Essential oils at a glance


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“Soothing; good for indecision,
    tension, touchiness, depression”

Latin name: Pogostemon cablin

Description of plant: A herbaceous perennial growing to a height of 90 cm, native to Malaysia, with soft furry egg-shaped leaves

Nature of oil: A strong, dark amber, earthy/musky viscous oil; warming and stimulating; a reputed aphrodisiac

Method of oil extraction: Steam distillation of the dried and fermented leaves

Blends well with: Bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, clove, lavender, geranium, palmarosa, petitgrain, rose, neroli, sandalwood, vetiver

Specific precautions required: Use sparingly, May be phototoxic (having a toxic effect triggered by exposure to light)

Stress-relieving properties include: Soothing; good for indecision, tension, touchiness, depression, nervous exhaustion and other stress-related disorders

Medical properties include: Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, stimulant, tonic; good for abscesses, acne, athlete’s foot, colds, bed cores, skin complaints, dandruff, wounds


  1. Wildwood C. Aromatherapy. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 1996.

For the best effects, it is advisable to buy pure essential oils. Products containing synthetic ingredients will not provide the same degree of benefit.

A word of caution about essential oils: The essential oils supplied with Aroma4U products are 100% pure and natural, but even natural products can have side effects if not used properly, and some degree of care is needed when handling them. Pure undiluted essential oils should not (in general) be used directly on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally. Essential oils should be kept away from children, pets and the eyes. Essential oils are also very volatile and, therefore flammable – keep them away from naked flames. Aromatherapy products are never to be used in place of medical treatment. If you are pregnant, epileptic, suffering from high blood pressure or already taking medication consult your medical practitioner or a qualified aromatherapist.

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Last updated: 02 January 2017

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