Pure Essential Oils

Smell is our most powerfull sense

 

Inhalation and Massage Professional Aromatherapy Skincare Choices Pure Essential Oils List

 

Our sense of smell is the only sense that affects our brain directly!
The effect is immediate - powerful images are triggered and emotions experienced, before we even have time to process them. Every person has an odor that is as unique as a fingerprint which is why newborn babies can recognize their mothers smell.

"Join us on a fragrant journey and experience the wonder, mystery & healing power of plants and how they... Transcend ~ from seed to scent.™"

Essential oils are not technically oils like fatty oils (e.g.: safflower or olive) but rather highly concentrated volatile liquid substances that are used only by the drop.

Essential oils are distilled or otherwise extracted from certain plants that include:

  • Grasses
  • Fruits
  • Spices
  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Trees & Roots

Inhalation & Massage

Essential oils have many applications including inhalation therapy, therapeutic bathing, massage, skin care, as natural perfumes, environmental fragrancing. There are many ways for massage therapists & natural health practitioners to practise Aromatherapy. Massage and inhalation therapy using essential oils are the most common and effective.

Inhalation of essential oils affects the mind by activating our olfactory system, the limbic part of the brain which houses our emotional response, the amygdala & hippocampus which house our memory, then onto the hypothalamus which sends messages to other parts of the brain that have effects on the body & mind that can be regulating/balancing, sedating,invigorating, secreting endorphins, serotonin or noradrenaline , depending on the essential oils used.

Essential oil molecules come into contact with the capillaries in the nose and are absorbed into the circulation via the lungs. This creates a gaseous exchange, enabling the essential oil molecules to enter the blood.

Inhalation therapy with essential oils is helpful for the immune system, the nervous system, stress, tension, anxiety, depression, boredom, insomnia, concentration, study, meditation, headaches, respiratory issues, congestion, colds, sore throats, coughs, sinus. Slow & deep breathing increase the effectiveness of this practice.

Massage with essential oils is helpful for the nervous system, the immune system, circulatory issues, muscle tension, aches & pains, headaches, congestion, fluid retention, menstrual discomfort, body fatigue, insomnia, digestive problems.

When you apply essential oils to the skin, some of the oil will remain in the epidermis for awhile before it enters the bloodstream. The natural chemical components of the essential oil slowly release into the dermis, then the capillaries & lymphatic pathways, a systemic effect occurs through the body’s circulatory system during the massage.

Blending for Massage

2% or 3% dilution is the usual for a full body massage
(approx 14- 18 drops of pure essential oil per 1 oz vegetable/carrier oil)

5% dilution is fine for local application ( eg; joint pain )
( approx 7 - 8 drops essential oil per 1 teaspoon carrier oil )

1% or less dilution is recommended for those with sensitive skin or when using certain essential oils such as peppermint, citrus, or those that may irritate skin.

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Professional Aromatherapy Skincare Choices

The benefits of using essential oils, natural carrier oils and hydrosols in skin care are based on the following actions: antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, astringent, stimulation of cell productionaccelerate healing, improve hydration, improve circulation balance sebum production, cleansing, purifying, encourage elimination of impurities, soothing for irritation, redness, inflammation, uplifting, relieves stress and tension.

Essential oils can be incorporated into skincare protocols for any steps including facial steam, warm compresses, cleansing, masks and massage oil.

You can also diffuse oils into the air to create a calming, relaxing atmosphere and use them for neck, shoulder, arm, hand & foot massage.

Pure Essential Oils for the Skin

Angelica, Blue Cypress, Carrot, Roman Chamomile, Blue Chamomile, Clary sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Honey/Beeswax, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sage, Sandalwood, Seabuckthorn, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang.

Carrier Oils ( infused, vegetal, fruit, nut, seed )

Calendula, oil extracted from the flowers, very healing yet gentle, used as a natural baby oil, anti inflammatory,soothes dry, chapped, dehydrated or irritated skin, eczema, dermatitis, wound healing, reduce scarring.

Avocado, oil extracted from the fruit’s flesh, contains chlorophyll, vitamins A, C & E, amino acids, oleic, linoleic acid, healing & regenerating, soothes eczema, dry & rough skin, softens skin.

Rosehip, extracted from the pods of a rose bush that grows in Chile and New Zealand ( rosa rubiginosa ), powerful regenerative & healing oil, strong anti inflammatory, burns, scars, great for post surgical applications , reduces redness & hyperpigmentation of wound healing.

