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Protective, calming, de–stressing deep and woody, this potent oil is alchemical. It reduces stress hormones in the body; calms the brain so it’s clear, uncluttered and fully focused; and stimulates your libido and shakti (feminine spirit). Inhaling this oil, or putting a few drops in your bathtub or using as a massage oil, can ease the mind and soothe the body, allowing you to sleep deep and awake fully refreshed. Energetics: grounds and centres feelings of safety and calm.
Soothing, healing a panacea for all kinds of inflammation. Arnica reduces the swelling caused by sprains and other injuries and helps to heal faster by prompting the body to send more white blood cells to repair bruises. Also good for insect bites, easing the pain of arthritis and soothing tired, aching muscles. Energetics: a remedy for the bruised soul, soothing deep hurt and healing trauma.
Restoring, rebalancing soothes inflamed skin, stimulates collagen and cellular regeneration. Energetics: heals trauma in your aura, relaxes your nervous system and allows it to restore and rebalance, immerses your aura in peace.
Nourishing, nurturing a tree of life that is rich in omega 3, 6 and 9. It is a dry oil that penetrates the skin and nourishes deeply. highly anti–inflammatory. We love this oil! Energetics: the Berbers believe this tree is sacred and was brought to Morocco by the ancient healers from Atlantis.
Calming, centring, reassuring a wonderfully sedating oil, with a reassuring quality which travels straight to the adrenals and helps to calm an over–anxious or over–thinking type of mind. ideal for anyone running on nervous tension who feels burnt–out or exhausted. Benzoin was historically used pre–antibiotics as an aid to respiratory problems, as it also soothes and opens up the bronchial airways. Great for at–home inhalations and children with breathing difficulties.
Releasing, uplifting, warming a happy oil which carries the warming energy of the sun. When we repress our emotions, we get blocked up and we stagnate: Bergamot eases flow and stimulates energy so we can release tense irritability, accumulated stress and unexpressed feelings. Energetics: letting go. holding on is believing that there is a past; letting go is knowing there is future.
These small, black, crescent shaped seeds, with a history of use dating back to the time of King Tut in ancient Egypt are known to be healing for autoimmune diseases and are packed full of good things for your skin – including vitamins B1, B2, B3, calcium, folate, iron, copper, zinc and phosphorous.
Soothing, balancing clearing an oil that clears heat from the mind and body, heals the solar plexus (where we often hold frustration and resentment), and dispels the fear of letting go. an anti-inflammatory for body, mind and skin, it eases inflamed thoughts and allows space to simply be. Energetics: the oil of peace, acceptance and letting go.
Calming, plumping known as starflower, Borage is a beautiful ancient oil of Britain. Highly anti–inflammatory and packed with essential fatty acids, it restores moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin and effectively treats eczema and dermatitis.
(otherwise known as Frankincense!)
Meditative, comforting, elevating the mother of all aromas. ancient and mythical, Boswellia is an essential oil of contemplation and tranquillity. Rich, resinous and balsamic, it helps to smooth the flow of energy in the body, calms the nerves, and centres and elevates the mind.
Energetics: loved by the Queen of Sheba who wafted in the smoke as part of her daily beauty rituals. It has been used as a holy anointing oil in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. Extremely grounding, it helps to relieve feelings of fear.
Inspires, revitalises, clarifies, strengthening yet relaxing, clary sage provides mental and emotional uplift. Its musky sweetness enlivens the senses while dispelling illusion and steadying the mind. A feminine oil, it subtly balances the hormone system which in turn boosts self-esteem and confidence. Commonly known to help ease menstrual pain, it soothes the flow of energy in the stomach and is also useful for those who suffer from IBS. Energetics: helps develop intuition and enhance creativity. Inspires a peacefulness of deep knowing – your inner wisdom.
