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Essential Oils

We are going to be looking at 14 essential oils on this first module and several of these oils you will already be familiar with. These have been selected for their gentle properties to provide a broad spectrum of aromas and therapeutic benefits.

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Roman Chamomile – Anthemis Nobilis

Roman Chamomile

  • Anti – inflammatory
  • Calming
  • Digestive aid
  • Anti – allergenic

Essential Oil Profile – Chamomile (Roman)

Latin name: Anthemis nobilis     Chamaemelum nobile
Common name: Roman Chamomile
Plant family: Asteraceae (Compositae)
Method of extraction: steam distillation of the flower heads.
Aroma: a fruity, apple-like fragrance

Chamomile tea has for years been a popular aid for digestion and to promote sleep. Anti inflammatory analgesic action relieves dull muscular pain lower back pain, useful for period pains and calms the irritable effects of PMT and during menopause.

Very soothing and calming to use on the skin, gentle and effective for all skin conditions including allergic responses on hypersensitive skin types.

Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus Smithii

Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus Smithii

  • Decongesting
  • Mucolytic
  • Febrifuge
  • Antiseptic

Essential Oil Profile – Eucalyptus

Latin name: Eucalyptus smithii
Common names: Eucalyptus or Gully-gum.
Plant family: Myrtaceae
Method of extraction: steam distillation of the leaves and twigs.
Aroma: clear, sharp and piercing.

Decongestant for the respiratory system and it is used in many remedies for colds and for headaches due to sinus problems.

It helps the lungs to expel mucus and is useful for bronchitis and coughs.

It is cooling on the skin and may reduce body temperature during a fever and will also deodarise and cleanse both the feverish person and the atmosphere in the room, killing germs and viruses.

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