Essential Oil Properties and Contra Indications 

used within our product range... 

Bergamot

Properties: Balancing, uplifting and gently warming. protective of nerve cells and generally balancing to the nervous system. It is bivalently able to relax in tense conditions, and stimulate in weak conditions.

Actions: Analgesic, anthelmintic, antidepressant, antiseptic (pulmonary, genito-urinary),  antispasmodic, antitoxic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, deodorant, febrifuge, laxative, parasiticide, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary.

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, boils, cold sores, eczema, insect repellent & insect bites, oily complexion, psoriasis, scabies, spots, varicose ulcers, wounds.

Respiratory System – Halitosis, mouth infections, sore throat, tonsillitis.

Digestive System – Flatulence, loss of appetite.

Genito-Urinary System – Cystitis, leucorrhoea, pruritis, thrush.

Immune System – Colds, fever, flu, infectious diseases.

Nervous System – Anxiety, depression & stress-related conditions, has a refreshing & uplifting quality.

Chinese medicine function: To regulate the Qi, settle the Heart and harmonize the spirit.

Contra Indications = is phototoxic if used on the skin and may cause sensitivity to sunlight, including sunbed tanning, for at least 20 hours after applying Bergamot oil on the skin. Do not use on children.

Black pepper

Properties: Stimulating, warming, invigorating

Actions: Analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic antispasmodic, antitoxic, aperitif, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant,(nervous, circulatory, digestive) stomachic, tonic.

Uses:

Skin Care – Chilblains.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Anaemia, arthritis, muscular aches & pains, neuralgia, poor circulation, poor muscle tone (muscular atonia), rheumatic pain, sprains, stiffness.

Respiratory System –  Catarrh, chills,.

Digestive System – Colic, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, heartburn, loss of appetite, nausea.

Immune System – Colds, flu, infections & viruses.

Chinese medicine function: To tonify the Yang, warm the interior, raise Yang Qi and resolve damp.

Contra Indications = Use with caution during pregnancy.

Cassia*** never to be used on the skin

Properties: Helps in Diabetes by effecting blood sugar levels ( monitor in order to avoid hypoglycaemic events) , Circulation

Actions: Antirheumatic, antiseptic, Antidiarrheal, Anti-emetic, Antispasmodic, Antimicrobial, aphrodisiac, Astringent, balsamic, Carminative, Insecticide, Stimulant.

Uses:

Skin Care – Only on dry sensitive skin, mostly in perfume.

Nervous System – Depression, frigidity, nervous exhaustion & stress-related conditions.

Chinese medicine function: To nourish Blood and Yin, Calm the heart and strengthen the Shen.

Contra Indications = Use extreme caution if used with person with liver disease.

Stop using 2 weeks prior to any surgery as it may affect blood glucose levels during and post procedure.

 

Cedar wood Atlas

Properties: Centring, stabilizing, strengthening, relaxing. A good relaxant and anti-inflammatory effects. 

Actions: Antiseptic, antiputrescent, antiseborrheic, aphrodisiac, astringent, calminative, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, mucolytic, sedative (nervous system & skin)  stimulant (circulation), tonic. 

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, greasy skin, hair loss, skin erruptions, ulcers.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Arthritis, rheumatism.

Respiratory System – Bronchitis, catarrh, congestion, coughs.

Genito-Urinary System – Cystitis, leucorrhoea, pruritis.

Nervous System – Nervous tension & stress-related conditions.

Chinese medicine function: To nourish the Yin, resolve damp and calm the spirit.                                                     Pharmacology: Atlas cedarwood is well-balanced among sesquiterpenes, sesquiterpenols and sesquiterpenones, which have shown good relaxant and anti-inflammatory effects.         

Contra Indications = Not to be used during Pregnancy.

 

Chamomile Roman

Properties: Calming, cooling, harmonizing. Helps in Diabetes by effecting blood sugar levels ( monitor in order to avoid hypoglycaemic events), Circulation, Premature ejaculation.

Actions: Analgesic, anti-anaemic, antineuralgic, antiphlogistic, antidiarrheal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidial, carminative, cholagogue, cicatristant, digestive, disinfectant, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hepatic, hypnotic, nerve sedative, stomachic, stimulant, sudorific, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary.

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, allergies, boils, burns, cuts, chilblains, dermatitis, earache, eczema, hair care, inflammation, insect bites, rashes, sensitive skin, teething pain, toothache, wounds.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Arthritis, inflamed joints, muscular pain, neuralgia, rheumatism, sprains.

Digestive System – Dyspepsia, colic, indigestion, nausea.

Genito-Urinary System –  Dysmenorrhoea, menopausal problems, menorrhagia.

Nervous System – Headaches, insomnia, nervous tension, migraine & stress-related complaints.

Chinese medicine function: To activate the Qi, descend Yang Qi and calm the spirit.

Contra Indications = Stop using 2 weeks prior to any surgery as it may affect blood glucose levels during and post procedure.

 

Cinnamon leaf

Properties: Warming, stimulating, vitalizing.

Actions: Anthelmintic, antidiarrhoeal, antidote (to poison), antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiputrescent, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, haemostatic, orexigenic, parasiticide, refrigerant, spasmolytic, stimulant (circulatory, cardiac, respiratory), stomachic, vermifuge.

Uses:

Skin Care – Lice, scabies, tooth & gum care, warts, wasp stings.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Poor circulation, rheumatism.