Fortifying, nurturing, comforting an earthy oil which nurtures contentment, stability and an appetite for life. cardamom is a tonic for the body’s vital energy, fortifying and energising both the brain and nervous system. It helps alleviate mental sluggishness and nausea and is known to alleviate the adverse effects of chemotherapy. Energetics: grounding and centring.
Used in Ayurveda for more than 4,000 years in the treatment of leprosy, rheumatism, eczema, leucoderma, scrofula, wounds, sprains, sores and bruises. Highly medicinal and remedial. With the Sanksrit name Tuvrak, the tree is indigenous to India, but it is also cultivated in Nigeria, Uganda, Sri Lanka and a few other south east Asian countries.
Grounding, transformational for strength, courage and assurance, nothing beats cedarwood. This sacred oil is a powerful tonic for the body’s energy system. It is a lymphatic cleanser which helps remove excess fluid retention and energises and strengthens the kidneys. Energetics: restores spiritual certainty and transforms seemingly negative situations into an experience from which we derive strength and wisdom. An essential in times of change and transition.
Soothing, calm calendula has been found to have strong anti– inflammatory properties via powerful flavonoids. These plant–based antioxidants protect cells from free radical damage and pro–inflammatory compounds like c–reactive protein and cytokines. Anti–inflammatory linoleic acid is also found in high concentrations in calendula. its powerful anti– inflammatory properties make it a potent remedy for all kinds of inflammatory conditions. Energetics: the old herbalists described calendula as the herb to heal the heart and spirit and to free a person of any disturbing energies.
Cucumber oil has powerful cooling effects and reduces eye puffiness and dark circles. It can help brighten dull looking skin around the delicate eye area and the natural cooling properties along with antioxidants, help rejuvenate the skin, which is why it can also help reduce any puffiness under the eyes. Cucumbers also contain vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B5, vitamin A, and as a combination of nutrients they work together to fight dark circles under the eyes by retaining moisture in the skin.
Cleansing, uplifting and one of the earliest used spices in the world, with a strong but sweet aroma that is fresh and uplifting, coriander kills bacteria on the skin and hence keeps you feeling and smelling fresh.
Stimulating, decongesting, uplifting fresh and pungent, eucalyptus revives the spirit, dispels melancholy and helps us to expand. It is renowned for opening the lungs and chest and helping to improve breathing with its penetrating and cleansing qualities. Ideal for at–home inhalations and for use on a handkerchief when you have a cold. Energetics: helps in concentration and memory.
Soothing, emotive, anti–inflammatory a cooling feminine oil which is all about security, intimacy and receiving. geranium resonates with the womb and is ideal for hormone imbalances and milestone transitions (post pregnancy, menopause, tricky teenage years). It nourishes feminine creativity of the intellect, eases frustrations and irritability, and helps us to reconnect with emotional sensitivity. Energetics: feminine energy balance and stimulates happiness.
Rejuvenating, warming stimulates the circulation. energetics: a stone of commitment, red garnet represents love. It revitalises feelings and enhances sexuality, bringing warmth, devotion, understanding, trust, sincerity and honesty to a relationship. red garnet controls anger, especially toward the self.
Energising and rejuvenating, Ginseng an adapatogenic herb that boosts the mind and body with vitality and energy, as well as the skin, particularly for men. Energetics: brings strength and clarity.
Hydrating, anti–ageing a water–holding molecule that naturally occurs throughout our bodies, hyaluronic acid helps our skin to retain moisture. as we age, the body’s production of hyaluronic acid slows down – which is why it’s often a key ingredient in anti–ageing products. It can help skin stay hydrated and look firmer, while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Energetics: protection from UVB rays.
Healing, energising since ancient times, honey has been used both as a food and medicine. A natural energy booster, its antioxidant and antibacterial properties mean that it is good for the immune system and can help fight allergies, treat sore throats and heal wounds.
Sun renewing and beautifying, this ‘everlasting’ oil has superb regenerating qualities and can assist in the healing of scars, acne, dermatitis and stretch marks. A medicinal anti– ageing oil, it is an ideal addition to skin care blends.
