- Blood Orange is considered to have antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic and aphrodisiac properties. Its scent is uplifting and stimulating!
- With a sweet scent like apples and straw, blue chamomile contains azulene, which gives the oil a deep magical blue color. Derived from the Greek word meaning 'ground apple', it has a renowned history for its healing quality. Going way back in time to the Egyptians as well, it was a herb well known to have significant, reparative ability.
- Chamomile is one of the most widely used precious oils in aromatherapy. It contains soothing, relaxing properties and its fragrance is distinct.
- The essential oil of clove, with its spicy smell, is an effective agent for minor aches and, and is helpful when battling flu and colds.
- Eucalyptus is said to be analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral and astringent. Valued in treating the respiratory system, it kills up to 70% of staphylococci bacteria. It is also a good remedy for indolent wounds and ulcers.
- Essential oil of geranium is aptly used to help in the treatment of acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, poor circulation, menstrual problems, stress and neuralgia. Seasonal bugs do not tend to enjoy the smell of it either!
- The helichrysum plant grows wild in the Mediterranean. The essential oil from its flowers are credited by aromatherapists as being effective for acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, irritated skin and wounds. It is said to support the body through post-viral fatigue and convalescence, and can also be used to repair skin damaged by psoriasis, eczema or ulceration. Helichrysum is also believed to soothe away deep emotional stress and destructive feelings. Helichrysum has been used since the time of the ancient Greeks for its great wound healing ability, and was used often after battles.
Juniper Berry essential oil is a popular purifying and clearing treatment for oily skin and blocked pores. Its berries come from small bushy shrubs generally grown in the Himalayan region.
- Herbalists regard lavender as the most useful and versatile essential oil for easing sore muscles and joints, relieving muscle stiffness, clearing sinuses and for healing wounds, dermatitis and burns. Due to its cytophylactic properties, it has antiseptic and analgesic abilities that help to ease pain, prevent infection and reduce scarring. Its aroma is said to have a calming effect on the body and can be used to reduce anxiety, stress and promote sleep.
- Known for its invigorating and antiseptic properties, lemongrass shares similar properties with citronella (without the unappealing smell!) and has a great reputation for keeping insects away. Furthermore, it is an excellent anti-depressant, and helps to fortify the nervous system.
- An extremely potent antibacterial and germicide, lemon myrtle is reputed to be a much more effective germ killer than the more familiar tea tree oil. Best of all, it smells great!
- Nutmeg comes from the evergreen tree which produces a fleshy red fruit. The seeds of this fruit produce its essential oil, which is very helpful as a treatment in poor circulation and rheumatism. It is a dynamic addition in aromatherapy blends, adding warmth, spice and stimulation.
- Rich in rosmarinic acid, aromatherapists credit the essential oil of parsley seed with having anti-microbial, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, astringent and diuretic properties. On the skin, it is known to slow down the spread of broken capillaries and may reduce their appearance. It can also help to clear bruises.
- Aromatherapists recognize patchouli as an antidepressant, deodorant, fungicide and anti-inflammatory. It also has diuretic properties that make it useful in cases of fluid retention and cellulite. It helps stimulate the renewal of skin cells, and assists in healing rough, cracked skin, sores and wounds. It is also known for its tendency to repel bugs!
- Most people associate peppermint with being a flavoring or scenting agent in products where it has a cooling effect. This is largely due to its high menthol content. Rich in rosmarinic acid it is also has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. While appealing to humans, it acts as a repellent to most insects, especially mosquitoes and fleas.
- Pine essential oil has analgesic, antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral properties. Aromatherapists credit its use as a circulatory agent and deodorant. Its well-documented versatility also helps to combat lice, muscular aches, neuralgia, rheumatism, ringworm, scrapes, and sinusitis.
- Pink Grapefruit is a detoxification agent which can help to reduce congestion and tone the skin. Reputed to ease nervous exhaustion, it's both energizing and uplifting. And it smells really yummy too!
- Derived from orange blossoms, neroli is a beautiful oil known for its fragrance and therapeutic properties.
- Well known for its effectiveness in helping the skin regenerate it can help prevent scarring as well as regulate oiliness.
- When used regularly it can reduce the appearance of fragile or broken capillaries and varicose veins.
- On a physical level, the essential oil of rosemary stimulates cell renewal thereby improving the texture of dry/mature skin.
- Rich in rosmarinic acid it can also help clear acne, blemishes or dull dry skin by fighting bacteria and regulating oil secretions. It improves circulation and can reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and varicose veins.
- Rosemary helps people overcome mental fatigue and sluggishness by stimulating and strengthening the entire nervous system.
- Cognitively, it enhances mental clarity while aiding alertness and concentration, which helps you cope with stressful conditions (so clearly it’s not just an herb to be used chopped up on your roast potatoes!).
- Rich in rosmarinic acid sage is reputed to ease swelling, relieve pain caused by rheumatism, heal wounds, infections and assist with skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis.
- In aromatherapy, it is believed to calm the nerves as well as assist with grief and depression.
- As one of the oldest known materials, sandalwood dates back 4000 years.
- Its scent is warm, balsamic, woodsy and earthy with a euphoric yet grounding psychological effect that promotes a wonderful sense of well-being which is important for creating beauty that’s beyond skin deep :)
Sandalwood is also known to powerfully improve circulation, making its essential oil helpful for issues like acne, eczema, dry flaking skin, rashes.
Another bonus? It’s even anti-inflammatory!
- Brought to Europe by the Arabs in the 1st Century, sweet orange essential oil smells delicious and has been known to combat colds and uplift stress.
Thyme is believed to have antiseptic qualities largely due to its high content of rosmarinic acid offering a wonderful ability to treat ailments such as bronchitis, rheumatism, viral infections and sinusitis.
Turmeric oil comes from the root of a perennial plant from India. Besides being known worldwide as a cooking spice, it is used in skincare as an effective way to reduce pimples due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It’s also effective to help oily skin as regulates the production of sebum, helps to reduce wrinkles, reduce skin pigmentation and treat eczema and psoriasis.