Herb Cottage Natural Therapies Clinic
Herb Cottage Natural Therapies Clinic
For Essential Oils | Aromatherapy | Hypnotherapy | Therapeutic Massage|
Gooseberry Hill, Western Australia   email: leeannd@iinet.net.au   Telephone / Fax : (08) 9293 4562

Ylang Ylang

A GUIDE TO USING ESSENTIAL OILS

PLANT OIL
ACTION
USED TO TREAT
POINTS OF INTEREST
OTHER USES AND WARNINGS
BASIL
Ocimum basilicum
top note
antidepressant, tonic
antiseptic, uplifting.
concentration & decision making, to relieve mental fatigue, anxiety, headaches, colds, nervous insomnia.
strewing herb, potpourris,
sachets, soaps & perfumery
fly repellant.
BERGAMOT
Citrus aurantium
spp. bergamia
top note
antiseptic, uplifting.
chronic anxiety, skin disorder,
stimulates appetite, soothes,
lung conditions.
vaporize and inhale, do not use externally (can cause over-pigmentation of the skin) phototoxic.
CARAWAY
mild antiseptic, antispasmodic.
digestive problems, colic, flatulence, pain, dyspepsia.
sachets to scent drawers or clothes, soap and perfumery, making "Kummel" liqueur.
CHAMOMILE GERMAN
Matricaria recutica
middle note
anti-inflammatory, soothing, calming, immunostimulant.
skin problems, arthritis, irritability, toothache, digestive problems.
great for appeasing anger and tantrum.
CHAMOMILE ROMAN
Anthemis nobilis
middle note
antispasmodic, calming, sedative, digestive, balancing.
irritability, digestive problems, headache, insomnia, liver and spleen congestion.
sensitive skins, great for appeasing anger and tantrums.
CEDARWOOD
Juniperus virginiana
base note
antiseptic, antispasm, astringent, expectorant.
stimulates circulation, dandruff, eczema, respiratory congestion, arthritis & nervous tension.
room sprays, household insect repellent, soaps & cosmetics.
CINNAMON
Cinnamomum zeylanicum
base note
antiseptic & antiviral, stimulating, warming, anti-rheumatic.
aids digestion, circulation, exhaustion.
best used in compounds or blends. (could cause blisters & burns) potpourris, pillows & sachets. repels moths.
CITRONELLA
Cymbopogon spp.
top note
insecticide, antiseptic, deodorizing.
rheumatic aches & pains. bites & stings - stops itching.
cleaning products and insect repellent, esp. mosquitoes.
CLARY SAGE
Salvia sclarea
top note
nerve tonic, euphoric, warming & soothing.
depression, weak digestion, irritability, sore throats, PMT, headaches, stress, insomnia.
fixative in perfumery, regulator of seborrhea for dry & oily skin, hair growth.
CLOVE
Eugenia caryophyllus
base note
antiseptic, pain reliever, stimulant, antispasmodic.
stimulates digestion, tooth ache, intestinal parasites, immune system, mouth & tooth infections.
air freshener and with lavender as insect repellent.
CORIANDER
Coriandrum sativum
top note

sweet, uplifting tonic digestive, carminative, anti spasmodic.