Happy–making, heavenly the flower of the angels, Jasmine is the only oil to draw cosmic light. Back into the nervous system. It has a relaxing effect, is soothing, and promotes pure happiness and joy. the uplifting, voluptuous scent improves inner strength and energy, eases restlessness and allows the heart to flow again. A gorgeous oil which reawakens passion and love. Energetics: brings you back in touch with joy and happiness.
Protecting, empowering, clearing used as a ritual incense for thousands of years and by civilisations as diverse as the Tibetans and native Americans, juniper is a lymphatic cleanser which delivers powerful spiritual purification and imbues the user with confidence, strength, power and fire. Warm, sweet, woody notes reflect its deeply fortifying potential. Juniper is fantastic for clearing negative past experiences and memories which are left in the body. Energetics: protects aura and clears negative energy.
Supporting, soothing, balancing an iconic oil, renowned for its healing abilities. Lavender calms and balances the energy of the heart. An aromatic rescue remedy, even one–off use can calm strong emotions, relieve anxiety and help to release pent up blocked energy. It is one of the few oils which helps to heal auric tension, and strengthens and restores the subtle energies of the body. One of its secret powers is its ability to enhance the healing properties of other oils. Using lavender can help us to know that our humblest actions are sacred. Energetics: a healer that soothes and heals trauma, activates the healing of other oils.
A grounding, nourishing adaptogenic herb that grounds, soothes and energises. The early Egyptians loved liquorice root and used it in their tea as a cure–all concoction; later it became a key herb in Chinese medicine. Often used to soothe and restore balance to an upset stomach. Energetics: think calming, nourishing adrenals and hot tired eyes.
Soothing, calming the lemony–scented oil derived from the plant of the same name soothes nerves, eases anxiety and calms the mind. energetics: invokes peace and serenity.
Providing vitality and balance, this is an adapotogenic herb that supports our endocrine system and gives us energy, plus helps us to adapt and cope with stress.
Energetics: feeds energy and strength, particularly balancing for hormone.
Used in Chinese medicine for more than 2000 years, this powerful herb is aromatic, pungent, warming and stimulating. It has antibacterial, anti–inflammatory, and anticancer properties. Energetics: has a positive effect on the mind and is prescribed in treating depression.
The tree is native to New Zealand and was used extensively by the indigenous Maori tribe for its diverse healing qualities. Manuka oil’s properties act as an anti–dandruff, antidote to insect bites and stings, antibacterial, anti–fungal, anti– inflammatory, anti–histaminic, anti–allergenic, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant and relaxant.
Refreshing, uplifting and used in perfume rituals. Mentioned by Hippocrates in his medical treaties on plants for its diuretic and stimulating properties, mint improves mental focus, eases joint pain and is a natural energiser.
Restoring, harmonising, strengthening a truly special oil, despite being little known. Part of the lemon balm family, Melissa’s sweet, fresh and pepper–spice fragrance helps dispel fear and regret, and encourages acceptance and understanding. It works to restore the tranquillity and simplicity of the heart and provides a source of strong spiritual strength. No wonder it is known as the elixir of life, and is said to promote longevity.
Vitamin rich nourishing a vitamin packed cold pressed oil that nourishes and rejuvenates dull, tired and aging skin. moringa oil has antioxidants and nutrients which help to fight free radical damage that can cause skin tissue damage and lead to the formation of wrinkles. It improves the appearance of wrinkles and prevents sagging of facial muscles. It is high in vitamin C, stabilises collagen and helps reduce fine lines and repair damaged skin cells. Energetics: known as the miracle tree for its deep healing qualities.
Transcending, warming, calming one of the first aromatic substances valued for its rich and enduring scent, myrrh’s known use goes back at least 4,000 years. It was highly prized in the ancient world for its medicinal properties and religious significance. It enhances and strengthens, and acts as a bridge between heaven and earth, connecting our crown and base chakras. It is an oil which promotes peace and instils deep tranquillity. Grounding the intellect, it helps to bring clarity.