Apricot, extracted from the kernel, high oleic & linoleic fatty acid content, lovely light texture, absorbs quickly into skin, most suitable for dry, mature, inflamed & sensitive skin.

Evening Primrose, extracted from the pods of this tall spiky plant, rich in fatty acids, especially gamma linolenic acid ( GLA ) which is essential to the formation of compounds that help prevent prevent inflammation, lowers blood pressure, the GLA in this oil affects most enzyme activity in the body, soothes eczema, psoriasis.

Pure Essential Oil Suggestions

Oily skin

Cypress, Geranium, Juniper, Lime, Lemon, Lemongrass,Orange, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang.

Acne Skin

Cedarwod, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Tea Tree.

Dry skin

Carrot seed, Palmarosa, Rose, Rosewood, Rosemary verbenone, Sandalwood, Seabuckthorn.

Dehydrated skin

Palmarosa, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood.

Combination skin

Lavender, Geranium, Palmarosa, Ylang Ylang.

Mature skin

Carrot seed, Fennel, Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Seabuckthorn, Sage.

Sensitive skin

Blue Chamomile, Carrot seed, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood.

Couperose skin

Chamomile, Cypress, Geranium, Neroli, Rose.

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Pure Essential Oils List


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Blue Cypress (callitris intratropica)

Aroma Characteristics: Deep wood scent.
Mind/Nervous System: Grounding, centering, empowering.
Body: Anti-viral, anti-inflammatory. Use for sore muscles, arthritis, asthma, skin conditions.
Geography: Australia.
Description:Tree indigenous to Australia, oils distilled from leave, rich blue color.

Blue Chamomile (tanactum annuum)

Aroma Characteristics:Rich blue color with warm fruity herbaceous scent.
Mind/Nervous System: Treats psychological problems. Used as remedy for impatient, disagreeable, or tense children.
Body: Anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, calms dermatitis & other allergic skin reactions, soothes sunburned skin, use in muscle repair formulas, inhale for asthma, can lower blood pressure.
Geography: Morocco.
Description: Small perennial herb, flowers steam distlled.

Bergamot (citrus bergamia)

Aroma Characteristics: Lovely unique citrus scent, refreshing.
Mind/Nervous Systemt: Uplifting, nervous tension, anxiety, anti depressant, calm sympathetic nervous system, cleanses stale air.
Body: Inhalation for lung congestion, used in aromatherapy blends for psoriasis, natural perfumery.
Geography: Calabria, Italy
Description: Peel of the citrus fruit, used in mens colognes & womens perfumery, flavors earl grey tea.
Precautions: Do not apply to skin before sun or ultraviolet exposure, avoid exposure for at least 12 hours after application, must only be used topically in a less than 1% dilution.

 

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Clary Sage (salvia sclarea)

Aroma Characteristics: Herbal floral tea like aroma.
Mind/ Nervous System: Euphoric, sedating, calming, soothes emotional upsets, helps depression, sadness, fear, panic, moodiness, confidence, emotional symptoms of pms/menopause.
Body: General stress & tension release, pms symptoms, menstrual cramps, pain relief especially during childbirth,, helps asthma due to anti spasmodic action, scalp massage for oily hair.
Geography: Bulgaria, France
Description: Small herb with blue purple flowers.
Precautions: Do not use topically during pregnancy or with estrogen induced conditions, do not use when drinking alcohol as it will enhance the effects.

 

Cardamon (elettria cardamomun)

Aroma Characteristics:Warm, spicy, sweet.
Mind/Nervous System: Uplifting, revitalizing, warms the emotions, clears the head.
Body: Great for digestion, nausea, fatigue, coldness, stimulates the lungs, eases coughs.
Geography: Sri Lanka, India
Description: Dried seeds/pods from the fruit of the shrub.

 

Eucalyptus (eucalyptus radiata)

Aroma Characteristics:Fresh subtle camphor scent.
Mind/Nervous System: Refreshing, stimulating, aids concentration.
Body: Purifying, anti viral, expectorant, makes breathing easier, bronchitis, colds, flu, sinus, sore muscles, headaches. helps lower blood sugar.
Geography: Australia
Description: Leaves, steam distillation.
Precautions:Caution during asthma attack.

