Essential Oils (EO’s) 101

Today:

  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum (Immortelle)
  • Jasmine

Geranium Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Geranium essential oil is an astringent, aphrodisiac, haemostatic (stops blood flow), cicatrisant (skin healing), cytophylactic (protects cells), diuretic, deodorant, styptic, tonic, vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms) and vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It is used to induce tightening of the gums, muscles, skin and blood vessels and in stopping haemorrhage, scar healing, promotion of cell growth and increased urination. It stops body odour, tones up the body and kills intestinal parasites and worms.

Ginger Essential Oil (Base/Middle)

Properties: Ginger essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), antiemetic (preventing vomiting), antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), laxative, rubefacient (causing redness of the skin to increase blood circulation), stimulant, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), sudorific (induces sweating) and tonic.

Health benefits: It relieves pain, stops vomiting, protects wounds becoming septic, relaxes spasms, inhibits bacterial growth, eliminates gas, improves brain and memory function, expels phlegm and catarrh, breaks fevers, clear bowels, brings colour to the skin, improve stomach health, promotes sweating heling remove toxins from the body.

Grapefruit Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Grapefruit essential oil is a diuretic, disinfectant, stimulant, antidepressant, antiseptic, aperitif, lymphatic and a tonic.

Health benefits:  It stimulates urination, fight infections, reduce depression and uplift spirits and mood, protects wounds from becoming septic while increasing the elimination of toxins.

Helichrysum (Immortelle) Essential Oil (Base)

Properties:  Helichrysum essential oil is antispasmodic, anticoagulant, antiallergenic, antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antirheumatic (counteracting swelling in the joints), antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), nervine (calm the nerves), anti-inflammatory, antitussive, cicatrisant (skin healing), expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), anti-septic, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), emollient (softens the skin), mucolytic, fungicidal, hepatic (liver), diuretic, splenic and cytophylactic (protects cells).

Health benefits: It reduces spasms, maintains the fluidity of blood, fights allergies, inhibits microbial infections, dissolves and clears blood clots, reduces inflammation from fever, and is good for nervous system health, reduces various other types of inflammation, clears phlegm and reduces coughs, heals scars, protects wounds from becoming septic, stimulates proper bile discharge into the stomach, makes skin smooth and young, dissolves mucus, and kills fungus. It is good for the liver and spleen, while stimulating urination and the regeneration of new cells.

Jasmine Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Jasmine essential oil is an antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, cicatrisant (skin healing), expectorant, galactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), parturient, sedative and uterine.

Health benefits: It fights depression and uplifts mood, protects wounds, cures sexual dysfunctions, and increases libido, reduces spasms, heals scars, gives relief from phlegm and coughs, increases breast milk, and regulates obstructed menstrual cycles, eases the delivery of babies and labour pains, while sedating inflammation and nervous disturbances.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils (EO’s) 101

Today:

  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense

Clove Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Clove essential oil is antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating in nature.

Health benefits: It is used in treatments related to dental care from toothaches to cavities, as well as for infections, skin care, stress, headaches, respiratory problems, earaches, indigestion, nausea, blood circulation issues, blood purification, diabetes, immune system weakness, premature ejaculation, cholera and sties.

Coriander Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Coriander essential oil is an analgesic (pain relief), aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, carminative, depurative (purifying and detoxifying), deodorant, digestive, fungicide, lipolytic (breaks down fat for weight loss), stimulant and stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion).

Health benefits: It reduces pain, increases libido, reduces spasms, eliminates excess gas, purifies the blood, decreases body odour, promotes digestion, inhibits fungal growth and infection, reduces fat by breaking it down through hydrolysis, maintains good health and tone of the stomach.

Cypress Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Cypress essential oil is an astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, diuretic, haemostatic (stops bleeding), hepatic (liver), styptic, sudorific (induces sweating), vasoconstrictor, respiratory tonic and a sedative.

Health benefits: It strengthens gums and contracts muscles, protects wounds against infections, clears spasms, removes body odour, increases urination, promotes perspiration, strengthens the respiratory system and soothes inflammation.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Eucalyptus essential oil has a number of important qualities, including anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial and stimulating.

Health benefits: It treats respiratory problems, wounds, muscle pain, mental exhaustion, dental care, skin care, diabetes, fever and intestinal germs.

