Aromatherapy herbs and essential oils

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Gathered together here are brief outlines of some of the common Aromatherapy oils.


BASIL
Used for bronchitis, fatigue, migraines, and aches & pains.


BERGAMOT CITRUS BERGAMIA
Uplifting, refreshing and relaxing. Encourages cheerful emotions, ideal for depression. Its delicate, sweet aroma can also be used to freshen and uplift a room.
Usage: B M S P V I  Safety; SN IR


BIRCH
For: eczema & ulcers.


CAJEPUT
Clears and stimulates mind, concentration; elevates spirit; reduces apathy and withdrawal; confidence and well-being. Inhalant for respiratory ailments and chest rub; reduces temperatures, pain relief. Good for acne, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, cystitis, colds and flu.


CEDARWOOD JUNIPERUS VIRGINIANA
With a dry woody perfume this oil is ideal for soothing, harmonizing and focusing the mind. Antiseptic and astringent properties beneficial to oily skin.
Usage: B M S P V I  Safety; PR9


CHAMOMILE ANTHEMIS NOBILIS
With its distinctive apple, herb aroma this oil aids sleep and soothes tired muscles. It also encourages emotional peace and calm with a gently calming effect on mind, body and emotions. An excellent oil for dry, sensitive and allergic skins.
Usage: B M S P V I   Safety; PR4


CITRONELLA
Depression lifter; anti-viral; for fever, germ killing, intestinal parasite; Insect repellent.


CLARY SAGE SALVIA SCLAREA
Deeply relaxing and euphoric. Eases feelings of depression and when feeling run down emotionally and physically. Contains sensual properties and has a nutty pervasive fragrance.
Usage: B M S P V I  Safety; PR9


CLOVE
For: bronchitis, arthritis, toothache, diarrhea, infections, analgesic and antiseptic qualities.


CYPRESS CYPRESSUS SEMPERVIRENS
A rich woody aroma helps to build emotional and mental resolve. An effective foot bath and deodorant
Usage: B M S P V I   Safety; PR9


EUCALYPTUS EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS
Well known camphoraceos odour, stimulating and cleansing especially in the winter months. A powerful, penetrating bactericidal and anti-viral oil for sickrooms.
Usage: B M S VI  Safety; HO BP IR


FIR
Used for circulation, muscles & joints, arthritis, bronchitis, coughs & sinusitis.


FRANKINCENSE BOSWELLIA CARTERI
Clears clutter in atmosphere; helps re-prioritize life to bring satisfaction and happiness. Good for meditation, relieving stress, tension, anxiety; mucus conditions, aging skin. Aids in arthritis, rheumatism, joint aches, radiation burn.Aids meditation and fortifies and quiets the mind. Encourages feelings of well being. A haunting and resinous aroma.
Usage: B M S V P I   Safety; none


GARDENIA
Used primarily for flavoring or as a perfume. Antiseptic, aphrodisiac.


GERANIUM PELARGONIUM GRAVELOENS
Refreshes and relaxes to enable you to move on and enjoy life. Helps you in releasing past achievements, fears and mood swings. Relieves anxiety, hot flashes, palpitations, diarrhea, acne, dry, inflamed skin, minor surface burns. Sustaining, relaxing and restoring. It has a strong strengthening effect balances emotions and raises energy reserves whilst soothing mind and body. Balances sebum and is therefore suitable for all skin types. Has a penetrating floral perfume.
Usage: B M S P V I   Safety; IR PR4


GINGER
Creates a sense of determination and confidence; helps you use your own inner power. Helps those who are emotionally cool and aloof or those who are easily side-tracked. Increases appetite; good for colds, flu, poor circulation; weak digestion, nausea, rheumatism, arthritis, fatigue, muscular aches & pains, & sprains.


