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Caution for using ANY and ALL essential oils: If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, ALWAYS consult your physician before using essential oils.

As with any information presented on this page, please use all proper precautions in using these powerful aromatic essences, and consult a medical practitioner when in doubt.

Essential Oil Profiles

(Each essential oil profile lists the properties, actions, benefits, indications, cautions and companion oils)

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-A-

Allspice (Pimenta Officinalis)
Ambrette (Abelmoschus Moschatus)
Amrys (Amyris Balsamifera)
Angelica (Angelica Archangelica)

-B-

Balsam Fir (Abies Balsamea)
Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)
Bay Laurel (Laurus Nobilis)
Beeswax Absolute (Apis Mellifera)
Benzoin (Styrax Benzoin Dryander)
Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia)
Bergamot Mint (Mentha Citrata /
Mentha Aquatica L. var. Citrata)
Birch (Betula Alleghaniensis)
Bitter Orange (Citrus Aurantium var Amara)
Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum)
Blood Orange (Citrus Sinensis)
Blue Cypress (Callitris Intratropica)
Blue Tansy (Tanacetum Annuum)
Boldo/Boldu (Peumus Boldus)
Boronia (Boronia Megastigma)
Buchu (Barosma Betulina)

-C-

Cade (Rectified) (Juniperus Oxycedrus)
Cajeput (Melaleuca Leucadendra)
Calamus (Acorus Calamus)
Camphor (Laurus Camphora)
Cananga (Cananga Odorata var. Macrophylla)
Caraway (Carum Carvi)
Cardamom (Elettaria Cardamomum)
Carrot Seed (Daucus Carota)
Cassia (Cinnamomum Cassia)
Catnip (Nepeta Cataria)
Cedarwood (Cedrus Atlantica)
Celery Seed (Apium Graveolens)
Chamomile, German (Matricaria Recutita)
Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum Nobile)
Champaca (Michelia Champaca)
Chocolate Peppermint (Mentha Piperita v. Chocolat)
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)
Cinnamon Leaf (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)
Cistus (Cistus Ladanifer)
Citronella (Cymbopogon Nardus)
Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea)
Clove (Syzygium Aromaticum)
Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum)
Cornmint (Mentha Arvensis)
Cumin (Cuminum Cyminum)
Cypress (Cupressus Sempervirens)

-D-

Davana (Artemisia Pallens)
Dill (Anethum Graveolens)
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga Menziesii)

-E-

Elemi (Canarium Luzonicum)
Eucalyptus Citriodora (Eucalyptus Citriodora)
Eucalyptus Dives (Eucalyptus Dives var Type)
Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus Globulus)
Eucalyptus Polybractea (Eucalyptus Polybractea)
Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus Radiata)
Eucalyptus Smithii (Eucalyptus Smithii)

-F-

Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare)
Fir Needle (Abies Alba)
Fleabane (Conyza Canadensis)
Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri)

-G-

Galbanum (Ferula Gummosa)
Gardenia (Gardenia Jasminoides)
Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens)
Geranium Bourbon (Pelargonium Capitatum
x Radens)
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)
Goldenrod (Solidago Canadensis)
Grapefruit, Pink (Citrus x Paradisi)
Gurjum Balsam (Dipterocarpus Jourdainii)

-H-

Helichrysum (Helichrysum Italicum)
Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum / Ocimum
Gratissimum)
Hops (Humulus Lupulus)
Hyacinth (Hyacinthus Orientalis)
Hyssop (Hyssopus Officinalis)

-J-

Jasmine (Jasmine Officinale)
Juniper (Juniperus Communis / J. Osteosperma)

-K-

Kanuka (Leptospermum Ericoides)

-L-

Lavandin (Lavandula x Hybrida)
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Ledum (Ledum Groenlandicum)
Lemon (Citrus Limon)
Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia Citriodora)
Lemon Tea Tree (Leptospermum Petersonii)

Lemon Verbena (Lippia Citriodora)
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Flexuosus)
Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia)
Linden Blossom (Tilia Vulgaris)
Lotus, Blue Absolute (Nymphea Cerulea)
Lotus, Pink Absolute (Nelumbo Nucifera)
Lotus, White Absolute (Nymphea Alba / Nelumbo Nucifera)
Lovage (Levisticum Officinale)

-M-

Mandarin (Citrus Reticulata)
Manuka (Leptospermum Scoparium)
Marjoram (Origanum Majorana)
May Chang (Litsea Cubeba)
Melissa (Melissa Officinalis)
Mimosa (Acacia Dealbata)
Mountain Savory (Sautureje Montana)
Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris)
Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus)
Mustard (Brassica Nigra)
Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha)
Myrtle (Myrtus Communis)

-N-

Naouli (Melaleuca Quinquenervia)
Narcissus Absolute (Narcissus Poeticus)
Neroli (Citrus Aurantium)
Nutmeg (Myristica Fragrans)

-O-

Oakmoss (Evernia Prunastri)
Opopanax (Commiphora Guidottii /
Commiphora Erythraea)
Oregano (Origanum Compactum)

-P-

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon Margin)
Palo Santo (Bursera Graveolens)
Parsley (Petroselinum Sativum)
Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin)
Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium)
Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
Peru Balsam (Myroxylon Pereirae)
Petitgrain (Citrus Aurantium)
Pine (Pinus Sylvestris)
Pink Pepper (Schinus Molle)
Plai (Mentha Arvensis)

-R-

Ravensara (Ravensara Aromatica)
Ravintsara (Cinnamomum Camphora)
Rhododendron (Rhododendron Anthopogon)
Rose (Rosa Damascena)
Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Roseum)
Rose Maroc (Rosa Centifolia)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
Rosewood (Aniba Rosaeodora)
Rue (Ruta Graveolens)