Digestive System – Anorexia, colitis, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, intestinal infection, sluggish digestion, spasm.

Genito-Urinary System – Childbirth (stimulates contractions), frigidity, leucorrhoea, metrorrhagia, scanty periods.

Immune System –Chills, cold, flu, infectious diseases.

Nervous System – Debility, nervous exhaustion & stress-related conditions.

Chinese medicine function: To tonify the Yang, warm the interior and strengthen the Shen.

Contra Indications =  Use in moderation as may cause irritation to mucous membranes. Do not use in pregnancy until in labour (as stimulates contractions).

Citronella

Properties: Clarifying, stimulating, awakening, expansive, uplifting.

Actions:  Antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, fungicidal, insecticide, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge.

Uses:

Skin Care – Excessive perspiration, oily skin, insect repellent ( mixed with cedarwood repellent against mosquitos)

Immune System – Colds, flu, minor infections.

Nervous System – Fatique, headaches, migraine, neuralgia.

Chinese medicine function: To activate the Qi, clear heat and harmonize the spirit.

Contra Indications = may cause dermatitis if sensitive skin issues, Do not use in pregnancy.

Clary sage

Properties: Calming, relaxing, grounding, strengthening & euphoric, balancing
Actions:  Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, deodorant, depurative, digestive, emmenagogue,  expectorant, febrifuge, hypotensive, nervine, regulator (of seborrhoea), stimulant (hepatobiliary, adrenocortical glands, circulation), stomachic, tonic (nerve & general)

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, boils, dandruff, hair loss, inflamed conditions, oily skin, & hair, ophthalmia, ulcers, wrinkles.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – High blood pressure, muscular aches & pains.

Respiratory System – Asthma, throat infections, whooping cough.

Digestive System – Colic, cramp, dyspepsia, flatulence.

Genito-Urinary System – Amenorrhoea, labour pain, dysmenorrhoea, leucorrhoea.

Nervous System -  Depression, frigidity, impotence, migraine, nervous tension & stress related disorders.                                                                          

Chinese medicine function: To nourish the Blood, Blood and Qi, and harmonize the spirit

Contra Indications = Do not use before or after alcohol as increases effects of drunkenness. Do not use during pregnancy,

Clove bud

Properties: Stimulating, warming, motivating.

Actions: Anthelmintic, antibiotic, antiemetic, antihistaminic, antirheumatic, antineuralgic, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, carminative, counter-irritant, expectorant, larvicidal, spasmolytic, stimulant, stomachic, vermifuge.

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, athletes foot, bruises, burns, cuts, insect repellent (mosquito), toothache, ulcers, wounds.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Arthritis, rheumatism, sprains.

Respiratory System – Asthma, bronchitis.

Digestive System – Colic, dyspepsia, nausea.

Immune System – Colds, flu, minor infections

Chinese medicine function: To tonify the Yang, warm the interior and strengthen the Shen.

Contra Indications = May inhibit blood clotting & pose a drug interaction risk. Not recommended during pregnancy, as maybe feto-toxic.

Coriander

Properties: Warming, strengthening, euphoric

Actions: Analgesic, aperitif, aphrodisiac, anti-oxidant, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, bactericidal,depurative, digestive, carminative, cytotoxic, fungalcidal, larvicidal, lipolytic, restorative, stimulant (cardiac, circulatory, nervous system) stomachic.

Uses:  

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Accumulation of fluids or toxins, arthritis, gout, muscular aches & pains, poor circulation, rheumatism, stiffness.

Digestive System – Anorexia, colic, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea, piles, spasm.

Immune System – Colds, flu, infections(general) measles.

Nervous System – Debility, migraine, neuralgia, nervous exhaustion.

Chinese medicine function: To nourish Blood and Essence, harmonize the middle warmer and strengthen the spirit.

Contra Indications = use in moderation.

Cypress

Properties: Energizing, uplifting, stimulating, motivating.
Actions: Antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, cooling, deodorant, depurtive, diuretic, haemostatic, hepatic, relaxing, sedative, styptic, sudorific, tonic, uplifting, vasoconstrictive.

Uses:

Skin Care – Haemorrhoids, oily & overhydrated skin, excessive perspiration, insect repellent, pyorrhoea ( bleeding of the gums), varicose veins, wounds.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Cellulitis, muscular cramp, oedema, poor circulation, rheumatism.

Respiratory System – Asthma, bronchitis, spasmodic coughing.

Genito-Urinary System – Dysmenorrhoea, menopausal problems, menorrhagia,

Nervous System – Nervous tension & stress-related conditions.

Chinese medicine function: To tonify the Qi, activate Qi and Blood, and strengthen the spirit.                                                    

Contra Indications = Not to be used during Pregnancy.

 

 

Eucalyptus

Properties: Uplifting, clearing, refreshing, stimulating, decongesting.
Actions: Analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, depurative, deoderant, expectorant, fungicidal, haemostatic,  insecticide, stimulant, uplifting.

Uses:

Skin Care – Burns, blisters, cuts, herpes, insect bites, fungal infections (candida), insect repellent, lice, skin infections, sores, ulcers, wounds.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Arthritis, muscular aches & pains, poor circulation, rheumatism, sports injuries & sprains.

Respiratory System – Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, laryngitis, throat & mouth infections.

