A - Z Of Essential Oils And Their Uses

Essential Oil

Use And Safety Information

Sensitivity test:

if you intend to use an aromatherapy blend product on the skin, you may like to carry out a sensitivity test before you use an oil for the first time. A good way is to put one drop of oil in a piece of tissue and very lightly touch the skin (the underside of the forearm is a good place) leave overnight without washing the area and check if there is any redness or other sign of adverse reaction. If in doubt, do not use the oil product concerned.


Refreshing and uplifting.

Indigestion, sinusitis, anxiety, depression and mental fatigue, panic attacks, study aid.

Avoid during pregnancy.


Uplifting, digestive and urinary problems, appetite regulator, cystitis, deodorant, chickenpox, stress and depression, anxiety.

Skin care: oily skin.

Black pepper:

Warming and stimulating.

Chilblains, anaemia, stiffness, chills, colic, heartburn, constipation, flu, muscular aches, fevers.


Soothing and regulating.

Inflamed, itchy skin conditions, healing wounds, allergies, analgesic, aids sluggish digestion, arthritis, PMS, menopausal problems.

Depression and irritability, insomnia, anxiety.

Skin care: sensitive, allergic skin.


Composing eczema, hair care, diuretic, bronchitis, catarrh, asthma, cystitis.

Skin care: Mature and oily skin.

Clary sage

Relaxing but euphoric, regulates menstrual cycle, menopausal problems, period pains, PMT, diuretic, thrush, muscle relaxant, stress and tension.

Avoid during pregnancy.


Tightening, cellulite, rheumatism, heavy periods, menopause, bad circulation, nosebleeds, varicose veins, piles, highly diuretic.

Skin care: open pores and broken capillaries.


Cleansing and protecting, powerful antiseptic, flu, sinusitis, laryngitis, asthma, rheumatics, coughs, colds, bronchitis, reduces temperature, catarrh.

Sweet Fennel:

Restorative. Wind, bloated abdomen, excessive appetite, cellulite, colic, indigestion, nausea, obesity, highly diuretic.

Avoid during pregnancy.


rejuvenating. Asthma, bronchitis, slows and deepens breath, mastitis, catarrh, healing for deep wounds.

Emotional upheavals breaks links with the past and nightmares.

Skin care: rejuvenation


Relaxing and uplifting. Poor circulation, mental and physical stress, mastitis, chilblains, shingles, menopausal difficulties, PMS.

Skin care: all skin types.


Warming. Arthritis, fatigue, muscular aches, poor circulation, mental and physical stress, mastitis, chilblains, shingles, menopausal difficulties, PMS.

Skin care: all skin types.


Uplifting. Promotes hair growth, cellulite, pre and post exercise, water retention, depression, performance stress.

Skin care: young, oily or combination skin.


exotic aphrodisiac. Lack of sexual vitality, post-natal depression, calms nervous system, depression, lack of confidence, pessimism.


Cleansing. Digestive problems, cystitis, scanty periods, rheumatism, arthritis, stimulates immune system, eczema, psoriasis, detoxification, colic, coughs, dermatitis, piles, cellulite.

Avoid during pregnancy or have kidney stones.


Nature’s own wonder product.

Every first aid box in the home, office, factory, car or caravan should keep bottle of lavender.

Its sweet floral aroma with balsamic-woody undertones has calming properties.

It will encourage rest and sleep at the end of the day’s activities.

For bruises and burns apply one drop directly onto the skin and repeat twice daily.

For bathing add 5 drops to a spoon of carrier oil before adding to water.


Refreshing. Highly antiseptic.

Fortifies the nervous system, diuretic, stimulates the immune system, anaemia, colds, sore throats, flu, sinusitis, slimming, hand and nail care, tonic, rheumatism.

Skin care: oily skin, freckles,

may cause irritation to sensitive skin.

Lemon grass:

Relaxing and refreshing.

Athletes foot, excessive perspiration, insect repellent, (fleas, lice, mosquitoes, ticks etc.), scabies, muscular pain, tissue and muscle tonic, fevers, infections, headaches, nervous exhaustion.


Deeply relaxing. Aching muscles, joints and limbs, muscular spasms, cramp, muscular strain, post sports, rheumatics, digestive oil, nervous stomach, constipation, period pain and irregular periods, sedative.

Avoid during pregnancy.


Purifying. Anti-inflammatory.

Bronchitis, flu, Laryngitis, catarrh, constipation, flatulence, cystitis, mouth and gum problems, piles, diuretics, ulcers, thrush, dry coughs.

Avoid during pregnancy


Comforting. Depression, insomnia, anxiety. Improves skin elasticity, stretch marks, aphrodisiac, sedative, stress, bereavement, disorientation, fright and hysteria.

Skin care: all skin types. For balancing combination skin types. Wrinkle prevention.


Radiance. Antispasmodic. Constipation, chronic diarrhea, obesity, palpitations, nervous tension, insomnia, SAD, lack of energy.

Caution: phototoxic.


Pervasive. Antiseptic, antifungal. Fevers, scars, eczema, burns, allergies, dermatitis, herpes, cracked skin, insecticide, anti-inflammatory, impetigo, athlete's foot.

Skin care: tired skin, dry, mature skin, open pores


Cooling. Hangovers, hiccups, asthma, migraine, headaches, nausea, halitosis, scabies, shock, ringworm, poor digestion, sunburn, mastitis.

Mental fatigue, studying, stimulates memory.


Calming and refreshing.

Fortifies the nervous system, palpitations, excessive perspiration, deodorant, insomnia, good curing convalescence.

Depression , uplifting.


Clarifying. All chest and sinus problems, including colds, flu, asthma, etc.

cystitis, rheumatism, water retention, sore throat, pneumonia, arthritis, neuralgia, muscular pains.

Clears the head, invigorating.

Avoid during pregnancy.


Feminine wholeness.

PMS, the essence for the menopause, anorexia, regulates and tones the entire female reproductive organs, allergy migraines, allergies, aphrodisiac, post-natal depression, depression, stress, grief, bereavement.

Skin care: dry, sensitive skin, excellent for mature skin and broken capillaries.



General tonic, rheumatism, slimming, sprains and swollen ankles, improves circulation, alopecia, hair tonic, mental fatigue, lethargy, study aid, poor memory.

Avoid during pregnancy, if epileptic or with high blood pressure.



Cystitis, fluid retention, eczema, catarrh, coughs, sore throats, insomnia, and fatigue.

Skin care: sandalwood is very gentle and preserving. Use for dry, sensitive and mature skin.

Tea tree:


Active against bacteria, fungi and viruses, antibiotic, powerful immuno-stimulant.

Use for all infections.

Skin care: Acne and spots. Apply 1 drop of neat essential oil to the spots with a cotton bud. Repeat daily.

Tip- Put one drop of tea tree onto your toothbrush before applying paste as a prevention against gum disease.



Chest infections, colds, coughs, cystitis, fatigue, insomnia, aches and pains, rheumatism, digestive stimulant, antiseptic (e.g. throat problems), asthma. Mental stimulant, fatigue, anxiety, depression.

Avoid during pregnancy or if suffering from high blood pressure.

Can be a skin irritant.



Arthritis, rheumatism, depression, insomnia, nervous tension. Protecting and comforting.

This is bottled tranquility!!!!!

Comforting, deeply relaxing, deeply calming.

Ylang Ylang:


Slows too rapid a heartbeat, regulates the nervous system, invigorating for the elderly, insomnia, sedative, relaxing. Anger, aphrodisiac, fear, panic attacks, lack of self-confidence.

Pro longed use or too high a dose may cause nausea.

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