 

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Fragonia (agonis fragrans)

Aroma Characteristics:Slightly floral, citrus, clean, fresh, very pleasant.
Mind/Nervous System: Balancing, calming, soothes & helps change our perception of negative emotions such as anxiety, irritation, anger, frustration, fear, depression, grief, sadness, worry, insomnia.
Body: Regulating, strengthens immune system, analgesic, anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti inflammatory, respiratory illness, decongestant, coughs, colds, sinus, headaches, allergies, release stress, buildup in body from chronic illness, hormonal balancing, gentle enough to use undiluted on skin.
Geography: Western Australia
Description: Bush shrub, leaves & stems, steam distillation.

 

Fir (abies balsamea)

Aroma Characteristics:Sweet balsamic.
Mind/Nervous System: inhalation for stress, anxiety, soothe nervous system, meditative, grounding.
Body: Good for respiration, facilitates deeper breathing, expectorant, lung congestion, antiseptic, sore muscles.
Geography: Canada, France
Description: Oil distilled from the needles & sometimes twigs of this coniferous tree.

 

Frankincense (boswellia serrata)

Aroma Characteristics:Warm, woody, sweet balsamic, spicy fragrance.
Mind/Nervous System: Deepens breathing which aids meditation, helps expand consciousness, inhaling the aroma can connect one with feelings of devotion & prayer, induces calm, helps release stress associated with past issues, used by some for past life recall.
Body: A strong respiratory aid & expectorant, helps asthma, bronchitis, arthritis, uterine tonic.
Geography: India
Description: Leaves, steam distillation.
Precautions:istilled from the aromatic gum resin of this small tree.

 

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Geranium (pelargonium graveolens)

Aroma Characteristics: Sweet floral herbaceous rose-like scent.
Mind/Nervous System: Anti-depressant, anti-stress, relieves anxiety, balances nervous system.
Body: Balances endocrine system, stimulates lymph, energizing, anti-fungal.
Geography: Madagascar, Reunion, South Africa, Egypt.
Description: Distilled from flowers and leaves of this shrub.

 

Ginger (zingiber officinalis)

Aroma Characteristics: Spicy, sharp, warm and pleasant with a hint of lemon and pepper.
Mind/Nervous System: Warming effect to counteract emotional feelings of being cold, sharpens senses, aids memory, grounding effect.
Body: Warming stimulant and aid for digestive problems, helps nausea, vomiting, travel sickness, colds, coughs, physical feeling of cold, chilliness and fatigue.
Geography: Indonesia, Madagascar, India, West Indies.
Description: Perennial herb tuberous roots, very pungent.
Precautions: May cause sensitization in some individuals.

 

Honey Myrtle (melaleuca teretfolia)

Aroma Characteristics: Full bodied herbaceous lemon honey scent.
Mind/Nervous System: Uplifting, helps one to focus, brings clarity to the mind, promotes positive thinking, motivating, balancing, calming, helps deepen breathing.
Body: Powerful antiseptic, anti microbial, anti bacterial, anti fungal, breaks down digestive fermentation, anti inflammatory, helps ease symptoms of respiratory illness.
Geography: Western Australia
Descrition: Bush shrub, flowers, leaves & stems, steam distillation.
Precautions: Can irritate skin so must be well diluted before skin application, best in a blend with non irritating essential oils.

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Jasmine

Aroma Characteristics: Sensual, sweet, intoxicating & exotic tropical smelling flower.
Mind/Nervous System: Uplifting, aphrodisiac, anti-depressant, euphoric, helps post natal depression.
Body: Luxurious full body uplifting massage, helps during childbirth to relieve pain during early labor, hormonal balancing, soothes menstrual pain, an exquisite natural perfume.
Geography: India
Description: Shrub or vine with delicate, white fragrant flowers.

Lavender (lavandula augustifolia)

Aroma Characteristics: Herbaceous flora.
Mind/Nervous System: Calming, sedating, insomnia, sooths nervous tension.
Body: Antiseptic for cuts, bites, stings, burns, soothes the 'ouch' and promotes healing, tension headaches, muscle relaxant.
Geography: France, Australia, Bulgaria, England, U.S.A.
Description: Flowering shrub.