Genito-Urinary System – Cystitis, leucorrhoea.

Immune System – Colds, fevers, flu infectious illnesses e.g. measles, chickenpox, shingles.

Nervous System – Debility, headaches, neuralgia, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, sciatica.

Chinese medicine function: To raise Yang Qi, cool the Lung, release the exterior and strengthen the spirit.
Pharmacology: This oil is dominated by the restorative, oxygenating constituents 1,8 cineole and monoterpenes ; these are balanced by relaxant monoterpenols.                                   

Contra Indications = Incompatible when taking homeopathic treatments as counteracts the effects

 

Fir needles

Properties: Restoring, uplifting, clearing, clarifying.

Actions: Analgesic, antiseptic, (pulmonary), antitussive, deodorant, expectorant, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic.

Uses:

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Arthritis, muscular aches & pains, rheumatism,.

Respiratory System – Bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis etc.

Immune System –  Colds, fever, flu.

Chinese medicine function: To raise Yang Qi, cool the Lung, release the exterior and strengthen & calm the spirit.

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

Frankincense

Properties: Uplifting, restoring, centering.
Actions:  Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, haemostatic, relaxing, rubefacient, sedative, tonic, uplifting, uterine, vulnerary.

Uses:

Skin Care – Blemishes, dry & mature complexions, scars, wounds, wrinkles.

Respiratory System – Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, laryngitis.

Genito-Urinary System – Cystitis.

Immune System – Colds & flu.  Used in Cancer care.

Nervous System – Anxiety, nervous tension & stress-related conditions. Ability to slow down & deepen the breath and used in prayer / meditation.

Chinese medicine function: To tonify the Qi, activate Qi and Blood, and strengthen the spirit.                                                  

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

Geranium

Properties: Balancing, harmonizing, nurturing, uplifting, energizing, and inspiring.

Actions: Antidepressant, antihaemorrhagic, anti- inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrisant, deodorant, diuretic, fungicidal, haemostatic, stimulant (adrenal cortex), styptic, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary.

Uses:

Skin Care – acne, bruises, broken capillaries, burns, congested skin, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, hemorrhoids, lice, oily complexion, mature skin, mosquito repellent, ringworm, ulcers, wounds.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Cellulitis, engorgement of breasts, oedema, poor circulation.

Respiratory System – Sore throat, tonsillitis.

Genito-Urinary & Endocrine Systems –  Adrenocorttical glands & menopausal problems, PMT.

Nervous System – Nervous tension, neuralgia & stress related conditions.

Chinese medicine function: To nourish and invigorate the Blood, strengthen the Spleen and harmonize the spirit.

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

 

 

Ginger

Properties: Warming, energizing, centering.
Actions:  Analgesic, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, aperitif, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, balancing, carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, expectorant, febrifuge, haemostatic, laxative, relaxing, rebefacient, stimulant, stomchic, tonic, uplifting. 

Uses:

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Arthritis, fatigue, muscular aches & pains, poor circulation, rheumatism, sprains, strains etc.

Respiratory System – Catarrh, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, sore throat.

Digestive System – Diarrhoea, colic, cramp, flatulence, indigestion, loss of appetite, nausea, travel sickness.

Immune System – Chills, colds, flu, fever, infectious diseases.

Nervous System – Debilty, nervous exhaustion.

Chinese medicine function: To tonify the Yang, warm the interior and resolve damp.                                                                     

Contra Indications = is phototoxic if used on the skin and may cause sensitivity to sunlight.

 

Grapefruit pink

Properties: Stimulating, clarifying, uplifting, balancing.
Actions: Antiseptic, antitoxic, Astringent, bactericidal, depurative, diuretic, stimulant           (lymphatic), tonic, uplifting.

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, congesed & oily skin, promotes hair growth, tones the skin & tissues.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Cellulitis, exercise preperation, muscle fatique, obesity, stiffness, water retention.

Immune System – Chills, colds & flu.

Nervous System – Depression, headaches, nervous exhaustion, performance stress.

Chinese medicine function: To regulate the Qi, harmonize the middle warmer and strengthen the spirit.                                         

Contra Indications = is phototoxic if used on the skin and may cause sensitivity to sunlight.

Jasmine

Properties: Nurturing, sensualising, euphoric, connecting, relaxing. 

Actions: Analgesic (mild), antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, cicatrisant, expectorant, galactagogue, parturient, sedative, tonic (uterine)

Uses:

Skin Care – Dry, greasy, irritated, sensitive skin.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Muscular spasms, srains.

Respiratory System –  Catarrh, coughs, hoarseness, laryngitis.

Genito-Urinary System –  Dysmenorrhoea, frigidity, , uterine disorders, aids in childbirth/ labour pains & milk secretion.

Nervous System – Depression, nervous exhaustion & stress-related conditions…( produces a feeling of optimism, confidence & euphoria. Its most useful in cases where there is apathy, indifference or listlessness.

Chinese Medicine function: To nourish the Blood, animate the Heart and strengthen the spirit.                                                

Contra Indications = Useful at very end of pregnancy as strengthens uterine contractions, so thus not recommended during pregnancy.

Juniper

Properties: Stimulating, clarifying, centering, invigorating.

Actions: Antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, nervine, parasiticide, rubefacient, sedative, stomachic, sudorfic, tonic, vulnerary.

