Bergamot

Bergamot Bergamot   Citrus bergamia Properties: A powerful antiseptic, diuretic, antitoxic, deodorant and insecticide. Usage What it’s good for Massage or compress Skin complaints (acne or oily skin), cellulite, chest infections and sore throats. It can relieve the pain associated with shingles and chickenpox and can be used as an insect repellent. Added to bathwater or vaporiser/burner Alleviates feelings of Read More

Cedarwood, Virginian

Cedarwood, Virginian Cedarwood, Virginian   Juniperus virginiana Properties: the two types of cedarwood (Atlas and Virginian) are antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, sedative (to nervous system) and tonic (to circulatory system). Usage What it’s good for Massage, added to bathwater or a vaporiser/burner, steam inhalation Eczema, oily skin and acne, coughs, bronchitis, catarrh, cystitis, stress and tension. Hair tonic Hair loss and dandruff. Read More

Chamomile – Roman

Chamomile Chamomile – Roman   Anthemis nobilis Properties: the sweeter scent of Roman chamomile is often preferred over the slightly bitter, seaweedy odour of German chamomile. Their actions are similar but not identical. Both are antibacterial, sedative, digestive and analgesic; German chamomile has a more anti-inflammatory action. Usage What it’s good for Diluted and applied to skin Healing infected wounds, Read More

Clary Sage

Clary Sage Clary Sage   Salvia sclarea Properties: antidepressant and soothing, which makes it ideal in treating stress-related disorders and depression. Also antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent, deodorant, digestive and an aphrodisiac. Usage What it’s good for Massage, added to bathwater, or a vaporiser/burner Digestive problems (dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, and ulcers), menstrual (such as scanty periods) or menopausal problems, asthma, throat infections, migraine, Read More

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus   Eucalyptus globulus Properties: decongestant, antiseptic, detoxifying and a circulatory stimulant. Usage What it’s good for Steam inhalation two to three times a day or added to a carrier oil and rubbed into the chest, or few drops on a handkerchief Sore throats, coughs, chest infections, such as bronchitis, asthma and in clearing the catarrh of colds, flu Read More

Frankincense

Frankincense Frankincense   Boswellia carterii Properties: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, calming, digestive, diuretic, sedative and tonic. Usage What it’s good for Added to bathwater, or a vaporiser/burner, as a steam inhalation or a few drops on a handkerchief Easing respiratory problems such as asthma, catarrh, coughs and colds, chest infections, sore throats and to relieve anxiety and promote deep sleep. It’s also Read More

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