Essential Oils Guide

Natural Essential Oils Guide

Ranging from medicinal and cosmetic to psychological, natural essential oils affect both our state of mind and our emotions.

Many essential oils have the ability to:

  • boost the immune system and some affect our hormones.
  • sedate or stimulate the body and mind and sometimes do both at the same time to create balance.
  • have a strong impact on our attitudes and reactions.

How does it work?

The sense of smell acts mostly on a subconscious level.
A group of nerves run from the bridge of the nose directly to the brain. As certain aromas enter the nostrils and make direct contact with the nerves, they spark off a reaction in the brain. This links into the “Limbic System”, which is the centre of emotions and memory.

Through the limbic system the pituary glands are stimulated. This causes reactions in our nervous system, affecting hormones, body temperature, appetite, thirst, digestion, nerves, insulin production, stress, repulsion and pleasure.

We all have a highly developed scent communication we are mostly unaware of. Subconsciously it can affect and influence how we are attracted to a mate or repulsed by another person, without really knowing why.

Certain scents provide us with good or bad memories, that relate to associations with past experiences.

Naturlea’s Range of Natural Essentials Oils:

ESSENTIAL OIL PART OF PLANT BENEFITS
Agar wood its rarity makes it one of the costlier essential oils
Ajwain leaves It’s believed to aid in digestion
Angelica root root It’s believed to help boost the immune system and fight infection as well.
Anise flowers It smells strongly of black licorice, and is often used in inhalers to treat cold and flu chest symptoms.
Asafoetida root It is used in cooking as a digestive aid, and has a fetid smell before cooking.
Balsam of Peru flowers It’s also used in cooking and fragrances.
Basil leaves Derived from the basil plant, it is also used in perfumes.
Bay leaves It is used in aromatherapy to treat a number of conditions, including minor sprains, arthritis and insomnia.
Bergamot Calabrian fruit rind sedative, antiseptic, soothing agent
Birch wood Birch is considered to be an antiseptic and may be useful for treating depression by stimulating the nervous system.
Black Pepper flowers It is often combined with a carrier oil and used topically to treat pain and improve circulation.
Buchu leaves It is also believed to strengthen the immune system, though the oil is considered to be toxic in anything other than very small doses.
Calamus root root Calamus root is used in homeopathic medicine to treat many illnesses, including arthritis and bacterial infections.
Camphor wood It is also used as a disinfectant and anti-inflammatory agent.
Cannabis flower oil flowers Use this one with caution, as it is taken from a plant known to have psychotropic substances.
Caraway flowers Caraway is used to flavor foods and has a wide number of uses, from increasing milk supply during lactation to curing stomach upsets.
Cardamom seed flowers Cardamom seed is used in aromatherapy and in fragrances.
Carrot seed flowers Carrot seed is used in aromatherapy with a carrier oil to treat damaged skin.
Cedarwood wood reduces stress and tension
Cedarwood Atlas wood sedative, reduces stress, anxiety and tension
Cinnamon wood Cinnamon is used medicinally and for flavoring foods, but since the oil can irritate skin, often the cinnamon plant itself is used.
Citron fruit Citron is used for its scent and in cooking, but also has Ayurvedic uses such as a treatment for nausea.
Citronella leaves Citronella is commonly used to keep mosquitoes and other insects away.
Citrus fruit The most popular oil right now is orange.
Clary sage flowers Clary sage is often used as an aphrodisiac, an antidepressant and to regulate menstrual cycles.
Clove leaf leaves Clove leaf is often used to treat toothaches. It has antiseptic properties that make it popular for use in dental care.
Coffee leaves It is used to treat respiratory issues, to fight infections and as an antioxidant.
Coriander leaves It also has natural deodorant properties, and can reduce bad breath if eaten regularly.
Costmary flowers It can be used to treat colds and reduce the pain of birth.
Costus flowers It also works as a topical treatment for skin diseases.
Cranberry seed fruit It can also be used to treat skin conditions.
Cubeb flowers Cubeb peppers and berries are used in Ayurvedic medicine and in cooking.
