The essential oils used in an aromatherapy massage therapy

When you book an aromatherapy massage therapy, I have an abundance of beautiful, healing and rebalancing essential oils at my fingertips. I have listed the main ones here, to give you an idea of what each oil can do to help. Please do note that many essential oils have ‘cautions’ and ‘contra indications’ (which I have not listed here) and a qualified Aromatherapist will be able to evaluate the oils and ensure they are safe for you, personally, to use.

Basil (Ocimum basilcum)

Skin: An insect repellent and can be used on insect bites. Can also help treat acne
Mind: Helps concentration and relieves intellectual fatigue
Body: Clears chest problems and soothes the digestive system and stops stress related flatulence. Heals viral infections such as colds and flu.


Benzoin (Styrax Styacaceae)

Skin: Helps to improve elasticity, heals cracked skin, heals sores and wounds and at the same time reducing redness,   irritation and itching
Mind: Has a calming effect on the nervous system,  brings comfort to the depressed and emotionally exhausted
Body: Beneficial for respiratory disorders, helps   with circulation problems, eases general aches and pain and stiff muscles


Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

Skin: Effective for blemished, oily and sensitive skin. Highly antiseptic, this oil is perfect to help keep skin clear from spots and blemishes.
Mind: Uplifting and useful for combating anxiety. Potent antidepressant , it is balancing and toning.
Body: Stimulates the digestion and can be used to treat urinary tract infections.


Black pepper (Piper nigrum)

Body: This warming, spicy essential oil is ideal for use after sport to relieve sore muscles and fatigue. It can also help relieve the pain associated with arthritis and rheumatism and it is reputed to have a tonic effect on the immune and digestive system.


Chamomile blue (Matricaria chamomilla)

Skin: Powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is soothing and calming for skin   allergies such as ezcema and other skin rashes
Mind: Calming  and soothing and can help with irritability and depression
Body: Can help  treat any kind of inflammation


Chamomile roman (Anthemis nobilis)

Skin: Anti-inflammatory properties and is soothing and calming for skin allergies   such as ezcema and other skin rashes
Mind: Calming and soothing and is one of the best essential oils to help calm the mood swings and weepiness associated with menstruation. It is also used to help with insomnia.
Body: Can help reduce muscular tension and dull persistent pain. It is also beneficial for headaches, PMS, menstrual cramps and allergies


Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica)

Skin: Can help relieve the itching   associated with skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Its astringent   effect is also beneficial for oily skin, acne and dandruff
Mind: Helps to calm and soothe nerves,   mental stress, anxiety and nervous tension. It can also help to reduce fear   and instil strength and confidence
Body: Can help ease respiratory problems   such as asthma and bronchitis. It also helps to clear urinary infections and   can assist with rheumatism and arthritis


Clary sage (Salvia sclarea)

Skin: Astringent   properties and is beneficial for oily skin and scalp conditions
Mind: Euphoric, antidepressant effect and a calming, sedating influence on the   nerves and emotions
Body: Can be helpful   with female related problems such as painful periods, scanty menstruation,   the menopause.


Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

Skin: A powerful astringent and can help with acne   and oily skin. It also has deodorising properties and can be used in   deodorants and to help with sweaty feet
Mind: Can help with nervous weakness and anxiety. It   helps relieve negativity and restores calm and focus
Body: Recommended whenever there is excess fluid.   It can be used to treat varicose veins, haemorrhoids, coughs and to help   regulate heavy and painful periods. It is also beneficial for respiratory   problems such as asthma, coughs and bronchitis


Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

Skin: Antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It feels cool to the skin but has a   warming effect on the muscles
Mind: A stimulant effect and is good for fatigue and lethargy, feelings of heaviness in the mind
Body: Antiviral properties and an affinity with the respiratory system. It is a  popular essential oil in winter time and can be beneficial for coughs, colds   and flu


Fennel Sweet (Foeniculum vulgare)

