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Aromatherapy - A to Z of Essential Oils

My most recent blog post, Useful essential oils, include recipes for itchy skin, skin healing oil blends and oils for sinusitis, headaches, household cleaning and more.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, the information on these pages is gathered from my own experience, books, websites, and other people's experience. I will not be held responsible for any injury resulting from this information. If you have a medical condition, you should seek qualified medical advice and supervision at all times.

This is an incomplete list of oils (mostly ones that I have collected). Information about the use of each oil and other essential oils will be added gradually.

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A - Z 100% Pure Essential Oils

Common name Scientific name Use for Avoid
Basil Ocimum basilicum concentration, depression, headaches children, pregnancy
Bergamot Citrus bergamia stress, acne, cold sores may cause skin sensitivity to sunlight
Black Pepper Piper nigrum muscle aches, bruising may irritate sensitive skin
Cedarwood Cedus atlantica coughs, acne pregnancy
Chammomile   teething, tension 3% oils are not suitable for vaporisation
Chammomile Blue   dermatitis, eczema, tension, stress, insomnia, migraine, headache 3% oils are not suitable for vaporisation, low blood pressure
Citronella Cymbopogon winterianus insect repellant sensitive skin
Clove Syzygium aromaticum toothache, in toothpaste keep away from eyes
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus polybractea colds, flu, fever, cough, cleaning do not ingest
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare indigestion, fluid retention pregnancy
Frankincense Boswellia carteri dry skin, inflamed skin  
Jasmine   childbirth, stress 3% oils are not suitable for vaporisation, low blood pressure
Lavender Lavendula augustifolia stress, cuts, burns, headaches, migraines, insomnia, eczema, antiseptic  
Lemon Citrus limon stress, depression, colds may cause skin sensitivity to sunlight
Marjoram Origanum marjorama insomnia, muscle aches pregnancy
Melissa   migraines, stress, headaches, eczema, hives 3% oils are not suitable for vaporisation, low blood pressure
Neroli   insomnia, premenstrual symptoms 3% oils are not suitable for vaporisation, low blood pressure
Orange Citrus aurantium eczema, stress may cause skin sensitivity to sunlight
Patchouli Pogostemon cablin tinea, damaged skin children
Peppermint Mentha x piperita indigestion, nausea, colds, flue pregnancy
Petitgrain Petitgrain bigarde insomnia, acne  
Rose   dry skin, premenstrual symptoms, stress 3% oils are not suitable for vaporisation, low blood pressure
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis dandruff, headaches, concentration Epilepsy, high blood pressure, do not take internally
Rosewood Aniba rosaeodora nausea, stress, acne, dermatities  
Sandalwood Sandalum album sensitive skin, cystitis  
Tea tree Melaleuca alternifolia cleaning, cuts, congestion, an antiseptic and antibacterial do not ingest
Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata stress, tension  

A - Z commercial essential oil blends

Oil Blends Oils in blend Brand
Meditation Oil Oakmoss
Ylang Ylang
Meditation Blend
Recovery Lemon
Winter Blues Lemon

A - Z carrier and blending oils

Base Oil Useful for
Almond oil or Sweet almond oil irritated skin, earache, hair conditioning
Apricot kernal oil skin problems, eczma, hives
Arnica oil bruises, sprains
Avocado oil dry skin
Calendula oil cuts, irritated skin
Evening primrose oil eczma, premenstrual symptoms
Grapeseed Oil oily skin
Hypericum oil haemorrhoids, bruises
Jojoba oil eczma, dermatities, hives, hair conditioning
Macadamia oil irritated skin
Pumpkin seed oil water retention
Rosehip oil old or dry skin, eczma
Wheatgerm oil irritated skin

Other blending suggestions

Product Useful for
Bicarbonate soda cleaning, deodorising
Calcium carbonate powder toothpaste with glycerin
Epsom Salts bath salts, sore muscles
Glycerine toothpaste with calcium carbonate, bath salts for moisture
Rock salt or Sea salt bath salts, exfoliation
Rosewater skin mist, moisturising
Solubliser dispersing oil in water
Witchhazel astringent,toner, exczma