Fennel Essential Oil (Middle/Top)

Properties: Fennel essential oil is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitif, carminative, depurative (purifying and detoxifying), diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, galactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), laxative, stimulant, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), splenic, tonic and a vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms).

Health benefits: It protects wounds against becoming septic, clears spasms, increases appetite, removes excess gas, purifies blood, increases urination, and promotes a regulated menstrual cycle,  defends against coughs and colds, increases milk secretion, helps clear bowels and constipation, stimulates systems and is good for stomach and spleen health.

Frankincense Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Frankincense essential oil is an antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant (skin healing), cytophylactic (protects cells), digestive, diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine and vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, fights infections, induces contractions in gums, muscles and blood vessels, removes excess gas, heals scars, keeps cells healthy and promotes their regeneration. It promotes digestion, increases urination, regulates menstrual cycles, cures coughs and colds, soothes anxiety and inflammation and ensures good health of the uterus.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils (EO’s) 101

Today:

  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Citronella
  • Clary Sage

Cedarwood Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Cedarwood essential oil is antiseborrhoeic (preventing or relieving seborrheic dermatitis), antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent, diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), expectorant, insecticidal, sedative and a fungicide.

Health benefits: It cures seborrhoea, heals wounds, fights spasms, causes contractions in the gums, muscles, tissues, skin and blood vessels, while increasing urination and the subsequent removal of toxins, water, salt and fat from the body. It regulates menstrual cycles, cures coughs and colds, kills insects, sedates inflammation and nervous disturbances, and inhibits fungal growth and infections.

Chamomile Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Chamomile essential is an antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-neuralgic (pain in the distribution of nerves), antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation or fever), carminative, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), cicatrisant (skin healing), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), analgesic (pain relief), febrifuge (reduce fever), hepatic (liver), sedative, nervine (calm the nerves), digestive, tonic, bactericidal, sudorific (induces sweating), stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms), and vulnerary (wound healing).

Health benefits: It cures spasms, protect wounds from becoming septic and infected, curbs biotic growth and infections, fights depression and uplifts mood, cures neuralgic pain by reducing swelling in the effected vessels, and soothes inflammation from fever, eliminates gases, promotes discharge of bile, helps decrease visibility of scars, opens up obstructed menses and regulates them, cures pain, reduces fever, and is good for the liver, sedates inflammation and hyper-reactions, improves nervous system health, aids digestion, reduces spasms, kills bacteria, increases perspiration, improves digestion, and fights infections.

Cinnamon Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Cinnamon essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial (kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth), astringent, anti-clotting, stimulating, cooling and carminative in nature.

Health benefits: It is a brain tonic, eases respiratory problems, skin infections, blood impurity, blood circulation issues, infections, wound healing, pain relief, birth control, menstruation problems, breastfeeding, heart disorders, diabetes, colon cancer, indigestion, and as a relief for bad breath!

Citronella Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Citronella essential oil is an antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and deodorant. It is diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), diuretic, febrifuge (reduce fever), fungicidal, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), stimulant, tonic and vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms) and an insect repellent.

Health benefits: It inhibits bacterial, microbial, viral and fungal infections, kills insects, protects wounds from becoming septic, relaxes spasms, sooths inflammation, eliminates body odour, stimulates perspiration, increases urination and the removal of toxins from the body, reduces fever, repels insects and is beneficial for good stomach health and digestion.

Clary Sage Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Clary sage is an antidepressant, anticonvulsive, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), euphoric, hypotensive, nervine (calm the nerves), sedative, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion)and uterine.

Health benefits: It fights depression and uplifts mood, stops convulsions by sedating nervous disturbances, relaxes spasms, protects wounds from becoming septic, reduces sexual dysfunction and increases libido, causes contractions, kills bacteria and curbs bacterial growth, removes excess gas, eliminates body odour, improves digestion, relieves obstructed menstruation, lowers blood pressure, improves nervous system health, sedates various extreme emotions and anxiety, maintains good stomach health and fixes damage sustained by the uterus.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils (EO’s) 101

Today:

  • Black Pepper
  • Cajuput
  • Camphor
  • Caraway
  • Carrot Seed

Black Pepper Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Black pepper essential oil is a digestive, diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), carminative, aperient (relieve constipation), antispasmodic, antirheumatic (slow rheumatoid arthritis down), antiarthritic (relieves arthritis symptoms), antibacterial and an antioxidant.

