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 southern China and north-east India. Mainly produced in France, Paraguay and North Africa.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from the leaves of the plant.
Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, relaxing, stimulant, tonic and uplifting.
Native to Europe and Asia, now cultivated all over the world, mainly in eastern USA, Europe (including Austria), Russian the Baltic states and Scandinavia.
The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the fir needles.
Antimicrobial, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiscorbutic, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, insecticidal, restorative and stimulant.
Native to Madagascar and other tropical Indian Ocean islands
The oil is extracted from the leaves of the tall forest tree by slow steam distillation.
Aphrodisiac, Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, Immune Tonic and Decongestant. Gently uplifting and stimulating. Has an analgesic effect and is a muscle relaxant.
Originally found in South Africa, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco before being introduced to European countries such as Italy and Spain in the 17th Century.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowers, leaves and stalks of the plant.
Antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, deodorant, haemostatic, tonic, and vulnerary.
From the plant family Rosaceae.
The absolute is obtained by alcohol extraction from the concrete.
Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, emmenagogue, laxative, sedative and tonic.
Thought to originate from the Orient, now mainly cultivated in Bulgaria, France and Turkey.
Obtained by steam distillation of the petals of the flower.
Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, emmenagogue, haemostatic, hepatic, laxative, nervous system sedative, stomachic and tonic for the heart, liver, stomach and uterus.
Comes mainly from Tunisia and other Mediterranean countries like Spain, France and Italy but is grown the world over.
The oil is obtained from the leaves and flowers of the herb.
Analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, cephalic, diuretic, hypotensive, rubefacient, stimulant, nervine, vulnerary, cordial, tonic, uplifting.
Originally from the tropical regions of central & south America, Africa and southern Asia.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of Indian rosewood Dalbergia Sissoo.
Analgesic (mild), anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-microbial, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, deodorant, immune system stimulant and tonic.
Native to Mediterranean countries, now cultivated the world over especially in Spain, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France and the USA amongst others.
The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of the herb.
Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, insecticidal, stomachic & tonic.
From the plant family Rutaceae.
Originally from the West Indies, now found in many tropical countries all over the world including Haiti, Jamaica and south and central America.
The oil is steam distilled from the bark of the tree.
Antiseptic, balsamic and sedative.
Native to Australia.
The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the wood.
Antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, decongestant, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, fungicidal, insecticidal, sedative and tonic.
Native to Europe and South West Asia. The essential oil is now produced almost exclusively in China.
The oil is extracted by steam distillation of the flowering tops of the plant.
Soothing, calming, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, carminative, restorative, emmenagogue, insecticide, restorative and stimulant.