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Aromatherapy Pure Essential Oils:
Essential oils are 100% pure and contain no alcohol or chemicals. Do not expect oils to work if you are on medication. It is not dangerous but the oils will not work. Detoxing for one week before starting the use of essentials is advisable. Most aromatherapy oils are not advisable for pregnant women. Please consult your aroma therapist if you are not sure. Do not use directly on the skin undiluted.
How to use:
Adults: dilute 25ml of carrier oil to 12 drops of neat oil.
Children (over 6 years of age): dilute 25ml of carrier oil to 6 drops of neat oil.
Always run baths before adding the oil.
Adults: 6 - 8 drops.
Children: 4 drops.
Inhalations (ideal for chest infections):
Add 4 drops of neat oil to a bowl of near boiling water. Cover your head with large towel and inhale for 1minute, up to 6 times daily.
ANISEED - Indigestion, coughs, bronchitis, catarrh.
BASIL - Fatigue, bronchitis, colds, loss of concentration, migraine, gout, aches & pains.
BENSOIN - Bronchitis, coughs, colds, arthritis, wounds, scars, dry skin, itching & a sedative.
BERGAMOT - Tension, depression, exhaustion, insomnia, mood swings, loss of appetite, nausea, cystitis, PMS, menopause, fevers, wounds, acne and coughs.
BLACK PEPPER - Fatigue, lack of concentration, impotence, colds, fevers, airborne infections, heartburn, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, rheumatism, aches & pains.
CAJEPUT - Minor burns, colds, flu, disinfectant, heals scars.
CAMPHOR - Nervous disorders, heart stimulant, acne, bronchitis, fevers, low blood pressure, TB, toothache, muscular injuries & rheumatism.
CARAWAY - Nervous digestion stimulates breast milk, anti-spasmodic, poor appetite, colds.
CARROT SEED - Anti-septic, vasodilator, wrinkles, Dermatitis, Gout, oedema, anaemia, mental difficulties.
CEDARWOOD - Antiseptic, calming, helps fluid loss by promoting urination, Stimulates new cell growth, aphrodisiac, bronchitis, acne, arthritis & a diuretic.
CHAMOMILE - Expels gas, strengthens stomach, liver & spleen. Promotes new cell growth, promotes menstruation, reduces fever, promotes urination, calming on the nervous system & emotionally soothing. Eczema, burns & an anti-inflammatory.
CINNAMON LEAF - Nausea, nervous, exhaustion, stress, infections, diseases, perfume linen, keeps moths away.
CITRONELLA - An insecticide for: mosquitoes, fleas, ticks & flies, plant lice.
CLARY SAGE - Soothing, warming, nerve relaxant, stress muscular aches.
CLOVE - Toothache, digestive problems, arthritis & rheumatism, sinusitis, sedative, sterilizer.
CORIANDER - Fluid retention, arthritis, gout, muscular acne & pains, colds, flu, nervous exhaustion, stress.
CYPRESS - Circulatory conditions, sebaceous gland stabilizer, cellulite, arthritis, coughs & colds.
EUCALYPTUS - Colds, coughs, flu, sinusitis, arthritis & rheumatism, aches & pains, wounds.
FENNEL - Antiseptic, antispasmodic, detoxifying, strengthens stomachs, digestion, expels gas.
FRANKINCENSE - Calming, depression, slows and deepens breathing, antispasmodic, bacterial, wrinkles.
GERANIUM - Anxiety, hot flushes, palpitations, diarrhoea, insomnia, stress, hyperactivity, turrets syndrome, eczema, PMS, menopause, circulatory, diabetes.
GINGER - Fatigue, bronchitis, digestive disorders, nausea, diarrhoea, rheumatism, aches & pains, Low body temperature, arthritis, tonic, eczema, boils and acne, circulation, cellulite, varicose veins.
GRAPEFRUIT - Detoxing, constipation, cellulite, hangovers, problem skins.
JASMINE - Uplifting, tonic, aphrodisiac, dry skin, coughing, depression.
JUNIPERBERRY - Diuretic, urinary disorders, cystitis, antiseptic, anti-rheumatic (elimination of uric acid and toxins). Tonic, fatigue, colds, flu, liver tonic, heartburn, acidity, hangovers, gout, rheumatism, cramps, acne.
LAVENDER - Headaches, tension, insomnia, stress, pain, thrush, sunburn, heat & oil burns, insect repellent, insect bites, bruises, cuts & abrasions, arthritis & rheumatism.
LAVANDIN - Headaches, tension, stress, insomnia, respiratory, circulatory, sunburn.