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, dermatitis, eczema, hair loss, haemorrhoids, oily complexions, as a skin toner, wounds.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Accumulation of toxins, arteriosclerosis, cellulitis, gout, obesity, rheumatism.

Genito-Urinary System – Amenorrhoea, cystitis, dysmenorrhoea, leucorrhoea.

Immune System – Cols & flu, infections,

Nervous System – Anxiety, nervous tension & stress-related conditions.

Chinese medicine function: To warm the interior, strengthen the Spleen and resolve damp.

Contra Indications = not recommended during pregnancy as stimulates the uterine muscle ( an abortifacient). Not recommended with kidney disease due to it nephrotoxic effect. Used in moderation /low doses.

Lavender

Properties: Soothing, calming, harmonizing, relaxing.
Actions:  Analgesic, anticulvulsive, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, carminative, cholagogue, choleretic, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypotensive, insectacide, nervine, parasiticide, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, sudorfic, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary.

Uses:

Skin Care – Abscesses, acne, allergies, athletes foot, boils, bruises, burns, dandruff, dermatitis, earache, eczema, inflammation, insect bites & stings, insect repellent, lice, psoriasis, ringworm, scabies, sores, spots, all skin types, sunburn, wounds.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Lumbago, muscular aches & pains, rheumatism, sprains.

Respiratory System – Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, halitosis, laryngitis, throat infections, whooping cough.

Digestive System – Abdominal cramps, colic, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea.

Genito-Urinary System –  Cystitis, dysmenorrhoea, leucorrhoea.

Immune System – Flu.

Nervous System – Depression, headaches, hypertension, insomna, migraine, nervous tension & stress –related conditions, PMT, sciatica, shock, vertigo.                                                                              

Chinese medicine function: To activate the Qi, nourish the Yin, clear heat and calm the spirit.                                                    

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

Lemon                                                                                                       

Properties: Stimulating, awakening, clarifying, uplifting.
Actions:  Anti-anaemic, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antisclerotic, antiscorbutic, anti-acid, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, carmainative, cicatrisant, depurative, detoxifying, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidial, ubefacient, stimulates white coruscles, tonic, uplifting, vermifuge.

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, anemia, brittle nails, boils, chillblains, corns, cuts, greasy skin, herpes, insect bites, mouth ulcers, spots, varicose veins, warts.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Arthritis, cellulitis, high blood pressure, nosebleeds, obesity (congestion), poor circulation, rheumatism.

Respiratory System – Asthma, throat infections, bronchitis, catarrh.

Digestive System – Dyspepsia.

Immune System – Colds & flu, fever & infections.

Chinese medicine function: To regulate the Qi, resolve damp and strengthen the spirit.                                                          

Contra Indications = is phototoxic and may cause sensitivity to sunlight if used on the skin, may irritate skin and thus used in low concentrations.

Lemongrass

Properties: Clarifying, uplifting, cooling.

Actions: Analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carmanative, deodorant, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactagogue, insecticidal, nervine, sedative (nervous) tonic.

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, athletes foot, excessive perspiration, insect repellent, (fleas, lice, ticks), open pores, pediculosis, scabies, tissue toner.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Muscle pains, poor circulation & muscle tone, slack tissue.

Digestive System – Colitis, indegestion, gastro-enteritis.

Immune System – Fevers, infectious disease.

Nervous System – Headaches, nervous exhaustion & stress-related conditions.

Chinese medicine function: To activate the Qi, clear heat and calm the spirit.

Contra Indications = possible dermal irritation in some individuals with sensitive skin – use with care.

Lime

Properties: Uplifting, relaxing, cooling.

Actions: Antirheumatic, antiscorbutic, antiseptic, antiviral, aperitif, bactericidal, febrifuge, restorative, tonic.

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, anemia, brittle nails, boils, chillblains, corns, cuts, greasy skin, herpes, insect bites, mouth ulcers, spots, varicose veins, warts.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Arthritis, cellulitis, high blood pressure, nosebleeds, obesity (congestion), poor circulation, rheumatism.

Respiratory System – Asthma, throat infections, bronchitis, catarrh.

Digestive System – Dyspepsia.

Immune System – Colds & flu, fever & infections.

Chinese medicine function: To activate the Qi, clear heat and calm the spirit

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

Manderin

Properties: Harmonizing, relaxing, clarifying, uplifting.

Actions: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diuretic (mild), laxative (mild), sedative, stimulant (digestive & lymphatic), tonic.

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, congested & oily skin, scars, spots, stretch marks, toner.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Fluid retention, obesity.

Digestive System – Digestive problems, dyspepsia, hiccoughs, intestinal problems.

Nervous System – Insomnia, nervous tension, restlessness. Is often used for children & pregnant women.

Chinese medicine function: To regulate the Qi, settle the Heart and harmonize the spirit.

Contra Indications = Possibly phototoxic.

Marjoram sweet

Properties: Strengthening, balancing, relaxing.
Actions:  Analgesic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, relaxing, sedative, tonic, vasoconstrictive, warming. 

Uses:

Skin Care – Chillblains, bruises, ticks.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Arthritis, lumbago, muscular aches & stiffness, rheumatism, sprains.

Respiratory System –  Asthma, bronchitis, coughs.

Digestive System – Colic, constipation, dyspepsia, flatulence.

Genito-Urinary System – Amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, leucorrhoea, PMT.

Immune System – Colds.

