Essential Oil Guide

Essential Oil Guide / Basic Guide To Aromatherapy

Essential oils are often referred to as the “life force” of a plant/flower/tree. They are very concentrated and very powerful. Essential oils promote emotional and spiritual well-being as they can uplift our spirits and calm our busy minds. They can be regenerative both in the physical & emotional sense. Essential oils also promote physical well being as their therapeutic properties include being: antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic.

Caution:

  • Essential oils are very potent, never apply them directly to the skin, always dilute them in a carrier oil before applying
    to the skin.
  • Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.
  • If pregnant, seek medical advice before using essential oils.
  • Some oils may cause irritation / allergic reaction so patch test before using.

The following is a list of our favorite essential oils.

Carrot Seed

Carrot Seed is best known for its skin-healing abilities and its tonic, rejuvenating effect on the liver. Useful in skin blends for eczema, psoriasis, skin ulcers, skin cancers, skin infections and healthy skin to restore tone and to moisturize. Removes toxins from the skin, creating skin that is smooth & youthful. Highly recommended for mature skin that has been worn by the years and the environment. Carrot seed also helps to combat tired and worn-out feelings and helps to releases blocked energy. Carrot seed hydrosol makes for a wonderful toner.

Chamomile

This is one of the more powerful oils available. Its anti-inflammatory and cooling action is a highly effective relief to pain and heat. Placing several drops in a hot bath will help to soothe the nervous system and support sleep. It has a calming effect and is nourishing to the skin as well.

Very effective in treating rashes, insect bites, and burns. Overall a very calming oil.

  • Analgesic – numbs pain
  • Anti allergenic
  • Antiseptic, bactericidal, antifungal, anti-microbial
  • Anti-inflammatory – alleviates inflammation
  • Antispasmodic
  • Cicatrisant – cell-regenerative for skin, healing for scars
  • Cooling – will cool a hot, inflamed area
  • Digestive system tonic
  • Nervous system and respiratory system sedative
  • Wound healing

Cypress

Cypress is astringent and therefore useful for areas of excess fluid.

  • Anti-infectious
  • Anti-inflammatory – alleviates inflammation, cooling
  • Anti-rheumatic – prevents and/or relieves rheumatic pain and swelling
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
  • Antispasmodic – relieves spasms and cramps
  • Astringent – contracts and tightens tissue
  • Decongestant/vasoconstrictor – veins and lymph
  • Diuretic – aids in reduction of fluids

Eucalyptus Globulus

This oil is very helpful in clearing the mind, it is uplifting & helps to reduce negative emotions.
  • Antifungal – inhibits growth of fungus
  • Antimicrobial – helps the body strengthen its resistance to infective organisms
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
  • Anti-inflammatory – alleviates inflammation, cooling
  • Bactericidal – destructive to bacteria
  • Decongestant – reduces nasal mucus production and swelling
  • Expectorant – removes excess mucus from respiratory system
  • Mucolytic – breaks down mucus (pulmonary)

Helichrysum

This oil is your skin's new best friend. It is highly anti-inflammatory & extremely calming. It’s regenerative and pain reducing properties coupled with its analgesic effects make it the natural choice for skin injuries.
  • Anti allergenic – helpful for skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis
  • Anti bruising agent, wound healer
  • Antidepressant – can help to prevent and alleviate depression
  • Anti-inflammatory – alleviates inflammation, cooling
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
  • Antispasmodic – relieves spasms, cramps and spastic coughs
  • Cicatrisant – cell-regenerative for skin, healing for scars
  • Tonic for the nervous system – for exhaustion and stress

Lavender

Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. It truly is the most versatile of all essential oils, it should be a “must have” for every home. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty,it has been traditionally used to to reduce scarring, stretch marks, and slow the development of wrinkles. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. Lavender is a great aura cleanser, add at least 7 drops in your bath ( along w/ a cupful of sea salt) to help remove any negative energy you may have picked up during the day.

  • Analgesic – numbs pain
  • Antidepressant – can help to prevent and alleviate depression
  • Anti-inflammatory – alleviates inflammation, cooling
  • Antirheumatic – prevents and/or relieves rheumatic pain and swelling
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
  • Antispasmodic – relieves spasms and cramps
  • Bactericidal – destructive to bacteria
  • Antinfectious, detoxifying, decongestant, deodorant, sedative, tonic
  • Cicatrisant – cell-regenerative for skin, healing for scars

Geranium

Geranium has a most unique scent, it is fresh fragrant & extremely uplifting. It is known to balance the production of sebum. It is fantastic for skin as it tones & promotes healing.

