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Properties and Uses of Pure Essential Oils

Name of Essential Oils Properties and Uses Cautions
Aniseed

(Pimpinella anisum)

Aniseed oil is used to treat colds and flu. This warm, spicy essential oil is often used to ease the discomfort of introverted and fearful people, while aiding the digestion, boosting the lungs, calms menstrual pains & easing migraines. It is being researched for the treatment of bird flu as well. Blends well with cardamom, cedarwood, coriander, fennel, mandarin, petitgrain and rosewood. May cause irritation on sensitive areas of skin if over-used. Avoid during pregnancy.
Basil

(Ocimum Basilicum)

Help concentration. Good for migraine, anxiety, and tiredness. Useful for muscular aches and pains, coughs, sinusitis, flatulence, irregular periods, and infectious diseases. Excellent in stimulates the skin, cleansing sluggish and congested pores. Blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, and Geranium. Perfectly safe for home use. Avoid during pregnancy.
Benzoin Resin

(Styrax Benzoin)

Anti-oxidant, helpful for people who are suffering from nightmare and mild depression. Tonic for lungs and beneficial for respiratory disorders. Excellent for dry and cracked skin. Blends well with Bergamot, Coriander, Cypress, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Lavender, Myrrh, Sweet Orange, Rose, and Sandalwood.  
Bergamot FCF

(Citrus Bergamia)

Used mainly for stress, depression and anxiety. It has uplift effect. Helpful as preventative for cystitis and illness. Excellent for skin care, helping with psoriasis, acne, eczema and varicose ulcers. Blends well with coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Neroli, Juniper Berry, Lavender, and Marjoram. Photosensitive. Keep out of the sun.
Chamomile Roman

(Anthemis Nobilis)

Useful for stress, sleeplessness and headaches. Beneficial for menstrual and menopause problem, arthritis and nerve pain. Good for acne, sensitive, dry and itchy skin. Deep cleansing and improve skin's suppleness. Blends well with Lavender, Geranium, Jamine, Neroli, Ylang-ylang, Marjoram, Rose, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Benzoin, and Bergamot. Avoid in early pregnancy.
Cardamon

(Elettaria Cardamomum)

Powerful relaxing oil. Warming to the mind, good for mental fatigue, nervous strain, eases stomach cramps, colic, indigestive, flatulence and heartburn.  
Cedarwood

(Juniperus Virginiana)

Good for nervous tension and stress related disorders. Helps with bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis, arthritis, rheumatism. Good for acne, eczema, psoriasis, oily skin, dandruff and greasy hair. Insect repellent, e.g. lice and mosquito. Blends well with Lemon, Cypress, Benzoin, Bergamot, Frankincense, Neroli, Lavender, Rosemary, and Juniper Berry. Used in moderation. Avoid during pregnancy.
Citronella

(Cymbopogon Nardus)

Increases mental alertness. Effective for rheumatic problems, sprains and muscular aches. Excellent insect-repellent, especially mosquitoes. Can caused skin sensitization.
Clary Sage

(Salvia Sclarea)

Excellent for depression, panicky states, relaxing muscles, relieves headaches and migraine. Good for menstrual disorders, cramp, pre-menstrual syndrome and high blood pressure. Blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Lime, Grapefruit, Sandalwood, Juniper Berry, and Lavender. Avoid with history of low blood pressure, estrogen-dependant cancer and in early pregnancy.
Clove

(E.Caryophyllata)

Very helpful for low immunity. Good for rheumatoid arthritis, prevention of diseases, cystitis, diarrhea and sinusitis. It has hormonal qualities, so is useful for thyroid imbalance. Excellent for infected acne. Blends well with Basil, Benzoin, Grapefruit, Lemon, Nutmeg, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, and Rosemary. Irritant to the skin in high dosage levels, max dilution 1%.
Coriander

(Coriandrum Sativum)

Helps with migraine, nervous exhaustion, and neuralgia. Useful for flatulence, muscular aches and pains, eliminated toxins and promote blood circulation. Tonic for immune system.  
Cypress

(Cupressus Sempervirens)

Very effective to calm over-active mind, stress related conditions and promote deep-sleep. Good for menstrual and menopause problem, blood circulation, cellulite and persistent cough. Improve skin tone and eliminate toxins. Slight astringent, so good for oily skin. Blends well with Pine, Benzoin, Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon and Rosemary. Avoid in pregnancy.
Eucalyptus