-S-

Sage (Salvia Officinalis)
Sandalwood (Santalum Album)
Saro (Cinnamosma Fragrans)
Spanish Sage (Salvia Lavandulaefolia)
Spearmint (Mentha Spicata)
Spike Lavender (Lavandula Latifolia)
Spikenard (Nardostachys Jatamansi)
Spruce (Picea Mariana)
Star Anise (Illicium Verum)
Swamp Paperbark (Melaleuca Ericifolia)
Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis)

-T-

Tagetes (Tagetes Minuta)
Tangerine (Citrus Nobilis)
Tansy (Tanacetum Vulgare)
Tarragon (Artemisia Dracunculus)
Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
Thuja (Thuja Occidentalis)
Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris CT Thymol)
Tobacco Absolute (Nicotiana Tabacum)
Tsuga (Tsuga Canadensis)
Tuberose (Polianthes Tuberosa)
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)

-V-

Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis)
Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia)
Vetiver (Vetiveria Zizanioides)
Violet Leaf (Viola Odorata)
Virginia Cedarwood (Juniperus Virginiana)
Vitex (Vitex Negundo)

-W-

Western Red Cedar (Thuja Plicata)
West Indian Bay (Pimenta Racemosa)
White Fir (Abies Concolor)
White Sage (Salvia Apiana)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens)
Wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium)

-Y-

Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)
Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata var. Genuina)
Yuzu (Citrus Junos)

Essential Oil Dosage, Dilution

Dilution refers to mixing our essential oils with a suitable carrier oil. Usually we will use a 2.5% dilution when mixing our essential oils with a carrier. As mentioned earlier, we would only use a 1% dilution for children, pregnant women, the elderly or frail or convalescing.

An average dilution would be:

  • 2-3 drops for 1 teaspoon of carrier oil
  • 7-8 drops for 1 tablespoon of carrier oil
  • 15 drops for 1 oz. of carrier oil

All drops are not created equal. Depending on which oil is chosen and the viscosity of the oil the size of the drop will differ. This will make little difference when working on a personal blend but will make a bigger difference if blending a larger amount of your mixture.

For larger projects you may wish to purchase a few droppers from your local pharmacy for greater accuracy but for small blends the orifice reducer that should be on your essential oil will suffice.

The dosage of your blend is very important, and there are a few things to take into consideration. First at all, the following table offers you a safety guideline but these amounts may vary depending on a variety of reasons.

If you need your blend to act fast, you may consider adding 5 more drops than mentioned on the table

If the person has skin sensitivity, is pregnant, or is a child, please divide the amounts in the chart by 3 or even 4. DO NOT use any essential oils on women during their first trimester of pregnancy or with children less than 3 years old without medical advisement.

Some essential oils should be used in less dosage than others, between 1 and 3 drops: Rose, Jasmine, Chamomile (German and Roman), Helychrisum, St. John's Wort, Melissa, Lemon Verbena.

There are also different dilution rates based upon how the oils are going to be used.

Using Essential Oils in the Bath

Normal dilution for a bath would be approximately 7 drops. If you have sensitive skin, or you are trying a new oil, mix the oil with a small amount of carrier oil or shampoo before adding to the bath.

For children between the ages of 4 and 12, as well as for elderly people, only add 4 drops of oil per bath.

For children between 1 and 4, as well as for pregnant women, add only 2 drops of oil per bath.

Due to evaporation rates, it is best to add the oils to the bath and mix with your hand instead of adding it to the running water.

Adding Essential Oils to Creams or Lotions

When you blend essential oils in a plain, unperfumed cream or lotion base (available at your local pharmacy), it adds the therepeutic qualities of the oil(s) to your cream or lotion, as well as providing a great, non-oily way to apply essential oils to your skin.

The total percentage of essential oil to a cream or lotion should not exceed 2%. You should also ensure that you mix the oil thoroughly into the cream or lotion and that you are not allergic to the essential oil(s) you have chosen. The mixed cream or lotion should be kept in a closed container and in a cool area.

Adding Essential Oils to a Massage Oil

When you utilize essential oils for a massage, first dilute them with a suitable carrier oil, due to the fact that essential oils are too concentrated to use undiluted on the skin.

 Dilutions for Massage:

Age Amount of carrier oil Amount of essential oil
65 years + Approx. 1.5 Tbsp 5-6 drops
Ages 12 – 65 Approx. 1.5 Tbsp 10 drops
Children 6 – 12 Approx. 1.5 Tbsp 7 drops
Children 4 – 6 Approx. 1.5 Tbsp 5 drops
 Children 1 – 4 Approx. 1.5 Tbsp 2 drops
Under 1 year of age Approx. 1.5 Tbsp 1 drop
Pregnant Approx. 1.5 Tbsp 1-2 drops

Essential Oil Safety Guidelines

Important Safety Tips for Using Essential Oils

Using essential oils is a great way to relax and feel good. You can invigorate your mind and your body with a few of your favorite oils. However, there are some important safety rules you should know before you start using any essential oils. The following are important safety tips that will ensure that you are using essential oils with the proper care.

Never apply any essential oil to your bare skin: This is a very important rule for anyone interested in using essential oils. If you put undiluted oils on your skin, it will cause burning and irritation. While essential oils can certainly help you when used correctly, it can cause plenty of problems when used incorrectly. Instead of putting it on your skin undiluted, you will want to get some good carrier oil and mix it in the right amount. This will ensure that you are using it on your skin safely.

