A series of articles aimed at giving you a deeper understanding of essential oils. We explain the uses & properties of each oil to help you use these wonderful natural ingredients safely and effectively.
Originally native to South Africa, now grown worldwide but especially in the Mediterranean, Russia, Europe and Egypt.
The oil is steam distilled from the leaves, flowers and flower stalks of the plant.
Astringent, antidepressant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, balancing, haemostatic, vulnerary, vermifuge, stimulant, tonic & uplifting.
Comes from India, China and tropical countries such as Jamaica, the West Indies and Nigeria.
The essential oil is produced by steam distillation of the root.
Stimulating, tonic, analgesic, laxative, warming, rubefacient, antispasmodic & stomachic.
Comes from Tropical Asia, the West Indies, USA, Israel & Cuba among others.
The essential oil is obtained via expression of the peel of the fruit.
Astringent, depurative, diuretic, stimulant, tonic & uplifiting.
Native to areas of China south of the Yangtze river as well as Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. It's now been introduced to many other countries around the world.
Obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and branches of the tree.
Antiseptic, deodorant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, aphrodisiac, muscle relaxant.
Native to Europe, western Asia and North America. The best hops are generally considered to come from the UK.
The oil is obtained by steam distillation from the freshly dried membranous cones of the female plants of the Hops.
Antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, diuretic, nervine, sedative.
Native to Southern Europe, The Middle East and the area around the Caspian Sea.
Obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of the plant.
Anti-rheumatic, astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cicatrisant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypertensive, nervine, sudorific, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary.
Commonly found the world over. There is confusion over where the plant was originally found but it is thought that it's native to central Asia.
The oil is obtained by solvent extraction from the flowers.
Antidepressant, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, relaxing, sedative and tonic.
Widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere and also Africa and Central America.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the berries.
Antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, depurative, diuretic, rubefacient, stimulating, stomachic, sudorific, vulnerary and tonic.
Originates from Mediterranean countries and all over Europe including England.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flower of the plant.
Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, balancing, cooling, detoxifying, fungicidal, hypotensive, relaxing, sedative & tonic.
Lemon trees are found and cultivated the world over. Originally native to Asia and India, they also grow wild in Mediterranean countries including Spain and Italy.
The essential oil is cold pressed from the peel of the fruit.
Antiseptic, antiviral, detoxifying, depurative, diuretic, fungicidal, haemostatic, hypotensive, stimulant, tonic & uplifting.