(Eucalyptus Globulus)

Stimulant, excellent for treating respiratory tract, colds, fever, flu, coughs and sinus. Soothes muscular aches, rheumatism, and arthritis. Blend well with Benzoin, Coriander, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Lavender, Lemongrass, Pine, and Thyme. Contraindicated for very young children and babies because of its high cineole content.
Fennel, Sweet

(Foeniculum Vulgare)

Excellent body cleanser, ridding the system of toxins. Helpful in reducing diets, cellulite, constipation and flatulence. Good for PMT, irregular periods, menopausal problems and low sexual response. Helps cleanse and tone skin (dull and mature). Blends well with Basil, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, and Sandalwood. Not recommended for young children. Avoid in pregnancy. Do not use if epileptic. Avoid in alcoholism and liver disease, and if taking paracetamol owing to the anethole (toxic) content.
Frankincense

(Boswellia Thurifera)

Excellent for tiredness, negative moods, lack of confidence and stress-related condition. Useful for asthma and rheumatoid. Ability to slow down, deepen the breath and has a calming effect, which is very conducive to meditation and yoga. Good for dry and mature skin, to deter fine lines and wrinkles. Blends well with Geranium, Lavender, basil, Pine, Sandalwood, Orange, Grapefruit and Bergamot  
Geranium

(Pelargonium Graveolens)

Excellent for stress, menstrual/menopausal problems and mood swings. Revitalizes the body and regulates hormonal balance. Good for oily/congested, mature skin and any skin problems. Blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Lavender and Palmarosa. May cause skin sensitization in hypersensitive individuals. Avoid in pregnancy.
Ginger

(Zingiber Officinale)

Good for nervous exhaustion, migraine, relieve a tight muscles and chesty cough. Excellent to boost the blood circulation, rheumatism, flatulence, indigestion, and loss of appetite. Blends well with Sandalwood, Vetivert, Patchouli, Frankincense, Rosewood, Cedarwood, Coriander, Rose, Lime, Neroli and Orange. May cause skin sensitization if used in bath tub.
Grapefruit

(Citrus Paradisi)

Excellent for insomnia, depression, headaches and performance stress. Good for cellulite, water retention, congested and oily skin, tones the skin and tissues. Promote hair growth. Blends well with Cedarwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Basil, Palmarosa, Rosewood and Ylang-ylang. Photosensitive. Keep out of the sun.
Juniper Berry

(Juniperus Communis)

Calming effect for over-stressed. Best for menstrual problem and slow circulation. Very strong diuretic, eliminates uric acid, detoxifies and cleanses the body, valuable in cystitis, cellulite and fluid retention. Useful for arthritis, rheumatism and gout. A toning effect on greasy skins for acne, blocked pores, eczema, psoriasis and swellings. Blends well with Sandalwood, Rosemary, lemongrass, Orange, Grapefruit, Geranium, Frankincense, Cypress, and Bergamot. Non-toxic or sensitizing, but may be slightly irritating, if hypersensitive skin. Avoid during pregnancy and those with kidney disease.
Lavender

(Lavandula Angustifolia)

True lavender is the most versatile of all the oils. Excellent for tension, tiredness/depression, migraine and insomnia. Good for any skin problems. Because it is so gentle, it may be applied undiluted to cut, burnt skin/insect bites. Blends well with most of the oils. Avoid in early pregnancy.
Lemon

(Citrus Limon)

Useful for clearing the head, ease anxiety/depression, flu/cold and digestive aid. Assists purification of the blood and lymphatic system. Counteracts acidity, cholesterol build-up in the body and treating cellulite. Good for acne/greasy skin. Blends well with Fennel, Nutmeg, Frankincense, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Sandalwood, Neroli, Benzoin, Eucalyptus, and Lavender. Photosensitive. Keep out of the sun.
Lemon Verbena

(Lippia citriodora)

In the digestive system, lemon verbena oil helps with cramps, indigestion and liver congestion and is helpful to restore the liver after a binge and when suffering from a hangover. The stimulant action on the digestive system helps to digest fats and the excellent action on the liver helps in cases of cirrhosis, as well as alcoholism. It soothes the respiratory tract and calms heart palpitations. Lemon verbena oil helps to banish depression and relaxes as well as refreshes the body and mind, while uplifting the spirits, promoting stress control and at the same time softening the skin and reducing puffiness. Blends well with Lemon, lavender, Neroli and Palmarosa. This oil is phototoxic and causes skin discoloration when exposed to bright sunlight.
Lemongrass