Essential oils are flammable: You must remember that all essential oils are flammable. You should NEVER use essential oils over an open flame and this includes candles. There is a method of using essential oils with candles, but extreme caution will have to be use. You will light the candle and allow some of the wax to melt. Then, extinguish the candle and add the essential oils to the wax that is melted without allowing it to touch the wick. You can then relight the candle. Never leave them unsupervised. Make sure you are watching it all times.

Watch for allergic reactions: Just as with any product you use in your home or on your skin, you will have to watch carefully for allergic reactions. It is not too uncommon for people to have allergic reactions to some types of oils. These can include strong oils such as cinnamon. In order to find out whether or not you are allergic to the oil, try adding just one drop to a small amount of carrier and then put it on your skin. If you do not see a reaction after several hours, then you can continue using the oils. This is the best way to make sure that you do not have allergies.

Use caution around pets, children and pregnant women: Interestingly enough, while essential oils are all natural products, care must still be taken when used around pets, children and those who are pregnant. There are some essential oils that can induce premature labor. In addition, essential oils should never be ingested. You should never put the oils where children and pets can get into them. You should also never put the oil on your pets. They could lick it off and it could cause illness.

Watch for interactions with medications: When you take prescription medications or have some type of medical conditions, then you should use care when using essential oils. Those who suffer from asthma and other upper respiratory infections may have trouble using certain essential oils such as rosemary, fennel and sage.

The bottom line is that you should be very careful when using any type of essential oils to ensure your safety.

Essential Oil Contraindications

Pregnancy – The following oils should be avoided during pregnancy: Basil, Birch, cedar, Clove bud, Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Jasmine, Juniper Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme

Skin Irritants –
These oils may irritate the skin, and should be diluted in a Carrier Oil before applying to the skin or used in a bath: Basil, Cinnamon, Clove bud, Fennel, Siberian Fir, Lemon, Lemongrass, Melissa, Peppermint, Thyme, Tea Tree, Verbena

Photosensetivity – These oils can cause skin sensitivity in the presence of ultraviolet light and should NOT be used before exposure to direct sunlight: Angelica, Bergamot, Mandarin, Lemon, Lime, Petitgrain, St. John’s Wort, Verbena

High Blood PressureThe following oils should not be used by anyone with high blood pressure: Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme Skin Allergies

Skin Conditions – If one is suffering from dermatitis or other allergic skin conditions then these oils should be avoided: Benzoin, Rose Geranium, Jasmine, Pine, Ylang Ylang

Toxic oils – These oils should be avoided: bitter Almond, Mugwort, Mustard, Pennyroyal, Rue, Sassafrass, Southernwood, Tansy, Wintergreen

Seizure DisorderIf you suffer from epilepsy or a seizure disorder these oils should be avoided: Basil, Fennel, Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage

Essential Oil Safety Guidelines for Babies

You can start baby massage at around 2 months, but avoid it for a week or two before and after a baby is vaccinated.

For babies this young, and until they are a year old, use just 1/2 percent dilution, and not more than 1 drop of essential oil in total at any one time. Only use Roman Chamomile, Neroli, Lavender, Mandarin or Rose with young babies-avoid all other essential oils.

For baby massage, mix 1 drop of essential oil in 2 tsp (10 ml) of base oil, then gently massage the arms, hands, legs, feet, back, chest and stomach. If a baby shows signs of wanting you to stop, then do so, but most babies enjoy being massaged. It is unlikely that you will use up the full massage mixture, so keep what is left over in a dark glass bottle. You can use this the following day for another massage, or in the baby's bath.

Use only diluted essential oils in the bath. Baby skin is very sensitive, and babies have a habit of putting their fingers in their mouths and rubbing their eyes.

If a baby is restless and agitated, use Roman Chamomile or Neroli for massage or in the bath. To help a baby sleep, use Lavender in the bath or for massage, or put one drop on the baby's sheet or pyjamas. If a baby has a tummy upset, use Mandarin in gentle massage over the baby's abdomen.

Essential oil safety for babies information is from “The Aromatherapy Bible” by Gill Farrer-Halls.

Dangerous Essential Oils

Ajowan (Trachyspermum copticum) toxic thymol, powerful irritant
Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis var amara) toxic cyanide (prussic acid) present in unrectified oil – only use FFPA grade
Boldo Leaf (Peumus boldus) very orally toxic
Calamus (Acorus calamus) carcinogenic oral toxin ß-asarone, methyleugenol; FDA banned from flavorings
Camphor, Brown or Yellow (Cinnamomum camphora) carcinogenic safrole
Colophony (Pinus spp.) stong sensitizer
Costus (Saussurea costus) strong sensitizer
Croton, Cascarilla (Croton tiglium) methyleugenol, blistering agent
Elecampane, Allantroot (Innula helenium) strong sensitizer
Fig Leaf absolute (Ficus carica) phototoxic sensitizer
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) severe irritant allyl isothiocyanate
Jaborandi (Pilocarpus jaborandi) neurotoxic pilocarpine
Massoia Bark (Cryptocaria massoia) strong irritant
Melaleuca bracteata almost pure carcinogenic methyleugenol
Melilotus (Melilotus officianalis) orally toxic coumarin
Mustard (Brassica nigra) severe irritant allyl isothiocyanate
Ocotea (Ocotea cymbarum) carcinogenic safrole
Parsley Seed (Pertoselinum sativum) hepatotoxic apiol
Peru Balsam, Balsam in any form (Myroxylon balsamum var. pereirea) strong sensitizer, can lead to systemic reactions to common spices
Rue (Ruta graveolens) orally toxic, irritant, photosensitizer methyl nonyl ketone
Santolina, Cotton Lavender (Santolina chamaecyparissus) orally toxic santolinenone
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) carcinogenic safrole
Savin (Juniperus sabina) neurotoxic
Sweet Birch (Betula lenta) methyl salicylate
Southernwood (Artemisia arbrotanum) neurotoxic ß-thujone
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) 87% neurotoxic ß-thujone
Turpentine, Terebinth (Pinus palustris, Pinus spp.) orally toxic, irritant turpentine
Tea absolute (Thea sinensis absolute) strong sensitizer
Thuja, White Cedar, Cedarleaf (Thuja occidentalis, T. plicata) neurotoxic alpha-thujone, ß-thujone
Tonka Bean (Dipteryx odorata) orally toxic coumarin
Verbena, Lemon Verbena (Lippia citriodora, Verbena triphylla) powerful sensitizer, phototoxic
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) methyl salicylate
Wormseed (Chenopodium ambrosioides var. anthelminticum) orally toxic
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthum) neurotoxic alpha-thujone, ß-thujone

