A guide to Aromatherapy Oils
H to L

A Guide to Aromatherapy Oils H to L

Aromatherapy Oils H to L

Helichrysum (aka Everlasting, aka Immortelle) - (Italian Everlasting or Immortelle) Helichrysum italicum , H. angustifolium (Family Asteraceae) - France - This species is used as an antidepressant. Used to freshen the air, mind and body this is a very useful oil. Helps to clear the mind, chest and sinus and relieves aches, pains and menstrual discomfort. There are approximately 500 species of helichrysum. / Source: flower / Production method: steam distillation.

Ho (Ho Wood) - AKA Camphor White - (AKA Camphor White) Cinnamomum camphora (Family, Lauraceae) - Japan - Can be used as a deodorant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, aphrodisiac, muscle relaxant and to care for oily skin and, has also been used as an insect repellent. Also used in detergents, soaps, disinfectants, deodorants, room sprays etc. / Source: wood / Production method: steam distillation / Aromatherapy class: balancing, stimulating, toning, cooling / Aroma type: camphoraceous / Blends well with: olibanum, ylang ylang, orange, mandarin / Safety Information: Camphor should be used sparingly and completely avoided by those suffering from epilepsy, and should be avoided by pregnant women.

Hyssop - Hyssopus officinalis, H. officinalis Var. decumbens (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]) - France - Sacred to early Greeks and Hebrews. Warm and Vibrant, can promote alertness and clarity of thought. When used in a fragrancer can protect rooms from infection. Used to treat colds and flu, helps heal bruised skin. / Source: roots, India, Egypt and Europe / Production method: steam distillation / Aromatherapy class: warming, stimulating, balancing / Aroma type: herbaceous / Skin type: blemished / Traditional use: soothing agent, skin conditioner / Blends well with: celery, fennel, lavender, orange, rosemary, tangerine / CAUTION: Safety Information: Powerful oil not to be used when pregnant, suffering from epilepsy, or high blood pressure.

Jasmine Absolute - Jasminum Grandiflorum or J. officinale (Family, Oleaceae) - India - Pure and undiluted. Emotionally warming. Relaxes, soothes, uplifts and helps self confidence. Good for stress and general anxiety. Perfect skin care oil, excellent for hot, dry skin. Sensual properties and reputedly an Aphrodisiac!. Only needs to be used in very small quantities. Exquisite perfume. A vast quantity of blossoms, which must be gathered at night when scent is at highest, are required to produce only a few drops of oil. / Perfume Note=Base / Source: flowers, Egypt / Production method: solvent, extraction / Aromatherapy class: uplifting, balancing / Aroma type: floral / Skin type: dry, normal to combination / Traditional use: antiseptic, aphrodisiac, emollient, soothing agent / Blends well with: all floral absolutes / Main constituents: Jasmone, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, indol, linalol, linalyl acetate, phenylacetic acid, methyl jasmonate.

Juniper Berry - Juniperus communis - Croatia - An oil with astringent, antiseptic, and detoxifying properties, Juniper is said to exert a cleansing effect on the mental and spiritual planes as well as on the physical. It has a clean, mildly penetrating, woody scent. Has a cleansing effect on the body, used in many masculine perfumes, after shaves and colognes, and has a calming effect on the emotions. Reputed to strengthen the immune system. / Warning Juniper should not be used when pregnant. / Perfume Note = Middle / Source: flowers / Production method: steam distillation / Aromatherapy class: energizing / Aroma type: coniferous / Skin type: blemished / Traditional use: astringent, skin detoxifier, deodorant, soothing agent / Blends well with: elemi, cypress, clary sage, lavandin / Safety Information: FLAMMABLE / Main constituents: Pinene, myrcene, borneol, camphene, thujene, termenic alcohol.

