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Essential Oils

Essential oils form the basis of treatment in aromatherapy, and can be used in a number of different ways and combinations to create a desired effect.

The most common methods of use include massaging them into the skin, adding them to the bath, burning them in a diffuser, or using them in a compress.

Regardless of the method or oil chosen, the most important factor is the effect the scent has on you. The whole principle of aromatherapy is creating a pleasurable experience, and if you don't appreciate a particular scent, the treatment will not be beneficial. Fortunately, there are often oils that can be used for many purposes, allowing you to choose one that you find appealing.

Guide To Essential Oils

Eucalyptus has a balancing and stimulating effect, with a camphorous, woody scent.

Uses indicated include asthma, bronchitis, flu, muscle aches, pulmonary conditions, rheumatism, sinusitis, and sore throat.

Caution should be taken if you have epilepsy, or high blood pressure. Do not ingest, as eucalyptus can be fatal.


Geranium has a comforting and healing effect, with a sweet floral scent.

Uses indicated include neuralgia, tonsillitis, inflammation, poor circulation, burns, eczema, and rheumatism.

Caution should be taken as geranium's antiseptic, antifungal properties could irritate sensitive skin. It's anti-spasmodic properties also mean it should not be used during pregnancy.


Grapefruit provides a refreshing effect and is therefore helpful with a variety of mental concerns.

Uses indicated include depression, anxiety, digestive issues, and water retention.

Caution should be taken as grapefruit oil is phototoxic, and should not be used prior to exposure to the sun, or a tanning bed.


Lavender has a calming and healing effect, with a floral, woody scent. Lavender is mild, yet very effective, and is likely the most popular of all the essential oils.

Uses indicated include colds, flu, headaches, tension, anxiety, skin conditions such as burns, oily skin, acne, insomnia, rheumatism, bronchitis, and sinusitis.

Caution should be taken when using lavender oil while pregnant, or if you have low blood pressure.


Lemongrass has a fresh, lemon scent, and a calming effect on the body.

Uses indicated include acne, oily skin, muscle aches, excess perspiration, and stress.

Caution should be taken if you have sensitive skin.


Patchouli has a soothing effect, and a sweet, woody scent.

Uses indicated include anxiety related disorders, skin conditions such as acne and chapped skin. Patchouli may also be effective for treating water retention and cellulite.


Peppermint has a stimulating effect, and a strong, minty aroma.

Uses indicated include asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, migraines, muscle and joint pain, as well as indigestion and colic.

Caution should be taken if you have sensitive skin.


Rosemary has a restorative effect, and a refreshing, woody scent.

Uses indicated include colds, flu, digestive disorders, fatigue, gout, liver/gall bladder problems, as well as skin conditions such as burns and minor wounds.

Caution should be taken as rosemary's stimulating effects may create difficulty if you are epileptic, suffering from high blood pressure, or pregnant.


Tangerine is calming, and has a fruity, sweet scent.

Uses indicated include anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, digestive issues, aging skin.

Caution should be taken as tangerine is also phototoxic, and should not be used prior to exposure to the sun, or a tanning bed.


Ylang Ylang has a calming effect on the body, and a powerful floral scent.

Uses indicated include treatment of anxiety, intestinal infections, and stress. It is also known to have a balancing effect on the hormones.

Caution should be taken as Ylang Ylang's powerful floral scent can cause headaches, and irritate sensitive, or inflammatory skin conditions.


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