Oil Measurements and Equivalents

  • 3 teaspoons (tsp) = 1 tablespoon (tbls)
  • 2 tablespoons (tbls) = 1 ounce (oz)
  • 6 teaspoons (tsp) = 1 ounce (oz)
  • 10 milliliter (ml) = 1/3 oz.
  • 15 milliliter (ml) = 1/2 oz.
  • 30 milliliter (ml) = 1 oz.
  • 10 milliliter (ml) = approximately 300 drops

Generally 2 drops of Essential Oil should be used per Tsp of Carrier Oil (but follow individual recipes if available. Generally it takes from 1 to 2 oz of carrier oil for a full body massage. Generally you can use any kind of natural carrier oil except mineral oil. There are a lot of carrier oils to choose from and each has their own properties.

Essential Oil Application Methods

BATH:
Add 10-12 drops of a single oil or a blend to 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts or baking soda – or 5 drops to 1 TBS. of Epsom Salts or baking soda. Pour it into a hot bath while it is filling. Soak until water cools.

DIRECT INHALATION:
Apply 2-3 drops of essential oil or blend to palm of one hand, rub palms together, cup hands over nose and mouth and inhale vapors deeply 6-8 times.

DIFFUSION:
A few drops in a diffuser (for therapeutic use, cold air diffusers do not harm the fragile properties of essential oils), you can buy electric devices, candle warmed, ceramic rings to place on light bulbs, or just use a bowl of warm water.

Using heat to diffuse essential oils will destroy essential oils, rendering them therapeutically ineffective. Cold air diffusers gently break up essential oils into tiny molecules through micro diffusion thus retaining the integrity of the oils.

This process creates a fine mist vapor that floats in the air and can be absorbed gently into the body through the respiratory system. If you're diffusing an oil only for aroma, an oil burner works perfectly. But, if you're using an essential oil or blend for therapeutic benefit, use a cold air diffuser.

COMPRESS:
Dilute 1 part essential oil or blend with 4 parts vegetable oil (olive works great) and apply 8-10 drops on affected area. Cover with moist hand towel or wash cloth. Cover the moist towel with a dry towel and leave in place for 10-15 minutes. If there is inflammation – always use a cold compress. If there is no inflammation, use a warm compress. (Learn how to make hot and cold compresses here.)

FOOT REFLEX POINTS:
Massage oil or blend with the side of your thumb or reflex tool on the corresponding reflex point on the feet. Use a press and circle motion for 10-20 seconds per point. (Learn how to do a reflexology massage here.)

RECTAL RETENTION: (only if directed)
Dilute 15 drops recommended essential oil(s) or blend with 1 TBS. vegetable oil. Insert 1 TBS. into rectum with a bulb syringe and retain overnight.

VAGINAL RETENTION: (only if directed)
Apply 5-8 drops of oil or blend on a tampon and insert into vagina for internal infection; or apply to sanitary pad for external lesions. Retain overnight.

VAPORIZE:
Run hot, steaming water into sink or large bowl. Drape towel over head, covering hot water also. Add 3-6 drops essential oil(s) or blend to the water. Inhale vapors as deeply as possible several times through the nose as they rise with the steam. Recharge vapors with additional hot water as needed.

MASSAGE:
Blend 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil (Almond, Apricot, Jojoba) and indulge in the power of touch.

OTHER USES:
Facial steams, foot soaks, insect repellent, household cleaning…. and much more… use your imagination.

The Notes (Top, Middle, Base) of Essential Oils

Essential oils evaporate at varying degrees. The oils which evaporate the fastest are eucalyptus and orange.

The oils which evaporate the slowest are patchouli and sandalwood. Between these two extremes are other essential oils which evaporate at varying speeds.

These scales of evaporation have been divided into three sections:

TOP NOTES lightest oils, evaporate quickly
MIDDLE NOTES in between
BASE NOTES heaviest oils, evaporate slowly

When you create an essential oil blend, you should have a combination of the three notes. It is very important to use a good balance when creating oil blends.

When you first smell a blend of oils or a perfume, the scent you first become aware will be that of the TOP NOTE.

The BASE NOTES are utilized to hold back the oils which evaporate more quickly as well as to make the scent or aroma last as long as possible.

TOP NOTE OILS
  • These are the fastest acting essences e.g.. Eucalyptus and Lemon.
  • In general, these oils are uplifting and stimulating.
  • They are effective in conditions of mental exhaustion and where someone shows a lack of interest in life.
MIDDLE NOTE OILS
  • These oils are the most commonly used.
  • Most spices and herbs are in this category.
  • These oils affect the functions of the body, metabolism and digestion.
BASE NOTE OILS
  • Base note oils apply to the purely cellular domain and the quality of the tissue is influenced.
  • Most gums and wood are base note oils.
  • These oils are known to act on mucus membranes.
  • Base note oils are very valuable in the treatment of chronic conditions.
  • These are some of the essences used by man in ancient times.
  • Base note oils are very effective when treating the elderly.
At least one middle note essential oil should be part of every blend as it is the crucial link between the base note oil(s) and top note oil(s).

