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List of Safe and Useful Aromatherapy Oils and Their Uses

The oils listed here are among the most widely used and readily available. Essential oils should not be applied to the skin undiluted or taken internally unless specifically prescribed by a medically qualified adviser.

The oils listed here are among the most widely used and readily available. Essential oils should not be applied to the skin undiluted or taken internally unless specifically prescribed by a medically qualified adviser.

1. Peppermint – This refreshing, clean-scented oil is beneficial for the digestive and respiratory systems. It is also reviving and can help cure fatigue headache and migraine.

2. Yarrow – This balancing, healing oil is good for any form of inflammatory skin condition, and for indigestion and flatulence. Aromatherapy also use yarrow essential oil of its tonic, restorative and psychologically strengthening effects.

3. Eucalyptus – In a steam inhalation, eucalyptus is an excellent remedy for catarrh, sinusitis and throat infections. Diluted in carrier oil it can be dabbed on the skin as an insect repellent and to treat head ice.

4. Frankincense – Also known as olibanum, this deeply scented resinous oil makes a good inhalation for asthma as it calms the feeling of panic that goes with the attack, as well as soothing the mucous membranes. It is also a well-known beauty treatment for older skins.

5. Geranium – This oil has a lovely minty-rosy scent and is widely used in skin care. It treats a range of problems from acne. Bruises and cellulitis to menopausal problems, PMS and nervous tension and also repels mosquitoes.

6. Ginger – Its oil is warming and drying, and good for conditions involving phlegm, such as catarrh and an unsettled digestive system. It can be used in massage for arthritis and muscle pain. It is helpful for any form of nausea.

7. Jasmine – This luxurious oil is a perfect skin balancer. A few drops of the oil in the bath water counteract stress, fatigue and the effects of PMS, and calm dry skin as well as aches and pains, leaving you feeling uplifted and relaxed.

8. Mandarin – A gentle, cheering oil, this is a tonic for the digestion and good for restoring appetite after illness. Can have a reviving and strengthening effect on the mood and is often liked by children.

9. Rosemary – This invigorating oil revives flagging energy and used in massage it will soothe tired, stiff muscles and menstrual pain. Inhalation helps to clear the head and cure headaches.

10. Juniper – Refreshing and cleansing, juniper treats water retention and can be helpful for cystitis. Aromatherapists use it for gout and rheumatism and a juniper bath has a reviving tonic effect. This oil should not be used during pregnancy.

11. Neroli – Used in perfumery this orange-flower oil is soothing and uplifting, useful for anxiety, emotional problems and PMS. It is also good for dyspepsia of nervous origin and is used in skin care.

12. Lavender – One of the most widely used of all oils, lavender is healing and refreshing. It soothes sunburn, aids the healing fo burns and skin injuries and is used to treat eczema, fungal infections and irritated, flaking scalp. It can be used neat.

13. Clary Sage – Many people find this a most uplifting scent that relieves anxiety and tension. The oil is good for itchy scalp, inflamed skin and muscular aches and pains.

14. Lemon – Antiseptic and refreshing, lemon oil can help to treat infectious diseases, especially feverish colds. It is good for the circulation and can also be helpful for migraine. In skin care it is a tonic for oily skins. Lemon juice can be inhaled for nosebleeds.

15. Roman Chamomile – An ultra-soothing warming and calming oil for eczema, skin rashes and insect bites, as well as joint and muscle pain, indigestion, and all kinds of headache or migraine. This oil is useful for children.

16. Grapefruit – Cheering and mind-clearing grapefruit oil is used mainly as a mental and physical tonic. It is said to counteract jet lag and travel tiredness generally. It stimulates the digestive and lymphatic systems and is good for oily skin.

17. Rose – Richly floral and feminine in scent, rose oil is good for female problems. It can jhelp all kinds of menstrual irregularity and sexual problems, relieves anxiety and stress and is used by aromatherapists to treat liver congestion.

18. Sandalwood – Relaxing and comforting, sandalwood oil is used to treat dry coughs, and dry skin conditions such as eczema. It can also be helpful in cases of cystitis and diarrhea.

19. Tea Tree – Strongly antiseptic and antifungal, this is one of the most useful oils of all and can be used undiluted. Treats cold sores, vaginal thrush, athlete’s foot, boils and infected wounds, can be helpful in cystitis, and is used for infectious diseases.

20. Ylang-Ylang – Has a balancing influence on emotional disturbances and a sedative effect. Reputedly a powerful aphrodisiac and with its balancing action, is beneficial for all kinds of skin in beauty treatment.

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interesting article

Great list Aileen, thanks.

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