Kanuka - Kunzea ericoides - New Zealand - A small bushy tree with pointed leaves on full branches. / Extraction: By steam distillation. The oil is 100% pure and natural with no additives. / Benefits: Kanuka was used originally by the Maori people of New Zealand for pain and inflammation relief, skin diseases, and to promote calmness and sleep. Kanuka essential oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and a pleasant perfume. / Uses: For the relief of swelling and muscular pain, for sprains, strains and sports injuries. Helps clear inflammation. Use as a skin tonic and for relaxation. / Safety: Kanuka is a strong oil and should be diluted in a carrier oil - no more than 2 drops per tsp. Use at very low strength with children as it may irritate their skin

Lavandin - Lavandula hybrida grosso, L. fragrans, L. hortensis (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]) - France - Lavandin is a hybrid plant, a cross between true lavender and spike lavender. The oil has camphoraceous, herbaceous, floral aroma. Used in many types of perfumes, and soaps. Blends well with other oils including cypress, geranium, citronella, clove, cinnamon leaf, pine, thyme and patchouli. Refreshing, purifying, gently clarifying. / Perfume Note=Middle to Top / Source: leaves, France / Production method: steam distillation / Aromatherapy class: stimulating, energizing / Aroma type: herbaceous / Traditional use: soothing agent, muscle relaxant, skin conditioner, astringent / Blends well with: clove, bay leaf, cinnamon, citronella, cypress, geranium, patchouli / Main constituents: Borneol, camphor, cineol, geraniol, linalol, linalyl acetate.

Lavender 40/42 (French) - Lavandula angustifolia, L. officinalis, L. vera (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]) - France - 40/42 means that the lavender is blended with other lavenders to bring the percentage of linalol to between 40% & 42%. Linalol is a active component of Lavender that is therapeutically beneficial. Some Lavenders have more that 40/42 but most don't. Lavender is the most versatile of essential oils. It is relaxing and refreshing, uplifts the spirits, and helps to relieve the distress of muscle pain. NO home should be without it. Balances your body and mind. Calms or stimulates according to your bodies needs. Excellent for refreshing tired muscles, feet and head. Add a drop to the pillow/sheet before peaceful sleep. Treats burns and reduces scaring. Can be used neat in small amounts on burns, but care still needs to be taken. Blends with many other oils. / Perfume Note=Middle to Top / Source: flowering tops / Production method: steam distillation / Aromatherapy class: calming, balancing, soothing / Aroma type: herbaceous / Skin type: sensitive, all skin types traditional use: muscle relaxant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, astringent / Blends well with: bergamot, clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, patchouli, clary sage, rose, jasmine.

Lavender, E. Europe - Lavandula angustifolia, L. officinalis, L. vera (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]) - Bulgaria - A great lavender - almost as good as our organic Lavender Provence (French), but not quite. Lavender is the most versatile of essential oils. It is relaxing and refreshing, uplifts the spirits, and helps to relieve the distress of muscle pain. NO home should be without it. Balances your body and mind. Calms or stimulates according to your bodies needs. Excellent for refreshing tired muscles, feet and head. Add a drop to the pillow/sheet before peaceful sleep. Treats burns and reduces scaring. Can be used neat in small amounts on burns, but care still needs to be taken. Blends with many other oils. / Perfume Note=Middle to Top / Source: flowering tops / Production method: steam distillation / Aromatherapy class: calming, balancing, soothing / Aroma type: herbaceous / Skin type: sensitive, all skin types traditional use: muscle relaxant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, astringent / Blends well with: bergamot, clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, patchouli, clary sage, rose, jasmine / Main constituents: Linalol, linalyl acetate, lavandulol, lavandulyl acetate, terpineol, limonene, caryophyllene.

Lavender, High Alpine - Lavandula angustifolia, L. officinalis, L. vera (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]) - France - Our French High Alpine Lavender is exquisit - it's really a hard choice to choose between the High Alpine and our organic Lavender Provence - the are quite simply two of the finest lavender essential oils available anywhere. What a great aroma! Lavender is the most versatile of essential oils. It is relaxing and refreshing, uplifts the spirits, and helps to relieve the distress of muscle pain. NO home should be without it. Balances your body and mind. Calms or stimulates according to your bodies needs. Excellent for refreshing tired muscles, feet and head. Add a drop to the pillow/sheet before peaceful sleep. Treats burns and reduces scaring. Can be used neat in small amounts on burns, but care still needs to be taken. Blends with many other oils. / Perfume Note=Middle to Top / Source: flowering tops / Production method: steam distillation / Aromatherapy class: calming, balancing, soothing / Aroma type: herbaceous / Skin type: sensitive, all skin types traditional use: muscle relaxant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, astringent / Blends well with: bergamot, clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, patchouli, clary sage, rose, jasmine / Main constituents: Linalol, linalyl acetate, lavandulol, lavandulyl acetate, terpineol, limonene, caryophyllene.

