Using Essential Oils

Essential Oils

Many aromatherapy clients ask about using our Know Your Body Best Essential Oils. Here is a quick guide for your clients seeking answers about essential oils and their respective uses.

Please remember essential oils should always be used under the direction of a professional trained in the proper and safe use of essential oils.

Essential oils should not be taken orally without the supervision of a professional. Inhalation therapy should be considered only under the direction of a trained aromatherapist. These products should be used only after understanding its properties, proper dilution techniques and its possible contraindications.

Arnica infused essential oil

This is a 100% natural, anti-inflammatory herbal extract that targets and alleviates muscular pain. Reduce bruising, muscle tenderness, and spasms. Arnica is often used to ease conditions such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel, bruising, muscle strains and sprains.

Argan Virgin Organic Moroccan Oil
Argan Nut

Due to the high levels of vitamin E, this oil helps reduce free radical damage, reduces wrinkles and helps restore the skin’s lipid layer. Argan oil can help protect against premature aging that has can be impacted by oxidation. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, both externally and internally and is beneficial to those with arthritic or rheumatic conditions. It can be used for reduce stretch marks during pregnancy.

KYBB Basil essential Oil

There is long history of the use of basil in Indian traditional medicine. The essential oil is yellowish, with its active principles including methylchavicol, linalol, cineol, eugenol, pinene and camphor. Basil has been long used for chest infections, digestive problems and jaundice.

Some people have also considered it an aphrodisiac. During the 16th century it was used for headaches, migraines and head colds. It has also been used as an antispasmodic. By massaging over the stomach, it will ease digestive difficulties. Basil oil blends well with other oils, especially lavender and is very good for tired, overworked muscles.

Bergamot Essential Oil

The oil from the Bergamot tree is extracted by simple pressure on the rind of the fruit which resembles a miniature orange. The extract is often used to treat urinary tract infections, depression and anxiety among many other ailments. In helping with mental states, Bergamot is a valuable oil for the aroma therapist as it is described as uplifting and relaxing making it very effective in massage oils as it helps lifts the spirits of the receiver. Caution must be taken as Bergamot increases the skin’s reaction to sunlight and can lead to sun burns through increased photo-sensitivity.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Better known as Frankincense which was an extract from the Boswellia tree. In Africa, the bark of the Boswellia tree is used to treat fever, rheumatism and gastrointestinal problems. It is helpful on older skin, as it helps restore some tone and reduce wrinkles. It has a calming effect on the emotions and is valuable in treating respiratory infections. Useful in inhalation, massage and baths.

Calendula Infused Essential Oil

Calendula oil is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial oil which makes it an ideal healing ointment for cuts, burns, bruises, warts, aches and pains. Traditionally Calendula oil has been used for abdominal cramps and constipation, however it also has many cosmetic uses such as to be added to body wash to prevent acne, or applied to hair to add shine. Caution must be taken as it is not to be used during pregnancy.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood is a powerful antiseptic commonly used for bronchial and urinary tract infections. It is also used in skincare as a mild astringent, and its antiseptic properties make it a valuable acne treatment. Caution must be taken as it is not to be used during pregnancy.

Chamomille Roman Infused Essential Oil
Chamomile Roman

All of the Chamomiles are soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory as well as analgesics, good for dull aches and pains. Commonly used in massage for muscular pain and inflamed joints in conditions such as arthritis. Roman Chamomile is also useful in treating sprains, inflamed tendons, and bursitis, as well as being helpful for use on sensitive, red or dry skin. Chamomile is a gentle oil and is excellent for treating children. It is soothing and calming with anti-depressant properties that assist in dealing with stress and anxiety.

Cinnamon leaf essential oil
Cinnamon Leaf Oil

This spicy essential oil has great value in aromatherapy as it fights exhaustion and any feelings of depression and weakness. With its antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Cinnamon Leaf Oil has powerful anti-rheumatic properties, is useful in the digestive system and for fighting colds and flu as well.

