Essential Oils

Essential Oils are concentrated compounds that are extracted from plants. There are a wide variety of ways that Essential oils are extracted, though distillation is the most common method. You will find that the majority of essential oils can be distilled in just one single process.

Essential oils work in three major ways to support your well-being:
They kill viruses, bacteria and fungi in the air and on your skin, helping you stay healthy and germ-free.
They help reduce pain, inflammation and swelling, easing your aching muscles and joints.
They sedate your nervous system, relaxing and loosening tight, tense muscles, calming your nerves and quieting your mind.

Each essential oil has its own special strengths and properties. So each essential oil is especially suited for a certain job.

For example... 
Lemon, Tea Tree and Cinnamon are powerful antiseptics (germ killers) and are perfect for use in home cleaning products.

Sandalwood, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang rejuvenate skin and help reduce wrinkles - perfect in formulas for aging or devitalized skin.

How to Use Essential Oils Safely

Always dilute essential oils when applying them to your skin (in a bath or massage oil, for instance.)

The one exception to this rule is lavender - it's safe to apply lavender 'neat' (undiluted) in the case of cuts, burns, scrapes, bug bites and such.

Pregnant women need to be careful about using essential oils. Only some essential oils are considered to be safe when used in small, well-diluted amounts: cardamom, coriander, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lemon verbena (also called melissa,) lime, neroli, palmarosa, petitgrain, spearmint and ylang ylang.

If you're highly allergic or have extremely sensitive skin, do a spot test before using essential oils.
How to Do a Spot Test

Put 1 drop of the essential oil into 15 drops of carrier oil (rice bran oil is probably your best bet) and rub it into your upper chest.
If you show no reaction after 12 hours, it's likely safe to use it.

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Basil Essential Oil
Use : Bronchitis, Colds, Constipation, Mental Fatigue, Migraine, Nervous Tension, Rheumatism and Sinus Congestion.

Bergamot Essential Oil
Use : Acne, Colds, Cold Sores, Cystitis, Flatulence, Loss of Appetite, Mouth Infections and Sore Throat.

Black Pepper Essential Oil
Use : Chilbains, Colds, Constipation, Digestive Problems, Flatulence, Heartburn, Indigestion, Loss of Appetite and Muscle Aches and Pains.

Cajeput Essential Oil
Use : Bronchitis, Colds, Earache, Laryngitis, Rheumatism and Skin Conditions.

Chamomile Essential Oil
Use : Acne, Blisters, Depression, Digestive Problems, Flatulence, Headaches and Indigestion.

Cedarwood Essential Oil
Use : Arthritis, Bronchitis, Dandruff and Skin Conditions.

Clary Sage Essential Oil
Use : Asthma, Depression, Digestive Problems, Muscle Cramps and Spasms, PMS Relief.

Cypress Essential Oil
Use : Asthma, Bronchitis and Cough.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Use : Asthma, Bronchitis, Cuts, Decongestant, Flu and Headaches.

Fennel Essential Oil
Use : Digestive Disorders and Nervous Tension.

Frankincense Essential Oil
Use : Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds and Respiratory Conditions.

Geranium Essential Oil
Use : Burns, Eczema, Edema, PMS Symptoms, Poor Circulation, Rheumatism and Tonsillitis.

Ginger Essential Oil
Use : Arthritis, Bronchitis, Colds, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Indigestion and Poor Circulation.

Grapefruit Essential Oil
Use : Anxiety, Depression, and Digestive problems.

Hyssop Essential Oil
Use : Asthma, Bronchitis, Cold, Cough, Sore Throat and Stomach Cramps.

Jasmine Essential Oil
Use : Anxiety, Headache, Laryngitis, Mental Tension and Sensitive or dry skin.

Juniper Essential Oil
Use : Acne, Cellulite, Dermatitis, Disinfectant and Muscle Aches and Pains.

Lemon Essential Oil
Use : Cellulite, Cold Sores, Constipation, Headaches, Insect Bites, Migraine, Sinusitis and Skin Tonic.

Lavender Essential Oil
Use : Acne, Anxiety, Bronchitis, Burns, Circulatory Problems, Colds, Eczema, Flu, Headaches and Insect Bites.

Lemongrass Essential Oil
Use : Fatigue, Indigestion, Muscle Aches and Pains.

Marjoram Essential Oil
Use : Anxiety, Arthritis, Bronchitis, Constipation, Digestive Problems, Insomnia, Muscle Aches and Pains.

Melissa Essential Oil
Use : Acne, Cold Sores, Colds, Flu and Stress.

Myrrh Essential Oil
Use : Arthritis, Bronchitis, Colds, Cough, Digestive Problems and Stimulates Immune System.

Neroli Essential Oil
Use : Depression, Digestive Problems, Dry or Sensitive Skin, Headaches, Insomnia and Stress.

Orange Essential Oil
Use : Anxiety, Cellulite, Constipation, Depression, Diarrhoea, Digestive Problems, Indigestion and Insomnia.

Patchouli Essential Oil
Use : Anxiety, Cellulite, Depression and PMS Symptoms.

Peppermint Essential Oil
Use : Asthma, Bronchitis, Headaches, Indigestion, Insect Repellent, Muscle and Joint Pain.

Petit Grain Essential Oil
Use : Acne, Anxiety, Digestive Problems, Exhaustion and Insomnia.

Pine Essential Oil
Use : Bronchitis, Disinfectant, Muscle Aches and Pains, Sinusitis.

Rose Essential Oil
Use : Depression, Dry Skin, Headache, Insomnia, PMS Symptoms, Sore Throat and Stress.

Rosemary Essential Oil
Use : Burns, Colds, Digestive Problems, Fatigue and Wounds.

Sandalwood Essential Oil
Use : Anxiety, Bronchitis, Fatigue, Impotence, Immune System Booster, Nervous Tension, Sore Throat and Stress.

Tea Tree Essential Oil
Use : Burns, Colds, Dandruff and Immune System Booster.

Thyme Essential Oil
Use : Arthritis, Colds, Cough, Depression and Fatigue.

Vetiver Essential Oil
Use : Arthritis, Exhaustion, Insomnia, Nervousness and Stress.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Use: Anxiety, High Blood Pressure, Sexual Dysfunction and Stress.