ESSENTIAL OILS PROPERTIES & USES

Did You Know?
Lavender is believed to increase alpha waves in the back of the head, which are associated with relaxation. Jasmine is believed to increase beta waves in the front of the head, which are associated with a more alert state.

Oils such as Lemon and Lavender, adapt to what your body needs, and adapt's to that situation (These are called "adaptogenic")
It is believed that Aromatherapy is particularly effective for Stress, Anxiety, and Psychosomatic induced problems, Muscular and Rheumatic pains, Digestive disorders and Women's problems, such as PMS, Menopausal complaints and Postnatal Depression.

Lemon fragrance is used in many Banks and Offices to keep the staff alert, some manager's reported a reduction in mistakes by a whopping 54%!

Aroma systems are now being incorporated into new buildings. Popular applications include; Lavender and Rosemary in customer areas to calm down the waiting customers and Lemon and Eucalyptus to keep the staff alert.

Top Use's of Essential Oils
1/  Essential oil dropped in a radiator fragrancer or light bulb ring will fill the room with a wonderful fragrance and ambience. Choose oils depending on the mood required.
2/  Revive Pot Pourri by adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
3/  Add a few drops of oil to water in a spray bottle, shake well, and use as an air freshener - do not spray on or near polished surfaces.
4/  To enhance a candle, place a drop of oil on the candle BEFORE you light it.
5/  Ease headache pain by rubbing one drop of neat Lavender
oil onto your temples.
6/  Freshen shoes by dropping a few drops of Geranium oil directly into your shoes or place a cotton ball dabbed with a few drops of Lemon oil and leave in the shoes overnight.

7/  To fragrance your kitchen cupboards and drawers, place a cotton ball with a few drops of oil in an inconspicuous corner.
8/  To deter ants - use drops of Peppermint oil along the bottom of the door frame where you see them.
9/  Place a few drops of your favourite essential oil onto a small piece of cloth and toss into the clothes dryer while drying.
10/ Apply Lavender oil and Tea tree oil directly to cuts, scrapes, or scratches. 1 or 2 drops will promote healing. (These are the only oils which should be ever used neat on
the skin). KEEP AWAY FROM EYES.
11/ Rosemary is believed to promote alertness and stimulate memory. Use the fragrance during long car trips and while
reading, studying and during exams.
12/ Frankincense and Myrrh make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak well in before putting the log on the fire.
13/ Place 1 or 2 drops of sleep enhancing oils such as Roman Chamomile, Lavender or Neroli on your pillow before retiring to promote restful sleep.
14/ When washing out the fridge, freezer, or oven, add 1 drop of any citrus essential oil to the final rinse water.
15/ 5 drops of Eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter, dilute first in a tablespoon
of milk, vegetable oil or mild foam bath.
16/ Add 1 drop Geranium oil or Myrrh to your facial moisturiser to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
17/ Place 1 or 2 drops of Rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote health hair.
18/ When viral illnesses are going around add a few drops of Thyme and Lemon to your diffuser or simmer in a pan on the hob.
18/ A blend of lavender and grapefruit oil is good for the workplace. Lavender is calming and grapefruit stimulates the senses and clears up stale air. Lemon oil can also be used for its refreshing qualities.


