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 bottles with dropper caps.
|BERGAMOT (Citrus bergamia): Expressed in Southern Italy. Light, delicate and refreshing; similar to orange and lemon with a slight floral overtone. Bergamot combined with tea tree is useful for treating cold sores, chicken pox and shingles. Aids cystitis. When used as an inhalation it is effective for tonsillitis, bronchitis and tuberculosis. Useful for relieving colic, flatulence and indigestion. Effective antidepressant. Its sedative yet uplifting characteristics make it an ideal oil to use for depression and nervous tension. Said to soothe anger and frustration. Effective deodorizing agent. Ideal for treating wounds, herpes, acne and oily skin conditions. Do not expose skin to sun after use of bergamot which has been found to be phototoxic.||£5|
|CEDARWOOD (Juniperus virginiana): Water or steam distilled in Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Woody-scented. Applied via vapour inhalation, as a massage oil blend or mixed with facial creams. Used as a calming agent to help alleviate stress and anxiety; provides a spiritual lift; aids respiratory problems as well as skin issues; and eases urinary tract infections.||£3.25|
|CHAMOMILE (Commercial Grade): Steam distilled in Italy and France. Useful oil for women with PMS and irregular periods, best used in bath or massage oil. Good for stomach, gall bladder and throat infections. Use a moist warm or hot compress for children suffering from colic. Inhaled it relieves emotional anxiety, hayfever and other allergies. Mild sedative for children resulting in a calming but not depressing effect. Antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties; and may help eliminate acne. Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising.||OUT OF STOCK|
|CLARY SAGE (Salvia sclarea): Steam distilled in France and Russia. A heavy, nutty, fruit-floral-herbaceous fragrance. Eases PMS, helps to regulate scanty periods and painful cramps in lower back, and encourages labour (avoid during pregnancy). Valuable oil for treating nervousness, weakness, fear, paranoia and depression. Helps to reduce excessive production of sebum so good for clearing greasy hair and dandruff.||£8|
|EUCALYPTUS (Eucalyptus globulus): Steam distilled in Australia. Refreshing and stimulating, camphorous odour with a woody sweet undertone. Traditional remedy for asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, throat and sinus infections, rheumatism and headaches. Assists concentration. Used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant and diuretic. Good for toxaemia or sepsis, wounds and ulcers.||£3.50|
|FRANKINCENSE (Buswellia thurifera): Steam distillation from the oleo gum resin in the Middle East. Sweet woody, lemony, fruity aroma. This oil can be used in a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath for colds, coughs, bronchitis, rheumatism, chilliness, poor circulation, exhaustion, nightmares, heavy periods, respiratory problems and mucus congestion. Traditionally used in meditation; helps to slow down and deepen breathing. Believed to rejuvenate aging skin and soothe inflammations.||£9.50|
|GERANIUM (Pelargonium graveolens): Steam distilled in South Africa. Floral, fresh, sweet, with a fruity note. Believed by many in aromatherapy to be one of the most important oils due to its versatility. Used to treat many ailments including sore throats and tonsillitis, menopausal symptoms, bruising, eczema, oily dull skin, dermatitis, acne and cellulite. A popular oil used for stress. Antimicrobial; excellent for treatment of lice when diluted with shampoo. Must not be used during pregnancy.||£8.50|
|GINGER (Zingiber officinalis): Steam distilled in South East Asia. Earthy, spicy, woody, warm and stimulating. A wide range of documented uses: for bruises, sores, catarrh, chronic bronchitis, congestion, cough, sinusitis, sore throat, tonsillitis, swollen glands, drying excess mucous. Relieves arthritis, fatigue, muscle aches and pains, injury, sprains, lower back strains; aids rheumatism pain, poor circulation, varicose veins, angina, toothache, gas in abdomen, diarrhoea, colic, cramp, loss of appetite, flatulence, constipation, indigestion, travel sickness, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, hangover, nervous exhaustion, tiredness. Chills, colds, flu, fever, infectious disease – raises body temperature. Said to regulate menstruation when affected by colds. Aids memory, sharpens senses, warms emotions, activates willpower, and restores determination. Ginger should not be used on people with high blood pressure due to its hypertensive properties. Also, known as a skin irritant and can cause irritation on sensitive skins or people with eczema.||£5|
|JASMINE (Commercial Grade): Add some drops to your bath or to the vapouriser, or blend with your favourite massage oil. Known to ease depression and childbirth, and enhance libido. Great for respiratory problems, addiction issues, and reducing tension and stress.||OUT OF STOCK|
|LAVENDER (Lavendula angustifolia): Steam distilled in France. A light fresh aroma, clear in colour and watery in viscosity. Lavender oil is considered to be the most versatile of oils. Wonderful in a bath, for a stress-relieving massage, added to a diffuser or even dripped on your pillow for a good night’s sleep. Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, one of the few oils that can be used neat on the skin – beneficial when treating minor burns, and good for all skin complaints – for abscesses, acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, lice, insect bites, stings, and it also acts as an insect repellent. Reduces itchiness. Revitalizes and tones. Antispasmodic, and beneficial when treating muscular aches and pains and problems of the digestive system and many other conditions. Diuretic and decongestant; a healing aid against colds, flu and migraine. Sedative, soothing, calming and antidepressant. Great for children, and not a bad deodorant.||£4|