Antibacterial Essential Oils

  • Tea Tree esp. against Staph infections
  • Manuka (staph & strep)
  • Bay Laurel
  • Thyme
  • Bergamot
  • Sage
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Clove
  • Oregano
  • Spike Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Naouli
  • Lemongrass
  • Ravensara
  • Pine
  • Palmarosa
  • Cistus (E-Coli)
  • Marjoram
  • Peppermint
  • Black Pepper
  • Cassia
  • Patchouli
  • Cajeput
  • Sandalwood (strep)

Please remember that as more and more infectious conditions become resistant to various antibiotics, the antibacterial essential oils seem to retain their effectiveness.

Antifungal Essential Oils

  • Tea Tree
  • Myrrh
  • Atlast Cedarwood or Virginia Cedarwood
  • Tagetes
  • Lavandin
  • Eucalyptus Citriodora
  • Citronella
  • Lemongrass
  • Orange
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Palmarosa
  • Geranium

AntiViral Essential Oils

  • Tea Tree
  • Manuka
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Thyme (I recommend Linalool)
  • True Melissa (against the herpes virus)
  • Sage
  • Lavender
  • Hyssop
  • Clove Bud
  • Oregano
  • Cinnamon Leaf
  • Lemon
  • Naouli
  • Myrrh
  • Ravensara (said by some to be effective against mononucleosis, herpes, shingles, flu, etc.)
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Peppermint
  • Cistus
  • Palmarosa
  • Elemi
  • Helichrysum
  • Lime
  • Eucalyptus Globulus
  • Thuja
  • Black Pepper
  • Cassia
  • Patchouli
  • Cajeput

