The Essential Oil Company : Aromatherapy Oils
We have selected for you the most popular essential oils and listed some of their therapeutic properties - they all have many more. Experiment with different oils, make your own natural perfumes, skin and hair potions and even use in cooking (only 1 or 2 drops please!)
We can supply all oils in any quantity, for home use or for professional aromatherapists, or in bulk for trade buyers.
We have quite an exclusive range of essential oils and where possible we source locally. One farm which is about a mile from us produces kosher oils & organic lavender oil propogated from an original english lavender and the dill, spearmint, parsely & peppermint mitcham are all produced using minimal amounts of herbicides. We also source Hampshire grown and distilled chamomile roman (english) which we believe is superior in aroma to the norfolk grown english chamomile. This chamomile mixed blended with either coconut oil or our lotion base makes an excellent eczema blend - it halts the scratch itch cycle which is caused by the bacteria. As chamomile is both bactericidal and soothing it helps to calm the skin.
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Aroma: Dry,Woody Usage: B/V/PR/P/M
Often called West Indian Sandalwood, although not from the same family, Amyris is mainly used as a cheaper alternative to East Indian Sandalwood in perfumery as a fixative. A relaxing oil, useful in meditation.
Aroma: Sweet, Spicy, Slightly Musky Usage: B/V/PR/P/M/UV/DB
Used since antiquity and revered for its virtues, angelica is fortifying and the Chinese often employ it second only to Ginseng, where angelica root is known as Dong Kwai. Useful for everyday stress and to ease a tired body and mind promoting a feeling of balance and revitalisation.
BASIL - Ocimum basilicum
Aroma: fresh, sweet-spicy Usage: B*/V/PR/M*/SS
fortifying to body and mind. Clears the head and helps
refresh the mind allowing concentration, strength and
BENZOIN - Styrax benzoin
Aroma : Sweet, warm, vanilla like Usage: B/V/M/PR/SS
This scented gum, best known in the West as a key ingredient of Friars
Balsam, benzoin has been used for thousand of years in the East. Used in elixirs particularly for its heating and drying effects on
cold and damp conditions. A very warming, relaxing and nurturing oil to use
in times of confusion and worry. Useful for dry, chapped and cracked skin
helping to increase elasticity.
BERGAMOT- Citrus bergamia
Aroma: fresh, citrus, spicy Usage: B/M/V/D/S/P/UV
Relaxing, refreshing and uplifting. Excellent for pre-exam nerves (coupled with Rescue Remedy). Use for oily & blemished skin. Bergamot is used to flavour
Earl Grey tea. In Napoleonic times it was a popular perfume and is key ingredient in Eau de Cologne. A wonderful cheering
oil, use if SAD!
BLACK PEPPER - Piper nigrum
Aroma: woody, warm, spicy Usage: B/M/V/HO/SS
Warms and stimulates, a penetrating oil used to relax tired muscles and maintain suppleness after strenuous exercise.
CHAMOMILE ROMAN - Anthemis nobilis
Aroma: herbaceous, warm Usage: B/M/V/C/S
Soothing and relaxing on mind and body. Ideal to inhale during high pollen count. A gentle oil suitable for the fragile and the young.
N.B. Chamomile Maroc is not a substitute for either Chamomile Roman or Blue (German).
CLARY SAGE - Salvia sclarea
Aroma: bittersweet, nutty, musky & slightly spicy Usage: B/M/V/PR
relaxing (some say "euphoric") a powerful oil which promotes a feeling of
well-being. Can induce very dramatic and colourful dreams. Cheap wines
were often adulterated with clary sage to make them taste like muscatel with
disastrous results - clary sage mixed with alcohol can have a narcotic
effect. Massage on muscles and abdomen before and during menstruation.
Use in final rinse water after shampooing for greasy hair and dandruff.
CYPRESS - Cupressus sempervirens
Aroma: fresh, woody Usage: B/M/V/S/FB/PR
Refreshing and toning. An astringent oil which helps balance oily skin and a natural deodorant useful for sweaty feet. Massage in areas to increase circulation and where there are visible veins, cellulite and fluid retention.
EUCALYPTUS - Eucalyptus globulus
Aroma: strong, camphoraceous Usage: B/M/V/D/HO/SS
A powerful antiseptic traditionally inhaled for relief during the cold season. Clearing and soothing. Use in chest rubs or in a burner in the sick room. Effective in massage blends for muscular fatigue.
EUCALYPTUS STAIGERIANA - Eucalyptus staigeriana
Aroma: Lemony - verbena like Usage: B/HO/M/PR/SS/V/UV
staigeriana is a very gentle (hence suitable
for children) and relaxing oil and can help with everyday aches and pains.
FRANKINCENSE - Boswellia carteri
Aroma: spicy, warm Usage: B/M/V/S
Used in skincare for rejuvenating qualities, excellent for mature skin. Deeply relaxing, aids meditation (often used in churches). A comforting and uplifting oil - a "hug in a bottle". Warming during the cold season.
GERANIUM - Pelargonium graveolens
Aroma: fresh, floral, sweet Usage: B/M/V/P/S
Balances extremes of emotion, normalising mood swings. Excellent in skin care for all skin types.
GRAPEFRUIT - Citrus paradisi
Aroma: sharp, fresh, zesty Usage: B/M/V/SS
Revitalises, soothes and uplifts the emotions. Use in massage where there is cellulite.
JASMINE - Jasminum officinale
Aroma: floral, exotic Usage: B/M/V/P/PR/S
A relaxing and sensual oil which uplifts and is beneficial to boost confidence and self-esteem.