Nervous System – Headaches, hypertension, insomnia, migraines, nervous tension & stress related conditions.

Chinese medicine function: To activate Qi, descend the Yang and calm the spirit.                                                                     

Contra Indications = is an emmenagogue, not recommended during pregnancy.

 

May Chang

(Litsea Cubeba)

Properties: Uplifting, clarifying, stimulating.

Actions: Antiseptic, deodorant, digestive, disinfectant, insecticidal, stimulant, stomachic.

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, dermatitis, excessive perspiration, greasy skin, insect repellent, spots.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – High blood pressure.

Digestive System – Flatulance, indigestion.

Immune System – Epidemics, sanitisation.

Nervous System – Reduces nervous tension & stress complaints.

Chinese medicine function: To activate the Qi, clear heat and calm the spirit.

Contra Indications = avoided in individuals with eczema or highly allergy-prone skin.

 

 

Myrrh

Properties: Centering, restoring, calming.                                      Actions:  anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, astringent, balsamic, carminative, cicatrisant, cooling, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, revitalising, sedative, stimulant (digestive, pulmonary), stomachic, tonic, uterine, vulnerary.        

Uses:

Skin Care – Athletes foot, chapped & cracked skin, eczema, mature complexions, ringworm, wounds, wrinkles.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Arthritis,

Respiratory System – Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, gum infections, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, sore throat, voice loss.

Digestive System – Diarrhoea, dyspepsia, flatulence, haemorrhoids, loss of appetite.

Genito-Urinary System –  Amenorrhoea, leucorrhoea, puritis, thrush.

Immune System – Colds, strengthening immune system & being used in cancer care.

Chinese medicine function: To brace the Kidney, astringe fluids, resolve damp and stop leakage and discharge.                                 

Contra Indications = not recommended during pregnancy, as maybe feto-toxic.

 

 

Neroli

Properties: Uplifting, relaxing, harmonizing.
Actions: Antidepressant, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, detoxifying, relaxing, sedative, tonic, uplifting.  

Uses:

Skin Care – reducing acne breakouts and skin irritation, hydrates with ability to soften, replenish & lock in moisture.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – help lower blood pressure by reducing cortisol, a stress hormone, Helps to reduce inflammation.

Immune System - boost your immune system to protect you from cold-induced coughs and fevers.

Nervous System – reduces effects of seizures, help the brain release serotonin, and reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, thus reducing depression & anxiety, helps with menopausal & PMT symptoms, low libido, and elevated stress, reduced feelings of anxiety and the experience of pain during the first stage of contractions.

Chinese medicine function: To regulate the Qi, settle the Heart and harmonize the spirit.                                                        

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

 

 

Orange sweet

Properties: Uplifting, balancing and harmonizing.
Actions:  antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiviral, hypotensive, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, uplifting, warming.   

Uses:

Skin Care – Dull & oily complexions, mouth ulcers.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Obesity, palpitations, water retention.

Respiratory System –  Bronchitis, chills.

Digestive System – Constipation, dyspepsia, spasms.

Nervous System – Nervous tension & stress related conditions.

Chinese medicine function: To regulate the Qi, settle the Heart and harmonize the spirit.                                                           

Contra Indications = is phototoxic if used on the skin and may cause sensitivity to sunlight.

Palmarosa

Properties: Balancing, harmonizing, relaxing, clarifying.
Actions:  Antiseptic, bactericidal, cicatrisant, digestive, febrifuge, hydrating, stimulant (digestive, circulatory), tonic. 

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, dermatitis & minor skin infections. Scars, sores, wrinkles, valuable for all types of treatment for face, hands, feet neck & lips (moistures the skin stimulates cellular regeneration, regulates sebum production)

Digestive System – Anorexia, digestive atonia, intestinal infections.

Nervous System – Nervous exhaustion, stress related conditions.

Chinese Medicine function: To nourish Heart Blood and strengthen the Spleen and the spirit.
Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

Patchouli

Properties: Stabilizing, centering, calming.
Actions:  Antidepressant, Anti-inflammatory, cytophylatic, diuretic, fungicidal, sedative, stimulant, tonic, uplifting.  

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, athletes foot, cracked & chapped skin, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema (weeping), fungal infections, hair care, impetigo, insect repellent, sores, oily hair & skin, open pores, wounds, wrinkles.

Nervous System – Frigidity, nervous exhaustion & stress-related complaints.

Chinese medicine function: To nourish the Yin, resolve damp and calm the spirit.                                                                     

Contra Indications = should be used in low concentrations since it may cause phototoxicity if used on the skin.

 

 

Peppermint

Properties: Stimulating, uplifting, invigorating & energizing.
Actions:  Analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, cephalic, cooling, expectorant, febrifuge, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, uplifting, vasoconstrictor.    

Uses:

Skin Care – eliminate harmful bacteria, disinfect,  astringent that closes pores and tightens the skin. It's cooling and warming sensations make it an effective anesthetic that leaves the skin numb to pain and calms redness and inflammation, promotes renewal of skin damaged by sunburn, can stimulate the scalp while also removing dandruff. insect repellant.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – reducing muscle aches, and inflammation, stimulates circulation.

Respiratory System – cooling chest rub to relieve congestion (when diluted with a carrier oil) clear the nasal passageway & encourage easy breathing.

Digestive System – relieve muscle spasms and flatulence, & reduces nausea, can help suppress the appetite and promote the feeling of being full.