Health benefits: It aids in digestion, increases perspiration and helps remove toxins from the body, removes gas from the intestines and does not let them build up, acts as a purgative, cures spasms, treats arthritis and rheumatism by removing uric acid and other toxins from the body. It inhibits bacterial growth, fights premature aging and neutralises free radicals.

Cajuput Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Cajuput essential oil is an antiseptic, cosmetic, bactericide, insecticide, decongestant, analgesic (pain relief), expectorant, febrifuge (reduce fever), vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms), antispasmodic, anti-neuralgic (pain in the distribution of nerves), carminative, stimulant, tonic, sudorific (induces sweating) and emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow).

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, takes care of skin, kills bacteria and insects, cures congestion in the respiratory system, reduces pain, cures coughs, reduces fever, cures spasm, and gives relief from the pain of neuralgia. Cajuput, removes gases, stimulates secretions and nerve responses, tones up organic systems, increases perspiration, gives relief from obstructed menses and regulates consistent menstruation.

Camphor Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Camphor essential oil is a stimulant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, decongestant, anaesthetic, sedative, nerve pacifier, anti-neuralgic (pain in the distribution of nerves), anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, and an insecticide.

Health benefits: It stimulates, cures spasms, protects wounds from infections, eliminates congestion, desensitises and acts as local anaesthetic, calms nervous disturbances, cures neuralgic pain, soothes inflammation, fights infection and kills insects.

Caraway Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Caraway essential oil is a galactogogue (increases the flow of a mother’s milk), antihistaminic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, digestive, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), disinfectant, diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow, expectorant, aperitif, astringent, insecticide, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms).

Health benefits: It increases milk in the breasts, curb histamine to fight coughs, protect wounds against becoming septic, and is very good for the heart, cures spasms and cramps, removes excess gas, promotes digestion, maintains stomach health, fights infections, increases urination removes toxins from body, regulates menstrual cycles, cures coughs, increases appetite, contracts gums and muscles, kills insects, stimulates secretions, and increases overall health.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Carrot seed essential oil is antiseptic, disinfectant, detoxifying, anti-oxidant, carminative, depurative (purifying and detoxifying), diuretic, emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), stimulant, cytophylactic (protects cells) and a tonic.

Health benefits: It protects wounds from becoming septic, fights infections, removes toxins from the body, neutralises free radicals and reverses the effects of oxidation, removes excess gas and does not let it build up in the body, while purifying blood by removing toxins, increasing urination, opening and regulating menses, stimulating secretions, and promoting the regeneration of new cells.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils (EO’s) 101

Today:

  • Essential Oils and Their Properties
    •  Anise
    • Basil
    • Bay
    • Benzoin
    • Bergamot

Anise Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Anise essential oil is an anti-epileptic, anti-hysteric, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aperient (relieve constipation), carminative, cordial, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, insecticide, sedative, stimulant and vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms).

Health benefits: It treats rheumatism and arthritis, protect against septic, relax spasms, acts as a purgative, removes gas, warms the body, clears congestion and eases breathing, facilitates digestion, expels phlegm and catarrh, kills and repels insects, worms and lice and relieves nervous afflictions.

Basil Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Basil essential oil is carminative, anti-spasmodic, analgesic (pain relief), antibacterial, and ophthalmic (eye).

Health benefits: It has long been used for skin care, indigestion, respiratory problems, infections, stress disorders, blood circulation issues, pain and vomiting.

Bay Essential Oil (Middle)

Properties: Bay essential oil is an antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-neuralgic (pain in the distribution of nerves), anti-spasmodic, analgesic (pain relief), astringent, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile), emenagogue (stimulates or increases menstrual flow), febrifuge (reduce fever), insecticide, sedative, stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion), sudorific (induces sweating) and tonic.

Health benefits: It protects against septic, inhibits microbial growth, relieves neuralgia pain, relaxes spasms, provides pain relief, increases appetite, tightens gums & muscles and helps stop hair loss.  Other applications have been for the treatment of haemorrhage, promotion of bile secretion, relief of obstructed menstruation, and reduction of fever. The essential oil also kills and repels insects, sedates inflammations and nervous afflictions, and is good for the stomach, while increasing perspiration and the elimination of excess toxins in the body.

Benzoin Essential Oil (Base)

Properties: Benzoin essential oil is an antidepressant, carminative, cordial, deodorant, disinfectant, relaxant, diuretic, expectorant, antiseptic, vulnerary (wound healing), astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and sedative.