  • Antidepressant – can help to prevent and alleviate depression
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections (urinary, pulmonary)
  • Antifungal – inhibits growth of fungus (Candida, athlete\’s foot)
  • Anti-inflammatory – alleviates inflammation, cooling
  • Astringent – contracts and tightens tissue
  • Bactericidal – destructive to bacteria
  • Cicatrisant – cell-regenerative for skin, healing for scars
  • Tonic – strengthens and restores vitality to various body systems

Marjoram

Marjoram is another powerhouse of a herb. It has tonifying, sedative, antiseptic, and antispasmodic healing properties. It is soothing and provides immune support and emotional balance. Marjoram is used in insomnia blends as the oil is calming and sedative. Marjoram is very warming and soothing for colds and the flu.

Mandarine

Mandarin has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, expectorant, and liver-protective qualities. Mandarin has a deep, rich orange aroma that is bursting with energy. It calm and soothes.

  • Antidepressant – can help to prevent and alleviate depression
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
  • Bactericidal – destructive to bacteria
  • Sedative

Myrhh

Myrrh is an excellent aid for healing all skin afflictions. It has a strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. Great as a natural preservative due to its antimicrobial & antibacterial properties.

  • Analgesic – numbs pain, anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial – helps the body strengthen its own resistance to
  • Antibacterial, Anti fungal
  • Astringent – contracts and tightens tissue
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
  • Cicatrisant – cell-regenerative for skin, healing for scars. warm, dry.
  • Expectorant – removes excess mucus from respiratory system
  • Mucolytic – breaks down mucus, sedative, warming

Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is an excellent stimulant & is used for mental fatigue and can help for depression, shock, headaches, migraines, nervous stress, vertigo and fainting. It is beneficial for respiratory disorders and symptoms such as dry coughs, sinus congestion, asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia. For the digestive system, Peppermint oil may assist with colic, cramps, dyspepsia, flatulence, and nausea. The oil is also good for skin disorders such as dermatitis, acne, ringworm, general itchiness, sunburn and inflammation.

  • Analgesic – numbs pain, anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
  • Expectorant – removes excess mucus from respiratory system
  • Mucolytic – breaks down mucus, sedative, warming

Ravensara

Ravensara is a powerful antiviral oil which has been used to support healing from influenza.

It may be used in treatment of respiratory conditions – Ravensara oil is said to work effectively against acute cases of the flu, both through its anti-viral effects and its uplifting of mood and energy levels. Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt in Advanced Aromatherapy states: ‘For the treatment of acute flu, ravensara is best taken internally 1 drop every 2 hours for acute flu) and/or applied externally’. For associated breathing conditions, and other chronic respiratory discharge associated with viral infection, add a few drops of Ravensara to a steaming bowl of water and inhale deeply. Better yet, use an aromatherapy inhaler with ravensara as one of the key ingredients, extremely effective. This oil is one of my personal favorites.

  • Strong antiviral
  • Expectorant – removes excess mucus from respiratory system

Tea Tree

Tea Tree oil is another “must have”in your medicine chest. Tea Tree Oil is beneficial in helping the immune system fight off infections. It can help with influenza, colds, cold sores, bronchitis, asthma, coughs, and other respiratory ailments. It is also helpful with skin disorders such as acne, burns, dandruff, oily skin, athletes foot, diaper rash, warts sunburn and infected wounds.
  • Antibiotic – kills microorganisms
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
  • Anti-infectious, anti-microbial, antiparasitic, antiviral, bactericidal
  • Anti-inflammatory – alleviates inflammation
  • Anti fungal – inhibits growth of fungus
  • Decongestant – reduces nasal mucus production and swelling
  • Expectorant – removes excess mucus from respiratory system
  • Immune stimulant – stimulates functioning of immune system
  • Vasodilator – helps to dilate blood vessels, warming
Hydrosols

Hydrosols are the condensate water that is produced during the steam distillation of plant material. Hydrosols are valuable therapeutic materials which have similar properties to essential oils but are much less concentrated. Unlike adding essential oil to water, true steam-distilled hydrosols contain all the beneficial components that whole plant materials have to offer. When essential oils are extracted by steam distillation, some of the aromatic and healing principles held within the plant are not captured during the process. These important components are absorbed by the steam that is used to extract the oil.When this steam condenses back into water it contains small quantities of essential oil along with many of the water-soluble parts of the plant.
Our high quality organic hydrosol comes from the steam distillation of small batches of fresh floral and plant material. We do not add preservatives so our hydrosols must be kept in the fridge.

Our favourite hydrosols

Peppermint

Peppermint is a very refreshing hydrosol, it is most cooling and is great for itchy skin. During the summer peppermint hydrosol is perfect to use as a cooling body mist. It is also helpful as a digestive aid. Drinking 1 ts in a cup of water daily will help to combat halitosis. It is also helpful for travel as it can be spritzed in the automobile to keep people from getting motion sickness. It will energize the driver & keep them awake on long hauls.

Carrot Seed

Carrot seed hydrosol makes for a wonderful toner as it is extremely soothing to he skin.

Catnip
A wonderful treat for your cat or a great base for an insect repellent.