Botanical Name - Cistus ladaniferus
Caution - Avoid during pregnancy. Possible skin sensitisation. Aroma - Sweet, herbaceous and muskyExtraction - Steam distillation Part of Plant - LeavesCountry of Origin - SpainChemical Constituents - Camphene, sabinene, myrcene, phellandrene
Uses - Astringent, clearing, purifying. Cistus essential oil is known for its wound healing abilities. Nourishing for the skin and excellent for mature complexions. Warming for the chest and clearing to the lungs. May help treat eczema and psoriasis. Uplifts the mood and relieves stress. Traditionally used in meditation as it soothes the mind.
*Also known as Labdanum or European Rock Rose.
Botanical Name - Mentha arvensis
Caution - May cause sensitisation in some individuals. Menthol is a dermal irritant.Aroma - Strong, fresh and mintyExtraction - Steam distillation Part of Plant - Flowering herbCountry of Origin - IndiaChemical Constituents - Menthol, menthone, pinene
Uses - Uplifting and cooling. Supports the digestion and encourages the appetite. Soothes aching muscles and joints. Useful for respiratory problems and in the winter season. Cornmint essential oil is antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial.
*Also known as Wild Mint, Field Mint or Japanese Peppermint.
*May crystallise at room temperature due to its high menthol content. Please place in warm place to return to liquid.
Botanical Name - Lavandula hybrida grosso
Caution - Avoid during pregnancy or with epilepsyAroma - Floral, herbaceous and camphoraceousExtraction - Steam distillation Part of Plant - Flowering topsCountry of Origin - FranceChemical Constituents - Linalyl acetate, linalol, cineol, campehene
Uses - A calming and extremely relaxing oil. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Eases tired joints and muscles. Soothing for the chest and clearing to the lungs. Excellent for inhalations. A hybrid made by crossing true Lavender with Spike Lavender.
Botanical Name - Tanacetum annuum
Caution - Contraindicated for use with conventional medicine. Contraindicated with an endocrine imbalance in women. Not for use in pregnancy. Use for a limited period.Aroma - Sweet, fruity and herbaceousExtraction - Steam distillation Part of Plant - Flowering topsCountry of Origin - MoroccoChemical Constituents - Chamazulene (responsible for the deep blue colour of the oil), b-myrcene, camphor, sabinene
Uses - Cooling and soothing. Supports the respiratory system and calms the nervous system. Harmonises and balances the emotions by easing feelings of stress, anxiety and sadness. Excellent in skincare, particularly with irritated, sunburned or blemished skin.
*May stain light fabrics.
Also known as - Moroccan Tansy.
Botanical Name - Boswellia carterii
Aroma - Rich balsamic, slightly warmer than Boswellia neglecta
Extraction - By slashing the bark of the tree, a sticky fragrant resin is produced, from which the frankincense oil is steam distilled. Part of Plant - ResinCountry of Origin - Somalia
Description - The Frankincense tree is a scraggly, but hardy tree which originates from Oman and the Middle East.
Chemical Constituents - A-pinene, limonene, b-myrcene
Uses - Excellent for dry and mature skins due to its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Can also be used on oily skins in small quantities due to its natural astringency and after sun exposure. Helpful for clearing the lungs and toning mucus membranes. It supports deep, gentle breathing which helps to calm and clear the mind making Frankincense one of the best oils for meditation. The properties are much the same as Boswellia neglecta.