Lemongrass (cymbopogon flexuosus)

Aroma Characteristics: Strong, sharp lemony scent, high citral content.
Mind/Spirit: Stimulates, invigorates, revives and energizes.
Body: Anti viral, inflammatory, anti fungal, deodorizing, purifying for oily skin, insect repellent.
Geography: Indonesia, West Indies, Africa
Description: Tall aromatic perennial grass.
Precautions: Skin irritant so must be well diluted before skin application, best in a blend with non irritating essential oils.

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Lemon Myrtle (backhousia citriodora)

Aroma Characteristics: Delicious fresh lemon aroma, high citral levels and the cleanest smelling of all the citrals.
Mind/Nervous System: Uplifting, soothing, sedating.
Body: Anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, germicidal, relieves chest congestion.
Geography: North Eastern Australia
Description: Large coastal rainforest shrub.
Precautions: Skin irritant so must be well diluted before skin application, best in a blend with non irritating essential oils.

 

Lemon (citrus limon)

Aroma Characteristics: Fresh, sharp citrus scent.
Mind/Spirit: Great for mental fatigue, clears & stimulates the mind, aids decision making, cools heated emotions.
Body: Number 1 diffusor choice during cold & flu season, antiseptic, astringent, antimicrobial, great for immune system either by inhalation or lymphatic massage, helps stimulate white blood cells, good choice for treatments for cellulite, weight loss, improves digestion, tonic for circulation, refreshing, cleansing, good for oily skin.
Geography: Italy
Description: Cold pressed from the peel
Precautions: Do not expose skin to sun or ultraviolet light for at least 12 hours after application.

 

Mandarin (citrus reticulata)

Aroma Characteristics: Yellow, orange liquid with an intense sweet fresh citrus scent.
Mind/Nervous System: Refreshing, uplifting, eliminates depression and anxiety.
Body: Digestive tonic helps regulate metabolism, used in blends to help prevent stretch marks in pregnancy.
Geography: Brazil, Spain, Italy and California.
Description: Member of the orange family with similar properties.

 

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Neroli (citrus aurantium var. amara)

Aroma Characteristics: Powerful but delicate bitter-sweet floral fragrance.
Mind/Nervous System: Anti-depressant, uplifting, sedating, hypnotic, euphoric, used for nervous tension, insomnia, shock, anxiety, panic.
Body: Relieves muscle spasms of the smooth muscles, i.e. small intestines, antispasmodic, heart palpitations.
Geography: Italy, Morocco, Egypt, Tunesia
Description: Orange blossoms from this evergreen tree.

 

Orange, sweet/blood

Aroma Characteristics: Warm, fresh, sweet citrus.
Mind/Nervous System: Uplifting, promotes joy, helps over thinking, worry, moodiness, irritability, tension, low energy & boredom.
Body: Hydrating to dry skin, diuretic, promotes digestion and bowel functions.
Geography:India, Mediterranean, Israel, USA, Brazil
Description: Cold pressed from the peel of fruit.

 

Palmarosa (cymbopogon martini)

Aroma Characteristics: Pleasant floral citrus scent.
Mind/Nervous System: Calming, uplifting, inhalation can relieve emotional asthma.
Body: Hydrates skin, stimulates cell regeneration, antiseptic, antifungal, digestive tonic.
Geography:Madagascar, Indonesia, India
Description: Wild tropical grass.

 

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Peppermint (mentha piperita)

Aroma Characteristics: Strongly piercing, refreshing, sharp, menthol fragrance.
Mind/Nervous System: Energizing, refreshing, aids concentration, helps mental fatigue.
Body: Cooling, detoxifying, reduces fevers, soothes sunburn, anti-inflammatory, local pain relief action. Helps breathing, headaches, nausea, motion sickness, great for indigestion, and physical fatigue.
Geography:U.S.A., South Africa,Tasmania.
Description: Perennial herb.
Precautions: Menthol content may irritate some people's skin, may antidote homeopathic remedies.

 

Pink Grapefruit (citrus paradisi)

Aroma Characteristics: Fresh sharp slightly bitter citrus aroma.
Mind/Nervous System: Sedating, calming, valuable for anxiety, stress, depression and nervous tension.
Body: Stimulates lymphatic system, reduce water retention, detoxifying, helps break down cellulite, stimulates digestive system.
Geography:West Indies, California, Israel
Description: A cultivated tree, with glossy leaves and large yellow fruits.