GRAPEFRUIT CITRUS PARADISI
Refreshing and reviving, especially when feeling down this oil clears the mind and uplifts the spirits. A sharp, clear citrus fragrance.
Usage: B M S P V I   Safety; SN


JASMINE ABSOLUTE JASMINUM OFFICINALE
Encourages acceptance of life's experiences; promotes relaxation and enjoyment, confidence and well-being. Good for easing trapped feelings of sadness, trauma and grief; anxiety, nervousness, apathy/withdrawal. Eases anger. Pleasant uplifter of atmosphere; aphrodisiac. Good for labor, dry skin. The heady, exotic perfume uplifts and nurtures as well as boosting confidence. An emotionally warming sensual oil. Helpful for post-natal recovery and also a good skin tonic.
Usage: B M S P  Safety; PR9


JOJOBA
Aids in skin problems, both dry and oily; protects and conditions hair. Often used for perfume base since it does not oxidize.


JUNIPER BERRY JUNIPERUS COMMUNIS
Purifying, eliminating with a clear woody aroma. This oil clears emotional overload and helps to cleanse the body of impurities. A great tonic for oily or congested skin.
Usage: B M S P V I   Safety; PR9


LAVENDER LAVANDULA OFFICINALIS
Helps accent sensitivity and make the most of new situations. Helps self-expression especially for the easily embarrassed or shy. Helps ease anger, anxiety, nervousness, stress, insomnia, headaches, neuralgia, wounds, burns, shock, thrush. Good for cravings, decreasing appetite, arthritis, rheumatism, joint aches, chest aches. Speeds healing of bruises and burns. Wards off colds ; helps breathing and sinus problems, colic. Clear light flowery aroma, versatile oil for relaxing and balancing for mind and body. Aids sleep, soothes tired muscles, benefits the immune system encourages stillness and tranquility. Has some antiseptic qualities and is useful for the skin.
Usage: B M S P V I   Safety; PR9


LEMON CITRUS LIMONUM
Refreshes and cools bringing clarity to mind and emotions restoring vitality acting as a tonic to the circulatory system. Has beneficial effects on the immune system, is cleansing on the skin.
Usage: B M S P V I   Safety; IR SN


LEMON GRASS
For: skin care, circulation, muscles & joints, digestive, immune & nervous systems.


LIME CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA
An uplifting, energizing oil with a sweet fragrance. Uplifts and restores vigor aiding recovery during convalescence. Has an astringent tonic action on the skin.
Usage: B M S P V I   Safety; SN IR


MANDARIN CITRUS RETICULATA
Fruity, tangy citrus perfume with a gently cheering effect, aiding youthful thoughts and feelings. Soothing effect upon the digestive system. Can be used in pregnancy with Neroli to avoid stretch marks.
Usage: B M S V P I   Safety; none


MARJORAM ORIGANUM MARJORANA
A warm and spicy aroma with warm comforting tones. Eases loneliness and grief, relaxing for muscles especially after sport or work. Aids sleep and rest.
Usage: B M S P V   Safety; PR9


MYRRH
Creates confidence to overcome difficulties. Puts you in touch with inner self and opens channels for expression of love. Good for skin infections, aging skin, coughs, gum disease, mouth ulcers; helps with breathing and respiratory problems; Candida.


NEROLI CITRUS AURANTIUM (Orange Blossom):
A haunting bitter sweet aroma, very relaxing and soothing. Brings feelings of peace. Good for aging, dry and sensitive skin and balancing in times of shock and hysteria. Helps you sleep, relax and come in touch with heart. Helps expression of true emotions and better participation in life. Aphrodisiac; calm and soothing atmosphere. Relieves depression, worry, stress, insomnia, mature skin, stretch marks.
Usage: B M S P


NUTMEG
For: circulatory, immune, respiratory & digestive systems including muscles & joints.


ORANGE
For: skin care and nervous, circulatory, immune, respiratory & digestive systems including muscles & joints.


PALMAROSA CYMBOPOGON MARTINI
Refreshing and uplifting. Gently soothing whilst promoting clear thought. helps all skin types especially dry skin. Light floral perfume.
Usage: B M S V P


PATCHOULI POGOSTEMON CABLIN
Deep earthy, sensual, grounding oil which uplifts the spirit whilst clearing the mind. Moisturizing for dry skin. A musky, exotic, lingering aroma.
Usage: B M S P V


PEPPERMINT MENTHA ARVENSIS
Stimulating and penetrating. Clears the head and soothes the emotions, soothes the digestive system, relieves tired feet and mind. A useful oil when travelling. A piercing menthol fragrance.
Usage: M S V I   Safety; PR9 HO IR DL


PINE
Breaks through rigidity and reconnects with sensitivity. Good for bronchitis, lung cleansing, hay fever, urinary infections, rheumatism, fear, anxiety, tightness. Stimulates circulation, circulation balancing; Energizer and waker-upper; bladder & kidney problems, respiratory & chest infections, colds, catarrh & sore throats.