Skin: A good skin tonic and   can be beneficial for dull, and tired skin. It can also help with puffy areas   i.e. eyes and thighs as it helps to reduce water retention
Mind: Believed to boost   courage, resolve and strength during difficult times
Body: It is   beneficial for the digestive system and is believed to be a tonic for fatigue


Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

Skin: Rejuvenating, balancing and healing action on the skin. It is   particularly helpful for mature skin, wrinkles, scars and combination skin
Mind: Strong   meditative powers and anti-depressant qualities. It can help relieve nervous   agitation, palpitations and feelings of panic
Body: An   affinity with the respiratory system and some believe that it helps balance   the rhythm of the female cycle


Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

Skin: A balancing   and soothing effect on all skin type
Mind: Helps to relax, restore and stabilise the emotions. It can be beneficial for   nervous tension, mood swings, irritability, anger and frustrated rages
Body: Popular for use prior to conception and for balancing hormonal changes during the middle years


Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Mind: A stimulating  essential oil that can help with work related fatigue, intellectual burn-out,   feeling incapacitated and worthless
Body: Has an affinity with the joints and muscles. Ginger can also be useful for travel sickness, and morning sickness. It is popular in many winter aromatherapy   treatments and can be used to prevent chills, warm the extremities and to   relieve the symptoms of colds and bronchitis


Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

Skin: Cleansing for the skin and has an astringent and toning effect that is   particularly beneficial for oily and environmetally damaged skin
Mind: Mentally rejuvenating and can help relieve stress, nervous exhaustion, head tension, negative feelings and black thoughts
Body: Helps boost the immune system and can help treat colds and flu. It is said to be a good detoxifier helping to rid the body of toxins. It is often used in   aromatherapy spa treatments to improve lymphatic drainage and to ease muscle   stiffness, by dispersing lactic acid


Jasmine (Jasminum Officinale)

Skin: Tones, dry, greasy, irritated and   sensitive skin. It is believed to promote skin elasticity and can help to reduce stretch marks and scarring.
Mind: Jasmine Absolute is a powerful anti-depressant   and can help people who lack confidence or who are indecisive.
Body: Like Rose, Jasmine  is one of the best oils for treating the female reproductive system. It is good to use in   childbirth to help with pain and to strengthen the contractions. Jasmine is a   powerful aphrodisiac and is reputed to help with sexual problems such as impotence, premature ejaculation and frigidity. It also has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system.


Juniper (Juniperus communis)

Skin: Can help reduce inflammation and be beneficial for acne, eczema, oily   skin, weeping eczema, psoriasis and dandruff
Mind: Can help calm the nerves, relieve anxiety, nervous tension and mental exhaustion. It is also thought to help rid the mind of negative emotions, particularly anger and confusion
Body: Has an affinity with the urinary system. It can aid the digestive system and   reduce fluid retention. It is believed to soothe stress or hormone related bloating and over indulgence in food and alcohol


Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

Skin:   Antiseptic properties and is soothing and nurturing for the skin.  It helps to tone and revitalize the skin and can be helpful for a range of skin   problems including acne, oily skin, dandruff, burns, wounds, insect bites and stings. It is also an effective insect repellent
Mind: Has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves. It can be beneficial   for treating stress, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and insomnia
Body: Its pain-relieving properties can be beneficial for headaches, muscular aches and   pains (particularly when associated with sport), rheumatism and arthritis


Lemon (Citrus limonum)

Skin: Has antiseptic properties   and is useful in treating oily skin and to revive a dull complexion. It is   also a popular folk remedy for warts.
Mind: An uplifting oil and is   reputed to have antidepressant properties. It can also be used to enhance   mental performance and memory function.
Body: Has antibacterial and   antiviral properties and can help protect the body against   infection.  It is also useful for treating colds and flu.


Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Skin: Antiseptic and antifungal   properties. It also has good astringent properties and is an effective   deodorant.
Mind: Has a tonic, restorative effect   on the nervous system and can help with oil stress-related exhaustion,  aggression, pessimistic thoughts and fear.
Body: Reputed to have   analgesic properties is often used for sports massage to help relieve   muscular aches and pains.


