A high quality range of pure essential oils from Amphora Aromatics Limited – one of the UK’s biggest suppliers of Pure Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Sundries, founded in 1984.

Essential Oils are the highly concentrated essences of aromatic plants that have an immediate impact on our sense of smell – known as ‘olfaction’. When oils are inhaled, the olfactory receptor cells are stimulated, and the impulse is transmitted to the limbic system, this being the emotional centre of the brain.

The art of using these oils to promote body and mind well-being is known as Aromatherapy.

Our essential oils are available in 10ml amber glass bottles.

ANISEED (£4) – Pimpinella anisum fruit/seed oil, steam distilled. Also known as Anise. Used to produce liquors, bread, herbal teas and infusions.

BERGAMOT (FCF) (£4.75) – Citrus aurantium bergamia (bitter orange) fruit oil, cold pressed in Italy. Originates from tropical Asia but is historically most popular in Italy, where it is almost exclusively produced now. The first recorded use of it as a fragrance in perfume was in 1714. An important ingredient in Eau de Cologne. Also used to flavour Earl Grey tea.

CEDARWOOD (£3) – Juniperus virginiana wood oil, steam distilled in USA. Used as the base for paints by the ancient Sumerians, and by ancient Egyptians for embalming (helping to keep insects from disturbing the body).

CHAMOMILE MAROC (£15.50) – Ormenis multicaulis oil, steam distilled in Morocco. Traditionally used as a muscle relaxant and skin conditioner.

CINNAMON (£5.50) – Cinnamomum zeylanicum leaf oil, steam distilled in Sri Lanka. One of the oldest aromatics which has enjoyed an illustrious history as a spice and medicine.

CITRONELLA (£3.50) – Cymbopogon winterianus herb oil, steam distilled in China. Obtained from the lemongrass plant which is native to Sri Lanka. Citronella was registered as an insect repellent in the United States in 1948.

CLARY SAGE (£8) – Salvia sclarea herb oil, steam distilled in Russia. Native to Italy, Syria and southern France but grows well wherever the soil is dry enough. Descriptions of medicinal use go back to the writings of Theophrastus (4th century BCE).

CLOVE (£4) – Eugenia caryophyllus bud oil, steam distilled in Indonesia. Cloves are also now harvested primarily in Madagascar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India.

CYPRESS (£4) – Cupressus sempervirens leaf/stem oil, steam distilled in Austria. Grown in Mediterranean countries and parts of North Africa.

EUCALYPTUS (£3.50) – Eucalyptus globules leaf oil, steam distilled in China. A distinctively Australian industry. Its healing and antiseptic properties have been known to aborigines for thousands of years.

FENNEL (£3.75) – Foeniculum vulgare oil, steam distilled in EU. It seems to prefer growing on dry soil near the sea-coast and on riverbanks.

FRANKINCENSE (£9.50) – Boswellia carterii oil, steam distilled from Somalian Gum in India. Originates from the area around the Red Sea, now also grown in Africa, particularly the north-east. Traditionally used in religious and spiritual ceremonies for hundreds of years.

GERANIUM (£7.75) – Pelargonium graveolens flower oil, steam distilled in Egypt. Originally native to South Africa, now grown worldwide but especially in the Mediterranean, Russia, Europe and Egypt.

GINGER (£5) – Zingiber officinalis root oil, steam distilled in India/China. Ginger was first cultivated and exploited in Island Southeast Asia over 5000 years ago. Along with its usage as flavouring and food, for weaving mats from its leaves, and during rituals and blessings, dried ginger has been utilised as a medicine since very early times, and is mentioned in ancient Greek, Roman and Arabian literature.

GRAPEFRUIT (£4) – Citrus paradisi peel oil, cold-pressed in Israel/Cuba. Also grown in Tropical Asia, the West Indies, and USA.

LAVENDER (£4) – Lavendula angustifolia oil, steam distilled in France. Documented uses for over 2500 years. Used by Ancient Egyptians for perfume and mummification. Romans used it in soaps. Used as a remedy for the Great Plague in 17th century London. Name comes from the Latin verb lavare (‘to wash’). The biggest Lavender oil producer in the world now is Bulgaria.

LEMON (£4) – Citrus limon peel oil, cold pressed in Italy. The Lemon tree likely originated in India, and was brought to Italy in the late 5th Century. Lemons cured scurvy on English ships, and were used to fight malaria and typhoid in medieval Spain.

LEMONGRASS (£3.50) – Cymbopogon flexosus oil, steam distilled in India. Utilised as a flavouring agent in beverages, soups, curries and desserts, for its copious health benefits. Due to its ability to reduce fever, Lemongrass earned the name ‘fever grass’ in some cultures.

MANDARIN (RED) (£3.75) – Citrus nobilis peel oil, cold pressed in Italy/Argentina. Native to southern China and the Far East, it was a fruit reserved exclusively for the Emperor. Eventually introduced to Europe in the 19th Century.