ROSE ROSA DAMASCENA
With a deep and luxurious floral perfume this oil is both soothing and uplifting, great when sad or tired. A tonic for the female reproductive system. a sensual and delightful oil, romantic, creative, gently cheering.
Usage: B M S P  Safety; DL PR4


ROSEMARY ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS
A powerful mental stimulant which aids memory and concentration, restores vitality and invigorates. helpful when overworked with a refreshing herb / wood fragrance.
Usage: B M S P V I  Safety; PR9 BP E


ROSEWOOD ANIBA ROSAEODORA
Grounding, balancing and reviving, stabilizing and comforting to the emotions. A great oil to steady the mind, ideal for exams. Seductive floral woody perfume.
Usage: B M S P V I


SAGE
Spiritual protection; strengthens vitality to regain energy. Eases anger, anxiety, tension and nervousness. Helps with recurrent colds, flu, sinus problems, excessive perspiration, hot flashes, gum disease, oily skin and hair.


SANDALWOOD SANTALUM ALBUM
A relaxing and meditative oil with sensual properties, soothing and comforting to body and mind. Encourages feelings of well being. Helps ageing, dry and itchy skin. Helps you come up with fresh solutions and actions in repeating patterns in your life; creates wider vision of life. Good for meditation; aphrodisiac. Aids in cystitis, venereal infections, chronic coughs, dry skin; anxiety, tension and nervousness. Sweet woody fragrance.
Usage: B M S P V I


SASSAFRAS
Good for rheumatism, gout, arthritis, skin problems. American Indians used to bring down fevers. Antiseptic, anodyne, diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulant. Back to Top


SPEARMINT
For: indigestion, intestinal cramps, fevers, nausea & colic.


SPRUCE
For: muscular aches & pains, rheumatism, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, colds, flu, infections, anxiety & stress conditions.


TANGERINE FRAGRANCE
Remedy for indigestion, hiccups. Increases appetite. Strengthens digestive system and liver.


TEA TREE MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA
An effective oil with powerful antiseptic properties benefits the immune system disinfects and de-odorises, strengthens especially during the winter months and convalescence. Very helpful in skin care and currently very popular for a number of uses.
Usage: B M S V I


THYME THYMUS VULGARIS
A stimulating, protecting oil that has a strengthening effect on the the nerves. ideal for the treatment of exhaustion both physical and mental. A help to the immune system. Warms with its pungent herbal aroma
Usage: B M S V I   Safety; IR PR9 BP DL


YLANG YLANG CANANGA ODORATA
An exotic and sensual oil with relaxing qualities. Soothes and uplifts and has a regulating effect on excited and nervous conditions. Good for both oily and dry skin. Sweet heady floral aroma
Usage: B M S V P


These web pages are presented as a collection of natural remedies, used in herbalism, homeopathy, Aromatherapy and other therapies, and as an aid in understanding the various theories and practices underlying their preparation and use. Our web pages do not represent an endorsement or guarantee as to the efficacy of any remedy, or its preparation. The remedies are not intended in any way to replace or supersede medical consultation and treatment.

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Suitable Usage:

   M - Massage
   B - Baths
   S - Skin care
   P - Perfume
   V - Vaporizer
   I - Inhalations


Safety Usage for Health:

PR9 - Do not use during pregnancy.

PR4 - Do not use in the first four months of pregnancy.

EP - Do not use if suffering from epilepsy.

HO - Do not use with Homeopathic medicines.

IR - May irritate sensitive skin.

DR - Do not use before driving or drinking alcohol.

DL - Use only in low dilutions.

SN - Do not use before exposure to strong sun or ultra violet lights.

BP - Do not use if suffering from high blood pressure.



Part of the above information was
was graciously granted with permission
Kevala Centre Online (it seems their site no longer exists)



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