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.
Native to Australia, now found in China and elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere.
The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the twigs, leaves and sometimes the fruits of Eucalyptus citriodora.
Antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, fungicidal, insecticide.
Grows in Asia, the West Indies and East India.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dried grass.
Antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, stimulant, tonic & uplifting.
For many years it was thought that the plant was a hybrid or a cross strain but recent research has confirmed it to be a distinct species as was first claimed in 1811.
The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the fresh or dried leaves and flowering tops of the herb.
Antibacterial, antiseptic, relaxing, decongestant.
Native to Chile, Peru, Argentina and Bolivia but now found elsewhere including Spain and other Mediterranean countries.
The oil is steam distilled from the dried herb.
Antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, digestive, emollient, febrifuge, hepatic, insecticide, sedative, stomachic and tonic.
Thought to be native to south Asia but now found in many tropical and subtropical regions around the globe. Mainly cultivated in Mexico, Florida, the West Indies and Italy.
The oil is obtained by distillation.
Antiseptic, antiviral, aperitif, bactericidal, febrifuge, restorative and tonic.
Native to southern China and the Far East. Now found worldwide and produced mainly in Italy, Spain, Algeria, Cyprus, Greece, the Middle East, Argentina & Brazil.
The oil is obtained by expression from the peel of the fruit.
Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diuretic & laxative (both mild), sedative, stimulant & tonic.
Native to New Zealand and Australia and still predominantly produced in those countries.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and branches of the plant.
Antifungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial among others. It shares many properties with it's distant relative Tea Tree - Manuka is also known as New Zealand Tea Tree.
Native to Africa but now also grown in France and North America.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowers.
Anti-infectious, anti-microbial, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, insecticide and sedative.
Grows principally in Mediterranean countries such as Egypt, France and Spain as well as parts of North Africa.
The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the cleaned leaves.
Analgesic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, relaxing, sedative, tonic, nervine, laxative, vulnerary, vasodilatory, warming & hypotensive.
Native to east Asia, particularly China.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the berries of the plant.
Antiseptic, deodorant, digestive, disinfectant, insecticidal, stimulant & stomachic.
Native to southern and central Europe and the Mediterranean region.
The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and tops of the plant.
Antidepressant, nervine, emmenagogue, antispasmodic, stomachic, antibacterial, carminative, febrifuge, sudorific and sedative.