Symptom to Essential Oil List

  • ABSCESSES: Lavender, Tea Tree, Thyme, Myrrh, Frankincense, Birch
  • ABDOMINAL CRAMPS: Lavender, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Ginger, Basil, Peppermint, Anise, Fennel
  • ACCUMULATION OF TOXINS: Birch, Carrot Seed, Juniper
  • ACNE: Bergamot, Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Vetiver, Lemongrass, Rosewood, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus Radiata, Orange, Neroli
  • AGING SKIN: Frankincense, Helichrysum, Cypress, Rose, Lavender, Patchouli, Sage, Geranium, Rosewood, Sandalwood
  • ALLERGIES: Chamomile, Lavender, Melissa, Patchouli, Ledum, Nutmeg
  • AMENORRHEA: Basil, Fennel, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Myrrh
  • ANXIETY: Bergamot, Petitgrain
  • ARTHRITIS: Benzoin, Birch, Black Pepper, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Juniper, Helichrysum, Balsam Fir, Rosemary, Oregano, Clove, Nutmeg, Tansy, Elemi, Peppermint
  • ASTHMA: Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Lavender, Marjoram, Hyssop
  • ATHLETES FOOT: Tea Tree, Myrrh, Balsam Fir, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemongrass
  • BOILS: Lavender, Tea Tree, Thyme, Myrrh, Frankincense, Birch
  • BOREDOM: Lemongrass
  • BRONCHIAL INFECTIONS: (Including Colds, Flu AND Bronchitis) Basil, Benzoin, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Ginger, Helichrysum,Lavender, Marjoram, Myrtle, Peppermint, Pine, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Thyme
  • BRUISES: Fennel, Lavender, Parsley Seed, Helichrysum, Cypress, Balsam Fir, Clove, Nutmeg, Amyris
  • BURNS: Lavender, Balsam Fir, Helichrysum, Melissa
  • CATARRH: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Pine, Thyme
  • CELLULITE: Birch, Fennel, Geranium, Grapefruit
  • CHILBLAINS: (Cold extremeties – poor circulation) Black Pepper, Lemon, Marjoram, Goldenrod, Helichrysum, Cypress, Myrtle, Orange, Grapefruit, Clove, Peppermint, Geranium, Nutmeg
  • CHILDREN'S TUMMY UPSETS: Mandarin, Chamomile
  • COLD SORES: Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree
  • COLIC: Black Pepper, Chamomile, Marjoram, Peppermint
  • CONGESTED SKIN: Geranium, Grapefruit
  • CONSTIPATION: Black Pepper, Ginger, Peppermint, Fennel, Tarragon, Anise
  • CORNS AND WARTS: Lemon, Tea Tree
  • COUGHS: Benzoin, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Helichrysum, Marjoram, Myrtle, Pine,Tea Tree, Thyme
  • CRACKED AND CHAPPED SKIN: Benzoin, Myrrh, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Neroli, Rose, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, Rosewood, Lavender, Spikenard
  • CUTS: Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Eucalyptus Globulus, Cypress, Birch, Thyme, Oregano, German Chamomile, Lavandin, Mountain Savory, Peppermint
  • CYSTITIS: Oregano, Mountain Savory, Tea Tree, Thyme, Cistus, Juniper, Rosemary, Clove
  • DANDRUFF: Lavender, Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Balsam Fir, Western Red Cedar, Rosemary, Sage
  • DEPRESSION: Basil, Bergamot, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lime, Sandalwood
  • DERMATITIS: Lavender, Juniper, Ledum, Kaffir Lime, Celery Seed, Cistus, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Geranium, Rosewood, Thyme
  • DIARRHEA: Peppermint, Ginger, Mountain Savory, Oregano, Clove, Nutmeg, Lemon
  • DULL DAYS: Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lime, Orange
  • DRY SKIN: Roman Chamomile, Neroli, Rose, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, Rosewood, Lavender, Spikenard, Myrrh
  • DYSMENORRHEA: (Painful periods/menstrual cramps) Clary Sage, Rosemary, Hops, Sage, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Tarragon, Vitex
  • DYSPEPSIA: (Indigestion) Peppermint, Fennel, Cumin, Ginger, Spearmint, Nutmeg, Orange, Grapefruit
  • ECZEMA: Lavender, Juniper, Ledum, Celery Seed, Cistus, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Geranium, Rosewood, Thyme
  • EDEMA/WATER RETENTION: Ledum, German Chamomile, Cedarwood, Birch, Pepprmint, Lavender, Grapefruit, Juniper, Orange, Fennel, Geranium, Clove
  • FEVERS: Eucalyptus, Lemongrass
  • FLATULENCE: Peppermint, Tarragon, Nutmeg, Anise, Fennel, Ledum
  • GREASY SKIN: Bergamot, Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Vetiver, Lemongrass, Rosewood, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus Radiata, Orange, Neroli
  • GRIEF: Melissa
  • HEMORRHOIDS: (Piles) Cypress, Helichrysum, Myrrh, Lemon, Spikenard, Basil, Peppermint
  • HAIR CARE: Birch, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang
  • HEADACHE: Chamomile, Lavender
  • HEARTBURN: Peppermint, Fennel, Cumin, Ginger, Spearmint, Nutmeg, Orange, Grapefruit
  • HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: (Hypertension) Lavender, German Chamomile, Goldenrod, Clove, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Cypress, Helichrysum
  • INDIGESTION: Peppermint, Fennel, Cumin, Ginger, Spearmint, Nutmeg, Orange, Grapefruit
  • INFLAMED JOINTS: Birch, Spruce, Cypress, Peppermint, Mountain Savory, Marjoram, Rosemary, Oregano, Helichrysum, Thyme, Nutmeg
  • INFLAMMATION: Birch, Helichrysum, Clove, Nutmeg, Lavender, Ravensara, Thyme, German Chamomile, Cypress, Myrrh, Hyssop, Peppermint, Spruce
  • INSECT BITES AND STINGS: Lavandin, Eucalyptus Globulus, Citronella, Tea Tree, Peppermint, German Chamomile, Rosemary
  • INSECT REPELLENT: Lemongrass; Citronella, Lavender
  • INSOMNIA: Chamomile, Lavender, Marjoram
  • LARYNGITIS AND SORE THROATS: Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon, Frankincense, Ravensara, Thyme, Oregano, Peppermint, Myrrh, Sage
  • LEUCORRHEA: (White vaginal discharge) Bergamot, Lavender, Myrrh
  • LOSS OF APPETITE: Bergamot
  • LUMBAGO: (Lower Back Pain) Marjoram, Nutmeg, Basil, Birch, Helichrysum, German Chamomile, Elemi, Peppermint
  • MENOPAUSAL PROBLEMS: Cypress, Geranium, Clary Sage
  • MENORRHAGIA: (Heavy periods) Cypress, Basil, Fennel, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Myrrh
  • METRORRHAGIA: (Bleeding between periods) Frankincense, Basil, Fennel, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Myrrh
  • MIGRAINE: Lavender
  • MUSCULAR ACHES AND PAINS: Basil, Black Pepper, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, Peppermint, Myrrh, Birch, Clove
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  • NAUSEA: Tansy, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Patchouli, Ginger
  • NERVOUS EXHAUSTION AND FATIGUE: Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary
  • NERVOUS TENSION AND STRESS: Benzoin, Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage,Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lavender, Sandalwood, Vetiver.
  • NEURALGIA: Chamomile, Marjoram, Helichrysum, Peppermint, Juniper, Nutmeg
  • OBESITY: Birch, Fennel
  • PHYSICAL, MENTAL, SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL ANGER: Ylang Ylang
  • PMT/PMS: Hops, Clary Sage, Sage, Fennel, Anise, Vitex, Geranium, Blue Yarrow
  • POOR CIRCULATION: Black Pepper, Ginger, Pine, Rosemary
  • PRURITIS: (anal itching) Bergamot, Myrrh, Tea Tree
  • PSORIASIS: Roman Chamomile, Tea Tree, Patchouli, Helichrysum, Rose, German Chamomile, Lavender
  • PYORRHEA: (Bronchial Asthma) Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Lavender, Marjoram, Hyssop, Basil, Benzoin, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Helichrysum, Myrtle, Peppermint, Pine, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Thyme
  • RASHES: Chamomile
  • RHEUMATISM: Benzoin, Birch, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Juniper,Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary
  • RINGWORM: Myrrh
  • SCARS: Frankincense, Petitgrain, Lavender
  • SHOCK: Peppermint, Petitgrain
  • SINUSITIS: Pine
  • SKIN CARE: Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Palmarosa, Rosewood
  • SORES: Eucalyptus, Lavender
  • SPOTS: Lavender, Tea Tree
  • SPRAINS AND STRAINS: Chamomile, Lavender
  • STOMACH CRAMPS: Clary Sage, Peppermint
  • STRETCH MARKS: Mandarin, Lavender
  • SWEATY FEET: Cypress
  • TEETHING PAIN: Chamomile
  • THRUSH: Tea Tree
  • TOOTHACHE: Cajeput, Chamomile, Clove
  • URETHRITIS: Cedarwood, Tea Tree
  • VAGINITIS: Tea Tree
  • VARICOSE VEINS: Cypress, Helichrysum, Basil, Peppermint, Lemon
  • VERTIGO: Lavender, Peppermint
  • WEEPY SKIN CONDITIONS: Myrrh
  • WOUNDS: Chamomile, Lemon, Myrrh, Tea Tree

Essential Oil to Symptoms List

The following oils may assist in alleviating the complaints listed. This is not a comprehensive list nor is it considered to be a prescription for the named complaint.

