Aromatherapy: A-C

Aromatherapy: A-C

Aromatherapy: A-C

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Apple – Pyrus malus

  • Cheers you up


Basil – Ocimum basilicum

  • Promotes peace and happiness

Scent: Sweet, spicy
Color: Yellow or pale-green
Extracted From: Flowering tops and leaves
Aromatherapy Properties: Upset stomachs, depressed appetite, flatulence, aids concentration, skin abrasions, headaches, sinus congestion, muscular aches and pains, migraine, bronchitis, gout.

Avoid Basil essential oil use if pregnant, nursing or if subject to seizures.

Bay Leaf – Laurus nobilis

  • Increases psychic awareness

Scent: Pleasant and spicy
Extracted From: leaves
Aromatherapy Properties: cuts, scrapes, indigestion, antiseptic, decongestant, tonic, colds, flu, sprains.

Do not use Bay Leaf during pregnancy.


  • Promotes energy

Scent: Warm, sweet, balsamic, slight vanilla
Color: Reddish-brown, orange-brown, grayish-brown
Extracted From: Directly from the tree
Aromatherapy Properties: Excellent for respiratory problems. Soothing on nervous systems. Cuts and chapped skin, sedative, arthritis.

Bergamot – Citrus bergamai

  • Promotes a restful sleep

Scent: Fruity, tangy, zesty
Color: Light greenish-yellow
Extracted From: Peel of nearly ripe fruit
Aromatherapy Properties: Combats fatigue due to stress, tension and anxiety. Is reputed to strengthen the immune system. Used especially for mouth, skin, respiratory and urinary tract infections, wounds, fevers, acne.

Never apply Bergamot to skin that will be exposed to the sun.

Bergamot Mint

  • Increases energy

Black Pepper – Piper nigrum

  • Increases alertness

Scent: Warm, spicy, peppery
Color: Colorless or pale olive
Extracted From: Black peppercorns ( dried and crushed ).
Aromatherapy Properties: muscle treatments, poor circulation, arthritis and rheumatism, sprains, stiffness. Also colds, flu, diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, rheumatism.


  • Promotes tranquility


Calendula – Calendula officinalis

  • Promotes good health

Extracted From: flowers
Aromatherapy Properties: stomach ulcers, skin conditions, throat infections, abdominal cramps.

Avoid Calendula during pregnancy.

Camphor – Cinnamomum camphora

  • Increases energy

Scent: Sharp, cool, menthol
Color: brownish
Extracted From: Wood, roots,leaves, branches
Aromatherapy Properties: Inhalant, nervous tension, bruises, burns, spots, ulcers, wounds, muscular aches, colds, fever, flu. Good insect repellent.

Do not ingest camphor oil or any camphor products.

Caraway РCarum carvi 

  • Increases energy

Scent: Stimulating


  • Promotes feelings of love and desire for sex

Scent: Spicy and warm


  • Increases energy

Scent: Spicy and floral.

Catnip – Nepeta cataria

  • Calms you down

Extracted From: flowing tops, dried leaves
Aromatherapy Properties: anxiety, fever, gas, infant colic

Cedarwood – Juniperus virginina

  • Increases spirituality

Scent: Sweet, woody and spicy.
Color: pale yellow or orange
Extracted From: Wood
Aromatherapy Properties: Arthritis and rheumatism, eczema, acne, catarrh.

Avoid Cedarwood during pregnancy.

Celery – Apium graveolens

  • Promotes a restful sleep

Scent: Warm & spicy

Chamomile – Chamaemelum nobile (Roman Chamomile) Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile)

  • Promotes sleep and tranquility

Scent: Sweet, fruity, floral.
Color: Roman : pale blue going brown-yellow with age
Extracted From: Flower heads
Aromatherapy Properties: Indigestion, peptic ulcers, nervousness, menstrual cramps, sore throat, burns and skin inflammations, vaginal infections, insomnia, sunburn, hay fever, sprains.


  • Increases energy and awareness

Scent: Warm and spicy.
Extracted From: leaves, roots, stems, bark, flowers
Aromatherapy Properties: mild cramping, flatulence, cuts and abrasions, gastrointestinal disorders, digestive, circulatory, warts.

Clary Sage – Salvia sclarea

Scent: Sweet herbaceous, light.
Color: Roman : pale yellow-green
Extracted From: Flowering tops and leaves
Aromatherapy Properties: Depression, throat infections, high blood pressure.

Clove – Syzygium aromaticum

  • Promotes healing, and positivity

Scent: Strong, spicy and sweet
Extracted From: flower bud
Aromatherapy Properties: toothaches, sore throats, mouth inflammations

Avoid Clove during pregnancy. Do not use on children and babies.


  • Enhances the conscious mind


  • Improves memory

Scent: Warm and spicy


  • Immune booster

Scent: Warm and spicy

Cypress – Cupressus sempervirens

  • Promotes healing

Scent: Pine, grass, wood, sweet
Color: Pale yellow or greenish olive
Extracted From: Needles and twigs
Aromatherapy Properties: asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, nervous tension, oily skin, excessive perspiration, insect repellent, varicose veins, wounds, swollen ankles. Very powerful astringent – helps to stem blood flow.

Avoid Cypress if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant. Can bring on premature birth.

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