Clary sage essential oil for aromatherapy
Clary Sage

In aromatherapy Clary Sage is valuable in the treatment of asthma, as it relaxes the bronchial tubes and helps the anxiety and emotional tension often found in asthma sufferers. As it is warming and antispasmodic, it helps digestive problems, especially cramps or colicky pains. Gentle massage of the stomach and abdomen is comforting and offers relief. Clary Sage is also traditionally used as an aphrodisiac.

Citronella Essential Oil

Although this essential oil has been typecast as an insect repellant (especially for malaria carrying mosquitoes), it also has great benefit in clearing the mind, refreshing rooms and for softening skin, while combating oily skin and sweaty feet. Citronella oil has a slightly sweet, lemony smell. The therapeutic properties of citronella oil are antiseptic, bactericidal, deodorant, diaphoretic, insecticide, parasitic, tonic and stimulant. Citronella oil may irritate sensitive skin and cause dermatitis in certain individuals.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus can be used in massage to relieve pain in rheumatism, muscular aches and fibrosis. In aromatherapy, this essential oil helps to clear the mind and focus concentration, while reducing swelling in the mucus membranes. It is very valuable in fighting respiratory problems, inflammation, sore muscles, rheumatism, headaches and nervous exhaustion, while boosting wound and ulcer healing, and soothing skin eruptions.

Ginger Essential Oil

This warming essential oil is often used for digestive problems, as well as nausea – be that morning sickness or travel upset. It is also of value when treating colds and flu and especially for catarrhal lung conditions and rheumatic pain. It can also be used on the skin to help clear bruises.

Geranium Essential Oil for floral freshness

Very useful in treating injuries, geranium is a valuable astringent and haemostatic. Promoting healing, it is used in a variety of commercial skin preparations. Stimulating the lymphatic system, it is used in massage creams for the treatment of cellulitis, fluid retention and oedema of the ankles.

Golden Jojoba essential oils
Golden Jojoba

Golden jojoba oil helps problem skin and hair. It is used for dry, flaky skin and helps reduce wrinkles and treats psoriasis, acne and neurodermatitis. Golden joboba treats dry, itchy scalps and dandruff. Massage a couple of drops of oil on to the scalp and massage it in. After ten minutes under a hot towel wrap, shampoo and condition your hair. It is a good body lubricant and massage oil and helps skin to heal minor cuts, bruises and burns.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

The important distinction of grapefruit oil compared to other citrus oils is that it is not a photosensitiser. It does not contain some of the furocoumarins that have this effect.

Useful in lymphatic massage, this is a valuable oil to treat fluid retention, cellulite and other conditions where toxins are not being effectively eliminated.

Jasmine absolute infused essential Oil
Jasmine Absolute

Jasmine is considered the King of Oils, not due to its delicate flower but from the masculine scent of the oil that is extracted. Jasmine acts upon the male disorder such as an enlarged prostate and is considered to help strengthen the male sexual organs. Jasmine’s impact on the emotional and physical levels helps alleviate issues rising from anxiety, tension, depression and fear. It has a gentle, deep penetrating effect on the skin, making it an excellent massage oil.

Juniperberry Essential Oil

Juniper has been considered for many years to be an effective diuretic and antiseptic which are very important in aromatherapy. It has been used for thousands of years to protect from infections and should be considered to improve elimination of toxins.

Spanish Lavender Essential Oil

This is the most versatile of all essential oils. With a range of properties from analgesic, antiseptic, bactericidal, antidepressant and decongestant it is calming, soothing and has the ability to bring balance to the mind or body. Used in massage oils it helps relieve muscular pains. Best used in a massage oil blended with another essential oil such as marjoram or rosemary to name two.

Lavender is excellent for the relief of local pain, reducing inflammation and toning the system. The essence of lavender is for balancing and normalizing which makes this oil very versatile and valuable for therapeutic applications.

Lemon Essential Oils

Lemon oil has very important properties as it helps to stimulate the body’s defenses to fight off infection. Stimulating white blood cells, it assists in increasing the body’s ability to fight off disease while also increasing circulation.

Lemon oil is also very effective against stress, insomnia and stomach issues. It is also a natural disinfectant and a great alternative to chemical cleaners.