LEMON - Blood pressure, digestive problems, fever, anxiety, antiseptic, tonic, sore throats, debility.
LEMON GRASS - Enteritis, acne, sports preparation, insect repellent, headaches, infections.
LEMON VERBENA - Toning astringent, revitalizing circulation, insect repellent, deodorant room freshener.
LIME - Fever, infections, sore throats, colds, depression, headaches, antiviral, anti-rheumatic.
MARJORAM - Insomnia, headaches, migraines, bronchitis, sinusitis, colds, flu, coughs, diarrhoea, constipation, colic, cramps, sprains, stiffness, rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, circulation, detoxing, palpitations, PMS.
MELISSA - Insomnia, calming, sedative, uplifting, nervous tension, anxiety, grief, stress, PMT, headaches, regulates blood pressure, eczema, fungal infections.
MYRRH - Convalescence, nervous exhaustion, anti-septic, thrush, digestion, lowers cholesterol levels.
NEROLI - Depression, shock, fatigue, hysteria, insomnia, palpitations, promotes new cell growth, varicose veins.
NIAOLI - Acne, boils, insect bites, poor circulation, asthma, cystitis, urinary infection, fever, flu.
ORANGE SWEET - Slow digestion, constipation, headaches, energizer, muscle spasm.
PATCHOULI - Depression, impotency, frigidity, infections, acne, eczema, dermatitis, fungal infections, insect repellent, cellulite, constipation, diarrhoea, dandruff.
PEPPERMINT - Coughs, colds, indigestion, nausea, muscle pains, deodorant, headaches.
PETITGRAIN - Calming, deodorizing, digestive problems, oily skin, stress, anxiety.
PINE - Decongestant, bronchitis, hay fever, urinary infections, rheumatism, circulation.
ROSE - Anti-depressant, PMT, infertility, anti-inflammatory, frigidity, aphrodisiac.
ROSEMARY - Stimulant, diuretic, anti-rheumatic, anti-neuralgic, wounds, burns, mental fatigue, poor memory, concentration, hair loss, dandruff, migraines, headaches, water retention, cholesterol, gout, low blood pressure, muscular pains.
ROSEWOOD - Cell & tissue regenerator, wrinkles, aged skins, headaches, nausea, and anxiety.
SAGE - Mental strain, relaxes muscles, fibrosis, slimming, low blood pressure, sores.
SANDALWOOD - Acne, cystitis, PMS, depression, eczema, sedative, aphrodisiac.
SPEARMINT - Hiccough, colic, nausea, indigestion, flatulence, headaches, sores & scabs, haemorrhoids, safe for pregnant woman (an alternative to peppermint).
TAGETES - Feet, ringworm, fungal infections.
TEA TREE - Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, thrush, herpes, skin infections, eczema, fever blisters, throat infections, tonsillitis, warts, inflammation, nappy rash.
THYME - Anti-viral, antibiotic, antiseptic, diuretic, stimulates thyroid & lymphatic system, whooping cough, rheumatism, neuralgia, acne, insect repellent.
VETIVERT - Calming, immune system tonic, anti-septic, shock.
WINTERGREEN - Muscular aches & pain, sports injuries.
YLANG-YLANG - Anxiety, high blood pressure, calms epileptic fits, aphrodisiac.
Those suffering from the following should avoid using specific oils:
If Epileptic: Avoid Black Pepper; Fennel; Rosemary; Sage.
If Pregnant: Avoid Basil; Black Pepper; Camphor; Caraway; Cedarwood; Chamomile; Cinnamon leaf; Clary sage; Cypress; Fennel; Juniper; Marjoram; Peppermint; Rose blend; Rosemary; Sage; Spearmint; Tagetes; Thyme.
If you have high blood pressure: Avoid Rosemary; Sage.
If you have sensitive skin: Avoid Basil; Black Pepper; Cajeput; Camphor; Cedarwood; Cinnamon Leaf; Citronella; Cypress; Eucalyptus; Fennel; Juniper; Lemon; Lemon Verbena; Peppermint; Pine; Rosemary; Sage; Spearmint; Tagetes.
If you have kidney complaints: Avoid Juniper.
If in the first trimester of pregnancy: Avoid Lavender.
Seek advice of a professional before using: Caraway; Fennel; Juniper; Sage.
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This website contains general information about medicinal plants and their uses. It is intended as a general overview and not as a medical handbook for self-treatment. Many of the medicinal plants described are highly toxic and may cause severe allergic reactions or serious poisoning. We cannot be held responsible for claims arising from the mistaken identity of plants or their inappropriate use. Do not attempt self-diagnosis or self-treatment. Always consult a medical professional or qualified practitioner.