  • Angelica  – cough, colds, fever, flatulence, indigestion.
  • Aniseed – indigestion, coughs, bronchitis, catarrh.
  • Apricot Kernel – premature skin aging, inflammation, dryness (use 100%), minerals and vitamins.
  • Avocado – dry skin, eczema (add 10% to base oil), vitamins, protein, lecithin, fatty acids.
  • Basil – bronchitis, fatigue, colds, loss of concentration, migraine, gout, aches and pains, depression, fainting, mental fatigue, migraine, nausea, nervous tension, stimulant.
  • Bay – sprains, colds flu, insomnia, rheumatism, antiseptic, decongestant, tonic.
  • Benzoin – coughs, itching, arthritis, colds, sedative.
  • Bergamot – fever, acne, tension, wounds, coughs, stress, antidepressant, uplifting.
  • Birch – gout, rheumatism, eczema, ulcers.
  • Black Pepper – colds, aches, Influence, flatulence, rheumatism.
  • Bois de Rose – tonic, coughs, headache, antidepressant.
  • Borage – PMT, MS, menopause, heart disease, psoriasis, eczema, premature aging, regenerates skin, vitamins, minerals.
  • Cajeput – antiseptic, analgesic, lung congestion, neuralgia, acne.
  • Camphor –  coughs, colds, fever, rheumatism, arthritis, stimulant.
  • Carrot – gout, ulcers, flatulence, eczema, psoriasis, diuretic.
  • Cedarwood – bronchitis, catarrh, acne, arthritis, diuretic, lung congestion, eczema, aphrodisiac.
  • Chamomile, German – nervous conditions, insomnia, antibacterial, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, teething, sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, hay fever, diarrhea, sprains, nausea, fever, depression, contains azulene, (uplifting), tonic.
  • Chamomile Roman – nerves, migraine, acne, inflammation, insomnia, menstrual problems, dermatitis.
  • Cinnamon Bark – antiviral, antiseptic, circulatory, heart, digestive, respiratory stimulant, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, antivenom, antiseptic.
  • Cinnamon Leaf – flu, rheumatism, warts, coughs, colds, antiviral.
  • Citronella – insecticide, deodorant, tonic, stimulant.
  • Clary Sage – depression, nerves, sore throat, aches, pains, debility, sedative, uplifting.
  • Clove – antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic, toothache, digestive problems, muscular disorders, asthma, nausea, sinusitis, sedative, nerve tension, general weakness, antispasmodic – do not use undiluted on skin.
  • Coriander – indigestion, flu, fatigue, rheumatism, flatulence, nervousness, analgesic.
  • Cumin – indigestion, headache, liver problems, stimulant.
  • Cypress – menopausal problems, circulatory conditions, rheumatism, colds, whooping cough, nervous tension, hemorrhoids, wounds, astringent.
  • Dill – flatulence, indigestion, constipation, nervousness, gastric upset, headache.
  • Eucalyptus Globulus – sore throat, coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis, skin infections, ulcers, sores, rheumatism, aches, pains, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory.
  • Eucalyptus Peppermint – ulcers, sores, coughs, colds, fever, respiratory problems, antiviral, headache, flu, rheumatism, arthritis.
  • Eucalyptus Radiata – antiviral, colds, coughs, bronchitis, whooping cough, rheumatism, muscle strain, antiseptic.
  • Evening Primrose – PMT, MS, menopausal problems, heart disease, psoriasis, eczema, prevents premature aging, 10% Gamma Lineolenic Acid, vitamins, minerals.
  • Fennel – digestive problems, menopausal problems, obesity, constipation, kidney stones, nausea, diuretic.
  • Frankincense – sores, wounds, fever, coughs, colds, stress, bronchitis, laryngitis, nervous conditions.
  • Geranium – chilblains, cosmetic, endometriosis, menopause, diabetes, throat infections, nerve tonic, sedative, uterine and breast cancer, frostbite, infertility, antiseptic, astringent, skin toner, adrenal, hormones, relaxing, uplifting, emollient, tonic.
  • Ginger – stimulant, rheumatism, muscular aches, pains, sprains, broken bones, colds, nausea, diarrhea, alcoholism, digestive disorders.
  • Grapefruit – lethargy, tonic, obesity, kidney and liver problems, migraine, antidepressant, aid in drug withdrawal treatment.
  • Grapeseed – all skin types – 100% base oil vitamins, minerals, protein.
  • Hazelnut – slight astringent base oil 100%, vitamins, minerals, protein.
  • Hops – neuralgia, bruising, menstrual and menopausal problems, rheumatism, nerves, diuretic, sedative, analgesic.
  • Hyssop – bruising, rheumatism, arthritis, coughs, colds, sore throat, antiviral, hypertension, circulatory, nervous tension, asthma, tonic.
  • Immortelle (Helichrysum) – antibacterial, rheumatism, muscle aches, weakness, lethargy, depression, respiratory system, colds, flu, fever, antifungal.
  • Jasmine – nervous tension, depression, menstrual problems, laryngitis, anxiety, lethargy, relaxant.
  • Jojoba – inflammation, psoriasis, eczema, acne, hair care, penetrates, 10% protein, minerals, waxy collagen-like substance.
  • Juniper Tree/Bush – tonic for nervous system, digestive stimulant, diuretic, acne, coughs, ulcers, fatigue, rheumatism, sores, urinary infections.
