Essential Oils

  • Lemongrass $ 7.99

    Invigorating, energizing, clears the head and relieves fatigue. Relieves muscular pain and increases circulation. Tones and balances the skin. Cymbopogon citrusFamily: GramineaeSource: CochinPrecautions: Use well dilutedMethod of use: Massage and vaporizationNote: TopBlends well with: Basil,...

  • Lime $ 5.99

    Refreshing and uplifting to a tired mind. Beneficial to greasy skin because of its astringent, toning and refreshing action. Citrus medicaFamily: RutaceaeSource: MexicoPrecautions: Photosensitiser, avoid sun after use.Method of use: Massage, Bath, VaporizationNote: TopBlends well...

  • Mandarin $ 6.99

    Used in the perfumery and flavoring drinks.A relaxant and tonic, soothing and gentle to sensitive skin. Refreshing aroma has an uplifting quality. Used for insomnia and stress. Safe oil for children. Citrus reticulataFamily: RutaceaeSource: ItalyPrecautions:...

  • Marjoram, Sweet $ 14.99

    Warm penetrating oil that is effective in dealing with painful muscles and swollen joints. A soothing and relaxing oil. Effective for insomnia. OriganumFamily: RutaceaeSource: EgyptPrecautions: Avoid if pregnant.Method of use: Massage, Bath, VaporizationNote: MiddleBlends well...

  • Myrrh $ 39.99

    Known to enhance spirituality and used in meditation. Useful skin care oil. Traditionally used: Used in religious ceremonies, embalming mixtures and cosmetic preparation and perfumes by ancient Egyptians. Commiphora myrrhaFamily: BlurseraceaeSource: SomaliaPrecautions: Avoid if pregnantMethod...

  • Neroli $ 99.99

    Neroli comes from the white blossoms of the Bitter Orange Tree and sometimes is known as Orange Blossom Oil. Used in perfumery.Very relaxing and soothing in highly emotional situations. Used to treat skin affected by...

  • Niaouli $ 18.99

    Clearing and stimulating. Penetrating oil that works well with the respiratory system and poor circulation. Good for acne and oily skin. Melaleuca viridifloraFamily: MyrtaceaeSource: MadagascarMethod of use: Massage, Bath, Vaporization.Note: TopBlends well with: Basil, Cajeput,...

  • Orange, Sweet $ 6.99

    The orange tree produces three oils: Orange from the peel, Neroli from the flowers and Petitgrain from the leaves.Reviving and refreshing fragrance helps reliev tension. Beneficial and soothing to dry, irritated skin. Used in perfumery....

  • Palmarosa $ 19.99

    Sweet, floral scent with a hint of rose.Often used to adulterate the expensive Rose Oil.Used in soaps, cosmetics, perfumes and in flavouring tobacco.Useful in dry skin care.Calming yet uplifting to the emotions. Cymbopogon martiniiFamily: GramineaeSource:...

  • Patchouli $ 14.99

    A strong, earthy aroma. One either likes the scent or hates it!Grounding and balancing. Tissue regenerator helping stimulate re-growth of skin cells. Heals rough, cracken skin, sores and wounds. Pogostemon patchouliFamily: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)Source: IndonesiaMethod of...

  • Peppermint $ 12.99

    Beneficial for mental fatigue and depression.Used in breath lozengers, toothpaste and mouth wash.Digestive tonic.Excellent for aching feet. Mentha piperitaFamily: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)Source: USAPrecautions: Avoid if pregnant and use in moderation.Method of use: Massage, VaporizationNote: TopBlends well...

  • Petitgrain $ 14.99

    One of the oils obtained from the leaves and twigs of the orange tree.Used in perfumery. Uplifting and refreshing. Tonic to clear up skin blemishes. Citrus aurantiumFamily: RutaceaeSource: ParaguayMethod of use: Massage, VaporizationNote: Middle to...

  • Rosemary $ 11.99

    Strengthens mental clarity and awareness. Traditionally used in skin and hair care. Stimulates blood circulation to the scalp therefore being beneficial for promoting hair growth. Rosmarinus officinalisFamily: LabiataeSource: TunisiaPrecautions: Best avoid during pregnancy, and not...

  • Sandalwood $ 75.00

    Relaxing oil helping to reduce tension and confusion. Balancing oil good for ageing and dehydrated skin. Santalum albumFamily: SantalaceaeSource: E. IndiaMethod of use: Massage, Bath, VaporizationNote: BaseBlends well with: Basil, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender Lemon

  • Spearmint $ 9.99

    Stimulating and uplifting. Helpful with digestive problems. Menta spicataFamily: LamiaceaeSource: USAPrecautions: Use well dilutedMethod of use: Massage, vaporizationNote: TopBlends well with: Basil, Eucayptus, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit

  • Tea Tree $ 11.99

    An active oil against bacteria, viruses and fungi. Very cleansing. Effective in treatment of pimples and acne. Can be added to shampoo to controll dandruff. Used in soaps, deodorants, disinfectants and air fresheners. Melaleuca alternifoliaFamily:...