combat fatigue, rheumatic conditions, toothache, digestion, anorexia & migraine.
said to be aphrodisiac.
CYPRESS
Cupressus sempervirens
middle note
astringent vaso-constriction, anti spasm.
circulatory problems - varicose veins, broken veins & capillaries, muscular cramps, coughs and bronchitis, cellulite.
mature skin, menopause upsets, deodorant.
EUCALYPTUS
-leucoxylon - globulus
- phellandra - radiata
top note - polybracta
antiseptic, anti-viral, stimulating anti-inflammatory, disinfectant.
respiratory problems, colds etc. aches & pains, rheumatic conditions, nervous disorders & fatigue, infectious diseases.
room freshness, laundry & cleaning, Main ingredient for inhalants.
FENNEL
Foeniculum vulgare
middle note
antispasmodic, diuretic, tonic, detoxifier.
convalescence, aids digestion, cellulite, eye inflammation & conjunctivitis, urinary problems, nausea.
ingredient in baby gripe water.
FRAGONIA
Fragrant agonis
FRANKINCENSE
Boswellia carteri
base note
warming comforting tonic, rejuvenating relaxing sedative.
skin disorders, respiratory congestion, ageing skin, wounds & inflammation.
meditation & exercising e.g. yoga, potpourri, cosmetics, incense.
GERANIUM
Pelargonium graveolens, P.roseum
middle note
hormonal balancer, relaxing, antiseptic, astringent tonic.
cleanses & normalizes the skin, digestion, menstrual problems, nervous system, general fatigue, shingles.
insect repellent. very important in aromatherapy, potpourri, cosmetics, soaps.
GINGER
Zingiber officinale
top note
analgesic, anti-oxidant, antispasm, stimulant, antiseptic.
stimulates circulation, helps cramp, nervous exhaustion, indigestion, nausea.
assists fighting infection, used in cosmetics, perfune, food & drinks.
GRAPEFRUIT
Citrus x paradisi
top note
refreshing, uplifting, deodorizing.
sore throats, bites & stings, controls liquid processes, e.g. lymphatic system, cellulite.
in combination with eucalyptus for the lungs, phototoxic.
HYSSOP
Hyssopus officinalis
middle note
anti spasmodic, expectorant, stimulant for respiratory system.
asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, digestive problems, eczema, wounds.
blends well with lavender & rosemary, avoid in pregnancy, allays grief.
JASMINE
Jasminum officinalis
base note
stimulant, antidepressant, uplifting, soothing.
dry & sensitive skin, frigidity, anxiety, menopause.
boosts confidence.
JUNIPER
Juniperus communis
middle note
antiseptic, diuretic tonic, detoxifier.
fluid retention, rheumatic aching, joints, acne & skin conditions, depression, respiratory problems.
greasy skin, gin is flavoured by juniper, game cookery, room freshener.
LAVENDER
Lavandula x intermedia
middle note
calming, soothing, comforting, refreshing.
less therapeutic than lavender but similar properties.
soap & perfumes
LAVENDER
Lavandula angustifolia
middle note
refreshing antiseptic, relieves sharp pain, allays irritability.
insomnia, indigestion, head aches, infections, muscular pain, cell renewal and burns.
a must in every home and office, may be used directly on skin for insect bites, burns & perfume.
LEMON
Citrus limonum
top note
refreshing, invigorating, immuno stimulant, deodorizing, antiseptic.
circulation, respiratory problems, broken capillaries, insomnia, colds etc., cellulite, leukocyte formation.
pore refining, toner for greasy skin, rejuvenating properties.
LEMON GRASS
Cymbopogon citratus
top note
stomachic, deodorizer, digestive, antiseptic, astringent.
skin problems, antidote for infectious viruses, circulation, digestion, muscle tone.
ayurvedic medicine in India, oily skins, insect repellent, but skin irritant if used neat.
LEMON SCENTED EUCALYPTUS E.citriodora
top note
antiinflammatory, uplifting, antiseptic.
circulation & respiratory problems, (inhalant & chest rub), arthritic joints, aches & pains.
outstanding multipurpose. a must in every home and office. insect repellent. air freshener.
LEMON TEA TREE Leptospermum petersonii
top note
antiseptic, fungicide, refreshing & invigorating.
respiratory problems, inhalation for colds & flu, headaches.
bush pot pourri, room freshener & cleanser.

LIME
Citrus aurantifolia
top note

antirheumatic, antiseptic, antiviral, restorative tonic.
digestive problems, gall bladder congestion, lymphatic stimulant, respiratory antiseptic.
soaps, detergents, cosmetics & perfune, phototoxic.
MANDARIN
Citrus reticulata
top note
tonic, stomachic, sedative
stress & irritability, insomnia, sedates the nervous system.
food & perfumery. aromatherapy oil burners. phototoxic.

MARJORAM
Origanum marjorana
middle note

expectorant, sedative, stomachic, antiseptic, vasodilator.
insomnia, migraines, high blood pressure, respiratory problems, nervous fatigue.
strong sedative, use in bath before bedtime or in a sleep pillow.

MYRRH
Commiphora myrrha
base note

strengthens, tonic, anti-inflammatory, rejuvenates, antiseptic.
digestion, loss of appetite, expectorant, skin problems, scars, infections, ulcerations.
skin toner, (especially aged skin) incense, good fixative for pot pourrie & pomanders.
NUTMEG
Myristica fragrans
base note
tonic, stimulant.
general fatigue, digestive properties, pre-menstrual pain.

avoid in pregnancy, used with care, very potent, high doses stupefies.