(Cymbopogon Citratus)

Most useful for headaches, poor circulation and open pores skin. With its deodorizing and antiseptic properties, it is good for athlete's foot and excessive perspiration. Excellent insect repellent - most flying insects. Blends well with Basil, Cedarwood, Coriander, Jasmine, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rosemary and Tea tree. Avoid during pregnancy.
Lime

(Citrus Aurantifolia)

Relieves anxiety and depression. Useful for poor circulation, cellulite, breathing problems, fever, rheumatism, arthritis or infection. Good for greasy skin. Blends well with Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Nutmeg, Rose, Ylang-ylang and Bergamot. Photosensitive. Keep out of the sun.
Mandarin, Wild

(Citrus Reticulata)

Good for stress, insomnia, irritability, restlessness, nervous tension and fluid retention. Useful for stretch marks, oily and congested skin. Blends well with Basil, Coriander, Marjoram, Neroli, Rose, and Lavender.  
Marjoram, Sweet

(Origanum Marjorana)

Excellent for headaches, insomnia and tension. Useful for sinusitis, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, and bacterial infections. Warming and cleansing for muscles. blends well with Bergamot, Chamomile, Cypress, Lavender, mandarin, Rosemary, Ylang-ylang, and Nutmeg. Avoid during pregnancy. Do not use on young children.
May Chang

(Litsea Cubeba)

Uplifting and stimulating. Tonic for the heart and respiratory system. Beneficial effect on coronary heart diseases. Balancing action on oily skin and hair. Do not use on diseased, damaged, hypersensitive skin, and for children under 2 years old.
Melissa

(Blend of Compounds)

A fine blend with Citronella, Lemongrass and May Chang, which good for insomnia, calming effect. Useful for digestive problem such as stomach cramp, nausea and morning sickness. Excellent insect repellent.  
Myrrh

(Commiphora Myrrha)

Aids respiratory problems such as bronchitis, cold, sore throat and any chest and nasal congestion. Stimulates digestion. Excellent for healing skin, for eczema, mature complexions. Rejuvenates aged skin. blends well with Frankincense, Sandalwood, Cypress, Lavender, Clove, Geranium and Patchouli. Avoid in early pregnancy.
Neroli

(Citrus Aurantium)

Relaxing, powerful aid any kind of stress, tension, over-excitement, anxiety, insomnia and fear. Gently and relaxing aphrodisiac. Promoting deep and restful sleep. Excellent for improving dry/ mature complexions. An ideal and safe oil to use during pregnancy.  
Nutmeg

(Myristica Fragrans)

Excellent for frigidity, impotence, nervous fatigue and insomnia. Good for nausea, vomiting, flatulence, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, and arthritis. As a heart stimulant.  
Orange, Sweet

(Citrus Sinensis)

Excellent for calming children. Sedative, warming properties make it helpful for depression and nervous tension. Good for colds, flu, fluid retention and obesity. Has a calming effect on the stomach, aiding constipation and indigestion. use it for sun exposed skin, wrinkles, and a dull sallow complex. Blends well with Coriander, Clove, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Neroli, Juniper Berry, Nutmeg, Petitgrain, Rosewood, and Rose. Photosensitive. Keep out of the sun.
Palmarosa

(Cymbopogon Martini)

Clears the mind. Nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions. Digestive atonia, anorexia and intestinal infection. Antiseptic, hydrating and soothing for the skin. Vitalizes and regenrates skin cells. Beneficial for acne and other skin problems e.g. scars and wrinkles. Blends well with Geranium, Rosewood, Ylang-ylang, and floral oils.  
Patchouli

(Pogostemon Cablin)

Useful for tiredness, depression and calms stress. It is a heady and sensual oil. Regenerates skin cells, so is useful for aged skin, cracked skin, acne, dandruff, eczema and other skin problems. Blends well with Bergamot, Clary, Sage, Frankincense, Ginger Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Neroli, Pine and Myrrh.  
Peppermint

(Mentha Piperita)

