Essential Oils & Their Benefits


  • Analgesic - Pain relieving - usually applied locally   Oils -bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, marjoram, peppermint, rosemary
  • Anaphrodisiac - Diminishes sexual desire Oils - marjoram
  • Anticonvulsive - Stops convulsions Oils - chamomile, clary sage, lavender
  • Antidepressant - Uplifting to the mind and spirit, alleviates depression Oils-basil, bergamot, chamomile, geranium, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, rose, ylang-ylang
  • Anti-fungal - Helps destroy fungus Oils - lavender, myrrh, tea-tree
  • Anti-inflammatory - Reduces inflammation Oils - basil, chamomile, frankincense
  • Antiseptic - Helps prevent the growth of bacteria    Oils - All essential oils are antiseptic to a certain degree, with probably the most effective being bergamot, eucalyptus, juniper
  • Antispasmodic - Calms down muscle spasms   Oils - basil, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, peppermint, rose, rosemary
  • Antitoxic - Works against poisoning    Oils - black pepper, juniper, lavender
  • Antiviral - Counteracts the effects of viruses   Oils - cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, tea-tree
  • Aphrodisiac - Stimulates sexual desire       Oils - black pepper, jasmine, juniper, patchouli, rose, ylang-ylang
  • Astringent - Causes skin tissue to contract, so good for toning skin   Oils - frankincense, geranium, juniper, peppermint, rose, rosemary 
  • Bactericidal - Helps destroy bacteria Oils - clary sage, clove, lemon, oregano, tea-tree
  • Carminative - Helps ease griping pains and gets rid of gas from the digestive tract   Oils -                                                                                    basil, benzoin, bergamot, black pepper, clary sage, fennel, juniper, lavender, peppermint, lavender, rosemary
  • Cephalic - Stimulating for the head and mind    Oils - basil, peppermint, rosemary
  • Cicatrisant - Promotes the formation of scar tissue, so good for helping wounds to heal   Oils -                                                                          bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, rosemary
  • Cordial - This is a heart tonic   Oils - benzoin, lavender, melissa, neroli, peppermint, rose, rosemary
  • Decongestant - Relieves congestion - especially from mucous   Oils - black pepper, eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint, rosemary, tea-tree, thyme
  • Deodorant - Works against and masks body odour     Oils - benzoin, bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, patchouli
  • Detoxicant - Helps eliminate or reduce toxic substances        Oils - black pepper, juniper
  • Digestive - Helps digestion   Oils -basil, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, fennel, frankincense, peppermint, rosemary
  • Diuretic - Helps increase the production of urine         Oils - black pepper, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, juniper, lavender, rosemary
  • Emmenagogue - Increases the flow of blood and assists menstruation  Oils - basil, chamomile, clary sage, fennel, hyssop, juniper, lavender, marjoram, myrrh, peppermint, rose, rosemary
  • Expectorant - Helps get rid of catarrah, phlegm and mucous     Oils - basil, bergamot, eucalyptus, peppermint
  • Febrifuge - Cools and reduces fever    Oils - black pepper, chamomile, eucalyptus, peppermint
  • Haemostatic - Helps stop bleeding from wounds     Oils - geranium, rose
  • Hepatic - A tonic for the liver        Oils - chamomile, peppermint, rose, rosemary
  • Hypertensor - Raises blood pressure   Oils -  rosemary
  • Hypotensor - Lowers blood pressure   Oils -  clary sage, lavender, melissa, ylang-ylang
  • Laxative - Mildly promotes evacuation of the bowels        Oils - black pepper, fennel, rose
  • Nervine - Acts on the nervous system - often as a tonic, so good for nervous disorders                                                                                         Oils -  basil, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, lavender, peppermint, rosemary
  • Regulating - Balances the body's systems    Oils - geranium, lavender, ylang-ylang
  • Rubefacient - Stimulates circulation locally and so causes redness of the skin     black pepper, eucalyptus, juniper, rosemary
  • Sedative - Has a soothing and calming effect     Oils - bergamot, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, patchouli, rose, ylang-ylang
  • Splenetic - A tonic for the spleen  Oils - black pepper, chamomile, fennel, lavender, fennel, rose
  • Stimulant - Has a invigorating action on the body and circulation       Oils - black pepper, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, tea-tree
  • Stomachic - A tonic of the stomach - helps digestion and improves appetite        basil, black pepper, chamomile, fennel, juniper, peppermint, rose, rosemary
  • Sudorific - Causes or increases perspiration      Oils -  basil, chamomile, ginger, hyssop, juniper, lavender, melissa, peppermint, rosemary
  • Tonic - Tones the body generally, or in one area. Can be mildly stimulating and has a restorative effect       Oils -                                           black pepper, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, patchouli, peppermint, rose, rosemary, tea-tree
  • Uterine - A tonic of the uterus  Oils -  clary sage, frankincense, jasmine, rose
  • Vascoconstrictor - When applied locally causes constriction of the blood vessels     Oils -     chamomile, peppermint                                      Vulnerary - When applied externally heals cuts, sores and open wounds.     chamomile, peppermint  chamomile, peppermint         
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