Lemongrass essential oil

Lemongrass has been found to have a soothing effect on headaches but should be diluted in a carrier oil before use as it could cause damage to the skin. It is also known to help toothaches and headaches resulting from viral infections. Most often it is used to treat general body pain as well as pain in muscles and joints resulting from strenuous activities and athletics. It’s uplifting aroma promotes relaxation and elevates mood while consuming lemongrass will assist with digestive issues.

Lime Essential Oil

Beneficial to the immune system, lime oil is known to help address respiratory infections and relieve pain in muscles and joints. It offers revitalizing properties for tired minds and banishes feelings of apathy, anxiety and depression. In vapour therapy, lime oil can be used to lift depression and energize a tired mind, while easing breathing and assisting the digestion. Lime oil can be used as a massage oil or diluted in the bath to help with painful muscles and joints, respiratory problems and cellulite, as well as to combat colds and flu.

Mandarin Essential Oil

Mandarin has a calming effect on the intestines and is used for digestive issues. It is one of the oils safe for use during pregnancy as it will not harm the mother or fetus. It is excellent in massage for the prevention of stretch marks.

KYBB Marjoram Essential Oils

The outstanding property of marjoram is the warming action for both the mind and body, however, it can dull the senses and cause drowsiness. This is a remedy for insomnia, and one should be aware of its sedative properties. It is very useful in massage as it acts upon the capillaries below the skin, helping sooth tired muscles after heavy, physical exertions. Marjoram is also very useful in relieving pain, cramps, headaches, migraines and stiffness. It can also be applied to the soles of children’s feet to encourage restful napping.

Melissa Infused Oil

Melissa’s main property is that it is soothing to the body and mind. It is one of the oils used to treat allergies whether they appear as skin or respiratory problems. Inhaled, Melissa helps relieve asthma and coughs. It offers calming properties, helping lower blood pressure and has also helped people in shock and distress with its uplifting properties.

Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh has been valued for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-septic healing properties. Myrrh is effective for wounds that are slow to heal as well as in skin care for its cleansing and moisturizing properties. Myrrh is used as a massage oil but caution must be taken as it is not indicated for use with pregnant women.

Neroli infused essential oil

Once diluted properly in a massage oil, bath oil or skin cream, Neroli is considered one of the more beautiful scents in aromatherapy. Excellent for treatment of anxiety, it is an anti-depressant, anti-spasmodic, anti-septic, aphrodisiac and acts as a gentle sedative as well. It is valuable in skin care as it stimulates the growth of new cells with its rejuvenating effects.

One of physical effects of Neroli is its ability to relieve spasms in the smooth muscle in areas of the body such as the intestine. It has shown to help those suffering from diarrhea due to anxiety along with being effective in treating depression in older, post-menopausal women.

Orange Essential Oil

Orange blends well with many spice oils like cinnamon, nutmeg or clove. It is a great oil to battle insomnia, but for long term treatment it is recommended to switch up the oils that you use. Although it is wonderful in a winter bath, more than 4 drops can lead to skin irritation.Preliminary research suggests that d-limonene, one of the chemical components found in orange peels (and therefore Orange Essential Oil), can effectively inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Arnica infused essential oil

This oil has a variety of therapeutic properties, however has too many hazards to be recommended as a general aromatherapy oil. To be avoided during pregnancy, it can cause skin irritations and therefore should not be used in massage. For these reasons this oil is not available at Know Your Body Best.

Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli has valuable uses for the treatment of skin disorders as it is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic in effect. It helps re-generate cells with fungicidal properties. Excellent for treating acne, tinea infections and some skin allergies. It is also helpful for all forms of depression, anxiety and stress related conditions.

Peppermint Essential Oil

This oil stimulates the brain and causes wakefulness, not necessarily the properties needed before bedtime. Using it well diluted in massaging the stomach and abdomen in a clockwise motion can help relieve digestive upsets with its antispasmodic action on the smooth muscles. When used in steamers, it can cleanse and decongests the skin. Cold compresses of Peppermint applied to the forehead and temples relieve headaches. Peppermint should not be used if any homeopathic remedies are being taken and must be stored away from them as it affects these medications.