Refreshing, stimulates the minds and aids concentration. Excellent for motion sickness, headaches, mental fatigue, PMT/menopausal hot flushes. Highly beneficial for digestive disorders, relieve muscle, fever, colds and flu. Wonderful for treating open pores and deep cleansing for the skin. It is dislike by ants. It blends well with Benzoin, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Pine, Marjoram, Rosemary, and Lemon. Contraindicated for babies and young children. Can cause skin irritation. Do not use if taking homeopathic remedies.
Petitgrain

(Citrus Aurantium)

Very effective in treating insomnia, mental fatigue and stimulates the digestive processes. Sedative of the nervous system. Tonic effect on the skin, which could help clear up skin blemishes such as pimples and acne. Very effective in treating dandruff and oily hair. Blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Nutmeg, Sweet Orange and Rosemary.  
Pine Needle

(Pinus Sylvestris)

Very strong germ-killer. Excellent for any viral infections such as sinusitis, catarrh, asthma, coughs, colds and flu. Uplifting for nervous exhaustion and mental fatigue. Helps with poor circulation. Blends well with Cedarwood, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme and Tea Tree.  
Rose Otto

(Rosa Damascena)

Gentle aphrodisiac, aiding impotence and frigidity. Relives tension, depression, postnatal depression, sadness and grief. Regulates the female reproductive system, and is especially beneficial for the uterus. Powerful tonic effect upon the circulation, nervous system and digestion. Aids regeneration of skin cells, so is excellent for skin problems and general skin care.  
Rosemary

(Rosmarinus Officinalis)

Good for physical and mental fatigue. Useful for headache, breathing problem, poor circulation, low blood pressure, muscular aches and pains, and rheumatic problems. Very effective in treating dandruff and hair loss. Blends well with Basil, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Peppermint, and Sweet Orange. Perfectly safe for home use. Do not use if epileptic with high blood pressure and during pregnancy.
Rosewood

(Aniba Rosaedora)

Good for frigidity, headache, and stress-related condition. It is intimate, deeply relaxing oil. Excellent for any skin problems, from acne, scars, wrinkles to dull and dry complexions. Suitable for general skin, as well as sensitive skin. Blend well with Geranium, Rose, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Rosemary and Vetivert.  
Sandalwood Amyris

(Amyris Balsamifera)

Relaxing and calming, easing depression, stress, emotional problem, insomnia and fear. Promotes deep, and peaceful meditations. Beneficial for urinary infections. Soothes sore throats, ease laryngitis and bronchitis. Excellent moisture for dry and cracked skin. Blends well with Cypress, Lemon, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Myrrh, Neroli, Lavender, Rose and Ylang-ylang.  
Spearmint

(Mentha Spicata)

Good for treating respiratory tract, colds, fever, flu, coughs, sinus, catarrhal conditions, especially adapted to children's maladies. Beneficial for colic, dyspepsia, headache, migraine and stress. Is good to wash the heads of young children with, against all manner of breakings our, sores or scabs. Blends well with Basil and Eucalyptus.  
Tea Tree

(Melaleuca Alternifolia)

Beneficial for the respiratory system, easing colds, flu, asthma and bronchitis. Very effective in treating acne, stings, burn, cut, yeast & fungal infections. Useful for urinary tract such as cystitis. As an insect repellent, especially ants, fleas. Space cleansing and antiseptic. Blends well with Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange and Rosemary. May cause irritation on sensitive areas of skin if over-used.
Thyme, White

(Thymus Vulgaris)

Most useful for tension, fatigue, anxiety, headaches, and insomnia, coughs, colds, breathing problem, rheumatic aches and pains. Excellent for skin irritations and scalp problem. It is disliked by most frying/hopping/crawling insects. Blends well with Lemon, Juniper Berry, Mandarin, Bergamot, Rosemary, Chamomile, Tea tree, and Cedarwook Avoid during pregnancy.
Vetivert

(Veteiveria Zizanoides)

Useful for debility, depression, insomnia and nervous tension. Good for infrequent/loss of periods and diabetes. Excellent for general skin infections, cuts, acne, and oily skin. Blends well with Geranium, Rose, Grapefruit, Lavender, Patchouli, Rosewood, Ylang-ylang and others.  
Ylang-Ylang

(Cananga Odorata)

Powerful for calming tension, lifting negative moods and increasing sensuality. Good for high blood pressure, pre-menstrual syndrome. Stimulates hair growth and balancing oily hair. Blends well with Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, and Sweet Orange. Slight risk of skin sensitization.

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