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Properties of Common Essential Oils

Properties of Common Essential Oils

Common Essential Oils

Essential oils are used for their aromatherapy properties. Oils can be chosen for their relaxation, stress relief, anti-anxiety or healing properties.

Safety Rules for Using Essential Oils

  • Keep oils away from fire or open flame and keep a fire extinguisher close by.
  • Store in a cool, dry, dark place. Store expensive oils in the refrigerator.
  • Store in glass. Plastic bottles will break down as they absorb the oil.
  • Always wash your hands after using essential oils
  • Do not get oils in any open cut.
  • Essential oils can remove nail polish and furniture finish, so remove nail polish and protect your work surfaces.
  • Be particularly careful with essential oils if you are pregnant.

Properties of Common Essential Oils

Basil: Antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, bactericide, energy, expectorant, headache, jet lag, memory enhancement, shock, sinusitis

Bay: Antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic

Benzoin: Antidepressant, anxiety, astringent, diuretic, irritability, laryngitis, relaxation, sedative

Bergamot: Anti-depressant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, deodorant, expectorant, fever, laryngitis, sedative

Black pepper: Antiseptic, digestive, diuretic, exhaustion, fever, infection, influenza, laxative, rheumatism

Carnation: Antidepressant, relaxation

Cedarwood: Antiseptic, astringent, detoxification, diuretic, expectorant, insect repellent, rheumatism, sedative

Chamomile: Windburn, anti-allergic, anti-asthmatic, anti-rheumatic, anxiety, fever, hayfever, insomnia, heartburn, irritability, migraine, muscle pain, sunburn, toothache, windburn

Cinnamon: Anaesthetic, aphrodisiac, influenza

Clary Sage: Antidepressant, anti-spasmodic, anxiety, deodorant, exhaustion, insomnia, irritability, muscle pain, relaxation, sedative

Clove: Anaesthetic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant, nausea, toothache

Cypress: Antirheumatic, astringent, diuretic, influenza, laryngitis, sedative

Eucalyptus: Anti-asthmatic, anti-rheumatic, anti-viral, decongestant, diuretic, fever, hay fever, headache, insect repellent, rheumatism, sinusitis, sunburn, throat

Frankincense: Anti-asthmatic, antiseptic, astringent, exhaustion, rheumatism

Garlic: Antibiotic, bactericide, decongestant, expectorant

Ginger: Digestive, indigestion, fever, influenza, laxative, nausea, seasickness

Grapefruit: Detoxification, energy, exhaustion, hangover, headache, jetlag

Lavender: Anti-asthmatic, antidepressant, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, antiviral, anxiety, bacteriacide, decongestant, deodorant, hay fever, headache, insect repellent, insomnia, irritability, migraine, relaxation, sedative, shock, sunburn, windburn

Lemon: Antirheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericide, detoxification, digestive, diuretic, energy, exhaustion, indigestion, fever, infection, influenza, laxative, laryngitis, rheumatism

Lemongrass: Antidepressant, bactericide, deodorant, digestive, diuretic

Myrrh: Antimicrobial, astringent, bactericide, deodorant, disinfectant, expectorant

Neroli: Anti-depressant, anti-spasmodic, anxiety, bactericide, irritability, relaxation, sedative Orange: Antidepressant, antispasmodic, detoxification, energy

Orange: Antidepressant, antispasmodic, detoxification, energy

Parsley: Laxative, diuretic, expectorant

Peppermint: Anaesthetic, antispasmotic, astringent, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, headache, heartburn, indigestion, insect repellent, indigestion, jet lag, migraine, nausea

Pine: Antirheumatic, decongestant, deodorant, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, infection, rheumatism, sinusitis

Rose: Antiseptic, astringent, bactericide, diuretic, laxative, sedative

Rosemary: Antirheumatic, astringent, detoxification, diuretic, energy, infection, jet lag, memory enhancement, migraine, sinusitis

Sandalwood: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, anxiety, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, insect repellent, insomnia, irritability, relaxation, scar tissue, sedative

Tea Tree: Antibiotic, antiviral, bactericide, sinusitis

Thyme: Antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, expectorant

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