Marjoram (Origanum marjorana)

Skin: Can help to improve circulation and the appearance of grey, cold skin
Mind: Has a calming effect on the   emotions and can help with nervous anxiety, fear, low self- esteem, night   wakings or restlessness. It is a popular essential oil to use before bed.
Body: Most commonly   used in aromatherapy blends for muscular and rheumatic pain, sprains,   strains, bruises and stiff joints. It can also help clear the sinuses and   ease respiratory complaints such as asthma and bronchitis.


Melissa (Melissa officinalis)

Skin: Reputed to be useful in skin care for allergies, insect bites and as an insect repellent
Mind: A calming essential oil for both mind and body. It is one of the best essential oils   for treating shock, depression, grief and anxiety. It is reputed to lift the   spirits, ease a troubled mind and chase away dark thoughts
Body: Has a tonic   effect on the heart and can help regulate over-rapid breathing and heart    beat and high blood pressure. It also has a regulating effect on the   digestive system, helping with cramps, indigestion, dysentery, nausea, and   vomiting, especially when aggravated by stress


Neroli (Citrus aurantium)

Skin: Rejuvenating and regenerative effect on the skin. It is   beneficial for all skin types and problem skin conditions, particularly oily   skin.
Mind: A relaxing oil   and is beneficial for nervous conditions such as stress, depression, fear,   anxiety, insomnia and the inability to face challenges.
Body: A soothing and   calming essential oil and some believe it is helpful for stress-related   stomach problems, heart palpitations and the female reproductive system.


Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

Skin:   Excellent in   skincare. It helps to regenerate healthy, new skin cells, heal wounds and   reduce scarring. It is also good for rough, cracked and dehydrated skin.   Patchouli helps to reduce inflammation and is beneficial for dermatitis,   acne, eczema, sores, ulcers, fungal infections and scalp disorders such as dandruff. It can also be used to treat insect bites and as an insect   repellent.
Mind: Soothing, stabilising and slightly hypnotic. It is beneficial for treating   stress, depression and anxiety. It helps balance the emotions and combats   lethargy. It can help ground and centre people who are prone to day dreams   and is also good for meditation for calming ‘mental chatter’.
Body: Excellent   diuretic properties and can be beneficial for reducing water retention and   the appearance of cellulite. It is also reputed to be a powerful aphrodisiac.


Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Skin:   Soothing, cooling effect on the skin. It can help to reduce redness and   inflammation and calm irritation and itchiness. It is good to use in a facial   steam to deeply cleanse and decongest the skin, particularly where acne is   present.
Mind: Helps to stimulate the mind and improve concentration, mental agility and   focus. It is beneficial for treating mental fatigue and depression, helping   to stimulate the spirit and alleviate feelings of negativity and insecurity.
Body: Soothes the stomach and aids digestion.   It is beneficial for all types of digestive problems including nausea,   vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence, indigestion, cramps and   irritable bowel. It can also help to relieve migraines and headaches.   Peppermint’s high menthol content makes it an excellent expectorant which is   useful for treating respiratory problems such as coughs and colds. It also   has a soothing effect on muscular, aches, pains and strains when applied   externally.


Pine needle( Pinus sylvestris)

Skin: Antiseptic, antibacterial and analgesic properties which make it beneficial   for use on minor cuts and sores.
Mind: Invigorating action is helpful in relieving mental fatigue and nervous   exhaustion. Its warming cleansing action can help to instil self-confidence   and encourage acceptance, tolerance and forgiveness.
Body: An excellent expectorant and is particularly beneficial for pulmonary complaints   such as coughs, colds, bronchitis, sinusitis and asthma. Pine has a tonic   effect on the kidneys and can help with cystitis and other urinary tract   complaints. It also helps soothe sore muscles and rheumatic pain and can help   improve poor circulation. Its stimulating and pain-relieving properties also   make it a good choice after over-exertion or for sports injuries.