ORANGE
Citrus sinensis
top note

uplifting tonic, refreshing, digestive stimulant, nerve sedative.
sedative for muscular & nervous systems, eczema & dermatitis, combats wrinkles, good mouth wash.
promotes joyful communication, cleanses open pored skin, phototoxic.
PALMAROSA
Cymbopogon martinii
top note
antiseptic, cell regenerator bactericide, stomachic, moisturiser.
flu & high temperature, cuts & wounds, infection & fever.
a tropical grass. good for dry skins & generak skin care.
PATCHOULI
Pogostemon patchouli
base note.
relaxing, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative.
allergies, burns, eczema, acne, abscesses.
strengthens emotions, perfumery, aphrodisiac properties, pot pourri, rejuvenates skin, natural fixative.

PEPPERMINT
Mentha piperita
top note

cooling, pain reliever, invigorating, antiseptic.
cardiac tonic, sedative, blood cleanser, bruises & swellings, cramp, stings or bites, nausea.
mint is digestive!
travel & sea sickness.
foot massage oil.
PETITGRAIN
Citrus bigarade
top note
sedative, relaxant, cardiac tonic.
calms anxieties, insomnia, fatigue, nervousness, pimples & acne.
bathing, facial saunas.
PEPPERMINT GUM
Eucalyptus dives (type)
top note
antiseptic, invigorating, cooling, insect repellent.
travel sickness, colds & flu, respiratory problems.
bush pot pourri.
PINE
Pinus sylvestris
middle note
tonic, antiseptic,
expectorant, sedative
colds & sore throats, urinary infections, respiratory weaknesses, anxiety & stress
household cleaner, blends well with rosemary, lavender & lemon.
ROSE
Rosa centifolia/damascena
base note
cell regenerator,
stimulant, aphrodisiac, uplifting
mature, sensitive skin, eczema, depression, nervous tension
expresses love, one of the worlds most precious oils.
ROSEMARY
Rosmarinus officinalis
middle note
invigorating, antiseptic, stimulant, diuretic.
respiratory conditions, circulation, liver problems, asthma.
activates will power & clear thinking, breathing inhalant, healthy hair.
ROSEWOOD
Aniba roseaodora
base note
antiseptic, cell regenerator, anti depressant.
acne, dermatitis, sensitive & mature skin, anxiety, headache & nausea.
allays sadness
pot pourri
SANDALWOOD
Santalum album
base note
calming, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory
fatigue, respiratory problems, softens dry skin, mildly astringent for oily skin, urinary & genital infections.
promotes confidence & wellbeing, meditation & incense, main fixative in pot pourri.
TEA TREE
Melaleuca alternifolia
top note
powerful antiseptic, germicidal
strengthens the immune system, respiratory system, scar regeneration, burns, for nose & throat infections.
essential in first aid kit.
THYME
Thymus vulgaris
top note
fortifying tonic, digestive, pectoral & balsamic
colds & flu, fever, skin infections, rheumatic problems, stings & bites, for tiredness & depression.
acne, PMT, dandruff, pot pourris, sachets & pillows.
VETIVER
Vetiveria zizanoides
base note
insect repellent, stimulant, comforting.
arthritis, muscular aches & pains, acne, sprains & stiffness.
generally not used therapeutically, fixative in perfumery.
YLANG YLANG
Canaga odorata
base note
sedative, stimulant, antiseptic, antidepressant.
insomnia, anxiety.
soothes away anger & frustration.

TOP, MIDDLE & BASE NOTES refers to its evaporation rate :- top notes evaporate quickly, middle are more mellow & base notes are lasting and usually called fixatives. Other oils available are :- BAY, BLACK PEPPER, CAJEPUT, CARROT SEED, CELERY SEED, CUMMIN, NEROLI.

SYNERGISTIC BLENDS OR COMPOUNDS - of pure essential oils.
When the combination is more than the sum of the parts, there is a synergistic effect. By mixing 2, 3 or more specifically chosen essential oils together this creates a powerful vibrant blend. Some of the blends in our range are: Australian Bush, Breathe Easy, Decision Maker, Harmony Plus, Lavender Garden, Lemon Delight, Meditation, Oriental Spice, Rose Bouquet, Travel Easy & Sweet Sleep.

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