Name

Properties

Warnings

Bergamot

Antidepressant; Stimulant; Improve circulation; Soothe nerves; Reduce anxiety and nervous tension.

Do not expose the skin to sunlight after treatment.

Cedarwood

Warming; harmonizing; meditative; strength; endurance; use for anger.

Avoid in pregnancy; May irritate the skin

Chamomile

Soothing, calming effect on nerves; Effective for headaches and insomnia; Revitalises the skin; Used on skin ailments; Relieves pain Calming and relaxing especially on the nervous and digestive system; Healing and soothing influences on the skin.

Cinnamon

Calms depression; Tones the body; Stimulates the glandular system; Eases period pains.

Avoid in pregnancy; High dilutions can cause convulsions

Citronella

Insect repellent; Clears the mind; Toning effect on the body.

May irritate sensitive skin.

Clove

Relives pain; Disinfecting properties; Aids the digestive system.

Avoid in pregnancy; Can irritate sensitive skin

Eucalyptus

Calming effect; Helps the immune system; Useful for treatment of headaches, fevers & respiratory ailments; Refreshing; Promotes optimism.

Avoid if you have high blood pressure and epilepsy.

Frangipani

Helps retain calm; Eases anxiety; Grounding; Refreshing for the body and mind; Revitalizes skin and hair; Optimizes moisture.

Avoid in pregnancy.

Geranium

Uplifting; Balancing; Excellent for skin conditions; Balances hormonal system; Relieves stress; Sensual; Promotes security & intimacy.

Avoid in pregnancy.

Ginger

Eases colds & flu, nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, muscle aches and pains, as well as poor circulation and arthritic pain. Aids winter depression & energizes.

Can irritate sensitive skins. Do not expose the skin to sunlight after treatment.

Grapefruit

Diuretic properties; Boosts the immune system; Stimulates the lymphatic system; Uplifting; Lightness of spirit; Use for self criticism.

Can irritate the skin if exposed to strong sunlight after treatment

Jasmine

Anti-depressant; Restores energy; Tones the skin; Soothing; Calming; Euphoric; Aphrodisiac; Use for fear & apathy.

Avoid in pregnancy; Can cause allergic reaction

Lavender

Soothing, calming effect on nerves; Effective for headaches and insomnia; Revitalises the skin; Used on skin ailments; Relieves pain.

Considered to be one of the safest essential oils.

Lemon

Improves mood and concentration; Eases tiredness; Calming; Anti-bacterial.

Avoid in pregnancy; May irritate sensitive skin; Do not expose the skin to sunlight after treatment.

Lemongrass

Skin cramp; muscle toner; Revitalizes the mind & body; Helps with infections; Aids concentration & focus; Stimulating; Helps with jet lag.

Avoid in pregnancy; May irritate sensitive skin

Lime

Beneficial to the immune system; Eases respiratory tract infection; Revitalises the tired mind; Anti-depressant.

Can cause photo sensitivity; Can irritate the skin. Do not expose the skin to sunlight after treatment.

Naartjie

Boosts the digestive system; Soothes the nervous system; Relieves stress; Use for anxiety & insomnia; Promotes happiness.

Do not expose the skin to sunlight after treatment.

Neroli

Relaxing: Can relieve chronic depression, anxiety, fear, stress & shock; helps with insomnia; rejuvenating when applied to skin.

Use sparingly when clear head is needed, as can be relaxing.

Orange

Brings happiness & warmth to the mind; relaxing; helps children to sleep; Can be used effectively on the immune system, & to eliminate toxins.

Do not expose the skin to sunlight after treatment.

Peppermint

Pain relief; Excellent for circulation; Stress relief; Stimulating the mind; Focusing concentration; Muscular aches and pains; Respiratory problems.

Can irritate sensitive skin and mucous membranes.

Pimento

Boosts the digestive system; Helps depression, stress & nervous exhaustion.

Can irritate mucous membranes & the skin.

Rose

Anti depressant; Soothes & balances the mind; Regulates & balances hormonal system; Moisturizes & stimulates the skin

Avoid in pregnancy.

Spearmint

Stimulates and uplifts the mind; Helps with headaches, nervous strain, fatigue and stress; Relieves itching.

Considered to be non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.

Ylang Ylang

Calming; Balancing, stimulating effect on skin; Euphoric, sedative effect on the nervous system.

Large quantities may cause headaches and nauseous.

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