Rose otto (Rosa damascena / Rosa centifolia)

Skin:   Stimulates the   skin, while moisturizing and hydrating. It boosts all skin types and is   particularly beneficial for dry, mature, inflamed and sensitive skin. It   helps to reduce skin redness, fight inflammation, and its astringent   properties act as a general skin tonic
Mind: Soothes and balances   the mind. It has antidepressant properties and can help alleviate anxiety,   stress, nervous tension and help people deal with emotional problems such as   anger, grief, sadness, and loss.
Body: One of the best   oils for treating female reproductive problems, PMT, menopausal symptoms and   irregular periods. It is also beneficial for the physical heart and the   respiratory and digestive systems. It can also help with headaches and   migraines and is reputed to have aphrodisiac properties.


Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Skin:   Can be used to stimulate hair growth, improve shine and condition of the hair   and promote a healthier scalp. It can also help improve the appearance and   colour of skin in peripheral areas i.e. hands, arms, legs and feet
Mind: Helps stimulate   the brain and can help with fatigue, lack of direction or concentration and   poor memory
Body: Has an affinity with the chest and sinus areas and is often used by people   who snore. It can also help to soothe aches, pains and stiff muscles


Sandalwood (Santalum austrocaledonicum)

Skin: Excellent   for all skin types, helping to balance, soothe and hydrate. It can help   relieve itchy or inflamed skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis and   its astringent effect is also beneficial for oily skin. It is often used in   anti-ageing products as it is believed to have a rejuvenating effect.
Mind: A   harmonising and calming effect. It helps to calm and soothe nerves,   irritability, stress, anxiety and nervous tension.
Body: Excellent   for urinary tract infections and is the first choice for soothing the   symptoms of bronchitis and other chest complaints. It is a powerful   aphrodisiac, particularly if sexual problems are caused by stress or anxiety.   Its calming effect can also help prevent tension headaches and relieve   insomnia.


Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Skin: Can help to restore and support skin   health and can be helpful for skin conditions such as acne, and dandruff and   also for helping to prevent and remove headlice
Mind: Can help cleanse the mind of negative   thoughts
Body: Has antiseptic, antibacterial,   antiviral and antifungal properties and can help support the immune system


Thyme sweet (Thymus vulgaris)

Skin: Can help with   bruises, cellulite and weeping eczema.
Mind: Emotionally   fortifying and energizing. It can help strengthen the nerves and combat    feelings of exhaustion, depression and lethargy. It can also help boost   the memory and aid concentration.
Body: Can help strengthen   the body’s defence mechanisms and help prevent infection. It is particularly   good for respiratory problems such as coughs, colds, bronchitis and sore   throats. It is also beneficial for urinary problems such as cystitis. Thyme’s   warming effect can assist with muscular aches and pains and it also has a   tonic effect on the digestive system, helping to increase and regulate the   appetite.


Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)

Skin: Beneficial   for mature skin that has lost its tone and elasticity. It helps to strengthen   tired, loose and undernourished skin and can help combat wrinkles and   stretch marks. It can also be used to accelerate the healing of wounds.
Mind: A grounding essential oil that has a calming, soothing effect on the   nervous system. It is beneficial for stress, depression, nervous exhaustion,   chronic fatigue, anxiety and insomnia, and it can also help dispel anger,   hysteria and irritability.
Body: Can help to boost the immune system and is therefore useful during periods of   stress and over-work. It is also used to balance the hormones and to soothe   muscular aches and pains and physical fatigue.


Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuina)

Skin: A balancing and stimulating effect. Beneficial for combination, irritated skin and acne. Used as a scalp tonic to stimulate hair growth and balance sebum production in scalps.
Mind: Suitable for helping with depression, anxiety, nervous tension, stress related insomnia. An erotic fragrance that can help to release sexual inhibitions.
Body: Assists with high blood pressure, rapid breathing and nervous conditions.