  • Thyme, Red $ 19.99

    Strengthens the nerves and aids in concentration. Strong antiseptic properties. Warming oil, good for circulation. Thymus vulgarisFamily: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)Source: FrancePrecautions: Avoid if pregnant. High blood pressure, use in moderation.Method of use: Massage and VaporizationNote: Top...

  • Vetiver $ 21.99

    Calming oil for nerves. Alleviates muscular aches and pains. Moisturizing to dry, dehydrated or irritated skin. Vetiveria zizanoidesFamily: PoaceaeSource: Java/ChinaMethod of use: MassageNote: BaseBlends well with: Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender, Patchouli, Rosewood

  • Yarrow $ 69.99

    Balancing oil and excellent for female reproductive system. Achillea millefoliumFamily: AsteraceaeSource: HungryMethod of use: Massage, BathNote: TopBlends well with: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary

  • Ylang Ylang $ 19.99

    Relaxing to the nervous system. Balance the hormones therefore valuable with problems associated with the reproductive system. PMSBalancing effect on the sebum therefore effective on both oily and dry skin. Canaga odorataFamily: AnnonaceaeSource: ComoresMethod of...

What are Essential Oils?

The plant stores essential oil in tiny pockets in the leaf, bark, flower, fruit, entire aerial, resin or root depending on the plant. They are concentrated energy which the plant uses in times of crisis ie) drought, cold, or disease. When we extract essential oils, we are extracting a highly concentrated healing substance that is called an “oil”, but is not like a nut derived oil that leaves a stain.

What do you use Essential Oils with?

Essential oils are generally used either on their own, in a blend with a carrier oil or combination with other plant oils. Essential oils are never made from synthetic chemicals” Unless it totally derived from a plant, it is not an essential oil.

How do Essential Oils differ from Synthetic Olils

The difference between a synthetic oil and a natural one is that the pure essential oils already contain all necessary active ingredients and all necessary buffers, requiring no chemical additives to improve their effectiveness.

How concentrated are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs and therefore should be used in small percentage ( 2 - 5%) in any massage oil.

What are the Physical Properties of Essential Oils

  • Are highly fragrant, concentrated and potent substances.
  • Non-oily in texture for they are not fat-based and being called “oils” is sometimes misleading. They have a lipid-soluble molecular structure which allows them to pass easily through the skin. They penetrate into the fat layers of skin quickly, which is why massage is such an effective treatment.
  • Volatile as they evaporate into air easily.
  • Oxidize easily, therefore caps should be tightly closed. A small amount of oil in a large bottle should be transferred to a small bottle so as to minimize oxygen exposure.
  • Sensitive to heat and should be stored in a cool place.
  • Sensitive to light and should be stored in dark bottles.
  • Do not dissolve in water.
  • Are not a stand product and will vary from batch to batch.
  • Are cytophylatic (regenerate new cell) and enhance the function of our organs.
  • Virtually all essential oils have bactericidal properties.

How do Essential Oils Vary in Quality?

Essential oils differ from year to year, many thing affect them and their composition: geographic location, soil, quality, climate, and the care and time taken to distill them properly. Through testing and experienced analysis, it is possible to determine their composition and purity; samples that show the oil to have been adulterated or to be of poor quality

Caution With Essential Oils

There are conditions which will have contraindications when using essential oils and cause the body to react in ways which may be harmful. Seek permission before using essential oils if there is history of illness or cancer in your family, if you are pregnant, diabetic, epileptic or having medical treatments. Although essential oils are valuable healing aids, they are much slower in healing than conventional cures – seek professional help in serious conditions. Aromatherapy is only a complementary therapy and must be treated as such.

How do you Store Essential Oils?

Essential oils are active plant material and therefore have a limited shelf life. Oils will remain effective for at least 12 months after purchase and can have a shelve life of up to seven years. Shelf life can be improved if the oil is stored in a cool dark place, out of direct sunlight. Citrus oils may be refridgerated – but not frozen for longer shelf life. The lid of the bottle should be replaced quickly and properly after use (to prevent oxidation by the air) Replacing a cap on the wrong bottle will spoil the contents of both bottles.

Factors Affecting Essential Oils

Essential oils are not a manufactured chemical or perfume. This means that every batch of oil can be slightly different, some factors which have strong influences on the quality of the oils are:

  • Country of Origin — purchasing only the best essential oils from small specialist suppliers in “unusual” countries will often determine the premium price. Factors that can affect this quality of essential oils include soil type, climate, use of chemical (fertilizers), harvesting, genetics, chemotype, age of the plant and method of extraction.
  • Market Forces — government legislation, civil wars; climatic disasters can all have a dramatic influence on the prices of oils.