Immune System - When diluted with a carrier oil and rubbed into the feet, it can work as a natural effective fever reducer, boost energy, balance hormones.

Nervous System – reducing pain such as headaches, reduce feelings of nervous tension, soothe feelings of irritability, enhance mental focus.

Chinese medicine function: To activate the Qi, raise Yang Qi and strengthen the spirit.                                                                  

Contra Indications = Incompatible when taking homeopathic treatments as counteracts the effects. Not to be taken late in the day/evening by insomniacs since it refreshes the mind, waking you up.

Petitgrain

Properties: Relaxing, harmonizing, stabilizing

Actions: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, digestive, nervine, stimulant (digestive, nervous) stomachic, tonic.

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, excessive perspiration, greasy skin & hair, toning.

Digestive System – Dyspepsia, flatulence.

Nervous System – Convalescence, insomnia, nervous exhaustion & stress-related conditions.

Chinese medicine function: To activate the Qi, clear heat and calm the spirit.

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

Pine

Properties: Restoring, stabilizing, energizing, & uplifting.
Actions:  Analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antitussive, antiviral, antispasmodic, bacterial, balsamic, diuretic, deodorant, expectorant, refreshing, rubefacient, stimulant.

Uses:

Skin Care – healing of scratches, cuts, wounds, and burns; to promote the regeneration of new skin; soothe itchiness, inflammation, and dryness, control excessive perspiration, prevent fungal infections, protect minor abrasions from developing infections, slow the appearance of signs of aging, enhance the hair’s natural smoothness and shine, contribute moisture, and protect against dandruff as well as lice.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – soothe inflammation, soreness, aches, reduce pain, and gout; to stimulate and enhance circulation.

Respiratory System – clear the respiratory tract, address symptoms of colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma, and the flu.

Digestive System – regulate body weight.

Genito-Urinary System – promote the body’s detoxification; to maintain the health and function of the urinary tract and the kidneys.

Immune System - energizing the body to help eliminate fatigue, facilitate the healing of infections.

Nervous System - positively impacts the mood by clearing the mind of stresses  & enhancing concentration.

Chinese medicine function: To tonify the Yang, strengthen the Lung and Kidney, and strengthen the spirit.

Contra Indications = not to be used on the skin, If you have sensitive skin or skin that is allergic or easily irritated.

 

 

Rosemary

Properties: Stimulating, warming, uplifting.
Actions:  Analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, cephalic, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypertensive, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic, uplifting. 

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, greasy hair, insect repellent, promote hair growth, regulates seborrhoea, scabies, stimulates scalp, lice, varicose veins.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Arteriosclerosis, fluid retention, gout, muscular pain, palpitations, poor circulation, rheumatism.

Respiratory System – Asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough.

Digestive System – Colitis, dyspepsia, flatulence, hepatic disorders, hypercholsterolaemia, jaundice.

Genito-Urinary System – Dysmenorrhoea, leucorrhoea.

Immune system – Cols, flu, infections.

Nervous System -   Debility, headaches, hypotension, neuralgia, mental fatique, nervous exhaustion & stress related disorders.                                                        

Chinese medicine function: To tonify the Qi, raise Yang Qi and strengthen the spirit.                                                                 

Contra Indications = not recommended during pregnancy, or if you have epilepsy or high blood pressure.

 

 

Rose Geranium

Properties: Harmonizing, balancing, nurturing & relaxing. Creates Happiness & wellbeing,  influences an amiable tolerance.
Actions: Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, depurative, emmenagogue, haemostatic, relaxing, sedative, tonic, vascoconstrictive.  

Uses:  

Skin Care – Broken capillaries, conjunctivitis (rose water) dry skin, eczema, herpes, mature and sensitive complexions, wrinkles.

Circulation, muscles & Joints – Palpitations, poor circulation.

Respiratory System – Asthma, coughs, hay fever.

Digestive System – Cholecystitis, liver congestion, nausea.

Genito-Urinary System –  Irregular menstruation, leucorrhoea, menorrhagia, uterine disorders.

Nervous System – Depression, impotence, insomnia, frigidity, headaches, nervous tension & stress related complaints.

Chinese Medicine function: To nourish Blood and Yin and harmonize the Heart and spirit.                                                   

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

 

 

Rosewood

Properties: Stabilizing & balancing.

Actions: Mildly analgesic, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-microbial, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, cellular stimulant,  cephalic, deodorant, stimulant (immune system, tissue regenerator, tonic.

Uses:

Skin Care – Acne, dermatitis, scars, wounds, wrinkles & general skin care. Sensitivity, dry, dull, combination oily/dry etc,

Immune System – Colds, coughs, fever, infections, stimulates the immune system.

Nervous System – Frigidity, headaches, nausea, nervous tension, & stress related conditions.

Chinese medicine function: To nourish the Blood, animate the Heart and harmonize the spirit.

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

 

 

Sandalwood Amyris

Properties: Relaxing, stabilizing, centering, sensualising.             

Actions: Antidepressant, antispasmodic, bactericidal, expectorant, relaxing, sedative, tonic.  

Uses:  

Skin Care – Acne, dry cracked and chapped skin, aftershave (barbers rash), greasy skin, moisturizer.

Respiratory System – Bronchitis, catarrh, coughs(dry prsistant), laryngitis, sore throat.

