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Lavender:  Natural Antibiotic, Antidepressant, sedative.  This is one of the most versatile, helpful Essential Oils ever discovered and should be part of everyone’s Essential Oil set as a Must Have.  A few drops of Lavender in your bath is a great way to unwind for the day.

Tea Tree: Powerful antiseptic! It is used as an antiviral, antibacterial and antifugal agent.

Peppermint: Excellent for headaches! Rubbed on the temples or diluted onto a cloth and put over your forehead works wonders. It also have great digestive qualities. Used for cases of indigestion and flatulence. Also works at keeping fleas, mice and ants away.

Ylang-Ylang: Aphrodisiac, antidepressant. A soft, floral-balsamic, slightly spicy sent. Said to be helpful with impotance

Eucalyptus: Best for using on chest problems and colic. Put some in the humidifier for that wonderful smell throughout the house.

Orange: (Sweet) is a very important Essential Oil and has many very beneficial uses, so is included in our basic set.   Aside from the familiar scent of orange, this oil breaks down gooey substances very well and is used in several commercial cleaning products to do so.  It is an antidepressant and has calming effects, refreshes the air and dissipates cooking odors.

Ginger: Has notable antiseptic, analgesic, expectorant, laxative, and aphrodisiac properties. Helps memory, and Depression. Eases sore throats. Settles the digestive system, effective against nausea, associated with jet lag, sea and travel sickness.  Aids in the Relief of HANGOVERS.  Relieves cramps, rheumatic pains and muscle spasms. A valuable remedy in cases of impotence.

Lemon: Antiviral properties make this a pleasant smelling way to fight off a cold or flu. It can also be put into cleaning solutions to leave behind a fresh, clean smell.

Clove: Great oil for the prevention of disease and infection. Being a spice it can be used in cooking also.

Lemongrass: A Sweet, herbaceous, smoky and lemony aroma.  Anti-Inflammatory and sedative qualities.  Stimulates the mind, lifts the spirit, clears the head.  Stimulates the appetite.

Geranium: Sweet, heavy aroma, somewhat like rose with a minty overtone.  Works profoundly on emotional and medical conditions. Calms anxiety, lifts the spirit, assists with depression. Useful for all conditions of the woman's reproductive system as an inhalant and massage application, beneficial for PMS.  Helps clear the body of toxins which may be helpful with addictions. Stimulates the lymphatic system which keeps infection at bay.  Its flowery fragrance makes a wonderful air freshener (this is not the same geranium you buy at the plant shop) 

Cedarwood:  Its scent is sweet and woody, sometimes reminiscent of sandalwood. Calms nervous tension and states of anxiety. Expectorant dries phlegm. Recommended for hemorrhoids. Deters moths and other insects, usually in drawers and closets. Care should be taken that garments do not directly touch wood treated with Cedarwood essential oil.

Palmarosa:  Powdery, floral, herbaceous, with a hint of rose. It has antifungal and antiviral properties. For use with bronchitis, birthing, regeneration of the skin, and regulating oil production of the skin. Useful in treating skin infections.

Niaouli:  Slightly sweet, clear and penetrating.  Provides stimulation promoting local circulation, antibody activity, increased leukocyte production and is helpful to the immune system. It is used for poor circulation, hemorrhoids, thread veins, varicose veins; coronaritis, endocarditis, arteritis; thins blood, and aids hemorrhagia, and atherosclerosis.  Its Immune uses include colds, fever, viral infection (myxovirus flu-protection), increased white blood cell count, immuno-globulin (antibody) activity; scarlet fever, measles, smallpox, mumps, tetanus bacillus, eruptive fevers, swollen glands, and typhoid fever (inhalation). Niaouli's many attributes as an antimicrobial, anti-infective, antiseptic agent avail the oil to many uses dealing with infection. In the Respiratory tract, it is used for asthma, allergies, coughs, chronic bronchitis  and catarrh, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, tonsillitis, whooping cough, tuberculosis, abscess, pulmonary gangrene, pleurisy, bronco-pneumonia, and laryngeal TB. In the Digestive tract, it is used for gastritis, flatulence, ulcers (gastric, duodenum), viral hepatitis, sluggish liver, diarrhea; aiding dysentery, intestinal worms, enteritis, appendicitis, food poisoning (neutralizes botulism toxins); Can disinfect drinking water with lemon. In the Urinary/Reproductive tract, it is used for cystitis, urinary tract infections, vaginal irritations, urethritis, prostatis, genital herpes, metritis,  and endometriosis.  Great effects on the dermis (skin), where it is used for acne, boils, cuts, infections, insect bites, fungal infections, leprosy type ulcers, pus, gangrenous wounds, abscesses, fistula, and scalp crusts. It is also used for oily skin and to firm tissue and wrinkles. Keep in mind that Niaouli has no formal safety testing, so avoid use on sensitive skin.