Lavender, Provence (organic) - Lavandula angustifolia, L. officinalis, L. vera (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]) - France (Region of Provence) - Our organic Lavender Provence is simply the finest organic lavender available. What a great aroma! Lavender is the most versatile of essential oils. It is relaxing and refreshing, uplifts the spirits, and helps to relieve the distress of muscle pain. NO home should be without it. Balances your body and mind. Calms or stimulates according to your bodies needs. Excellent for refreshing tired muscles, feet and head. Add a drop to the pillow/sheet before peaceful sleep. Treats burns and reduces scaring. Can be used neat in small amounts on burns, but care still needs to be taken. Blends with many other oils. / Perfume Note=Middle to Top / Source: flowering tops / Production method: steam distillation / Aromatherapy class: calming, balancing, soothing / Aroma type: herbaceous / Skin type: sensitive, all skin types traditional use: muscle relaxant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, astringent / Blends well with: bergamot, clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, patchouli, clary sage, rose, jasmine / Main constituents: Linalol, linalyl acetate, lavandulol, lavandulyl acetate, terpineol, limonene, caryophyllene.

Lemon - Citrus limonum (Family, Rutaceae) - Italy - Lemon has a fresh, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. It has antibacterial and tonic properties, making it useful for relief of cold symptoms. Widely used in beauty care. It cleanses, refreshes, cools and stimulates. Astringent and antiseptic oil. Useful for oily skin. Can be used to lighten dull, stained hands or to tone and condition nails and cuticles. Blends well with other oils. / Warning: Do not use Lemon on the skin or in a bath for 12 hours prior to sun or sunlamp exposure. / Perfume Note=Top / Source: fruit peels / Production method: expression, there is some steam distilled / Aromatherapy class: energizing, uplifting / Aroma type: citrus / Skin type: oily, blemished traditional use: antiseptic, soothing agent / Blends well with: neroli, clary sage, bergamot, citronella, orange flower, violet left, galbanum / Main constituents: Limonene, terpinene, pinene, myrcene, citral, linalol, geraniol, citronellal.

Lemongrass - Cymbopogon citratus (D.C.) Stapf. Family, Poaceae [Gramineae]) - Guatamala - A refreshing, cleansing and stimulating tonic on the body. Added to shampoos to give a shine to the hair. An antiseptic and astringent oil. Sweet powerful 'lemony' aroma which make a good refreshing and deodorizing room fragrance. / Warning: may cause irritation of the skin. / Perfume Note=Top / Source: aerial parts / Production method: steam distillation / Aromatherapy class: calming / Aroma type: citrus / Skin type: oily / Traditional use: insect repellent, skin conditioner, soothing agent, muscle relaxant, deodorant, antiseptic / Blends well with: geranium, jasmine, lavender / Safety Information: can cause skin irritation / Main constituents: Citral, dipentene, linalol, geraniol.

Lime - Citrus Aurantifolia (Family, Rutaceae) Acts like lemon and the other citrus oils, Nice aroma. Warning Do not use lime on the skin in direct sunlight, however if the essential oil of lime is distilled rather that expressed, then it does not have a phototoxic effect. Dilute to 1% and use only 3 drops in a bath as it may cause irritation of the skin. / Perfume Note=Top / Source: fruit peels, West Indies / Production method: Cold expression but some steam distillation / Aromatherapy class: energizing, uplifting / Aroma type: citrus / Traditional use: soothing agent, astringent, skin conditioner / Blends well with: clary sage, citronella, lavender, lavandin, neroli, rosemary

Linden Blossom Absolute - Tilia cordata Mill., Tilia europaea. T. vulgaris (Family, Tiliaceae) - France - Linden Blossom Absolute oil in a jojoba carrier oil solution - 5%. One of the floral absolutes. Used for calming and stress reduction and a tonic for the nervous system. / Warning Linden Blossom should not be used over a long period of time.

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