HERB PROPERTIES & ESSENTIAL OILS INFO

A LITTLE ABOUT SOME ESSENTIAL OILS.....

Please note- this is not exhaustive information,

as there are countless resources listing oils and their uses.

 

(SOME) HERB PROPERTIES DEFINED

 

ANALGESIC

relieves or diminishes pain:

BasilBay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus radiata, Fennel, Fir, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree.

ANTIDEPRESSANT

uplifting and counteracts melancholy:

Basil, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang

ANTIFUNGAL / FUNGICIDAL

Resists or destroys fungi: 

Basil , German Chamomile, Clary Sage, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Patchouli, Peppermint, Ravensara, Rosemary, Spearmint, Spruce, Tea Tree

Anti infectious: prevents uptake of infection:

Basil, Bay LaurelBergamot, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Niaouli, Patchouli, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose, Spruce, Tea Tree, Thyme

ANTI INFLAMMATORY

Helps to reduce and prevent inflammation:

BasilGerman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Lavender, Litsea Cubeba, Niaouli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose, Spearmint, Spruce, Tea Tree

ANTISPASMODIC

Relieves muscle spasm in smooth muscle.  Prevents and eases spasms and relieves cramps:

Basil, Black Pepper, German Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram,Orange, Peppermint, Rose, Spearmint, Spruce, Thyme

 

ANTISEPTIC

Cleansing and prevents the development of microbes:

Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Cypress, Helichrysum, Fir, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Niaouli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Rose, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Thyme, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

APHRODESIAC

Increases sexual desire. 

Cinnamon, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rosemary, Rose, Ylang Ylang

ASTRINGENT

Contracts blood vessels and body tissue. Contracts, tightens and binds tissues:

Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary

CALMING

This produces a sedative or tranquilizing effect: 

Basil, Clary Sage, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Pine

CARMINITAVE

This reduces intestinal spasm, settles the digestive system.

Settles the digestive system and the expulsion of gas from the intestines:

Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, German Chamomile, Cinnamon, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme

CICATRIZANT

Promotes healing of scar tissue:

Bergamot, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Lemon, Niaouli, Patchouli, Rosemary, Rose, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Thyme

 

CEPHALIC

Stimulating and clears the mind:

Basil, Cardamom, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint

Decongestant: reduces or relieves congestion:

German Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus radiata, Fennel, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose

DEODORANT

Destroys or inhibits odors:

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Fir, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Pine

DIGESTIVE

Aids the digestion of food:

Basil, Bay Laurel, Cardamom, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Fennel, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Rose

DIURETIC

Aids urine production:

Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Patchouli, Pine, Rosemary, Thyme

EXPECTORANT

Expels mucus in the respiratory system:

Basil, Bay Laurel, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fir, Frankincense, Ginger, Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Tea Tree, Thyme

FEBRIFUGE

Helps reduce fever. Cools and reduces high body temperature:

Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus radiata, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Niaouli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Spruce

IMMUNE STIMULANT

Stimulates the correct function of the immune system:

Cypress, Frankincense, Niaouli, Patchouli, Tea Tree

HORMONE INFLUENCER

A tonic of the hormone system

Stimulates the action of hormones:

BasilGerman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Marjoram,Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spruce, Ylang Ylang

RUBEFACIENT

Warming and increases blood flow:

Black Pepper, Eucalyptus radiata, Fir, Ginger, Lemon, Niaouli, Pine, Rosemary, Vetiver

SEDATIVE

Slows down functional activity and lessens excitement, calming. 

Reduces nervousness, distress, or agitation:

Bergamot, Cedarwood, German Chamomile, Clary Sage,

Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Orange, Patchouli,

Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

STIMULANT

Has an uplifting effect on the body.

Stimulates the physiological functions of the body:

Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fir, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Litsea Cubeba, Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Thyme

TONIC

Strengthens and enlivens the body or parts of the body:

Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Cypress, Helichrysum, Fennel, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Niaouli, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose, Spearmint, Spruce, Thyme, Vetiver

VULNARY

Prevents tissue degeneration and promotes healing of wounds:

Bergamot, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus radiata, Frankincense, Geranium,

Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram, Niaouli

Reference: Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. 2nd edn, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003

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