Citronella: Slightly sweet, powerful and lemony scent. Used as an insecticide and antidepressant. Its most useful quality seems to be as an insect repellant and may also help pets get rid of fleas. Also known to clear the mind so may be useful against headaches and migraines. Its deodorant and stimulating properties always refresh sweaty tired feet, activating the whole body. 

Basil: Warm, spicy and herbal, with a hot, somewhat anise tasting "bite." Generally used as an antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, decongestant of the veins, and an antibacterial. Basil is a wonderful addition to many perfume blends, it works as a brain and memory stimulant and soothes stress, depression, and mental fatigue. Blended with Rosemary verbenon makes an excellent blend to be used as an external application on the hair and scalp to stimulate growth and condition hair. Basil is also indicated for urinary infections, rheumatoid arthritis and insufficient digestive enzymes. Good for tired, overworked muscles, as a mouthwash for mouth sores and infected gums, for chest infections and digestive problems.

Tangerine:  Helps with stress and tension.  Has a very soothing effect on the nervous system.  Said to reduce stretch marks during pregnancy.  Combine with massage oils to use for acne.  Helps to digest fat and aid in digestion.


Cinnamon:  Warm and spicy smell.  Used as an insecticide.  Antibacterial.  Antifungal.  Has been used for tooth care.   Aids in breathing and helps cold congestions ease and break up.  Helps exhaustion, depression, and weakness.  Antiseptic.  Regarded as one of the strongest antiseptic oils.  Not recommended for skin care.  Has been used in the past to remove warts.  Could be a skin irritant, use with care.

Lime:  Citrus and crisp aroma.  Antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, insecticide.  Stimulates and helps anxiety, and depression.  Helps with chest congestion.  Helps promote an appetite.  Helps detoxify the body and helps with alcohol removal from the system. 

Spearmint:  Little bit sweeter than peppermint smelling.  Stimulant and insecticide.  Helps with a wide array of respiratory problems.  Could irritate the eye use with caution.  If using in massage blends, may be good to massage in specific areas rather than whole parts of a body.  Sensitive skin irritation possibility.  Stimulates mind when tired.  Helps with digestive problems.  Has been used for hiccups and nausea.  Don’t use during pregnancy, but has been used on babies with digestive problems such as constipation as well as diarrhea.

Wintergreen:  Refreshing and woody aroma.  Is primarily salicylate.  Use with caution, as this is the primary ingredient of aspirin.  Should not be used on patients who are allergic to aspirin or take aspirin on a regular basis.  Used for muscular skeletal problems.  Use in very little dosage until effect is clear with each patient.  Use in small area to determine patient acceptance of oil.

Birch:  Spicy, sweet and minty.  This aroma is often associated with the wintergreen smell in chewing gum.  Use oil in small area to determine skin sensitivity.  Known to stimulate the sweat glands and aid in removing toxins from the body.  Has been used as a diuretic.  Has been used as a massage for rheumatism and muscle pain and helps to eliminate uric acid in joints.  Has been used to help with obesity and cellulites due to its diuretic properties

Cajeput:  Odor is sweet, musty, and camphor-like.  Used in skin care and wound cleansing.  It is a analgesic, antiseptic, expectorant, and stimulant.  Helps to clear thoughts and stimulate the mind to get it back into balance.  Soothes colic and vomiting.  Has been used for colds, bronchitis, and laryngitis.  Has been used for asthma and sinus congestion.  Used as a pain reliever of muscle aches and pains, headaches and gout.  NOT TO BE USED BY PREGNANT WOMEN!!  Has been used in insect repellant and is good undiluted to put on fire and bites.  Has been used to treat acne, and psoriasis.

Fir Needle:  Balsam, rich and refreshing aroma.  Analgesic, antiseptic, expectorant, and deodorant.  Has been used for anxiety and stress as an inhalant.  Has been used in respiratory difficulties.  Beneficial on chest and obstructions of the bronchial.  Has been used in massage blends for muscular aches and pains attributed to rheumatic and or arthritic

Litsea Cubeba:  Sweet, spicy and citrusy  aroma.  Has been used as an Antiseptic, antidepressant, astringent,  and insecticide.  Has been used to calm and sedate the mind.  Has been used in the respiratory and heart as a tonic.  Has been used with asthma and bronchitis

Patchouli: A Strong, Smoky, Spicy, Earthy and Musky scent. It is an antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, deodorant, fungicide and insecticide. May cause loss of appetite.  Due to its strong astringent and cicatrizing properties, this may be helpful for loose skin, especially after dieting, used in many anti-wrinkle products. Its diuretic properties are useful in fluid retention and cellulite. Well known to increase libido, considered an aphrodisiac. Relieves effects from insect bites, protects clothes from moths. It is known as a tissue regenerator which helps stimulate regrowth of skin cells and the forming of scar tissue. Heals rough, cracked skin. Useful for treating acne, eczema, fungal infections and scalp disorders including dandruff