Rose Absolute Infused Essential Oil
Rose Absolute

Considered one of the first essential oils distilled in ancient Persia and is also considered the Queen of Flowers in aromatherapy. It is used for treatment of any female disorders or their reproductive system. Rose oil has a positive effect on the uterus as it is cleansing, purifying and regulating. Most important are its effect on an emotional level as it is a gentle, but strong anti-depressant. It has been long associated as an aphrodisiac as well as being very good in skincare. Rose oil may be used on all skin types especially dry, sensitive and aging skin. Due to its astringent effects on the skin and circulation, it helps lower the redness caused by enlarged capillaries in the face.

Rosemary Essential Oils

Rosemary essential oil is used extensively in aromatherapy due to its versatility as a welcome aroma in so many popular combinations. The oil blends well with frankincense, lavender, clary sage, cedarwood, basil, thyme, citronella, lemongrass, elemi, geranium, chamomile, peppermint and cardamom. This is an excellent oil for tired, stiff and overworked muscles. A good analgesic, it is effectively used before training or competitive events. Rosemary oil should never be ingested and should not be used by pregnant, breastfeeding or nursing women, nor people with epilepsy.

Rosewood Essential Oil

Rosewood is a very safe oil that is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing and is an excellent immune system stimulant. It has mild analgesic properties and a steadying, calming effect on the nerves. Among its useful properties are its antiseptic and antibacterial effectiveness on sensitive, acne-prone skin. An excellent cell re-generator, it is good for older skin to diminish wrinkles, sun damage and even stretch marks.

Sandalwood Infused Oil

Sandalwood is a very good pulmonary antiseptic and is good for dry, persistent and irritating coughs. It is one of the best essential oils for the treatment of chronic bronchitis and can be used for soothing sore throats. Sandalwood can be used for dry and dehydrated skins in warm compresses, but it also effective on oily skin with its antiseptic and slight astringent properties. It has held a longstanding reputation as an aphrodisiac and is used in many cosmetic preparations.

St Johns Wort Essential Oil
St. John’s Wort Oil

St. John’s wort oil may be applied to the skin to treat a number of issues from scrapes to bruises. St. John’s Wort Oil is also antiseptic, antiviral and astringent, making it effective for treating wounds. Other uses include pain relief from muscles that ache or are tired from exertion. St. John’s Wort oil also has sedating affects. However, applying St. John’s wort directly to the skin is risky as it can cause serious sensitivity to sunlight.

Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree (Ti-Tree) Oil

Tea tree oil offers anti bacterial, anti viral and anti fungal properties and is a very powerful immune-stimulant. It is usually not a skin irritant but there are cases where people have become sensitive.

There is a myriad of uses for tea-tree oil. Inhalations are good for catarrh and sinusitis using burners and vaporizes. Some creams incorporate Tea-tree oil for rashes. Tea tree oil has been used in baths and massages prior to surgery and massages afterwards to lower post-op shock. (using the oil post-op with massage means avoiding the operative site or scar) It has been used to treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot, ringworm and Candida.

Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme Red

Thyme is an excellent pulmonary disinfectant as it treats, colds, coughs and sore throats. It may be used as an inhalant for nose, throat and chest infections.

Very effective for fatigued people, it stimulates the production of white corpuscles to strengthen the body defenses against invading organisms. Thyme helps revive the body and mind.

Vetivert Essential Oil

Vetivert oil has many uses in skin care, especially for oily skin and acne.This is an immune-stimulant, helping us cope with stress. Vetivert is valuable in massage as it is very relaxing. It can be used in baths to help those suffering from stress, anxiety, insomnia or depression.

Ylang Ylang essential oil
Ylang Ylang

The most important physical property of Ylang-Ylang is its ability to slow down over rapid breathing and heartbeats (tachycardia). These symptoms may appear when someone is overstimulated due to fright, or anger and Ylang-Ylang can be helpful under these conditions, however medical advice should be sought if this continues in the long term. Due to its balancing action, it is useful on both oily and dry skins. Ylang-Ylang is an effective anti-depressant, aphrodisiac and sedative as it has a calming and relaxing effect. Prolonged use in high concentration can lead to nausea and headaches.