Benefits of Essential Oils

Benefits of essential oils – Reference Chart

Posted: August 15, 2017 by aromandina

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When it comes to essential oils, it is always a case of “different strokes for different folks”.  Indeed, the therapeutic properties of essential oils are so varied and diverse that it can be difficult to decide which ones to stock in your cabinet. Some oils are versatile, while others are known to work on specific systems. Some are gentle, while others are strong. Some work on the muscles, while others work on the mind.

Buy this chart and paste it somewhere near your medicine cabinet for a quick reference the next time you need some aroma healing: Benefits of Essential Oils
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A glossary of terms is provided at the bottom of the chart.

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How to Use Essential Oils – Inhalation Method
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Aromatherapy charts
Analgesic
: this is pain-relieving, for mild and sever pain, for shoulder pain, knee pain,back problems, muscle pain. An agent that 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: this lifts the mood, for depressed people. An agent that is uplifting and counteracts melancholy: Basil, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang

Anti fungal or fungicidal: this inhibits mold and fungi growth. An agent that 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: this 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: this 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: this relieves muscle spasm in smooth muscle.  An agent tthat 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:  this is 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

Aphrodisiac: this increases sexual desire.  An agent that provokes sexual interest and excitement: Cinnamon, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rosemary, Rose, Ylang Ylang

Astringent: this contracts blood vessels and body tissue.  An agent that 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

Carminative: this reduces intestinal spasm, settles the digestive system. An agent that 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: this is stimulating and clears the mind: Basil, Cardamom, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint

Decongestant: this 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: this destroys or inhibits odors: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Fir, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Pine

Digestive: this aids the digestion of food: Basil, Bay Laurel, Cardamom, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Fennel, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Rose

Diuretic: this aids urine production: Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Patchouli, Pine, Rosemary, Thyme

Expectorant: this 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: this helps reduce fever.  An agent that cools and reduces high body temperature: Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus radiata, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Niaouli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Spruce

Immune stimulant: this stimulates the correct function of the immune system: Cypress, Frankincense, Niaouli, Patchouli, Tea Tree

Hormone influencer: this is a tonic of the hormone system. An aent that stimulates the action of hormones: BasilGerman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Marjoram,Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spruce, Ylang Ylang

Rubefacient: this is warming and increases blood flow: Black Pepper, Eucalyptus radiata, Fir, Ginger, Lemon, Niaouli, Pine, Rosemary, Vetiver

Sedative: this slows down functional activity and lessens excitement, calming.  An agent that reduces nervousness, distress, or agitation: Bergamot, Cedarwood, German Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Stimulant: this has an uplifting effect on the body. An agent that 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

Vulnerary: this prevents tissue degeneration and promotes healing of wounds: Bergamot, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus radiata, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram, NiaouliReference: Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. 2nd edn, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003Read: Handy Aromatherapy Guide for Everyday Uses  

 

Aromatherapy Reference Charts:


Essential Oils for Mind and Emotions

Essential Oils and Their Specific Uses
The Ultimate Aromatherapy Skincare Chart

This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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