Camphor:  Spicy, herbal and mothball-like aroma.  Is an analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic and antidepressant.  Very powerful oil that should be used with caution as overdose can cause convulsions and vomiting.  Not to be used by pregnant women, on babies, or people that have epilepsy or asthma.  Has been used to raise low bloodpressure.  Has been used with stiff muscles.  Has a cooling effect on the skin, and reduces inflammatory conditions

Anise:  Aroma is warm, spicy and most commonly Black Licorice like.  Has been used to cancel scent when fishing.  Digestive tract qualities.  Has been used for asthma and breathing difficulties.  Estrogen-like properties, and is an emmenagogue.  This oil has been used  to aid childbirth, and increases milk secretion.  Has been used as an antispasmodic for the muscles and nerves.  Has been used for colitis, menopause, to aid in menstruation, and to aid breathing due to nervousness.

Spruce:  Aroma of bitter orange peel and fresh pine.  Has been used to relive stress and anxiety in an inhalant.  Has also been used as an inhalant for bronchitis and asthma.  Has also been used in muscle problems including joints, poor circulation, spasms, and general aches and pains.

Petitgrain:  Floral, citrus with woody herbaceous aroma.  Has been used as an antidepressant, deodorant, and antispasmodic.  Has been used to calm anger and panic.  Refreshes the mind.  Has been used with a sedative effect on the nervous system.  Has been used for rapid heartbeat and or insomnia.   Has been used to relax muscle spasms.  Has been used as a de-greaser for hair and problematic skin.  Has been used with painful digestion by relaxing the stomach muscles

Pink Grapefruit:  Fresh, sweet, sharp citrus aroma.  It has been used for antidepressant, diuretic, disinfectant, an antiseptic, and is generally considered a stimulant.  If you are stressed and depressed, this may be just the thing you need to help pick you up. Some studies have shown this to have an effect on obesity and fluid retention.  This can be a detoxifier.  Helps to stimulate the digestive system.  Has been used to treat acne in the past.

Nutmeg:  Spicy, warm and sweet aroma.  Is considered an analgesic, antispasmodic, tonic, and antiseptic.  This oil is not recommended for skin care.  Should not use this oil during pregnancy.  Stimulates the mind.  Can be used as a quick pick me up, for extreme tiredness.  Can be combined to make a warming, deeply soothing massage blend.

Turmeric:  Used by many as an antiseptic for cuts and burns.  Has been used as antibacterial, and for teeth as well.  Has been used for stomach problems and other ailments.  Current studies are determining the effect it has on Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and liver disorders. 

Black Pepper:  Has a dry, woody, spicy and warm scent.  It has been used as an laxative, aphrodisiac, analgesic, and antiseptic in the past.  This oils may be an irritant to skim.  This oils is very stimulating to the mind.  When you become frustrated, reach for this oil and gain some needed stamina.

Amyris: (West Indian Sandalwood)  Smoky and sweet aroma.  Many have used this scent in perfumes and soaps as a fixative.  It has been used as a sedative, has calming properties, and can aid in stress relief.  Many use this oil during meditation and to help concentrate.

Marjoram: A traditional herbal remedy that is helpful for muscular and rheumatic pain, sprains, bruises.  Also used in fragrance and cosmetics.

Cassia:  Cinnamon-like aroma.  This can be a skin irritant, use with caution on the skin.  This is a very stong oil and should be blended down very well before use in massage, or any type of skin care.  Very useful in soap making.

Cornmint:  Bittersweet, fresh and very strong aroma.  Has been used in toothpaste, mouthwashes, and other pharmacy applications.  Has antiseptic, and antibacterial properties, and has been used in the past on the mouth for several ailments including. Toothaches, swollen gums, and mouth ulcers.  Only use this internally AFTER consulting a physician.

Rosemary: camphorous and herbaceous aroma.  Not suitable for people with epilepsy or high blood pressure. Avoid in pregnancy since it is an emmenagogue. Clears the head and aids memory, works well for mental strain. Helps ease tired, overworked muscles, as well as cold feet. It is a good remedy for low blood pressure. Aids to clear liver and gall bladder. Helps lower high blood sugar. Used in shampoo and hair treatments, it helps stimulate blood circulation to the scalp, being beneficial for promoting hair growth.  Excellent for muscle conditions. Use in a bath to help relax muscles or dilute into carrier oil to rub into muscle cramps. 

Pine Needle:  The aroma of this oil has been described as turpentine like, balsamic, and very stong.  It has antiseptic, antibacterial, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, and to ward off insects.  Can also pick up a tired mind and clear your thoughts if you have fatigue.  Has been used with great success with respiratory problems. Can be used to clean and deodorize the house.