Cumin flowers It’s commonly used in cooking and in veterinary medicine.
Curry leaves Curry leaves are used to flavor food, and the essential oil is used as a digestive tonic that treats nausea.
Cypress wood Cypress is commonly used as an astringent and mosquito repellent.
Cypriol leaves Cypriol essential oil is used as a decongestant and as a scent in perfumes.
Davana leaves It has antiviral properties that help fight colds and flu.
Dill leaves Dill promotes lactation and increases appetite.
Elecampane flowers Elecampane is mostly used medicinally to treat coughs and chest infections.
Eucalyptus leaves cooling and deodorising effect on the body, mind clearing
Fennel leaves seed oil can help increase milk production and relieve gas and colic.
Fenugreek leaves Fenugreek helps aid digestion, assists in relaxing you and fights infections.
Fir wood Fir can be used with a carrier oil to treat arthritis and muscle pain.
Frankincense fruit rind Frankincense is commonly used in perfumes and to aid in meditation.
Galangal root It is used to treat digestive issues and colds.
Galbanum flowers Galbanum is an anti-inflammatory and helps treat asthma.
Geranium flowers Geranium has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties and is a known diuretic.
Ginger root Ginger oil is used in aromatherapy to cure seasonal illnesses and respiratory problems.
Goldenrod flowers Goldenrod is used to treat kidney issues and urinary tract problems.
Grapefruit White fruit rind soothing effect on skin and scalp, treats stress and nervous exhaustion
Helichrysum flowers Helichrysum treats skin problems and irregularities.
Henna leaves The oil is also used to treat ulcers.
Hickory wood Hickory nut is used in cooking and is full of healthy fats and vitamins.
Horseradish root Horseradish is used to relieve colds and flu.
Hyssop flowers Hyssop is an astringent with antiseptic properties.
Idaho Tansy flowers Idaho Tansy is used as an insect repellent, a treatment for arteriosclerosis and hypertension, and to soothe toothaches.
Jasmine Absolute flowers aphrodisiac, generates warmth and passion
Juniper berry flowers Juniper berry is used in cooking for its flavor and it’s also used to purify the body and flush out toxins.
Laurus nobilis leaves Laurus nobilis is another name for bay oil.
Lavender True flowering tops sedative, calms the mind, deeply relaxing
Ledum flowers Ledum is used for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lemon fruit rind clears the mind, antiseptic, detoxifying
Lemon Myrtle leaves impoves concentration, emotionally uplifting
Lemongrass leaves uplifting and energising, deodorising
Lime fruit refreshing and uplifting
Linaloe wood is from a plant in India and is used in fragrances and cosmetics.
Litsea cubeba flowers Litsea cubeba has a lemon-like scent and is used in skincare products.
Mandarin Mandarin is used to “calm unruly children” and also to aid in digestion. It can be diluted and used on the skin or inhaled through a diffuser.
Marjoram Marjoram is used in cooking and to help with digestive issues.
Melaleuca tea tree is another name for tea tree oil. It has a wide variety of uses including treating dandruff and to heal and protect wounds.
Melissa Melissa is another name for lemon balm. It has a pleasant smell and is used in many different tonics for relaxation and stress relief.
Mentha arvensis flowering (mint) is used to settle digestive issues, sharpen the mind and relieve sinus problems.
Moringa tree is used to relieve stomach upsets and aid in digestion.
Mountain savory leaves helps boost the immune system.
Mugwort leaves oil is used for menstruation regulation and is an anti-epileptic.
Mustard oil gum helps regulate cholesterol and aid digestion.
Myrrh gum is used as an insect repellant and to prevent sunburn.
Myrtle flowering is an astringent, a mild sedative and is considered to be an aphrodisiac.
Neem tree is used to clean the skin and treat skin conditions.
Neroli tree is used in fragrances, to keep wounds clean, and improve skin condition.
Nutmeg seed can be used as a room fragrance, to aid digestion, and to treat bad breath.
Orange foods is commonly used in cleaning products and in foods, but it also as a mood booster and stress reliever.
Orange Sweet fruit rind muscle relaxant, treats nervousness and anxiety, reduces self doubt
Oregano leaves can protect the immune system and improve digestion. It’s often used in cooking and can even boost your energy levels.