Digestive System – Diarrhoea, nausea.

Genito-Urinary System –  Cystitis.

Nervous System – Depression, insomnia, nervous tension & stress-related complaints.                                      

Chinese medicine function: To nourish the Yin, resolve damp and calm the spirit.                                                                       

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

Spearmint

Properties: Cooling, calming, regulating, refreshing.

Actions: Analgesic, Anti-oxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-viral, Anti-biotic, Carminative, Diuretic, Expectorant, Relaxant, Sedative, Stimulant.

Uses:

Skin care – Congested skin, Acne, Dermatitis

Respiratory System – Asthma, Bronchitis, catarrh, decongest nasal passages.

Digestive System – Nausea, sickness.

Immune System – Colds, fever, fatique,

Nervous System – strain, stress, headaches, boost concentration.

Chinese medicine function: To activate the Qi, clear heat and harmonize the Shen 

Contra Indications = Spearmint Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin.

 

 

Spruce

Properties: Restorative, stimulating, uplifting, awakening.

Actions: Antimicrobial, antiseptic, antitussive, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, nervine, rubefacient, tonic.

Uses:

Circulation, Muscles & Joints – Muscular aches & pains, poor circulation, rheumatism.

Respiratory System – Asthma, bronchitis, coughs, respiratory weakness.

Immune System – Colds, flu, infections.

Nervous System – Anxiety, stress related conditions.

Chinese medicine function: To tonify the Yang, strengthen the Lung and Kidney, and strengthen the spirit.

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

 

Tea Trea

Properties: Uplifting, clarifying, harmonizing.

Actions: Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, balsamic, cicatrisant, diaphoretic, expectorant, fungicidal, immuno-stimulant, parasiticide, vulnerary.

Uses:

Skin care – Abscess, acne, athletes foot, blisters, burns, cold sores, dandruff, herpes, insect bites, oily skin, rashes (nappy rash), spots, veruccae, warts, wounds(infected)

Respiratory System – Asthma, bronchtis, catarrh, coughs, sinustitis, tuberculosis, whooping cough.

Genito-Urinary System – Thrush, vaginitis, cystitis, pruritis.

Immune System – Colds, fever, flu, infectious illnesses such as chickenpox.

Chinese medicine function: To tonify the Qi and Yin, clear empty heat and strengthen the spirit.

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

 

 

Thyme

Properties: Motivating and confidence building

Actions: Anthelmintic, antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, antiputrescent, antirheumaic, antiseptic (intestinal, pulmonary, genit-urinary), antispasmodic, antitussive, antitoxic, aperatif, astringent, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, balsamic, carminative, cicatrisant, diuretic, emmenogogue, expectorant, fungicidial, hypertensive, nervine, revulsive, rubefacient, parasiticide, stimulant (immune system, circulation), sudorfic, tonic, vermifuge.

Uses:  

Skin care – Abscess, acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, insect bites, lice, gum infections, oily skin, scabies.

Circulation, Muscles & Joints – Arthritis, cellulitis, gout, muscular aches & pains, obesity, oedema, poor circulation, rheumatism, sprains, sports injuries.

Respiratory System – Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, laryngitis, sinusitis, soar throat, tonsillitis.

Digestive System – Diarrhoea, dyspepsia, flatulence.

Genito-Urinary System – Cystitis, urethritis.

Immune System – Chills colds, flu, infectious diseases.

Nervous System – Headaches, insomnia, nervous debility and stress related complaints.

Chinese medicine function: To tonify the Yang, warm the interior and strengthen the Shen.

Contra Indications = Use in moderation, in low dilution, can irritate mucous membranes. Avoid during pregnancy

 

 

Vetiver

Properties: Deeply relaxing, Calming, Grounding, Cooling, Nurturing.
Actions: Antispasmodic Antiseptic, Depurative, Rebefacient, Relaxing, Sedative (nervous) Stimulant (circulatory, production of red corpusecles) Tonic, Vermifuge.    

Uses:

Skin care - Acne, cuts, oily skin, wounds.

Circulation, Muscles & Joints – Arthritis, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, sprains, stiffness.

Nervous System – Debility, depression, insomnia, nervous tension.

Chinese medicine function: To nourish Blood and Yin, descend the Yang, drain heat and calm the spirit.                                     

Contra Indications = No known contraindications.

Wintergreen

Properties: Clearing, uplifting, strengthening.

Actions: Analgesic (mild) Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antitussive, astringent, carmative, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactagogue, stimulant.

Uses:

Skin Care – skin conditions, Deodorizing Soothing.

Circulation, Muscles & Joints - muscle relaxant.

Respiratory System - sore throat .

Immune system - bacterial infections. tooth decay, colds.

Digestive System - colic.

Nervous System – headache, Concentration-Enhancing.

Chinese medicine function: To drain heat, activate Blood and Qi, harmonize the spirit and relieve pain.

Contra Indications = May inhibit blood clotting & pose a drug interaction risk. Avoid if taking anti-coagulant medicines. Avoid in pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Ylang Ylang

Properties: Relaxing, euphoric, sensualising.

Actions: Aromatic, Antispasmodic, Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Antimicrobial, Anti-inflammatory, Aphrodisiac, Anti-aging, Febrifuge.  Sedative (nervous) Stimulant (circulatory).

Uses:

Skin Care - Heals Bruises, anti-aging, acne, sores.