JUNIPER BERRY - Juniperus communis
Aroma: woody, medicinal Usage: B/M/V/D/PR
Cleansing and fortifying to the mind. Promotes increased circulation encouraging the elimination of toxins and cellulite.
LAVENDER - Lavandula angustifolia
Aroma: fresh, floral Usage: B/M/V/C/D/FB/P/PR/S
Relaxes, soothes, restores and balances. Eases tired muscles and balances head tension. Add one or two drops to a pillow before peaceful sleep. Can be used neat in skincare - one or two drops only. The rejuvenating and antiseptic qualities of this highly versatile oil are well documented.
LEMON - Citrus limonum
Aroma: fresh, citrus, zesty Usage: B/M/V/ D/SS/UV
Refreshing, stimulating, cleansing and antiseptic. Useful for oily skin. Use in a burner in the sickroom.
LEMONGRASS - Cymbopogon flexuosus
Aroma: fresh, grassy-citrus Usage: B/M/V/IR/SS
Refreshing and stimulating. Antiseptic and astringent properties. Excellent after strenuous exercise to help prevent muscle stiffness. Popular oil for use in burners.
MARJORAM (Sweet) - Origanum marjorana
Aroma: warm, woody, spicy Usage: B/M/V/PR
This fortifying oil was used by the ancient Egyptians and the 1st Century Greek physician Dioscorides made an ointment "amaricimum" to warm and strengthen the nerves. Eases muscles after exercise and an aid to peaceful sleep. Massage on abdomen during menstruation. Reputedly an anaphrodisiac (the opposite to an aphrodisiac!!).
NEROLI - Citrus aurantium v. amara
Aroma: warm, floral, sweet Usage: B/M/V/P/S
Relaxing and uplifting. This exquisite sensual fragrance of orange blossom is deeply relaxing to the mind, helping to dispel anxiety and increase confidence. Excellent for dry and/or ageing skin or thread veins, encouraging new cell growth.
PALMAROSA - cymbopogan martinii
Aroma: Sweet, floral, slightly dry Usage: B/M/P/S
Palmarosa is a scented tropical grass from the same family as lemongrass and citronella but due its high geraniol content has a gentle aroma somewhere between geranium and rose. Its greatest use is that of a valuable skincare oil which hydrates and stimulates the skin and helps to balance sebum production. Use for both dry skin and blemished skin . It helps to tone crepey skin on the neck and is good for mature skin too! This underrated beauty oil has been used in ayurvedic medicine against fevers and infectious diseases. Helps to refresh and clarify the mind, helping stressful lifestyles.
PATCHOULI - Pogostemon cablin
Aroma: musky, exotic Usage: B/M/V/P/S
Ideal in oil burners for its long lasting seductive aroma. Soothing and uplifting. Helps prevent dry, chapped or cracked skin.
PEPPERMINT - Mentha piperita
Aroma: strong, minty Usage: B/M/V/FB/IR/HO/PR/SS
Cooling, refreshing, stimulating and uplifting, Traditionally used for calming digestive properties. Excellent in a footbath to soothe tired feet. Clears a stuffy head. Useful in a burner during study and concentration.
PETITGRAIN - Citrus aurantium v. amara
Aroma: floral, sweet Usage: B/M/V/P/S
Relaxing and soothing. Similar properties to Neroli - both oils obtained from the bitter orange tree. Excellent in skincare.
PLAI - Zingiber cassumunar
Aroma: cool, green, peppery Usage: B/C/M/V/PR/S
Used extensively in Thailand for pain relief rubs & balms. You can also use this neat. Great for aches and pains in joints, nerves & muscles.
ROSE - Rosa centifolia and rosa damascena
Aroma: Floral, light Usage: B/M/V/P/PR/S
Rejuvenating, soothing and cleansing. An exquisitely feminine oil which is excellent in skincare for dry, mature and ageing skin.
ROSEMARY - Rosmarinus officinalis
Aroma: strong, herbaceous Usage: B/M/V/E/FB/HB/HO/PR
Reviving, stimulating and clearing. Refreshing to the mind, aiding concentration. Excellent for tired muscles and weary feet. Gives hair a healthy shine.
SANDALWOOD - Santalum album
Aroma: woody, musky, sweet Usage: B/M/V/P/S
Soothing and relaxing. Excellent skincare oil for dry and ageing skin. Used in aftershave.
TANGERINE - Citrus reticulata
Aroma: mild, orange Usage: B/M/V/C
Uplifting and relaxing. A gentle oil suitable for young and fragile. A vibrant and fresh aroma.
TEA TREE - Melaleuca alternifolia
Aroma: strong, medicinal Usage: B/M/V/D/IR/S/SS
Powerful antiseptic and anti-fungal oil. Useful during the cold season in baths. Use in burners in the sick room. Add to face wash for skin cleansing. Add to a gargle or mouthwash. Use to clean surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom. Kills MRSA at 5% dilution.
YLANG-YLANG - Cananga odorata
Aroma: floral, exotic Usage: B/M/V/P/S
Relaxing and balancing. Known as the Flower of Flowers this sensual oil soothes and uplifts. Use in skincare for all skin types. Used in perfumery as contains all notes: top, middle and base.
The use of essential oils is complementary to professional help and is not intended as a substitute - always seek medical advice if symptoms persist. Do not attempt self-diagnosis or self-treatment for serious or long term problems without consulting a medical professional or qualified practitioner. Do not undertake any self-treatment while you are undergoing a prescribed course of medical treatment without first seeking advice from your doctor.
Some oils may be harmful in certain circumstances and occasional allergic reactions may occur. The Essential Oil Company Ltd. cannot take responsibility for any adverse reactions resulting from the use or misuse of essential oils.
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