Orange foods is commonly used in cleaning products and in foods, but it also as a mood booster and stress reliever.
Orris flowering comes from the orris root. It is used to purify the blood, stimulate the glands and increase kidney activity.
Palo Santo wood reduces inflammation, boosts the immune system and has antibacterial properties.
Parsley leaves helps regulate menstruation and relieve inflammation in the body. It is also used in fragrances and soaps.
Patchouli leaves grounding, centering, and sensualising
Patchouli’s leaves exotic scent makes it popular for perfumes, and it is also used to treat skin conditions like dandruff and psoriasis.
Pennyroyal flowering is highly toxic. However, used under the supervision of a professional, the oil can be used to kill bacteria and infections.
Peppermint leaves stimulates the mind and concentration, mental agility
Perilla leaves is used as a cough suppressant and treatment for colds.
Peru Balsam oleoresin soothing, relieves stress and nervous tension, dry skin, eczema
Petitgrain floral is used to soothe and combat stress.
Pine tree is used to boost the immune system and stimulate circulation in the body.
Ravensara leaves is used to treat shingles and the flu virus. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties help keep colds and viruses away.
Red cedar essential oil cedarwood sometimes called Cedarwood, is used to treat seborrheic eczema and other skin conditions.
Roman Chamomile flowering tops soothes restlessness, irritability and impatience
Rose flower is used to relieve stress and anxiety. It is also used as a moisturizer for dry skin.
Rose Geranium leaves relieves stress, calms the mind and relaxes the body
Rose Otto flowers aphrodisiac, softening and hydrating
Rosehip fruits is used in beauty products and moisturizers for dry skin.
Rosemary wood is often used as a stimulant to help keep you alert and aid the memory. It is also used to treat alopecia.
Rosewood wood anti depressant, uplifting
Sage sage is used to suppress excess milk production during lactation, as an astringent and as an antidepressant.
Sandalwood wood popular in fragrances and incense, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps wounds heal.
Sassafras tree has been banned for use in medicines and foods by the FDA, but it has been widely used to treat head lice, to soothe insect bites and rheumatism.
Savory food is used in aromatherapy for its aphrodisiac qualities. It’s also an astringent and can be applied to wounds to speed up healing.
Schisandra fruits is used to fight stress and anxiety, plus it’s used to boost the immune system.
Spearmint leaves is used for clearing sinuses and relieving digestive issues.
Spikenard flower is also called fleabane because it repels fleas. It has also been used to treat syphilis and hemorrhoids.
Spruce leaves is used to improve breathing and relieve back pains.
Star anise seed is used to treat the symptoms of menopause and colitis.
Tagetes flowers sedative, antiseptic
Tangerine fruits smells like the fruit and is used to aid digestion. It’s also used in massage to soothe muscles.
Tarragon leaves has anti-inflammatory properties and is used to relieve dyspepsia and blood circulation.
Tea tree leaves is used in toothpastes and mouthwashes to kill germs in the mouth. The antibacterial oil also relieves digestion problems and is used to treat respiratory problems.
Thyme leaves is used in toothpastes and mouthwashes to kill germs in the mouth. The antibacterial oil also relieves digestion problems and is used to treat respiratory problems.
Tsuga tree is used in aromatherapy to treat coughs and colds as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
Turmeric food is used to treat open wounds, arthritis, inflammation and colds.
Valerian valerian is used to treat migraines, insomnia and sleep problems.
Vetiver roots relaxing, reduces stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression
Western red cedar tree has a very strong scent and is used to treat various skin and hair conditions.
Wintergreen tree has the same active ingredient as aspirin, so it’s no wonder it’s used to treat sore throats and headaches.
Yarrow flower is used to treat insomnia and hypertension as well as stress.
Ylang Ylang flowers aphrodisiac, relaxing, reduces anxiety
Zedoary zedoary is used to help skin wounds heal. It is also believed to be helpful for purifying the blood.

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