Circulation, Muscles & Joints - Helps poor circulation. Relieves Inflammation: joint pain, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle aches, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, palpitations.  

Nervous System - anxiety, insomnia, nervous tension & stress related disorders, depression, restlessness.

Chinese medicine function: Supports Heart Qi/Calms Shen. irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, depression, restlessness,

Contra Indications = Use in moderation, since it’s a heady scent can cause headaches or nausea.

 

GLOSSARY OF ACTIONS:

Analgesic: remedy or agent which deadens pain.

Anthelmintic: a vermifuge, destroying or expelling intestinal worms.

Anti-anaemic: an agent which combats anaemia.

Antibiotic: prevents the growth of, or destroys, bacteria.

Anticatarrhal: an agent which helps remove excess catarrh from the body.

Anticonvulsant: helps arrest or prevent convulsions.

Antidepressant: helps alleviate depression.

Antidiarrhoeal: efficacious against diarrhoea.

Anti-emetic: an agent which reduces the incidence and severity of nausea or vomiting.

Antihaemorrhagic: an agent which prevents or combats haemorrhage or bleeding.

Antihistamine: treats allergic conditions: counteracts effects of histimine (which produces capillary dilation and in larger doses. Haemoconcentration)

Anti-inflammatory: alleviates inflammation.

Antimicrobial: an agent which resides or destroys pathogenic micro-organisms.

Antineuralgic: relieves or reduces nerve pain.

Anti-oxidant: a substance used to prevent or delay oxidation or deterioration, especially with exposure to air.

Antiphlogistic: checks or counteracts inflammation.

Antiputrescent: an agent which prevents and combats decay or putrefaction.

Antipyretic: reduces fever: see also febrifuge.

Antirheumatic: helps prevent and relieve rheumatism.

Antisclerotic: helps prevent the hardening of tissue.

Antiscorbutic: a remedy for scurvy.

Antiseborrhoeic: helps control the production of sebum, the oily secretion from sweat glands.

Antiseptic: destroys and prevents the development of microbes.

Antispasmodic: prevents and eases spasms or convulsions.

Antitoxic: antidote or treatment that counteracts the effects of poison.

Antitussive: relieves coughs.

Antiviral: substance which inhibits the growth of a virus.

Aperitif: a stimulant of appetite.

Aphrodisiac: increases or stimulates sexual desire.

Astringent: causes contraction of organic tissues.

Bactericidal: an agent that destroys bacteria (a type of microbe or organism).

Balsamic: a soothing medicine or application having the qualities of a balsam.

Carminative: settles the digestive system, relieves flatulence.

Cephalic: remedy for disorders of the head: referring or directed towards the head.

Cholagogue: stimulates the secretion and flow of bile into the duodenum.

Choleretic: aids excretion of bile by the liver, so there is a greater flow of bile.

Cicatrisant: an agent which promotes healing by the formation of scar tissue.

Cordial: stimulant and tonic.

Counter-irritant: applications to the skin which relieve deep-seated pain, usually applied in the form of heat: also see rubefacient.

Cytophylactic: referring to cytophylaxis – the process of increasing the activity of leucocytes in defence of the body against infection.

Depurative: helps combat impurity in the blood and organs: detoxifying.

Deodorant: an agent which corrects, masks or removes unpleasant odours.

Diaphoretic: see sudorific.

Digestive: substance which promotes or aids the digestion of food.

Disinfectant: prevents and combats the spread of germs.

Diuretic: aids production of urine, promotes urination, increases flow.

Emmenagogue: induces or assists menstruation.

Expectorant: helps promote the removal of mucous from the respiratory system.

Febrifuge: combats fever.

Fungicidal: prevents and combats fungal infection.

Galactagogue: increases secretion of milk.

Haemostatic: arrests bleeding.

Hepatic: relating to the liver (tones & aids its function).

Hydrating: agent add water to the skin, as well as help to trap water.

Hypertension: raised blood pressure.

Hypnotic: causing sleep.

Hypotensive: agent which lowers blood pressure.

Insecticide: repels insects.

Larvicidal: an agent which prevents and kills larvae.

Laxative: promotes evacuation of the bowels.

Lipolytic: causing lipolysis, the chemical disintegration or splitting of fats.

Mucolytic: dissolving or breaking down mucous.

Nervine: strengthening and toning to the nerves and nervous system.

Orexigenic: an agent that increases appetite and may induce hyperphagia, which increases hunger and therefore enhances food consumption.

Parasiticide: prevents and destroys parasites such as fleas, lice, etc.

Parturient: aiding childbirth.

Refrigerant: cooling – reducing fever.

Restorative: an agent that helps strengthen and revive the body systems.

Rubefacient: a substance which causes redness of the skin, possibly irritation.

Sedative: an agent which reduces functional activity: calming.

Spasmolytic: see antispasmodic.

Stimulant: an agent which quickens the physiological function of the body.

Stomachic: digestive aid and tonic: improving appetite.

Styptic: an astringent agent which stops or reduces external bleeding.

Sudorific: an agent which causes sweating.

Tonic: strengthens and enlivens the whole or specific parts of the body.

Uterine: pertaining to the uterus.

Vasoconstrictor: an agent which causes narrowing of the blood vessels.

Vermifuge: expels intestinal worms.

Vulnerary: an agent which helps heal wounds and sores by external application.

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