MARJORAM (SWEET) (£6.25) – Origanum majorana leaf oil, steam distilled in Egypt. Indigenous to Cyprus and southern Turkey. Marjoram is a traditional culinary herb and folk remedy that gets its name from a Greek word that means ‘joy of the mountains’.

NEROLI LIGHT (£5.50) – Materials of mixed origin, recovered from water distillation, and then sharpened up with other natural citrus distillates in the UK. Used in bridal bouquets to calm nerves.

ORANGE (SWEET) (£3.25) – Citrus sinensis peel oil, cold pressed in Italy. Bred first in China where traditional medicine would use orange peel to treat symptoms of colds, coughs, flu and anorexia.

PATCHOULI (£6.75) – Pogostemon cablin oil, steam distilled in Indonesia. Known as puchaput in India. Used in Asia to dispel fevers, and treat snake and insect bites. Queen Victoria reportedly used Patchouli to protect her linen chests from moths.

PEPPERMINT (£3.50) – Mentha arvensis oil, steam distilled in India. Native to Southern Europe. Used by Romans and Egyptians for its digestive properties.

ROSE GERANIUM (£8.25) – Pelargonium graveolens var. Roseum flower oil, steam distilled in Egypt. Well loved and used since antiquity.

ROSEMARY (£4) – Rosmarinus officinalis leaf oil, steam distilled in Tunisia. Also grown in Spain, France and Italy. It was one of the earliest plants used in medicine. Traces have been found in Egyptian tombs.

SAGE (£5.50) – Salvia officinalis oil, steam distilled in Spain. Native to Mediterranean countries. Used for centuries in the form of teas, poultices, and mouth and throat gargles. Called ‘herba sacra’ (sacred herb) by the Romans, ‘the saviour’ in the Middle Ages, and ‘master herb’ by Lakota Indians.

SANDALWOOD AMYRIS (£5.50) – Amyris balsamifera bark oil, steam distilled in Haiti. Used as a torch by Haitians due to the tree’s high oil content. Used for at least 4,000 years for aromatic and perfumery purposes.

TEA TREE (£4) – Melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil, steam distilled in Australia. A bactericide 13 times stronger than carbolic acid, used by Aboriginals for thousands of years, and finally shared with the world following Captain Cook’s 1770 South Sea expedition.

YLANG YLANG (£6.50) – Cananga odorata flower oil, steam distilled in Comores and Madagascar. The name means ‘Flower of Flowers’. The flowers are spread on the beds of newlyweds in Indonesia.


Most essential oils cannot be used directly on the skin, as they will cause irritation. Because of their concentration they need to be diluted in what are known as carriers. When used in an oil burner/diffuser, bath, compress, or room spray, the carrier is water. Lotions and creams are also carriers, and alcohol may be used as part of a water-based carrier.

For massage with essential oils, we recommend that you use a carrier oil made specifically for that use. We stock three of the most popular in 100ml bottles – each rich in essential fatty acids, and all naturally moisturising, staying on the skin just long enough for a massage, then absorbing quickly so they don’t leave the skin feeling greasy or oily.

APRICOT KERNEL (£4.50) – Prunus armeniaca kernel oil, cold pressed in Spain. A revitalising base oil, especially good for dry, mature, sensitive or inflamed skin. Fine and light texture and high absorbability. Very good for facial massages. Rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B17 and E.

GRAPESEED (£3.25) – Vitis vinifera seed oil, cold pressed in France/Italy/Spain. A lovely, light and gentle oil that is sometimes preferred for use on those with sensitive, damaged and stressed skin. Re-hydrating, regenerative and restructuring qualities. Antioxidant. Rich in Vitamin E.

SWEET ALMOND (£3.50) – Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, cold pressed in the EU/USA. An incredibly versatile oil. A top choice for massage therapy. Softening and nourishing – highly beneficial for use in skin care. Antioxidant and immune-boosting qualities. Also promotes healthier, more manageable hair.


We strongly advise you to do your own research before using these oils, some of which are extremely potent and hazardous.

As a common rule, unless otherwise stated, these oils should be diluted to less than 1% before being applied to the skin, and essential oils are rarely to be taken internally. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you’ve never used before.

If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage or cancer, or any other medical problem, use these oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.

Use extreme caution when using oils with children, and give them only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses, and perhaps also consider consulting an expert. Keep them out of reach of children and animals.

We accept no liability for use or misuse of these oils. These characteristic notes, compiled and heavily compacted from a number of sources, are provided for quick reference for our customers and staff, and are not to be mistaken for medical advice. We have not had any of these bold claims of benefits and relief scientifically validated, or reviewed by experts, and they should not be considered definitive, infallible, or guaranteed.

Extensive documents regarding oil identification, composition, allergens, hazards and handling advice, along with additional ideas for usage and blending, can be found on our supplier’s website.

Page last updated: 19/12/2019