A powerfully protective stone that blocks negative energies and promotes positivity. It has cooling and anti– inflammatory properties for the skin. Energetics: activating your chakras, malachite can work to enhance willpower, and aid imagination, intuition and creativity, clearing obstacles from your path to encourage change.
A soothing, stimulating product of the Murumuru palm tree found in Brazil. Murumuru Butter is rich in, among other things, omega fatty acids (3,6 and 9), vitamins A and C and lauric acid. excellent for healthy hair maintenance and a lifesaver for inflamed or sensitive skin. It can also dig deeper to help sun–damaged and dry skin by stimulating the performance of collagen and elastin cells. Energetics: emotional soother.
Sensuous, spiritual, reuniting of the three oils distilled from the orange tree, neroli – which is extracted from the blossom – relates most closely to the spiritual life. When we are most immersed in worldly preoccupations, inhaling its bitter sweet aroma brings us in touch with our higher selves. It has a profoundly calming and de–stressing effect on the physical body as well as the mind and is emotionally unifying. Energetics: according to paramahansa yogananda, blossoms hold the highest level of prana and vitality.
(blood orange, bitter orange, sweet orange)
Renewing, stabilising, uplifting – an oil with a delicately rich, floral sweetness which is ideal for the emotionally intense or easily agitated. It helps to unblock stagnant energy, eases headaches and tension and soothes insomnia. energetics: good for those who are perfectionists or over–controlling as it encourages adaptability.
Release, awareness, self–acceptance. Petitgrain oil can be used to banish negative energies and protect against mental anguish. It helps to release anger and panic and in healing emotional wounds. As it promotes higher levels of consciousness and awareness, it may be useful for meditation to calm and clear the mind. This oil is about relinquishing self-control and instilling self-acceptance and love. Petitgrain helps us be rather than do, helping to ease panic and fear, and calm the body.
A fantastic oil for those who are always on the run (doing and work addiction) and will not take the time to address their emotional or spiritual path. Energetics: encourages harmony between the spirit and your inner self; self–confidence. Petitgrain is like a gentle hand reaching out to guide us to inner peace, joy, and spiritual strength. It is one of the angelic fragrances.
Mood–enhancing, relaxing, aphrodisiac one of the most versatile oils, patchouli can treat an array of skin problems from dermatitis and eczema. It’s known to speed up the healing of cuts and wounds. A mood and energy enhancer, it helps to relax any feelings of tension, and is an aphrodisiac. Energetics: brings sacredness and abundance. Patchouli assists in our connection with mother earth and the past life connections.
Trouble–shooting, calming simply keeping a pearl close can ease a troubled mind and create a sense of calm. This gemstone is particularly special for women, as it can help counter menstrual issues. Pearl is also known for helping with indecisiveness. Energetics: reassurance, allays fear, protects.
Stabilises and soothes. Used as infusions, teas, liquid extracts and tinctures, parts of this wild flower can help reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure by increasing the levels of amma–aminobutyric acid in the brain. It also alleviates menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, reduces inflammation and improves sleep patterns. Energetics: calms frayed nerves, and pacifies the mind and body. Restores mental and emotional strength in times of change and stress.
Reassurance, strength, vulnerability this beautiful flower essence reassures and nurtures our inner heart, helping us to show strength through vulnerability. We have our own wild poppies, which we gather from the fields around the ila farm. Energetics: strength in vulnerability.
Known as the oil of love, Rose Oil has a deep psychological effect as it encourages opening of the heart while soothing the emotions, being especially useful for anxiety and depression. In the words of Gabriel Mojay, the compassion of the flower is revealed through its ability to heal emotional wounds . . . rose oil can touch the deepest despair, restoring the trust that makes it possible to love again. ”This is the most spiritually energised oil. Most oils resonate between 60 and 80 hz; higher frequency oils for heightened emotional states resonate up to 108hz, but Rose sits on its own with a frequency of 320 hz. Rose is the oil of the feminine spirit and nurtures our deepest spiritual love. Energetics: Rose Otto brings unconditional love and giving. It gently comforts and restores harmony. It is one of the angelic fragrances aligning our consciousness closer to our angels, and to the angelic self that dwells within us. Rose Otto essential oil is the oil of the goddess Venus and belongs to the element of water. It restores balance, healing, love and protection.