 

Pink Pepper (schinus molle)

Aroma Characteristics: Spicy, sharp and slightly herbaceous.
Mind/Nervous System: Antidepressant emotionally stimulating, aphrodisiac.
Body: Warming liniment, antiseptic, antibacterial, diuretic, used for toothaches, rheumatism menstrual disorders, muscular aches, scalp & hair tonic.
Geography: India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Kenya, Brazil.
Description: Semitropical climbing shrub, distilled from partially dried, unripe fruit.

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Ravensara (ravintsara aromatica)

Aroma Characteristics: Spicy, clean, with subtle aniseed.
Mind/Nervous System: Revitalising, merntal fatigue
Body: Strong antiseptic, antiviral, strong immune system stimulant, expectorant, inhale for colds, sinus, flu, asthma and massage into lung area, use in diffuser blend to disinfect the air, can be used on cold sores.
Geography: Madagascar
Description: Steam distilled from the leaves of the tree.

Rosewood (aniba rosaeodora)

Aroma Characteristics: Sweet, subtle woody rose scent.
Mind/Nervous System: Uplifting, calming, balancing.
Body: Antiseptic, stimulates skin cell renewal, popular choice for skin care, lovely for an anti stress full body massage.
Geography: Brazil
Description: From the bark of this tropical tree, also known as bois de rose, was used to make fine furniture and musical instruments.

 

Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis, rosmarinus officinalis verbenone)

Aroma Characteristics: Strong, stimulating herbal camphor scent.
Mind/Nervous System: Stimulating, energizing, mental stress & fatigue, aids memory.
Body: stimulates circulation, warming, ease stiff & sore muscles, joints, traditionally used for headaches, arthritis, gout & rheumatic conditions, popular in sports massage blends, good for physical fatigue, inhalation or massage for respiratory ailments , great for a stimulating scalp massage, dry scalp & to promote hair growth.
Rosemary verbenone: Lower camphor content, softer sweeter scent, used to treat bronchitis, asthma, dry skin and to restore liver functio.n
Geography: Spain, Tunisia
Description: From the leaves of the herbal bush.
Precautions: Do not use during pregnancy, or those with high blood pressure or prone to seizures.

 

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Sandalwood ( santalum spicatum )

Aroma Characteristics: Sweet woody floral, slight bitter note.
Mind/Nervous System: Relaxing, calms sympathetic nervous system, alleviates stress, fear, meditative.
Body: Calming, relaxing, helps normalise blood pressure, diuretic, anti inflammatory, chest congestion, anti viral, anti microbial, cooling to the body, soothes dry skin, healing for sunburn ,the spicatum contains much the same compounds as the Indian album however the combination differs making the Australian sandalwood lower in santalol content but higher in alpha bisabolol which is a more powerful anti-inflammatory which suggest it would be more effective for nerve & muscular pain as well as for skin inflammations.
Geography: South Western Australia.
Description: Steam distillation of the bark from the heartwood form the tree.

 

Vetivert (vetiveria zizanoides)

Aroma Characteristics: Deep, smoky and earthy.
Mind/Spirit: Mental fatigue, great for those who concentrate, analyse or use computers alot, soothes irritability & anger.
Body: Eases PMS symptoms, nourishing to skin & hair.
Geography: India, Indonesia, Java, Haiti
Description: Tall, tufted, perennial, scented grass, straight stemmed, long narrow leaves.

 

Ylang Ylang (canaga odorata)

Aroma Characteristics: Intoxicating tropical floral scent.
Mind/Nervous System: Euphoric, sedating, calms anger & frustration, anxiety, fear, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac.
Body: Lowers blood pressure, rapid breathing, PMS symptoms, pain relieving, sexual coldness, uterine tonic.
Geography: Philippines, Madagascar.
Description: Tall tropical tree with large fragrant mostly yellow flowers.
Precautions: Excessive use may cause headache, do not use if drinking alcohol as it will intensify the effects.

 

The therapeutic benefits of using true and pure essential oils are based on traditional knowledge and experience. Essential oils are powerful concentrated plant extracts. Please use them with caution and keep out of reach of children and pets. Their use as presented here is that of complementary health care by the individual or health practitioner. The suggestions for use are not intended as a substitute for medical advice.

Please consult your doctor, naturopath or professional Aromatherapist about specific health issues and always before use with babies, children, the elderly, during pregnancy or illness. All essential oils should be diluted before applying to skin unless otherwise advised by a qualified Aromatherapist.

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