Essential Oils and their Properties
Essential Oils and their Properties
13/12/2017 - 0 Comments
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Many essential oils have a variety of properties. An oil such as bergamot is soothing to the nervous system, yet uplifting to the mind; a regulating oil such as geranium is either relaxing or reviving according to the individual's need. Other oils like patchouli can be stimulating in small amounts but sedating or even soporific in excess – much like a wine!

The following list is no means complete, but provides a good basis for understanding each oils potential:

Stimulating Oils
(for low blood pressure and lack of energy) : basil, black pepper, cardomon, ginger, peppermint, pine needle, rosemary, thyme.

Relaxing Oils
(for emotional or physical tension) : atlas cedarwood, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, neroli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang.

Expectorant Oils
(for colds, coughs and congestion) : eucalyptus, myrtle, peppermint, pine needle, rosemary, spanish sage, thyme.

Antiseptic Oils
(for any kind of virus or infection) : basil, bergamot, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, fennel, lavender, lemon, pine needle, rosemary, spanish sage, tea tree, thyme.

Balsamic Oils
(to soothe irritating coughs or bronchitis) : atlas cedarwood, benzoin, cypress, frankincense, juniper, pine needle, sandalwood.

Detoxifying/Cleansing Oils
(for cellulite, skin eruptions, arthritis, etc.) : carrot seed, cypress, fennel, grapefruit, hyssop, juniper, lemon, mandarin, orange, thyme.

Anti-inflammatory/Healing Oils
(for infected cuts, sores, stings, etc.) : benzoin, bergamot, camomile, frankincense, geranium, lavender, myrrh, palmarosa, patchouli, rose.

Anti-spasmodic Oils
(for period pains, indigestion, muscular cramps, etc.) :black pepper, cardomon, camomile, clary sage, fennel, ginger, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, pine needle, rosemary.

Anti-depressant Oils
(for post-natal depression, listlessness, etc.) : basil, benzoin, bergamot, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, petitgrain, rose, ylang ylang.

Aphrodisiac Oils
(to increase sexual desire) : black pepper, cardomon, ginger, jasmine, myrtle, neroli, nutmeg, patchouli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, ylang ylang.

Insect Repellents
Atlas cedarwood, basil, citronella, clove, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, myrtle, patchouli, peppermint, thyme.

Source: 'Home Aromatherapy' by Julia Lawless

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