Bergamot is a citrus-scented essential oil extracted from the Citrus Beragamia tree, a native of Southeast Asia, but can now be found primarily in Italy and along the Ivory Coast.
Bergamot is used to treat stress, depression, anxiety, anorexia, stimulate the liver, digestive system and spleen, a number of infections including skin infections like psoriasis and eczema, and provide an overall lift to those suffering from a general malaise.
Cedarwood is a woody-scented essential oil that comes from the Juniperus Virginiana tree native to North America. It has been around for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians.
Cedarwood oil is often used as a calming agent to help alleviate stress and anxiety. It provides a spiritual lift. It also plays a role in aiding respiratory problems as well as skin issues.
Geranium oil is commonly used for its many health benefits. The plants originated from South Africa as well as Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco and were introduced to European countries such as Italy, Spain and France in the 17th century. The leaves and stalks are used for extraction, and the oil is obtained through steam distillation.
This uplifting oil has a great all-over balancing effect and this extends to the skin where it helps to create balance between oily and dry skin, helping to treat acne, eczema, and reduce inflammation. This sweet smelling oil can also uplift your mood, lessen fatigue and promote emotional wellness and balance the hormone system.
Ginger is a flowering plant in the family Zingiberaceae; its root is widely used as a spice and it has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years. It has a warm, spicy, earthy, woody aroma.
It is is often used for digestive problems, as well as nausea – be that morning sickness or motion sickness. It is also of value when treating colds and flu and especially for catarrhal lung conditions and rheumatic pain. It can also be used for poor circulation and on the skin to help clear bruises.
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils on the market, and for good reason. It smells great and is an effective stress-relieving oil.
In addition to stress-relief, Lavender has the following therapeutic properties: antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory decongestant, deodorant, diuretic and sedative.
Lemon essential oil is extracted from the Citrus limonum (also known as Citrus Limon). It’s aroma is similar to fresh lemon rinds except richer and more concentrated.
This clean smelling citrus essential oil is not only good for helping you make decisions and to improve your concentration, but cuts down on acidity in the body – thereby assisting the digestion, as well as with rheumatism, arthritis and gout, while also sorting out cellulite, abscesses, boils, carbuncles and acne.
Lime essential oil is extracted from Citrus aurantifolia. It has a fresh, citrusy, sweet and slightly tart aroma.
Lime is useful to cool fevers associated with colds, sore throats and flu, and aids the immune system while easing coughs, bronchitis and sinusitis, as well as helping asthma. It can stimulate and refresh a tired mind and helps with depression. It can be helpful for arthritis, rheumatism and poor circulation, as well as for obesity and cellulite and has an astringent and toning action to clear oily skin and acne.
Neroli essential oil is steam distilled from the fragrant flowering blossoms of the orange tree, Citrus aurantium. It is intensely floral, citrusy, sweet and exotic.
Neroli is one of the most popular essential oils, as it not only has great therapeutic properties, but also has the most incredible smell. It has a greatly relaxing effect on the body and mind, helping with insomnia, relieving muscle spasms, calming heart palpitations and has a wonderful rejuvenating and regenerative effect on the skin, helping to prevent ugly scarring and fighting stretch marks.
Orange essential oil is extracted from the orange peel by cold-pressing. It has a sweet, fresh and tangy smell.
With its versatility and wonderfully uplifting aroma, it is one of the most popular of essential oils within aromatherapy. This unpretentious essential oil is used to create the feeling of happiness and warmth, while calming nervous digestive problems. It deals very well with colds and flu, eliminates toxins and stimulates the lymphatic system, while supporting collagen formation in the skin.
Patchouli oil is extracted from the young leaves of Pogostemon cablin, which are dried and fermented prior to steam distillation. Often associated with the hippies and the 1960’s, the fragrance of Patchouli essential oil is rich, earthy, musky-sweet and grounding.
Patchouli oil has a grounding and balancing effect on the emotions and banishes lethargy, while sharpening the wits, fighting depression and anxiety. It is effective for skin conditions including fungal and bacterial infection, acne, eczema and is of great help for insect bites and can be used as an insect repellent. With its excellent diuretic properties, it is effective in fighting water retention and to break up cellulite, easing constipation and helping to reduce overweight.
Palmarosa is a wild growing, herbaceous green and straw-coloured grass. It is extracted from the grass blades which are dried prior to steam distillation. Palmarosa has a sweet floral, with a hint of rose, smell. Its aroma is somewhat similar to that of Rose Geranium essential oil.
Palmarosa oil calms the mind, yet has an uplifting effect, while clearing muddled thinking. It can be helpful during times of anxiety and can be comforting, and can assist the digestive system. It has a moisturising and hydrating effect on the skin, which is great to fight wrinkles. It also balances the natural secretion of sebum, which keeps the skin supple and elastic.
Peppermint oil is extracted from Mentha piperita of the Labiatae family. It is extracted from the whole plant above ground just before flowering and is extracted by steam distillation from the fresh or partly dried plant. It’s aroma is familiar and pleasant to most, being fresh, minty and quite uplifting. It is very intense and is far more concentrated than most other steam distilled essential oils.
Peppermint oil can assist in nervous disorders and is dramatically effective in stimulating the mind and focusing concentration, for treating the respiratory tract, muscular aches and pains and for some skin problems. Emotionally, it is stimulating and is a good choice for inclusion in blends intended to help enhance alertness and stamina. It should be avoided before bedtime.
Sandalwood essential oil is from Santalum album and is extracted from the chipped heartwood by steam distillation. Aromatically, Sandalwood is rich, sweet, fragrant yet delicate, woody, floral.
Sandalwood oil can be helpful for the nervous system, for chest and urinary tract infections, for sexual problems and for skin care. Emotionally, Sandalwood is calming and helps to instill a sense of inner peace. It is a good choice to try in cases of stress, depression or low self esteem.
Spearmint essential oil is extracted from Mentha spicata. Minty, slightly fruity aroma that is less bright than peppermint. It has a similar aroma to that of peppermint essential oil but is slightly sweeter.
Spearmint oil can be effective for the digestive system, for the respiratory tract, for a tired mind and for skin problems. Emotionally, Spearmint is invigorating and uplifting.
Ylang Ylang is extracted from the Cananga Odorata plant from freshly picked flowers by steam distillation. It has an exotic smell – fresh, floral, sweet, slightly fruity, fragrant yet delicate.
Ylang Ylang oil has a euphoric and sedative effect on the nervous system and helps with anxiety, tension, shock, fear and panic. Its sensuous aroma may be arousing to some.