Health benefits: It uplifts moods and fights depression, eliminates gas build-up, warms the respiratory system, reduces body odour, cures infections, relaxes, promotes urination and the subsequent removal of body toxins, strengthens gums and stops haemorrhaging, cures inflammation, improves circulation, cures arthritis, calms anxiety and relieves tension.

Bergamot Essential Oil (Top)

Properties: Bergamot essential oil is a deodorant, vulnerary (wound healing), vermifuge (destroys or expels parasitic worms), antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, sedative, analgesic (pain relief), antidepressant, disinfectant, febrifuge (reduce fever), cicatrisant (skin healing) and digestive in nature.

Health benefits: It removes body odour, relieves spasms, suppresses pain, improves mood and fights depression, heals cuts and scars and promotes efficient digestion.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils (EO’s) 101

Today:

  • What are Essential Oils
  • How Essential Oils Are Extracted
  • Benefits of Essential Oils
    • Detoxify The Body
    • Aid Healing
    • Emotional Well Being Support
    • Enrich Physical Health

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the fragrant, highly concentrated natural constituents that are found in plants. They are what give the plant its characteristic odour and contain the healing power of the plant from which it was extracted. When used correctly, essential oils bring a wide range of health benefits since unlike modern drugs, they have no side-effects.

A typical essential oil will contain more than 100 different chemical compounds, each of which exhibits a specific therapeutic property, and it is for this reason that many essential oils can be used for such a wide range of conditions. Virtually all essential oils possess antiseptic properties, but many also have antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Essential oils are located in tiny secretory structures found in various parts of plants such as leaves (eucalyptus), berries (juniper), grasses (palmarosa), flowering tops (lavender), petals (rose), roots (angelica), zest of fruit (orange), resins (frankincense) and wood (cedar).

How Essential Oils Are Extracted

Mostly, essential oils are obtained by steam distillation although other methods are used. Citrus fruits are cold pressed by mechanical means, and the oil from delicate flowers is obtained by a more sophisticated method that produces what is known as an absolute – not an essential oil. This special process is used because delicate flowers cannot withstand the high temperatures needed to extract essential oils by steam distillation.

After extraction, the resulting essential oil is a highly concentrated liquid that contains the aroma and therapeutic properties of the source from which it came.

Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils are a deeply intricate part of the plant and actually have a very similar makeup to our own cells.  Essential oils are beneficial to our bodies and move quickly into our bloodstream and cells to provide numerous health and wellness benefits for a number of different problems.

Detoxify The Body

Essential oils help move toxins out of our body while also increasing our oxygen intake we need to keep cells healthy.  They also extract toxins out of our skin as well as internal organs and tissues.

Aid Healing

Many essential oils contain anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antivirus properties which help support the natural healing process of the body and can be used in different ways on cuts, bites and muscle aches.

Emotional Wellbeing Support

Some essential oils help soothe our senses when we are stressed, while other give us energy when we are run down and to treat anxiety and depression and others to energise our soul.

Enrich Physical Health

Our cells absorb whatever essences the plant contains and this helps heal certain aspects of our physical health, from boosting our immunity and others to prevent diseases and to relieve symptoms from ailments.

Essential Oils (EO’s) 101

Over the coming weeks I will share with you all I have learnt and gathered and put together into my go-to essential oils booklet aka encyclopaedia which is ever evolving and being added to. ♥

If you have anything to add, please let me know, I would love to share as much information as possible, after all, as we know, sharing is caring. ♥

I will cover:

  • What are Essential Oils
  • How Essential Oils Are Extracted
  • Benefits of Essential Oils
  • Essential Oils and Their Properties
  • Carrier Oils
  • Perfumery Notes
  • Mixing Ratios
  • Undiluted Application
  • Methods of Application
  • Safety Guidelines
  • How to Store Essential Oils
  • Other Products used with Essential Oils
  • Over 40 of my own Formulas

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

 

M I A

Can’t believe it has been 3 months since I last published a post.  I have heaps of them lining up in my mind but alas that is where they stay.  No excuse really other than normal day to day life getting in the way of writing plus travelling back and forth to Kenya to be with my Pete. ❤

I am thinking about starting a series on Essential Oils.  I’ve had loads of fun compiling my own little EO booklet which I want to share plus I have “perfected” a few serums which I am thrilled with.  

What do you think?  Is that something you would be interested in?  🙂 xo