Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

Essential oil benefits on our bodies are profound and numerous. Essential oils support and enhance not only our physical health but also our mental wellbeing. Learn the different benefits and uses of various common essential oils and become a savvy oil user.

Essential Oil Benefits Essential oil benefits are much more than just making scented aroma candles or making our house smell good.

Essential oils contain various chemical components that have specific therapeutic properties, such as analgesic (pain relieving), anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and more. Emotionally, some components have, for example, calming and relaxing properties, while some others can stimulate and focus the mind.

To use essential oils as an adjunct to your natural home health care regime, you probably don't need to know which chemical component has what therapeutic properties.

What you do need to know is, which essential oils are good to use to support which body system, or which essential oils can be used to help alleviate which health symptoms.

With that in mind, this section of the website contains information on common essential oils for your reference; in particular, the benefits of some essential oils that we commonly use, and how to use such oils.

Remember, while essential oils are beneficial to us in very many ways, they should not and cannot replace medical attention and treatment.

Essential Oil Benefits


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A - D


Essential Oil Main Therapeutic Properties
Bay Laurel
(Laurus nobilis)
Expectorant, decongesting, diuretic, anti-infectious, antibacterial, antispasmodic, carminative, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, uplifting
Benzoin
(Styrax benzoin)
Anticatarrhal, expectorant, anti-infectious, carminative, astringent, skin and wound healing, diuretic, calming
Bergamot
(Citrus bergamia)
Antispasmodic, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, sedative, anti-depressive
Cardamom
(Elettaria cardamomum)
Anticatarrhal, expectorant, decongestant, anti-inflammatory, carminative, cephalic

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E - H


Essential Oil Main Therapeutic Properties
Eucalyptus
(Eucalyptus globulus or E. radiata)
Mucolytic, expectorant, antibacterial, antifugal, antiviral, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, decongesting, cephalic
Eucalyptus, lemon
(Eucalyptus citriodora)
Antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, antipyretic, sedative, sleep-inducing
Frankincense
(Boswellia carterii)
Skin and wound healing, antioxidant, anti-inflammation, antimicrobial, pain relieving, expectorant and decongesting, astringent, calminative, calming
German Chamomile
(Matricaria recutita)
Anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, antispasmodic, anti-fungal, anti-viral, skin and wound healing, anti-allergic, cooling, calming
Helichrysum
(Helichrysum italicum)
Antispasmodic, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anticoagulant, skin and wound healing, anti-allergic, decongesting

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I - L


Essential Oil Main Therapeutic Properties
Juniper Berry
(Juniperus communis)
Diuretic, decongesting, astringent, antispasmodic, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, warming
Lavender
(Lavandula angustifolia)
Antispasmodic, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, skin healing, sedative, anti-depressive
Lemon Balm
(Melissa officinalis)
Antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antispasmodic, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, immune support, sedative, anti-depressive, cooling

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M - P


Essential Oil Main Therapeutic Properties
Mandarin
(Citrus reticulata)
Antispasmodic, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory<, antiseptic, antioxidant, calming, anti-depressive, mild diuretic
Marjoram, Sweet
(Origanum majorana)
Antispasmodic, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, immune support, anti-allergic, sedative, warming
Melissa
(Melissa officinalis)
see Lemon Balm
Myrrh
(Commiphora myrrha)
Skin and wound healing, antioxidant, anti-inflammation, antibacterial, antifunal, pain relieving, expectorant and decongesting, astringent, calminative, calming
Neroli
(Citrus aurantium var. amara)
Analgesic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, skin healing, sedative, anti-depressive
Orange, Sweet
(Citrus sinensis)
Analgesic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, antioxidant, uplifting
Peppermint
(Mentha piperita)
Antiemetic, expectorant, decongesting, astringent, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, carminative, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, CNS stimulating, cooling

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Q - T


Essential Oil Main Therapeutic Properties
Spike Lavender
(Lavandula latifolia)
Antibacterial, antiviral, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, expectorant, decongesting, anti-rheumatic
Tea Tree
(Melaleuca alternifolia)
Antibacterial, antifugal, antiviral, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, expectorant, decongesting, anti-acne

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U - Z


Essential Oil Main Therapeutic Properties
Vetiver
(Vetiveria zizanioides)
Pain Relieving, anti-inflammatory, skin and Wound Healing, cooling, sedative, sleep Inducing, anti-depressive
Yarrow
(Achillea millefolium)
Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, pain relieving, antimicrobial, immune support, astringent, expectorant<, cooling
Ylang Ylang
(Cananga odorata)
Antispasmodic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, calming, anti-depressive, hypotensive

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