Name

Properties

Warnings

Bergamot

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

Do not expose the skin to sunlight after treatment.

Cassia

Cassia can be useful for digestive complaints such as flatulence, colic, dyspepsia, diarrhea and nausea. It can also be used for colds, influenza, fevers, arthritis and rheumatism.

Avoid in pregnancy; May irritate the skin

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.

Frankincense

Antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine, vulnerary and expectorant.

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.

Mandarin

Antiseptic, antispasmodic, depurative, sedative, stomachic and tonic.

Can cause photosensitivity; 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.

Rose Geranium

Antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, deodorant, haemostatic, styptic, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary.

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.

Tea Tree

Antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, bactericide, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.

Tea tree oil is considered a safe oil, as it is non-toxic and non-irritant, but should not be used on deep wounds or near the eyes, ears, nose or internally. Please remember that it is a most powerful oil, but using it unwisely could result in problems.

Vanilla

Vanilla oil is used as a flavoring agent in pharmaceutical products, in food and in tobacco and is also an ingredient in some oriental type perfumes.

Vetiver

Calms and soothes the mind and helps to dispel anger, hysteria and irritability.

It revitalizes the body and helps with mental and physical exhaustion and is also used for general aches and pains, especially for rheumatism, arthritis and muscular pain, while relieving insomnia.

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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