|LEMON (Citrus limomum): Extracted through cold expression in India. Powerful antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Often used to treat Athlete’s foot, chilblains, colds, corns, flu, varicose veins, warts. Helps deal with dull and oily skin and hair, cellulite, acne, and symptoms of arthritis; and relieves insect bites, headaches and fever. Cleansing to environments via a room spray. Improves concentration. A natural immunity booster and mood enhancer. Lifts our spirits especially when faced with mental fatigue. May cause skin irritation or sensitivity in some; also phototoxic so do not expose applied area to sunlight for 24 hours.||£4|
|LEMONGRASS (Cumbopogon ciprapus): Steam distilled in the West Indies. Sweet, fruity aroma. Believed to be antifungal, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory. Used for a large range of conditions such as injury to muscles, ligaments and tendons; plus sinus and respiratory conditions, bladder infections and digestive problems. Good for tired, aching legs and feet, varicose veins, headaches and jet lag; encouraging fluid retention and improving circulation. Said to rejuvenate the mind, and improve mental clarity. Insect repellent. Lemongrass has deodorizing and disinfectant properties, which make it a good oil for general household cleaning. Add a couple of drops to water and use to clean the home.||£3.50|
|MANDARIN (Citrus reticulata): Cold pressed in Brazil, California, Italy and Spain. An intense sweet fresh citrus aroma. Considered a mild sedative for the nervous system. Often used for infants suffering from hiccups or colic. Relieves flatulence. Calming, refreshing and uplifting quality; helps eliminate depression and anxiety.||£4|
|MARJARAM (Thymus masticina): Steam distilled in Spain. A slightly eucalyptus type odour that is warm and penetrating. Beneficial for most respiratory ailments. Used to relieve muscular spasm, rheumatic pains, sprains and strains. Will ease menstrual cramps when as a massage or hot compress over the lower abdomen. A warming and comforting effect on the heart therefore considered useful for conditions relating to grief. Has a calming effect on the nervous system, relieves anxiety and stress. Effective treatment for insomnia. Place a drop behind your ear to relieve hangover, headaches and also to balance the central nervous system. Helps to disperse bruises. Believed to be beneficial for treating chilblains. Must not be used during pregnancy.||£5|
|PATCHOULI (Pogospemon cablin): Steam distilled in China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. A sweet, rich herbaceous-earth fragrance which improves with age. Significant deodorising effect. Anti-inflammatory. Used in cases of fluid retention and cellulite. Helps to stimulate regrowth of skin cells, healing rough, cracked skin, sores and wounds, treating acne, fungal infections and scalp disorders. Good for dealing with anxiety and depression, soothing the nervous system.||£7|
|PEPPERMINT (Mentha arvensis): Steam distilled in USA and Tasmania. A strong, sharp, refreshing menthol fragrance. Excellent to use for sinus congestion, infection or inflammation. Beneficial in the treatment of colds, flu, migraines, nausea, and muscular aches and pains. Thought to help people who are unable to concentrate or who have mental fatigue. Relieves any form of skin irritation or itching if used in a dilution of 1% or less. Can help reduce skin redness due to inflammation or acne. A very refreshing skin tonic. Use in moderation.||£3.50|
|ROSE (Commercial Grade): Deep, sweet, floral aroma. The queen of essential oils. Cell regenerative. Cleansing – excellent for purification on both physical and emotional levels. Helps deal with allergies, hayfever, hangover, headaches and migraines; also anxiety, stress, terror, grief, and addictions. Nourishing the emotions.||OUT OF STOCK|
|SANDALWOOD AMYRIS (Amyris balsamifera): Steam distilled from a small bushy tree with white flowers growing wild in Haiti. Antiseptic, soothing and sedative, commonly used for the treatment of sleeplessness, mental strain and stress. Also of use as an insect repellent. Good blended with cedarwood or other woody oils. Can be used blended in a cream or lotion for an anti-ageing treatment.|| |
|TEA TREE (Melaleuca alternifolia): Steam or water distilled in Australia. A fresh antiseptic aroma. Effective against bacteria, viruses and fungi. Use to relieve muscular aches and pains. Good for acne and pimples when combined with lavender. Antimicrobial. Head Lice – apply directly to affected parts and leave for half an hour before washing out. Insect Bites – dab on pure Tea Tree oil.||£4.25|
|YLANG YLANG (Cananga odorata): Steam distilled in the Philippines and Madagascar. A heavy sweet, floral and exotic fragrance. Sedative; helps lower blood pressure. Highly beneficial for treating PMS, in particular mood swings. Beneficial for nervous depression and severe tension. Effective on both oily and dry skin; has a balancing effect on sebum. Excessive use may lead to nausea and headaches.||£5|
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 two of the most popular, in amber bottles with dropper caps.
|GRAPE SEED (Vitis vinifera): Contains vitamins, minerals, protein, GLA and some vitamin E. Fine textured, light green oil with a very low odour and a satiny finish. An excellent oil for those who have skin that does not absorb oils easily. Good for acne and oily skin. Solvent extracted; many Aromatherapists prefer not to use it because of this reason. Blend with other more nutrient rich carrier oils when using for skin care.||(50ml) £2.50|
|SWEET ALMOND (Prunus amygdalus): Rich in minerals, vitamins and proteins. A little heavier texture than other oils, a very pale yellow with a slight nutty aroma. Reported to be soothing, healing, lubricating, softening, revitalizing and nourishing. Good for sensitive or irritated skin. May stain sheets if used in massage.||(100ml) £3|
GENERAL SAFETY INFORMATION
These notes are provided for quick reference, and are not to be mistaken for medical advice; nor should they be considered infallible.
We accept no liability for use or misuse of these oils, and strongly advise you to do your own research before using them.
Essential oils should never be taken internally.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children, and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children.
A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you’ve never used before.