One of the most powerful anti–ageing oils. Promotes cell renewal and blood circulation, offers antioxidant protection which steers away oxygen stealing free radicals that degenerate healthy skin cells. In hand cream it helps lighten as well as protect the skin from age spots and dark marks.
Protecting, nourishing containing an incredible array of antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, D & E and omegas 3,6 and 9, rosehip strengthens the skin and lends both deep restoration and protection.
Invigorating, reviving, reaffirming derived from the Latin Rosmarinus, meaning ‘rose of the sea’, rosemary is one of the most strongly aromatic and widely used of medicinal plants. First distilled in the 13th century, its pungent warmth reinforces the heart and empowers the mind, helping to boost morale and confidence in those who lack faith in their own potential. It warms the spirit, and makes it bold. Energetics: as the herb of remembrance, it helps us not only to recall loved ones but to remember our own true path.
Light, joy, and the oil of the yogi’s, sandalwood is a spiritual pill that resonates with the soul centre and pituitary gland. The oil is high in sesquiterpenes, a class of compounds which have been studied in Europe for stimulating of the pineal gland and the limbic region of the brain – the centre of our emotions. clarifying and stilling to the mind, sandalwood is thought to reconnect one to the primordial state of being. Instils a sense of inner unity and peace, helps moisturise the skin and alleviates chest and urinary tract infections. Energetics: soul connections, spiritual light and peace.
Softens, moisturises produced from the nut of the Vitellaria Paradoxa (Shea) tree in west Africa, raw shea butter is packed full of vitamins a and e. Useful for tackling all kinds of skin irritations from scars and stretch marks during pregnancy to windburn and muscle fatigue. It’s moisturising and hydrating, making skin feel smoother but it acts under the surface too, helping with tissue cell regeneration and Boosting collagen production. Anti–inflammatory properties make it good for preventing a baby’s nappy rash.
Soothing, regenerating live silk amino acids are drawn from the cocoons of Italian Butterflies (who remain unharmed). This extraordinary process extracts the live goodness of silk with its anti–inflammatory, smoothing and soothing.
Sacred peace, serenity the oil used by Mary Magdalene to anoint the feet of Jesus at the last supper. At the time, spikenard was extremely costly, and Judas Iscariot was outraged by the fact that it was used, seeing as the amount used was worth about a year’s wages for an ordinary working man. The Greek word for spikenard means genuine and pure: the function of the throat chakra is to purify the mind and the action of spikenard is the same.
It is an oil that resonates with subtlety of being and healing our deeper thoughts and feelings. It is good for healthy skin maintenance: it balances, regenerates and helps with problems such as allergies and itching. Energetics: balancing, calming, grounding, harmonising. It also helps alleviate insomnia, migraines, stress, nervous tension, insecurity, anxiety and deep emotional wounds. Can be of use in working through addictions, especially drugs.
St John’s Wort
Relaxing, restorative, harmony a magical yellow flower that when macerated become red. This healing herb soothes, calms and is a tonic for any nervous tension. It is also calming on the skin, which in turn eases tension. Energetics: deeply relaxes your nervous system, restores harmony and peace.
A sedating oil that helps reduce anxiety, stress and depression, tuberose promotes sleep (it triggers impulses in the nervous system that signal the brain to go to sleep). a benevolent spiritually energetic oil, it encourages psychic sensitivity, and opens the heart chakra thus raising compassion. It calms the mind and can help in meditation.
