Frances Box explains the traditional use of these aromatherapy oils
Mainly used as a soothing oil. Traditionally an old folk remedy used for soothing muscular aches and pains, abdominal cramps and nausea. As it is considered to have calming qualities it may also support stress-related conditions such as headaches, insomnia and shock.
Used as an incense in Asia and the Catholic church due to the belief that it slows down and deepens the breath and therefore is conducive to prayer and meditation. A lovely warming oil on the muscles and helps to condition mature skin and scars.
- ROMAN CHAMOMILE
Traditionally used for inflamed joints, muscle pain and neuralgia. It is used in skincare preparations for conditions such as dermatitis, sensitive skin, burns and inflammations.
- TEA TREE
From Australia, many people will be familiary with Tea tree oil due to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Often used in skincare products targeting acne, burns, insect bites rashes and infected wounds. It is one of the few oils that can be applied directly to the skin.
Juniper is considered to have cleansing properties and traditionally is used to help boost the immune system.
- SWEET MARJORAM
Traditionally a sedative oil and therefore may be helpful to aid sleep. It can included in topical treatments to help arthritis, muscular aches and pains and strains.
Sandalwood has a distinctive aroma and has been used by many religions in ceremonies and rituals. It is often found in male cosmetics and is believed to be good for dry/chapped skin and barbers rash.
Rich in plant compounds, rosemary has traditionally been used to treat a number of disorders particularly in helping circulation, muscles and joints.
Geranium is often used in skincare products particularly mature skin. As a traditional remedy it was used as a hormone balancer and for circulatory problems.
A lovely oil for babies, particularly good for soothing massage to relieve conditions such as colic. Can be used safely during pregnancy.