  • Lavender – burns, prevents scarring, antibiotic, antidepressant, sedative, immunoactive, wounds, relaxing, emollient, antiseptic, tonic, eczema, tension, insomnia, asthma, rheumatism, arthritis, bacterial conditions, headache, dermatitis, fainting.
  • Lemongrass – antiseptic, infections, headache, sore throat, respiratory system, fever, tonic, insect repellent.
  • Lemon – water purifier, antiseptic, antibacterial, verrucas, insect Bites, tension headache, Lymphatic tonic, digestive stimulant, cellulite, slimming, antiwrinkle, diuretic, stimulant, anxiety, astringent, antiseptic, vitamin c, carotene (a) bioflavonoids.
  • Lime – fever, rheumatism, sore throat, headache, anorexia, alcoholism, depression, anxiety astringent, tonic.
  • Mandarin – insomnia, nervousness, liver problems, digestive, anxiety, tonic, tranquilizer.
  • Marjoram – relaxing, sprains, bruising, colds, rheumatism, intestinal cramps, menstrual problems, anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, insomnia, circulatory, muscular disorders.
  • Melissa – relaxing, nervousness, antibacterial, antifungal, diarrhea, eczema, sedative, cardiac tonic.
  • Myrrh – antiseptic, astringent, tonic, healing agent, dermatitis, coughs, mouth and skin ulcers, antibacterial, antifungal.
  • Neroli – antidepressant, aphrodisiac,antiseptic, digestive aid, sedative, antibacterial, bronchitis, diarrhea, antifungal, insomnia, relaxing, emollient.
  • Naouli – antiseptic, soothing, analgesic, decongestant
  • Nutmeg – nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, rheumatism, arthritis, nervousness, insomnia, cardio stimulant.
  • Olive – rheumatic conditions, hair care, soothes, 10% protein, minerals, vitamins.
  • Orange – depression, anxiety, constipation, nervous conditions, muscular spasm, tonic, sedative, antiseptic.
  • Oregano – antiviral, bronchitis, rheumatism, respiratory system, muscle pain, digestive.
  • Palmarosa – skin infections, anorexia, tonic.
  • Parsley – nervous conditions, kidney problems, menstrual and menopausal problems, sedative, diuretic.
  • Patchouli – skin inflammations, antifungal, acne, eczema, dandruff, antiseptic, diuretic, insecticide.
  • Peppermint – inflammation, nausea, indigestion, fever, flatulence, headache, migraine, liver problems, arthritis, stimulant.
  • Petitgrain – anxiety, insomnia, depression, antiseptic, tonic, aids convalescence.
  • Pimento – flatulence, indigestion, cramps, intestinal problems, colds, rheumatism, muscle strain, depression, tonic, tranquilizer.
  • Pine – antiseptic, diuretic, stimulant, adrenal glands, bladder, kidney, chest infections, infections, fatigue, rheumatism, gout, flu, bronchitis, muscle pain, diuretic, respiratory system, sore throat, colds, circulatory, muscle pain, turpentine.
  • Ravensara – antiviral, liver infections, lung infections, respiratory problems, antiseptic.
  • Rose – depression, aphrodisiac, female organ regulator, astringent, sedative, heart tonic, stomach, liver, uterus, nausea, headache, insomnia, skin care, relaxing, tonic, emollient, antiseptic.
  • Rose Maroc –  menstrual disorders, depression, stress, tension, circulatory conditions, tonic, sedative.
  • Rosemary – physical and mental stimulant, muscular conditions, antiseptic, sprains, arthritis rheumatism, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine, flu, diabetes, hair care, antiseptic, stimulant, tonic.
  • Sage – Plant – tonic, antiseptic, diuretic, hypertension, Female Reproductive system, sores, fatigue, nervousness, asthma, bronchitis, Low hypertension, antibacterial, rheumatism, arthritis, sprains, Fibrosis, astringent.
  • Sandalwood – antiseptic, tonic, aphrodisiac, fatigue, impotence, relaxing, uplifting, acne, cystitis, emollient, menstrual problems, skin infections, antifungual, antibacterial, sedative.
  • Spearmint – flatulence, indigestion, intestinal cramps, fever, nausea, colic, hemorrhoids.
  • Sweet Almond – itching, soreness, emollient, inflammation, (use 100%), glucosides, minerals, vitamins, protein.
  • Tagetes – antifungal, skin infections, cuts, sprains, strains, wounds, circulatory, antiseptic.
  • Tangerine – uplifting.
  • Tea Tree –  antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, colds, flu, colds sores, warts, verrucas, inflammation, acne, burns, Candida, Shock, Hysteria.
  • Thyme Red (Vulgaris) – antibacterial, urinary infections, rheumatism, lethargy, sores, wounds, stimulant tonic, immunoactive.
  • Valerian –  sedative, calmative, nervous conditions, trembling, neuralgia, insomnia, palpitations, sedative, tranquilizer.
  • Vetiver –  calmative, anxiety, nervous tension, insomnia, rheumatism, muscle relaxant, antiseptic, tonic.
  • Violet -inflammations, kidney problems, obesity, skin infections, fibrosis, rheumatism, analgesic, liver decongestant.
  • Wintergreen – stimulant.
  • Yarrow – inflammation, cramps, constipation, circulatory, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual problems, astringent.
  • Ylang Ylang – sedative, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypertension, intestinal infections, impotence, uplifting, emollient, anxiety, depression, sedative, tonic.

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