Known as holy Basil, Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb that has been used since ancient times to promote general health throughout the body. More specifically, it’s used as a remedy for anxiety, adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. Therapeutic and protective.
Anti–inflammatory, calming a relative of ginger and a key spice in a good curry, turmeric – and specifically its yellow pigment, antioxidant curcumin – can help ward off heartburn and indigestion.
Protective, mood–lifting this essential oil is an antioxidant, protecting the Body from infection and anti–inflammatory, this oil has a relaxing and calming effect on the Brain and the nerves that provides relief from anxiety, anger, and restlessness energetics: an aphrodisiac, enhancing the libido. It’s also a great mood–lifter.
Balancing, restful one of the oldest uses for Valerian oil is to treat insomnia. By balancing out the body’s hormones it stimulates a restful night’s sleep. The same properties can also improve your mood, reduce anxiety, heart palpitations and blood pressure. Energetics: relaxes the nervous system, protection, calm, sleep, love, purification, harmony.
Tranquillity, restorative, relief the Indian name ‘vetiver’ means “oil of tranquillity.” on an emotional level, vetiver is used to cool and calm the heated energy of irritability, anger and hysteria. It supports the yin, or restorative energy of the body and acts on the central nervous system, relaxing the mind and relieving mental burnout. Vetiver also assists in centring the body’s energy: it acts to restore a sense of being rooted and fully embodied in situations where the energy of fear or anxiety has shaken our emotional equilibrium.
Vetiver also assists those who routinely neglect physical needs by reconnecting the mind and spirit to the body, restoring balance within this continuum. Using this oil can be as simple as opening a bottle and breathing in its aroma while the tension dissolves away. Vetiver boosts the hormone secretions of oestrogen and progesterone, making it an ideal choice for relief of menopausal responses that result from insufficient levels of these hormones. This versatile essential oil is also nourishing and moisturising for the skin. It assists in preventing tissue degeneration and can be used to treat stretch marks during pregnancy as well as to improve the tone of ageing skin. Has a cooling effect on inflammatory disorders such rheumatoid arthritis and eczema. Vetiver also fights infection by stimulating the immune system to increase white blood cell production and assists in the management of stress. Energetics: earth chakra vitality, nurtures deep relaxation, inner warmth and feeling centred.
Anti–inflammatory, soothing vitamin B12 helps to regulate skin’s pigment production (preventing hyperpigmentation – the darkening of skin) and soothes any tenderness by helping prevent the production of cytokines, the type of proteins which cause inflammation.
Protective, regenerating a medicinal herb known to stimulate the immune system and used to fight infection, wild indigo reduces cortico production by 70% reducing skin stressors and protecting the skin from pollution. History: wild indigo, along with the wild indigo root, was used by the native Cherokee tribes in northern America as a source of blue dye. It was also used as a tea to cure intestinal parasites and to treat minor gastrointestinal problems as well as skin problems. Modern uses: wild indigo root is used to boost the immune system to fight diseases and infections.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is also treated with wild indigo root. The root can also cure diseases of the skin as well as contagious skin infections. Basically, it’s a powerful immune booster for the skin and protector – from free radicals, environmental stressors and pollution.
Soothes, protective American Indians relied on witch hazel as a natural astringent to fight sores, swellings and infections. It contains tannins, which remove excess oil from the skin, meaning its often an ingredient found in gels, lotions and washes for treating acne. In addition, it helps with other skin irritations such as sun damage, insect bites and bruises. Energetics: protection. carry witch hazel to mend a broken heart and cool passions.
Pacifying, arousing this sweet, soft and flowery oil helps to create a feeling of peace and dispels anger, irritability and nervous tension. It is also extremely effective in maintaining the moisture and oil balance of skin helping it to look hydrated, smooth and young. In Indonesia, the petals are often strewn across the marriage bed, and it is regarded as a romantic aphrodisiac. Energetics: self–confidence, bringing awakening to tender hearts. protects our spirit from negativity. It is one of the angelic fragrances.