Reproduced by kind permission of the Aromatherapy Information Exchange
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Properties & Uses of the Top Essential Oils
Essential Oil
Biological Name
Properties
Uses
Clary Sage
Salvia Sclarea
Warming, soothing, aphrodisiacal, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, deodorant, digestive, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, regulator (or seborrhoea), tonic, uterine.
Menstrual problems, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, muscular aches and pains, asthma, throat infections, whooping cough, colic, cramp, dyspepsia, flatulence, acne, boils, dandruff, hair loss, inflamed conditions in skin, oily skin and hair, ulcers, wrinkles, the genito-urinary system disorders such as amenorrhoea, labor pain, dysmenorrhoea, leucorrhoea and nervous system disorders such as frigidity, impotence, migraine, nervous tension and stress related disorders.
Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus Globulus
Antiseptic, analgesic, anitneuralgic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant, decongestant, deodorant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hypoglycaemic, parasiticide, prophylactic, rubefacient, stimulant, vermifuge, vulnerary.
Muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, sinusitis, throat infections, cystitis, leucorrhoea, chicken pox, colds, epidemics, flu, measles, nervous system disorders such as debility, headaches, neuralgia and skin disorders such as burns, blisters, cuts, herpes, insect bites, insect repellent, lice, skin infections, wounds.
Geranium
Pelargonium Graveolens
Soothing, refreshing, relaxing, antidepressant, astringent, antihaemorrhagic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, cicatrisant, deodorant, diuretic, fungicidal, haemostatic, stimulant, tonic, vulnerary.
PMT, adrenocortical glands and menopausal problems, nervous tension, neuralgia, apathy, anxiety, stress related conditions, sore throat, tonsillitis, cellulitis, engorgement of breasts, poor circulation and skin complaints such as acne, bruises, broken capillaries, burns, congested skin, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, hemorrhoids, lice, oily complexion, mature skin, mosquito repellant, ringworm, ulcers and wounds.
Jasmine
Jasminum Officinale
Analgesic (mild), antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, cicatrisant, expectorant, galactagogue, parturient, sedative, tonic (uterine).
Depression, nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions. Jasmine is said to produce a feeling of optimism, confidence and euphoria. It is especially good in cases of apathy, indifference, or listlessness. Jasmine is also used for catarrh, coughs, hoarseness, laryngitis, dysmenorrhoea, frigidity, labor pains, uterine disorders and other skin problems such as dry, greasy, irritated, sensitive skin and for muscular spasms and sprains.
Lavender
Lavendula Vera Officinalis
Analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, carminative, cholagogue, choleretic, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, hypotensive, insecticide, nervine, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, tonic, vulnerary.
An excellent first aid oil. It soothes cuts, bruises and insect bites. One of the most versatile therapeutic essence. It is used for nervous system disorders such as depression, headache, hypertension, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension, stress related conditions, PMT, sciatica, shock and vertigo. Lavender is useful in treating skin conditions such as abscesses, acne, allergies, athlete's foot, boils, bruises, burns, dandruff, dermatitis, earache, eczema, inflammations, insect bites and stings, insect repellant, lice, psoriasis, ringworm, scabies, sores, spots, all skin types, sunburn and wounds. Other applications of lavender is for the treatment of disorders such as lumbago, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, sprains, asthma, bronchitis, halitosis, laryngitis, throat infections, whooping cough, abdominal cramps, colic, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea, cystitis, dysmenorrhoea, leucorrhoea and for flu.
Lemon
Citrus Limonum
Refreshing, antiseptic, stimulating, anti-anaemic, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antisclerotic, antiscorbutic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, rubefacient, stimulates white corpuscles, tonic.
Warts, depression, acne and indigestion. arthritis, cellulitis, high blood pressure, nosebleeds, obesity (congestion), poor circulation, rheumatism, asthma, throat infections, bronchitis, catarrh, dyspepsia, colds, flue, fever and infections. Other applications of lemon are in the treatment of anemia, brittle nails, boils, chilblains, corns, cuts, greasy skin, herpes, insect bites, mouth ulcers, spots, and varicose veins.
Peppermint
Mentha Piperita
Digestive, cooling, refreshing, mentally stimulating, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, expectorant, hepatic, nervine, stomachic, sudorific, vermifuge and antispasmodic.
Muscle fatigue, bad breath, toothache, bronchitis, indigestion and travel sickness, neuralgia, muscular pain, palpitations, asthma, sinusitis, spasmodic cough, for digestive system disorders such as colic, cramp, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea and skin problems such as acne, dermatitis, ringworm, scabies and for toothache.
Rosemary
Rosmarinus Officinalis
Analgesic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, choleretic, cordial, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, fungicidal, hepatic, hypertensive, nervine, parasiticide, restorative, rubefacient, stimulant of circulatory, adrenal cortex and hepatobiliary systems, stomachic, tonic.
Muscle fatigue, colds, poor circulation, aches and pains and mental fatigue. Debility, headaches, hypotension, neuralgia, mental fatigue, nervous exhaustion, stress related disorders, dysmenorrhoea, leucorrhoea, asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, colitis, dyspepsia, flatulence, hepatic disorders, hypercholesterolaemia. Rosemary is also used for treatment of disorders such as arteriosclerosis, fluid retention, gout, muscular pains, palpitations, poor circulation, rheumatism and for the treatment of skin conditions such as acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, and greasy hair. Other uses are as an insect repellent, for promoting hair growth, and for the treatment of scabies, scalp stimulation, lice and varicose veins.
Sandalwood
Santalum album
Antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, insecticidal, sedative and tonic.
Depression, insomnia, nervous tension, stress related complaints, cystitis, diarrhea, nausea, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, laryngitis, sore throat, acne, dry, cracked and chapped skin, aftershave, greasy skin, moisturizer.
Tea Tree
Melaleuca Alternifolia
Antifungal, antiseptic, anti-infectuous, anit-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericidal, balsamic, cicatrisant, diaphoretic, expectorant, fungicidal, immono-stimulant, parasiticide, vulnerary.
Dandruff, mouthwash, cuts, insect bites, pimples, abscess, acne, athlete's foot, blisters, burns, cold sores, herpes, oily skin, rashes, spots, veruccae, warts, wounds, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, sinusitis, tuberculosis, whooping cough, vaginitis, cystitis, colds, fever, flu, infectious illnesses such as chicken pox.
Ylang Ylang
Cananga Odorata var genuina
Antidepressant, anti-infectious, euphoric, aphrodisiac, relaxant, antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, hypotensive, nervine, regulator, sedative (nervous), stimulant (circulatory), tonic.
Depression, nervous tension, high blood pressure, hyperpnoea (abnormally fast breathing), tachycardia, palpitations and digestive upsets. For skin care such as for acne, hair growth, hair rinse, insect bites, irritated and oily skin. For other nervous system disorders such as frigidity, impotence, insomnia, and stress related disorders.

DISCLAIMER: This information is provided purely for informational purposes only, and does not in any way purport to be medical or prescriptive suggestions.
    Any reference to medicinal or health benefits is not meant to treat or diagnose any problem and is not meant to replace professional medical advice and should not take the place of any prescribed medication that has been prescribed by a physician.
    We suggest you always use caution when using Essential Oils. If you suffer from illness, disorder, are pregnant or nursing, please seek medical advise. All Essential Oils should be kept out of the reach of children.
   Some people have reactions to these type of products. Always try a small amount of a new essential oil by dabbing the back of the hand or wrist before use. If redness, rash or other reaction occurs discontinue use at once.

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