderfully soothing and sensual blend. A most precious and premium oil for skin caring.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Has a camphor-like scent. It may be helpful in reducing muscular pain when used in a carrier oil base for a massage into the affected areas. It also may be help to relieve headaches when inhaled. Avoid use if you are pregnant. There is a belief that you should avoid rosemary if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy, although we have found no evidence to support this.
Rosewood (Aniba rosaedora)
Steam distilled from the wood, the scent is a combination of sweet, floral, and woody with an herbal hint. It may be useful for skin care for dry, sensitive or mature skin. This oil may also be beneficial to relieve tension and promote relaxation.
Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Has a rich, woody, earthy scent that many feel contain aphrodisiac qualities. Many individuals find that sandalwood has calming and soothing effects that help reduce stress and alleviate anxiety. It is often used to enhance meditation. It has antiseptic properties which are believed to be useful for respiratory conditions.
Seabuckthorn Berry (Hippophae rhamnoides)
Extracted using Carbon Dioxide, rather than steam yields an oil which is truer to the essence of the plant. Seabuckthorn berry is rich in beta-carotene and high in vitamins A, E and linoleic acid which make it a wonderful oil to use in applications to soothe and restore the skin.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Steam distilled from the flowering tops of the herb, the scent is refreshing and minty. It is a comforting scent which can be relaxing and help to relieve mental fatigue. It is slightly antiseptic and may be useful for minor skin eruptions.
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
Sweet, citrus scent. Tangerine is uplifting and refreshing and may help to soothe troubling emotions. Its scent often has a calming and sedating effect and may help to ease nervous tension. May cause skin sensitivity to sunlight; avoid exposure to direct sun for six hours after direct application to the skin.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Has a strong, medicinal scent. It is a powerful, yet gentle antiseptic and disinfectant. Often used for the treatment of athlete’s foot. Can be used directly on cuts to cleanse and disinfect. It is also good for soothing itching caused by insect bites. Works well applied directly to pimples. This wonderful oil and is one of the few that is acceptable to use directly on the skin although we still recommend dilution. Tea Tree is often recommended as one of the “must have” oils as it is useful for so many applications.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
This oil contains antiviral and antibacterial properties. Kills airborne bacteria when used in a vaporizer or diffuser, and may provide relief of symptoms from bronchitis or pneumonia.
Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata)
Has a sweet and exotic, sensual floral scent. It is very seductive, and believed to possess strong aphrodisiac qualities. It also has a relaxing and soothing scent that may help to relieve anxiety and calm the nervous system. It is often used in blends for promoting a restful sleep.